“You can’t help that. We’re all mad here.” – The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland
I have realized, although titled rainingdogsncats, I have to fully dedicate a post to our feline friends. I decided today would be that day.
There are many phrases and sayings involving cats ( curiosity killed the cat, the cat’s out of the bag etc) and I have always wondered what sparked them. I think its safe to say I have new insight on them after becoming a cat owner ( or does she own me?) as I’m sure all cat owners do. Cats are these remarkable creatures with great feats of agility, curiosity, bravery, and in some cases stupidity. I could continue on the list of things, however, I have other stories and facts to share. I would say no matter what, cats can provide endless entertainment to any human viewer.
Although this is technically my first post about cats, it is also related to animal rescue and adoptions (Clearly I must have a passion there).
In Feb. in Florida, the ASPCA went on a rescue mission to gather around 700 cats that were living on a supposed sanctuary, Catchannel has the story written by Kristina Lotz:
“On Feb. 27, nearly 700 cats were seized from Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary in Lee, Fla., approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee. The ASPCA assisted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Animal Control in the seizure, which happened after an undercover investigation that was set into motion from complaints received by PETA. This is the largest number of cats ever seized in an investigation by the ASPCA.
Cats on the grounds of the Caboodle Ranch. The owner had constructed a mini town for the cats, but his resources were stretched too thin to care for the hundreds of inhabitants.
Caboodle Ranch was not a breeding facility. According the ASPCA rep, the farm was created by the Founder and operator, Craig Grant, “as a sanctuary where where people all across the country relinquished their cats to live out their lives.”
As sometimes happens, the best of intentions can go wrong when too many animals are taken in by one person.
Grant was arrested on an issued warrant ordering the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to take him into custody. He was charged with the following: one count of felony animal cruelty; three counts of cruelty to animals; and one count of scheming to defraud.
Over 100 responders from 11 agencies all over the country responded to help treat the animals. The cats, many in need of veterinary attention, are temporarily being housed in Jacksonville, where veterinary, sheltering, and behavior teams are assessing, diagnosing, treating and caring for the cats.
Many cats were sick like this one.
“The ASPCA is pleased to be able to provide expertise and resources to support the efforts of the local authorities in investigating this ‘sanctuary’ that spiraled out of control,” added Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “This is a tragic situation. Caboodle Ranch was clearly overwhelmed with hundreds of cats in dire need of medical treatment, and the sanctuary had no adoption program or any spay/neuter efforts to effectively manage its current population. The ASPCA’s goal is to work quickly to remove these cats from the property and safely transport them to the temporary shelter, where they will be triaged by a veterinary team.””
If you want to help out by donating, you can do so here.
I must say, in my personal opinion, I feel bad for many cats. I feel as though there are more stray and feral cats running loose than dogs, and when cats are rescued and placed in a shelter, often adult cats have a hard time finding a home. When they do manage to find one, if they have a behavioral problem, I feel that most people are not willing to put in the time and effort to train the cat/break behavioral problem as they would be with a dog. Again, this is my personal opinion.
That’s all folks!
Have a wonderful Tuesday!