Kitty City NM. Don't look for it on a map.
I stumbled upon Classy Cats Thrift Store in downtown Alamogordo (921 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM).
It's a cute little shop with good prices and interesting stuff. AND KITTENS!!! They'll take them out of their cages and hand them to you, if you want. FUZZY KITTENS!!! It all benefits Kitty City, a shelter and adoption center just out of town.
I asked if I could help there if I were just passing through. Yep!
You can show up and Ed will hand you a brush for grooming, or just turn you loose to socialize with cats.
I gave no advance notice at all. I was there when Ed got back from lunch, and he let me into the cattery. The runs are bright, airy, and spacious with lots of climby things and toys. All cats can go out to their safe enclosures, or inside to enjoy air conditioning. The whole place was very clean.
In his office are FIV+ and FeLeuk cats. Both can live good, long lives.
Over six years, this small shelter has adopted out 1000 cats. This is not a big city.
If you're visiting Alamogordo, do go to Classy Cats Thrift Store. If you need a cat fix (*raises hand*), go pet kitties at Kitty City NM. Cats who get socialized have a better chance to get adopted. You'll lower your blood pressure, and do a good thing for their futures at the same time.
Fuzzy as I was, I went to meet Roy and Marilyn from The Road. You can also find them on Facebook at The Road - RV Blog. They've been full-timing for 3-1/2 years, and they're still fun.
There are six of them in their rig. I'm featuring Otis, because CUTE.
You can't see from the picture; Otie has cerebellar hypoplasia (also called "wobbly kitty syndrome"). Otis hunts and plays and talks, and makes you giggle while he does it. His vocabulary includes "Hello!" and "Come out!" It's impossible not to love him on sight. Go on. I dare you. Look for him on movie screens and Facebook near you.