Pet Shelter Celebrates New Sign at Mall Location

Pet Shelter Displays New Sign at Mall Adoption Center 

Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS)’s adoption center at Marshfield Mall recently received a facelift with the help of Stratford Sign Company. New signage on the wall outside of the 3,600 square foot space was put in place last week to better help visitors identify the center’s location.

Stratford Sign Company is proud to provide Marshfield Area Pet Shelter with their current signage.  It is rewarding working with local organizations that provide a much needed service,” said Cara Drexler of Stratford Sign Company. “The signage assists to make them visible within the community.”

Needing a physical location and a public presence in our community, MAPS volunteers approached Marshfield Mall management in the summer of 2013 to acquire a space inside the mall. After some negotiations, MAPS decided to rent the 3,600 sq ft area that had been vacated since 1996.

After volunteers cleaned up the space, gave the area a fresh coat of paint, and made many cosmetic and functional improvements, the MAPS Microchip Center was born.

“The following months hosted numerous microchip clinics resulting in more than 300 private pets microchipped,” said Karen Rau, MAPS President.

Community excitement for Marshfield’s first animal shelter grew with every passing month until December 2014, when the first cats were housed at the space. In January 2015, MAPS transitioned the name from “Microchip Center” to “Adoption Center” to better reflect the goal of the space. To date, more than 320 cats have been adopted out of the location.

Though MAPS also maintains a temporary home on West 29th Street (in the former airport terminal), the Adoption Center continues to provide invaluable accommodations to help fulfill the group’s mission.

“Since acquiring our temporary home on 29th Street in Aug 2015, we quickly discovered how valuable the additional space at the adoption center was,” said Rau. “Averaging seventy cats per month in a facility designed to only house about thirty-five, the Adoption Center has become our lifeline.”

maps_sign2Adoptable cats and kittens make their debut at the adoption center from the 29th Street location after they are spayed/neutered and medically cleared. Open hours are Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:00 and Saturday, 11:00-2:00. At least four volunteers are needed daily, seven days a week to care for the cats and maintain open visiting hours. Currently, there are more than forty dedicated volunteers who make this possible at the adoption center.

Since renovating the long-vacant space in the mall in fall 2013, it has been the group’s goal to continue improving the space. The new sign provides clarity and identity for the location, and will move with the group when enough funds are raised for a permanent shelter. (Currently, the group owns land on Downwind Drive and continues to fundraise for a permanent space.)

Learn more about MAPS, or donate, at

(If interested, apply to adopt at MAPS prefers that adopters visit cats/kittens at the Adoption Center before submitting an application -if possible. This provides an opportunity to meet, match and bond with their potential new pet.)