Dear Friends, Donors, Volunteers and Supporters
Cats, cats, cats! Adorable kittens, wise wonderful seniors, abandoned cats, young pregnant cats, sick cats, injured cats and healthy ones . . . all deserving cats that need your financial support today!
Your donation makes the work of our all-volunteer team possible. Your contributions have allowed us to rescue more than 600 cats in the greater Eugene/Springfield community this year to date, and will provide the fuel to keep us moving forward.
Because of you, this year so far, we were able to:
- take in the five kittens and momma cat that local employees planned to poison
- help the young woman whose unspayed female cat had grown into 20 cats and kittens and were overrunning the neighborhood
- support the kind neighbor who rescued more than 20 kittens from his neighborhood
- provide over $103,000 in medical fees to heal, vaccinate and sterilize our cats
- find new homes for 383 deserving, rehabilitated, healthy cats
And our little volunteer group is growing too. In August we changed our name to better reflect who we are now and what we do. After 10 years of service “West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue (WCDC)” is now “Cat Rescue and Adoption Network (CRAN)” with a new website and logo!
And yet, we are still the same all-volunteer group, funded entirely by private donations form supporters like you (no government funding here), working tirelessly on behalf of the cats in our community and the people who care for them.
And now it’s the end of the year, time to close the books and pay our bills. It takes love to do the work we do and money to pay the medical bills and feed the hungry kitties we help. We need to raise $20,000 to meet our budget for 2017; this campaign is key to closing the budget gap.
Help us reach our $12,000 Year-End Campaign goal to save neglected and abandoned cats and find them permanent, loving homes. Please mail in your donation to PO Box 72401, Springfield, OR 97475 or go online to CatRescues.org and click on “Donate” today.
With my sincere thanks on behalf of the cats,
Board President (and a volunteer too!)
UPDATE!!! – Week 3 Completed – Donate NOW!
Stephen Parkinson began volunteering Sept. 25, 2016 as a cleaner/socializer in the cattery inside our partner location at PetSmart on Chad Drive. Since then he has volunteered consistently (and often!) in a variety of capacities both in the cattery, for special events and behind the scenes. We can always count on this cheerful guy to say “Sure, I can do that!” when action is needed. He often steps up for special projects in addition to being an adoption counselor, cleaner/socializer and foster. He builds and distributes the monthly SignUpGenius web-based cattery volunteer schedules for PetSmart North and Petco and this coming December he will co-coordinate Santa Pet Photos fundraiser. On the second Sunday of the month he attends the volunteer CRAN Board of Directors’ monthly meetings, and . . . he works full time! At home in Junction City, Stephen and his wife Liz provide a loving home to 17 rescue cats in preparation for their future plans to build and maintain a rescue group in Roseburg. Thank you Stephen for your good heart and great energy in support of Cat Rescue & Adoption Network.
Bring your pet and a $10 donation for a picture with Santa Claus in this annual fundraiser to benefit local abandoned and neglected kittens and cats.
Our photographer will use your smart phone or our iPad to capture your pet, your family or a combination of both with a holiday background setting. We’ll email the images for your holiday card, social media and more.
Find Santa inside PetSmart at 2847 Chad Drive in Eugene the first three weekends in December from Noon to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, your $10 donation provides medical care for abandoned and neglected cats coordinated by Cat Rescue & Adoption Network, an all-volunteer group in Eugene/Springfield since 2007.
For information, call 541-225-4955
- Toni Ray, our volunteer of the month for September 2017, has been active with our cat rescue group since 2014 first as a foster and socializer. In late 2016, Toni founded her own group, Community Cat Advocacy Team Springfield (CCATS). CCATS utilizes the trap/neuter/return (TNR) concept to partner with other community resources to improve the lives of homeless cats; feral, stray, abandoned, and the kittens born to them. She has worked tirelessly to thus far rescue an estimated 159 cats and TNR nearly 300. Many of them found their new families through Cat Rescue & Adoption Network. When she’s not trapping, nurturing or advocating on behalf of the cats through CCATS, Toni enjoys long hikes with her two Rott/Pit mix dogs, Lulu & Marlow (both rescues) and especially spending time with her grand baby Mackenna who is already following in Grandma’s footsteps with the animals. “It takes a village to rescue. I love that CRAN is a part of my village as we share the same passion and commitment to the animals in need in our community!” Congratulations Toni and Thank You!
Donna Johnson has volunteered with us in the cattery since 2013, always as a cleaner, at our partner location inside PetSmart on Chad Drive in Eugene. “I love cats! I was raised with cats and I love everything about Cat Rescue & Adoption Network!” Donna said on a recent afternoon shift. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Donna rises at 5:00am and catches the 6:15am bus at her Springfield home to reach the cattery by 8:30am. She provides care and feeding to the cats available for adoption, plays with them and interacts with visitors. At about 11am, she catches the bus again and returns home, another two-hour excursion. “My brother says, ‘that’s too much bus riding for me’ and I tell him ‘well, I’m not you!’” She has one cat at home, Missy, who is 10 years old. When asked what advice she might offer a new volunteer in the cattery, Donna said “Clean the cages and do it right. Be good to these cats!” Thank you, Donna for your commitment and dependability. Congratulations as our August 2017 Volunteer of the Month!
Mark your Calendar and let’s partake of an evening to laugh amidst the absurdity of life. The show at the Wow Hall at 291 W 8th Ave Eugene, will include a variety of local comedy talent and will be held Wednesday, October 18th. Curtain opens at 7:00pm. Proceeds from donations will go to Cat Rescue & Adoption Network.