Some former Katy Animal Control rescue animals are about to find their forever home thanks to the efforts of a young Eagle Scout.

Hunter Sullivan, 17 and a senior at Katy High School, hosted a massive adoption and informational event on behalf of Cuddle Buddies Rescue as part of its Eagle Scout service project on Feb. 26 at the MKT Distillery.

Cuddle Buddies Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that removes animals from Katy’s animal control and then adopts them into loving homes. While freezing temperatures prevented Cuddle Buddies from bringing in all of their adoptable animals, founder Yvonne Cruz said, the rescue has since received multiple adoption and placement applications thanks to Sullivan’s efforts.

Sullivan also distributed literature on spaying and spaying, rescue, trap-spay programs for feral cats, and the need for foster families.

Sullivan’s passion for helping animals inspired him to organize the information and adoption event. “I love animals, and over the past year and a half I’ve been aware of a lot of situations that have happened with pets here,” he said.

Katy’s Animal Control came under fire last year following allegations of animal abuse. An investigation concluded the allegations were unfounded, but the incident brought national attention to the shelter and the need for adopters and foster families.

Cuddle Buddies is one of the local rescues that has stepped up to remove animals from the shelter who are at risk of euthanasia. Cuddle Buddies places animals in foster homes until they are adopted into loving homes.

Sullivan’s adoption event was extremely helpful for the rescue, Cruz said, because it not only helped get animals adopted, but it also helped raise awareness of Cuddle Buddies and their need for donations and homes. reception.

“I’ve never seen someone so young step in and help us,” Cruz said. “He did an incredible job. He really went above and beyond.

In order to qualify as a Project Eagle Scout, Cruz said, Sullivan had to organize and host every element of the event himself. “He was responsible for everything – addressing the city council, advertising, recruiting volunteers and setting up the information packs,” she said. “He’s very modest, but he really did everything.”

Katy City Councilman Chris Harris stopped by the event to show his support for the cause and Sullivan’s efforts. “I’m really, really proud of Hunter,” Harris said. “He worked on all of this with the city council and animal control. It’s a huge help for the city and these animals.

For more information about Cuddle Buddies Rescue, visit www.facebook.com/cuddlebuddiesrescue. A list of all pets adoptable through Cuddle Buddies can be found at adoptapet.com.

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