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!
Rika is the CRAN September volunteer of the month for good cause – she’s become so vital to our continuing success. A cat lover with plenty of cat knowledge and experience, she combines her technical background and skills with care and compassion. To name a few of her CRAN contributions, Rika developed an online questionnaire to make it easy for fosters to submit cat bios and a template for professional printed cat cage cards in our PetSmart partner locations. Most likely you’ve admired her beautiful cat photos – she’s collected striking images of more than 60 camera-shy CRAN felines. Rika’s photos often entice adoption applications the very first day they’re posted. She also co-manages the web-based program of cat listings, massages the master cat ID sheet, builds monthly online volunteer shift schedules; sorts, tracks and transfers cat information into various spreadsheets for specific projects; works with fosters to determine the flow of cats into the adoption centers; pours herself into soothing challenging foster cats, makes home visits for their placement and . . . she works full-time! Rika began volunteering in July 2018. Since then, her hard work and amazing results are truly a gift to our CRAN kitties Thank you Rika and congratulations!
Brittany Clark joined CRAN last August with a generous volunteer application to work with bottle baby kittens and we put her straight to work! Since that time, Brittany and her family have fostered more than 50 newborns, neonates and tiny vulnerable kittens – from just born to a few weeks old – giving them ’round the clock care, enabling them to grow, thrive, and find forever families. What a lifesaver – literally! It hasn’t always been easy, and tender hearts have suffered along the way with a chance at life. In addition to her foster work, she responded to a request for cattery volunteers in March and faithfully cleaned and cared for the cats at our PetSmart partner in North Eugene every other Sunday for the next six months. All this while working and raising an active family. Thank you Brittany, we are so pleased to have your support. Congratulations on being our August 2019 volunteer of the month.
Kat Coyer has been rescuing and fostering kittens, cats, puppies, dogs . . . you name it since she was knee high to a squirrel! She pours herself into each little soul whether it be from injury, disease or accident of birth. With her passion for animal welfare, combined with her career as a certified veterinary technician at Cat Care, our all-volunteer cat rescue group is lucky to have her talents. In addition to fostering, Kat is a member of the medical team visiting other fosters, providing vaccinations and advice on best care. Most recently she raised a brother/sister pair of kittens who came to her at just one day old! That’s a lot of around-the-clock feedings! Their successful home placement this month gave us all peace. Thank you Kat.
Patty first joined our rescue group by completing cattery volunteer training in March 2016 and worked evening and weekend shifts around her full-time job. She also fosters and trained new cattery volunteers at our PetSmart partner on Chad Drive in Eugene. In addition, she puts together all of the Adoption Folder starter kits which includes labeling and collating materials in a timely manner for use with each kitty we adopt – more than 500 each year! Patty is eager to help with special events and always has a smile. Thank you, Patty, for your talents and continued support of CRAN’s mission.
Drum Roll Please . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
We are halfway to our goal of $30,000. Please help the kitties. Our budget is 85% for the Medical funds to spay/neuter, vaccinate, provide needed medical care and treatments.
Look at their faces. Is there anything cuter?
Let’s bring this campaign to a successful close.
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.