Holly Chapples couldn't wait to show off the new home of Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue. It's a 3,000 square foot facility made possible by the City of Stillwater.
It's a much different scene than when we last visited Tiny Paws. Holly was housing about 80 kittens in her home. There were kittens in every corner and kittens in her kitchen. But that's not the case anymore.
"I walk into my kitchen and it's like, it's weird in here, there's no meowing."
$100,000 in donations and lots of volunteers made Holly's dream a reality. There's lots of room for healthy kittens and separate rooms for those facing health challenges.
"Because these kittens are bottle fed they don't have the immune system that a lot of kittens would otherwise have," said OSU Vet student Melanie Bearden.
Tiny Paws rescues kittens too young for other facilities. "Catniss" is the only surviving kitten from a litter of five.
"She decided she was going to make it and she did," said Chapples. "She's our little show girl."
Because of the new facility and the exposure from Fox 25, kittens are coming from everywhere. So Holly's mission is expanding.
"This is going to be a visitation room where they can actually take a kitten out of the playrooms if they want to get to know them," she said.
At the back of the rescue, is an apartment where a young couple lives so they can handle the overnight feedings.
"They bottle feed all night long for us," Chapples said.
It's a necessity for neo-natal kittens to survive.
"It's pretty rewarding," said Caitlin Cobbs. She and her husband, Michael, live for free in return for those overnight feedings. "It's fun to see them grow from such little kittens."
During the day volunteers from all walks of life keep the young ones fed.
"We come in one day a week and if there are neo-natal kittens we feed them with a bottle," said Bill Armstrong. Bill and his wife Roberta also spend lots of time cleaning litter boxes.
Other volunteers help socialize the kittens. Older ones can be adopted at Tiny Paws or at the Petco in Stillwater.
"So it makes a really good impression on someone who's looking to adopt," said Nadine Olson, a volunteer at Tiny Paws and Petco.
Renee Huddleston and her daughter Chelsey volunteer and foster kittens in their home. They're helping take Tiny Paws to the next level.
"Whether you're cleaning, doing laundry, feeding, giving medicine, or even helping out financially," said Renee. "It all just ties into we all do our small things and together it makes a great facility run."
If you'd like more information, you can call Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue at 405-612-0071 or check out their Facebook page.