By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

Panora P.E.T.S. (Protecting Even The Strays) founder and director Kristine Jorgensen announced the closing of the organization, which has been “helping cats” since 2003. The organization has been located at 114 W. Main St. in Panora. 

“With the start of the new year, it is a good time to assess where we have been and where we are going,” Jorgensen stated in an announcement. “Over the last few months, we were in the process of realigning the shelter’s mission/focus for 2024 to lighten the load since we are primarily volunteer based. Many of us have been volunteering our time for over 10-plus years. However, some recent developments over the past week have changed our plans altogether.”

Jorgensen stated, effective immediately, Panora P.E.T.S. is closed for intake and will not be able to help any future animals in need. Additionally, she stated they will be closing their rescue completely after the cats in their care have been adopted.

“We have many, many wonderful cats and kittens needing families to love and care for them, so please continue to share our posts and if you were ever considering adopting a kitty, now just might be the ‘purrfect’ time,” she stated. 

Jorgensen offered thanks to the supporters over the years.

“We hope you will continue to support us during this difficult transition, and we are so very sorry to all the wonderful people that have adopted and supported us, but we are especially sorry for all the animals that may not get the assistance they need,” she stated.