Congratulations to October’s Volunteer of the Month Elise L’Estrange!
Elise joined CRAN in October 2021 as a foster volunteer. Since that time, she has taken on the responsibilities of a medical volunteer, which includes basic exams of foster kitties, and vaccination boosters.
We asked Elise what brought her to CRAN and what she likes about volunteering “What I enjoy the most about volunteering for CRAN is the joy that being around and holding kittens brings me and being able to put my previous veterinary technology education and experience to use. I really do miss working in the veterinary field and this provides me a good outlet for that. I also love all the new friends I’ve made through CRAN. There truly are so many people pouring their hearts into this organization.
I first heard of CRAN on the local lost & found and missing pet groups on FaceBook. People were constantly telling others to reach out to CRAN or to a couple other rescues regarding their lost cats. I had volunteered at Greenhill for a few weeks years ago, but my back issues made it difficult so I stopped. Around September 2021 I saw another comment recommending someone to reach out to CRAN and mentioned that medical volunteers were needed at that time. I was still in a “bluh” mental state from the pandemic and still getting used to going back to work after a year and a half of isolating at home, but I felt like this was something I had to do. So, I looked at the website, confirmed that volunteers with medical experience were sorely needed, and sent in a volunteer application. From my first time at the TLC facility I was impressed by how well the cats were treated and how passionate everybody was. In this kind of environment, it’s been easy to stick with it and give as much of my time to CRAN as I can.”
Thank you for all you do for CRAN Elise!
Ray Charles came into our program with several health issues including untreated herpes which caused near blindness, hair loss, and malnutrition. Below are two photos of Ray, the first when he arrived at CRAN only 4 months ago and now. The best part of the story – after taking such great care of him, his foster decided to adopt him & make sure he had the perfect permanent home. From his foster:
“When Ray Charles came into my care, he was underweight and malnourished. Due to being underfed, he was unable to grow much hair on his body. His furry head with long, white whiskers looked ginormous compared to the rest of his body. His tail looked disproportionately long and had a big, dark fluff of hair at the end. He had scabs and his thin skin easily cut open if he scratched himself. It took weeks for Ray Charles to regulate his eating pattern. He wasn’t used to having a whole bowl of food to himself, and at times he would often gorge himself to the point where he threw up. It took weeks to figure out what he liked to eat, and in what proportions. It turns out, that Ray Charles is a picky eater. He likes a variety of dried food, but only two brands of tuna.
Ray Charles was so happy to be cared for. He threw himself belly up at my feet over and over again until I would pick him up or pet him. He is such a loving and lovable cat. He likes to follow me almost everywhere I go. He wakes me up in the morning at just the right time.”
Colleen became a WCDC/CRAN Volunteer in 2017 , and has been a lifesaver, literally. Colleen initially started as a volunteer at our Petco Cattery but soon found her niche with bottle babies. Colleen is fearless and determined when it comes to saving the lives of the tiniest, most vulnerable kittens who come into rescue, some only a few days or a few hours old. She has brought knowledge and insight into treating the illnesses and special needs of these tiny babies. Colleen also helps with medical care of other foster kittens, offering advice and mentoring several fosters.
Thank you for helping CRAN’s most fragile kittens Colleen!
Congratulations to Vanessa Naldrett, our August Volunteer of the Month!
Vanessa became a CRAN foster in April 2020, during the first part of the COVID pandemic. She has fostered kittens and cats of all varieties — young kittens, older cats, special needs kitties, and provided them with a safe, loving home while they are waiting for their forever home.
Additionally, Vanessa is one of CRAN’s behind-the-scenes volunteers, keeping entries up to date in Rescue Groups, so that potential adopters can meet and learn more about CRAN kitties.
From Vanessa: “Let’s see, what would I like to add… what brought me to CRAN was my love of and desire to help kitties in need. My cat, Mimi, was very sick at that time and I had been making the plans to put her down, and I think my heart couldn’t quite handle the transition, so I began to foster in the months before she crossed over. I have so far had one foster failure, Twilight Princess Zelda, otherwise known as Mama, who I adopted from CRAN after Mimi left me. I also am at TLC on Saturdays doing cleaning/cat care as well as a volunteer.”
Thank you for all you do Vanessa!
52 cats and kittens found their forever homes in August! Thank you to their adopters and our volunteers, partners and supporters for making it possible!
Congratulations to Sarah Selland, our July Volunteer of the Month! Sarah first became part of the CRAN family in 2019 when she adopted a CRAN kitty. Sadly, the kitten, Dolly, she adopted passed away suddenly from a blood clot. Sarah became a CRAN foster in 2020. She also started volunteering with the TLC crew that spring. Sarah fosters happy cats, sad cats, scaredy cats. And she shows up without fail at CRAN’s TLC, to scoop litter boxes, feed cats, and provide loving care to any kitty in the building. Sarah is also a CRAN adopter. She adopted Wellington shortly after Dolly passed and recently adopted Ravenclaw after fostering him for a few months. Thank you, Sarah, for all you do!