Guest article by Emily Akins

Inside “The Cat Room” at the PetSmart on Eisenhower Parkway in Macon are some of the sweetest cats you’ll ever meet. Zoey, an eleven-month old solid white girl, is a very gentle, laid back kitty who would love to sit in your lap. Little eleven-week old Sebastian, on the other hand, is a spunky ball of energy. With his marble tabby coat, he is absolutely adorable. They are only two of the cats who call the Cat Room home—for now, at least.

I have been making weekly visits to the Cat Room since July 2016. Why? Because I am a volunteer with Circle of Friends Animal Society, or COFAS, the animal rescue organization that is responsible for saving these kitties.

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Marcy, a cat in the COFAS Cat Room at Eisenhower Parkway PetSmart. Photo by Emily Akins.

COFAS has been partnering with PetSmart on Eisenhower Road for the last 10 years. In the last 2 years alone, more than 600 COFAS cats have found a loving home through the Macon PetSmart. Each of the kitties who come to PetSmart from COFAS are available for adoption by loving families.

Due to overpopulation issues, most shelters have to make the difficult decision to euthanize animals when there is no more space available. Organizations like COFAS rescue cats from death row and give them an opportunity to spend their lives with a loving family.

COFAS does not have its own shelter. The cats come from the Macon Animal Welfare on Fulton Mill Road. Our cat director pulls them directly from death row and finds them a foster home. COFAS does not accept cats from individuals. If a cat owner needs to surrender a cat and cannot find a home for it, COFAS recommends people to take any orphaned cats to Macon Animal Welfare on Fulton Mill Road.

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Zoey, a cat in the COFAS Cat Room. Photo courtesy Emily Akins.

The cats are raised in the foster homes of volunteers. COFAS is 100% volunteer led. COFAS has cats of all ages, from kitten to seniors. The cats live with a volunteer foster family before coming to the Cat Room at PetSmart. They are treated as a family pet, so they are very well socialized. You can tell that these kitties are loved. The kitten we adopted from COFAS, Albus, is very sweet.

Once the cats are brought to the store, a volunteer like me will feed and water the cats and clean the cat cages two times a day. The Petsmart staff is not responsible for them. Volunteers and visitors to the Cat Room play with the cats and keep them company to continue socializing them.

Every cat available for adoption has been sterilized and received all age appropriate vaccinations. The adoption fee is $80 for the first cat, $40 for the second. COFAS provides information sheets about each of the kitties, including their names, ages, and information about the cat’s personality such as whether he or she is playful or laid back or if he gets along well with children and other pets.

There are other ways to help besides adoption. COFAS can always use kitten chow, wet food, and scoopable cat litter, preferably Tidy Cats. If you are interested in donating items, you can bring any food, toys, and cat litter to the Cat Room at the Petsmart on Eisenhower.

You can also go to the COFAS website,, to make a financial donation.

For more information, please email

In addition to being a COFAS volunteer, Emily Akins is a wife, mother, and yoga instructor in Macon-Bibb County. Her family cat, Albus, was adopted through COFAS.



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