CRAN’s annual winter holiday fundraising campaign officially begins on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.
We have kittens! 124 since April 1st and it’s not slowing down. With all of these kittens comes the need for lots of supplies to care for them until they are ready to be adopted. We need food, formula, bottles, litter and many other things to ensure these babies grow up happy and healthy. You are all invited to our first Kitten Shower! It’s really easy to help. Just go to our Kitten Shower Registry and you can purchase items to support the care of all the kittens:
The first-ever national Walktail walkathon is only a week away! A big thank you to YOU for creating a profile and kicking off your fundraising efforts. We’re looking forward to counting our steps for homeless pets on May 1-3! Please support the Cat Rescue and Adoption Network Team in this year’s Bissell Pet Foundation Walktail 2020. We will be walking (with safe distancing of course) over the 3 days of the fundraiser: May 1st – 3rd. You can help by donating to our team or a team member, joining our team and getting sponsors and by sharing to get more people to participate. All money raised will go to help the cats in CRAN’s program (and we have taken in over 70 mostly kittens since April 1!)
Nicki first joined CRAN in November 2017 when she began volunteering at “Gramster’s,” the familiar term for a minimalist building used to house kitties in our care being treated for ringworm. The small but dedicated volunteer crew takes extra precautions to treat, monitor and snuggle kittens and cats with this harmless skin fungus that was often a death sentence in mainstream shelters. She later became a foster and adopted two lucky kitties in the process as well! As a member of the medical team, Nicki schedules, coordinates and tracks spay/neuter appointments and assists with transportation and foster communication too. Most recently the family’s new auto business supports CRAN by sporting a donation jar on the reception counter. She also hosts a ‘cardboard cat’ promotional cut-out and, right now, she and her family are fostering a mama with kittens! Congratulations Nicki and thank you for your continued support of the CRAN mission.
Progress as of 1/26/2020 – $37,740 or 107%. We did it! You did it! Thank you, thank you!
Your generosity will bring a lot of cats and kittens, health, safety and a happy forever home.
November 2019 – Winter Greetings!
This year is shaping up as one of the busiest ever for our cat rescue volunteer group. We often think the need to rescue cats and kittens will somehow slow down. However, despite public education and spay/neuter efforts throughout our community, the need grows each year. As of Nov. 1, we’ve rescued 580 cats and placed 424 of them into forever homes. I get emotional just thinking about it! And so, by necessity, Cat Rescue & Adoption Network (CRAN) must also grow with this staggering need.
To that end, I come to you this holiday season with humility, asking that you once again open your hearts and give what you can for the cats and kittens in our care. Fill out the form on the back of this letter and send it in using the enclosed return envelope. (The kitties will thank you for it!)
So, what exactly does CRAN do? Here are just a couple stories, from literally hundreds, about our lucky CRAN cats and the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers and foster families, all made possible by your generosity.
Sweet Fantine is an adult beauty who came to CRAN when her caretaker died and left several cats in the house, including two females with two separate litters of kittens, and two other adults.
Fantine (at left) and her five babies were lovingly fostered until they were ready for adoption. Along the way, a severe heart murmur was discovered which made her spay surgery both complicated and expensive. Thanks to the wonderful care received from CRAN volunteers and our veterinary partners, Fantine is living a happy, contented life in her new, forever home.
Forrest (below) was just a few days old when he, his mom and sister were rescued from the streets. He became very ill and fought hard for his life. From vet visit to vet visit, antibiotic treat-ment to antibiotic treatment, medicated nebulizer treatments to steamy showers, sub-Q fluids and bottle feedings . . . all of this care leading, at last, to a healthy and thriving kitten. If left out on the streets, he would not have made it.
Thanks to the CRAN medical fund, we were able to pursue multiple vet visits and treatment so Forrest could thrive. He and his sister, Astoria, have since found their loving, forever home.
Fantine and Forrest aren’t responsible for their predicaments
– we are. The suffering caused by neglect, abandonment and irresponsible care (not spaying or neutering) is devastating and . . .it’s not their fault.
We couldn’t do any of this without you.
Our 2019 budget is $199,000 of which $140,000 (70%) goes directly for medical care.
As an all-volunteer non-profit, no-kill cat rescue group, we receive no public funding and have no paid staff. And look what we’re accomplishing!
65% ($135,000) of our income comes from donations and grants. 35% from Adoption fees. Yes, it’s a lot (tell me about it.) As you can see, the need is great, and your compassion is greater!
On another front:
CRAN TLC is almost a reality! Our new medical rehabilitation and ringworm treatment facility is coming together after nearly two years. Remember please, this is not a shelter facility per se – it’s a place where cats can be cared for and returned to health. It’s been a very long journey and it is happening! We’ll keep you informed as to when we will have the grand opening.
“What else can I do?” I’m glad you asked!
Here are some ideas to start:
- Sign up for monthly giving – It’s easy, just go CatRescues.org and click on Donate
- Volunteer – We need about 300 people to meet the needs of all these little bundles of joy. We have 200+ now.
- Foster – Since we are a “foster based” rescue group, we need your help with temporary homes.
- Hold a Facebook fundraiser in lieu of birthday, holiday gift or just because.
- Sign up for Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer rewards CRAN gets a small piece of each sale.
- Think about donating that stock you’ve been holding for years without much success.
- Be creative! Maybe you could make and sell birdhouses or blankets or have a bake sale or ?
Our CRAN kitties are worth it. Knowing you are helping to find homes for hundreds of cats and kittens every year will warm your heart on these foggy, winter days. Seeing the pictures of the kitties with their forever families is priceless. Join us!
Have a Happy and Joyous Holiday!
Cat Rescue and Adoption Network is a Finalist in Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes People’s Choice Competition!
Since 2013, more than 15,000 adopters have shared the big and small ways that their pet brightens their life with the Petco Foundation to help make Holiday Wishes come true for the animal welfare organizations across the country. Through this campaign, the Petco Foundation has awarded more than $5M to lifesaving animal welfare organizations like ours.
We’re so happy to announce that this year the Petco Foundation has selected our organization for a Holiday Wishes award thanks to an adoption story submitted by Courtney Young-Hohenlohe Langenburg!
As a Holiday Wishes award finalist, we have the opportunity to earn up to an additional $25,000 – but we need your help! We need your vote in the People’s Choice Award Competition!
It’s Free! Tell all your friends, family, coworkers, everybody.
Voting ends on Friday, December 20 at noon CST.
Read all of the Holiday Wishes finalist stories at petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes.
Our Holiday Wishes grant award will be announced and presented to us at a celebration on Thursday, 12/19/2019 at 11:00. Please join us at the Eugene Petco located at 1169 Valley River Drive, to celebrate pet adoption, Sophie and Courtney Young-Hohenlohe Langenburg and our lifesaving grant award!
Thank you for helping to make our Holiday Wishes come true!
Happy Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We hope you have enjoyed the start of your holiday season!
Well, Giving Tuesday is right around the corner. Generous folks throughout the world are taking a day to think about the needs of others. At Cat Rescue & Adoption Network (CRAN) we are thinking of and thankful for all of you; and all the cats in our care. Many happy and healthy little furbabies, and those less fortunate with some type of affliction.
Forrest was just a few days old when he, his mom and sister were rescued from the streets. He became very ill and fought hard for his life. From vet visit to vet visit, antibiotic treatment to antibiotic treatment, medicated nebulizer treatments to steamy showers, sub-Q fluids and bottle feedings . . . all of this care leading, at last, to a healthy and thriving kitten. If left out on the streets, he would not have made it.
Thanks to the CRAN medical fund, we were able to pursue multiple vet visits and treatment so Forrest could thrive.
Forrest wasn’t responsible for his predicament
– we are. The suffering caused by neglect, abandonment and irresponsible care (not spaying or neutering) is devastating and . . . it’s not their fault. I could go on and on.
The point of all of this is that it costs money. CRAN will spend over $150,000 this year on medical care including spay/neuter, vaccines, testing, locator micro-chip implants and the huge variety of medical needs that come with the 580 cats and kittens we’ve rescued so far this year.
We hope to raise $35,000 before the end of the year and Giving Tuesday should gives us a boost.
Please give what you can by clicking on our website donation link; or, mail your donation to CRAN – PO Box 72401 – Springfield, OR 97475.
Most importantly, tell your friends and family to participate by sharing links. Or create your own fundraiser for CRAN. Let’s help the kitties. Donate Now
Thank you all so much