Cat Rescue Acquires Physical Space

Courtesy Next Chapter Pet Rescue

A local women-owned nonprofit that rescues cats now has a physical location to help meet more needs.

The Next Chapter Pet Rescue recently acquired space in a plaza at 6570 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.

Led by an all-female board of directors, the organization opened in September 2021 and co-founders Amanda Mayville and Trina Davis-Dukes previously cared for cats in their homes.

“My co-founder is 20, I have six, and we have a host family/volunteer who has one,” Mayville said. “We will continue to have in-home volunteers in addition to our facility and more than likely we will still have some in our home who need more round-the-clock care.”

The new space will give The Next Chapter Pet Rescue more capacity to house cats, provide care and recruit volunteers.

Mayville said the physical location will also help with awareness and education.

“With the new space, we hope to be able to do more fundraising and also educate people about neutering and neutering and the harmful effects of declawing,” Mayville said.

Mayville said her interest in animal rescue was sparked after logging into a pet group on Facebook and volunteering.

Mayville said she hopes more people appreciate the hard work of animal care workers.

“Be nice to animal care workers,” Mayville said. “Showing kindness and compassion will help get more of this important work done.”

Renovations to the new space are underway, with a grand opening scheduled for May 1.

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