Cats deserve kindness, too

Lake Park woman to use ‘kindness grant’ to build catio for Marshmallow Foundation

MKRO kindness grant recipient Connie Hammes, Lake Park, cuddles with Kalani, one of the 80-plus feline residents at the Marshmallow Foundation where she currently volunteers and works part-time. Hammes plans to use the $250 grant to help build a 'catio' for their cats to enjoy the outdoors. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

MKRO kindness grant recipient Connie Hammes, Lake Park, cuddles with Kalani, one of the 80-plus feline residents at the Marshmallow Foundation where she currently volunteers and works part-time. Hammes plans to use the $250 grant to help build a 'catio' for their cats to enjoy the outdoors. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Margo is one of the 80-plus feline residents at Detroit Lakes' Marshmallow Foundation who are awaiting adoption. The cats spend much of their time "behind bars," so to speak, living in cages far from the sunlight that they so love to lounge in. A new catio would allow them to not only enjoy the outdoors safely, but also spend more days in the sun. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Margo is one of the 80-plus feline residents at Detroit Lakes' Marshmallow Foundation who are awaiting adoption. The cats spend much of their time "behind bars," so to speak, living in cages far from the sunlight that they so love to lounge in. A new catio would allow them to not only enjoy the outdoors safely, but also spend more days in the sun. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

"Every act of kindness is like a pebble thrown in a pond, sending out ripples far beyond where the pebble entered the water. When we're caring and kind to our neighbors, our actions send rings of kindness that spread from neighbor to neighbor to neighbor." — Angela Artemis

Though most Detroit Lakes area residents know about the Humane Society of the Lakes and the wonderful work it does to help rescue abandoned animals — its sister animal rescue nonprofit, the Marshmallow Foundation, doesn't have quite the same name recognition, so when longtime Marshmallow volunteer Connie Hammes learned of an opportunity to apply for a grant that would help raise their profile, while at the same time making life a little better for some of their four-legged residents, she took it.

"One day when I was searching the web for some positive news (to counteract all the negative stories), I stumbled across the website for (nonprofit organization) Matt's Kindness Ripples On," said Hammes on Thursday. "I saw that they were looking to give away these grants for random acts of kindness, and I thought, 'Gosh, Marshmallow could really use a 'catio' (i.e., a patio for cats), so I applied and they emailed me back saying, 'We'd really like to help fund this project.'"

In her application, Hammes wrote, "I've volunteered at the Marshmallow Foundation for the last three years, and currently work in their office part time. Marshmallow serves as the local pound and rescue for area dogs and cats. My main focus here is the cats — we have over 80 cats at the moment.

"As a nonprofit, Marshmallow depends on donations to stay operational. That said, there are seldom extra funds for special projects such as the one I'm going to suggest: I'd like to put up a 'Catio' for all of the cats at Marshmallow to enjoy." 

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