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Happy Tail – Sam

We were contacted by a friend of CRAN. Her grandmother had died and the rest of the family thought euthanasia was the best option for an old cat with IBD (he was 16 intake December) but she didn’t agree. Could CRAN take him? At his assessment, the family member caring for Sam, told our volunteer that he spent the whole day (every day) hiding under the bed. She tried to get him out to prepare for our meeting, and only managed to break one of his claws. So at his first meeting Sam was an angry 18 lb ball of orange indignant cat, hiding under the bed, growling and swatting at our volunteer.
Our volunteer left his caregiver with instructions to win Sam’s trust and heart.
His caregiver came through for Sam. After about 10 days she sent a video clip with her touching him, brushing him, even carefully stroking him…and he was purring! So we made him a CRAN cat and put him into foster.
His medical records from his time with his owner said that he had IBD and he was supposed to be on a few different medications. First foster attempted to spoil Sam, but she had another cat, and it turned out Sam didn’t like other cats. Luckily, a second loving foster home opened up, and we moved Sam. The second foster home got Sam to eat and come out of his shell a bit, but also had foster kittens, and it turned out Sam didn’t like kittens. So, on to his third foster home, a college student with no other pets but a great love for cats. In this home, we figured out that (a) Sam hated his medications, and (b) possibly didn’t need them, and (c) started to learn that Sam liked to play with toys on a stick, and learned what he liked to eat. Third foster had to move at the end of a term, so Sam moved to foster home #4, and this is where he really, really blossomed, thanks to the groundwork done by his initial caregiver and the other fosters. Sam became pampered, loved to sleep in bed with his foster mom, watched the birds and all the sights outside of his window, and was gradually weaned off of all of his medications without any sign of a return of the IBD symptoms. With all of this love, it wasn’t too long until adopters found Sam. And it just so happens that the adopters have also volunteered for CRAN. Sam is now living his happily ever after life.




July is Lost Pet Prevention Month

 

  • A family pet is lost every 2 seconds in North America
  • 10 Million pets are lost per year
  • 1 out of 3 pets will be lost in its lifetime
Losing your cat is every cat caregiver’s nightmare. How can you protect your cat?
Keep your cat indoors:
If you’d like your cat to experience the great outdoors safely, build a catio, install a cat proof fence, use a stroller or use a harness and leash.
Catproof your home:
  • Make sure window screens are escape proof. Consider using wire shelving in front of the screen in the window track, a child gate in the window, or tear proof screen and fastening screen to window frame.
  • Make sure screen doors are cat proof. Consider a metal screen door or improvise with pet doors in front of screen.
  • If you have an interior door that goes to a utility or mudroom and then outside, use it as much as possible. If not, discourage your cat from going close to the door.
Increase chances of finding your cat should she get lost by:
  • Microchipping
  • Fit your cat with a collar with ID
Finding your cat should she get lost:
Lost cat behavior is different for indoor only vs indoor/outdoor cats. If your cat gets out or doesn’t return home, remember the most important thing to do is to look for them. Here are more resources for finding a lost cat:




Happy Tail

Maisie (formerly Joy) was brought into a local emergency veterinarian hospital with a severe leg fracture which would require an orthopedic specialist for a very complex surgery. They had called our local humane society and everyone else they could think of and we were her last hope. Of course we took her. Maisie had her surgery which included a plate and screws and recovered for 8 weeks in a crate at her foster home followed by several weeks of rehab to gain her strength back. Throughout her whole ordeal, Maisie was the most sweet, gentle and happy cat. Maisie was soon adopted and her foster continues to give updates. “She’s as sweet as ever and doing great 🙂 crazy that we’ve had her for over five years I’m so grateful to have her. 💗 I appreciate everything you and CRAN did for this sweet girl. I need her way more than she needs me.” This is the happy ending we want for every cat.




Adoptions




Spring Campaign

Spring has arrived – daffodils and tulips are in bloom, the blossoms are on the trees, and we’re seeing blue skies after grey and rain. You know what else arrives this time of year? Kittens, kittens, cats and kittens. Cat Rescue & Adoption Network is gearing up for the wave of exciting and challenging new life and all that it entails. Fosters; food; supplies; medical needs; adoption preparation of vaccinations; spay/neuter and socialization. Sad to say, it takes more than a little effort to meet all these needs. It takes the entire village of cat lovers, sharing talent, time and money. Please send your donation to: PO Box 72401, Springfield, OR 97475 or donate securely online at: https://catrescues.org/donate




Why Microchip?

1.  A microchip can help bring your pet home and prove ownership if your pet is lost. Shelters, Vet Clinics, Humane Societies and Rescues check for microchips. We advise all people who find a cat to have it checked for a microchip.
2. The American Humane Association estimates 1 in 3 pets will be lost or stolen at least once in their lifetime.
3. Why microchip an indoor only cat? Cats can be escape artists, someone could leave a door open, something could happen on the way to the vet or even worse there could be a disaster or burglary.

Why Microchip? Traveler’s Story

Last October a new cat was sighted by one of our volunteers, Julie, on a game cam in her barn. The cat would appear occasionally in the wee hours of the night and eat her barncat’s food. She continued to see him on the game cam footage for months. Then one night she was late going to the shed and he was there…and he meowed at her! With much coaxing, he went into a big carrier for some canned food and she caught him!

Julie took him in to be scanned by another one of our volunteers. Based on that information, another volunteer worked with one of our vet partners and found the owners. Turns out they only lived a couple of miles away. They had moved to their new residence in October and immediately let their cat out. He never came back. He had been missing fore almost 5 months and they were so sure he was dead, they didn’t pay attention to the emails from the microchip company.

It was a joyous reunion and our volunteers coached the family on how to help Traveler bond to his new yard and reconnect with his family.  They kept him in for a month and carefully introduced him to their new home so he wouldn’t get lost again.

More happy endings thanks to microchips:

      1. Mordecai was separated from his family as they fled the 2017 fires in North Bay, California. The orange tabby was found once again by a local rescue organization three years later, and the organization’s policy to scan every cat for a microchip finally brought Mordecai home.
      2. Des Moines, Iowa, cat Lottie was identified by his microchip and finally brought back to his family after four years away from them. He came home just in time for the holidays.
      3. “Christmas miracle” cat Benny was reunited with his family in December 2020 after going missing from his Rochester, New Hampshire, home seven years ago. A scan of his microchip identified him and brought him back where he belonged.
      4. Fluffy cat Art became lost in September 2019 after climbing out of a window of his Rochester, Minnesota house. More than a year later, he was identified when his microchip was scanned—and he’d roamed nearly an hour away from his home! He’s since been reunited with his family.
      5. After being wrongfully trapped and relocated away from his home on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, Merlin the cat was brought back into the arms of his family thanks to a scan of his microchip.
      6. Calico Patches was believed deceased along with her owner in the aftermath of a mudslide in Montecito, California, in 2018. But she lived, and was brought into an animal shelter three years later, where a scan of her microchip revealed her identity. Patches has since been reunited with her owner’s partner.