Since 2013, Meredith Branch has combined her love of raising guide dog puppies with her love of kittycats. Meredith can almost always take a litter of kittens, or a frightened new-mama cat and tiny babies. Meredith and her family take wonderful care of the littlest kittens, the scaredy-est, hissiest mamas, and provide them with love, kindness and excellent care. Nothing seems to rattle Meredith — when foster coordinator Louanne texts her and asks “I have a new intake, can you help?” she always finds a way.
In just one year, Ruth’s abilities to get in, get it figured out and get it done in our cat rescue world has been enthralling to watch – what a thrill! Whether it’s caring for ringworm kittens, juggling a never-ending stream of needy fosters, assisting with trapping and intake, photographing for promotion, developing improved operational methods, soothing and cuddling (cats mostly but people too as needed!), and most recently as adoption counselor, we are one lucky volunteer group to have her with us. And all this on top of working full time with an active family as well.
Margo Fulton, our volunteer of the month for January 2019, has been a steady presence with our cat rescue group since at least October 2015. Since then, she has cared for, socialized and fostered a non-stop stream of kittens making their way from initial rescue, or being weaned from a feral mama cat, through the spay and neuter process, and into their forever homes.
Margo takes all kinds of kittens — sniffly and sneezy kittens, jumpy and scared kittens, confused and sad kittens, happy, lively, bouncy kittens. With the gentle and consistent care the kittens receive while in foster in her home, they are well-prepared for that next big step in their lives. “I am honored and thrilled to be a part of CRAN,” says Margo. “I have loved helping all of the sweet kittens I fostered over the years. It is gift to me and my family that we have had so many amazing kitties. Thanks CRAN for all that you do. It’s a pleasure helping you.”
Cat Care and Rehabilitation Project – Help us give our new project a name.
Main Street Mini-Storage is constructing a building in East Springfield for CRAN’s use. The purpose of this building will be many-fold. Here are just some of the proposed uses.
- Intake and assessment
- Temporary holding area between intake and Foster Assignment
- Ringworm Treatment
- Rehabilitation and socialization between medical treatment and release to Foster/Adoption
Bottom Line is we need a name for promoting some of the donation needs of this new facility. Please use the form below to submit your ideas. If your name is chosen we have a small token of our appreciation for you. NOTE: This will not be a publicly accessible building. It is not a shelter. Cats will not meet potential adopters at this facility. The building will not have identifying signage.
Louanne Koch – December 2018 – Louanne, along with her husband Craig, is one of the main reasons our cat rescue group continues to survive and thrive. With a big heart and savvy business skills, she also has the ability to clone herself at least twice — Louanne has served as foster, foster coordinator, medical manager, fundraiser, community representative, board member (and president since 2016), and so much more. “Louanne’s ability to be diplomatic in emotional situations, as well as kind and caring at the same time across a variety of situations with people and their pets, is invaluable,” said Robert McIntosh, Vice Pres./Treasurer. Louanne was recognized for this award in early 2015, and the honors are justly due again, and again, and again. How grateful we are for your talents, Louanne, and your continued support of all things CRAN.
Lisa Lundquist – Nov 2018
Lisa signed on as an adoption counselor volunteer in June 2017 in the gratifying work to review adoption applications and put together the best matches for a lifetime of love. As the full-time manager of a retail store, Lisa can handle just about anything. She found her true calling though in the challenging hands-on work to treat and care for kitties with ringworm. It’s quite a process. Often the kitties’ care takes 2-3 months of bathing, dipping, topical ointments and oral medications. And not every kitty is thrilled about it! Lisa also builds the adoption folders for kitties at our PetSmart partner on Chad Drive, monitors their success in the cattery, attends monthly board meetings and more. Oh, and she’s also completing an online Shelter Management course too! CRAN is a better organization with Lisa’s valuable contributions and getting better all the time.
Thank you Lisa
Michelle Bales – Oct 2018 – Fosters are at the very core of the success of our all-volunteer cat rescue group. And Michelle has been volunteering as a cat foster since October 2015. CRAN board president Louanne Koch says of Michelle “. . . she never says no when I need her help.” They’ve come to Michelle, and her husband Matt, at all ages, stages and needs. With her creativity and kind heart, they leave the Bales’ care ready to launch into their forever homes. What lucky kitties. And what luck for our group to have Michelle and Matt at the ready to save more lives. Thank you and congratulations on being selected as the volunteer of the month for October 2018.
Food, fundraising and fun. Monday 12/10 and Tuesday 12/11, all day, Dickie Jo’s and Dickie Yo’s at Valley River are hosting a fundraiser for Cat Rescue & Adoption Network. Print out the flyer from the link below, bring it to the restaurant, join in the food and fun and we’ll receive $ for our kitties. A win/win for everyone. PDF of Flyer HERE!
Holiday Greetings from CRAN. It’s that time of year again and wanted to let you all know what we’ve been up to.
This is Tia, and she has ringworm. Let me tell you about her good luck finding safety with
Cat Rescue and Adoption Network.
In some communities, ringworm is a death sentence for kittens. With CRAN, her ringworm will be treated while she receives food, shelter and lots of love. Then she will be adopted to a wonderful family.
Here are some of her other CRAN-mates.
Annika came to us with a swollen, severely infected eye, URI, and chewing lice which are all being treated. She continues to heal with our volunteers’ care and medical attention.
Yves is just a youngster. He was rescued from a rural property. Yves has a double whammy – he can’t breathe properly because he has a deformed chest and, if that isn’t enough, he also had a broken leg! But Yves will be cared for and then adopted.
So many others. . .
Siblings Dolly, Martina and Trisha all arrived with terrible upper respiratory infections. All have recovered and are ready to find their forever homes.
Mr. Peaches came into our group in a humane trap — thought to be feral, turned out to be a lap cat and, although he is positive for the FIV – Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus, he is awaiting his turn for adoption.
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr arrived from an abandonment situation with terrible intestinal parasites. Treatment has been slow going, but with patience, medication and good food, they are close to being adoptable.
Entropion (eyelid) surgery. Asthma treatment. Emergency Vet hospitalization. Kittens in car engines. Cats abandoned by their owners. Yep. Elderly cats facing euthanasia for the simple reason that they are old? You bet. All these situations, and more.
Every single cat and kitten that CRAN takes in, is fed, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, tested for FIV and feline leukemia, defleaed and dewormed, and provided with needed medical care.
Here are some of the numbers, year to date.
- Rescued (so far in 2018)- 409
- Adopted out – 383
- Spay/Neutered – 478
- Care and Feed in Foster – 243
- Return to Owner/Transfer to Other Shelter – 60
So many cats rescued and cared for. When a new adopter holds their kitty for the first time and you see that spark of love between them, it makes all this hard work and sacrifice worthwhile.
The fact is, in 2018, we’ve spent most of our financial resources to caring for medically fragile and needy cats and kittens. Our reserves have taken a big hit. Please help us replenish these funds so that we can continue our good work in 2019 and beyond. Please help us help the cats in our community and the people who love them by supporting our work today.
We understand everyone has different circumstances and we appreciate, more than you can imagine, your gifts in the past. This is what I am asking of each of you now:
- Contribute a one-time gift to match the urgency of our current financial situation.
- Use the enclosed envelope and confirm the information below is correct or donate online at www.CatRescues.org/donate .
- Additionally, consider becoming a monthly contributor.
- Visit CatRescues.org and click on the Donate Button. Choose monthly at the top of the form.
- Did you know that you can donate stock to CRAN?
Call Rob McIntosh, Treasurer 808-895-7812 for details
- Consider being a Foster or a Volunteer. Submit your application at CatRescues.org/forms.
- Let all your friends and family know about the need; ask them to donate too.
- Suggest a donation to CRAN in lieu of Birthday and Holiday gifts this year.
Together we can do it.
With my sincere appreciation,
Louanne Koch, President
Cat Rescue & Adoption Network