Kim Konevich began volunteering and fostering for CRAN in August of 2017. In her own words, I’ll let her tell you her story . . . “I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization and cannot believe how I am continuously meeting thoughtful, kind, compassionate, and caring individuals. The world of rescue is messy and challenging but because I work with an amazing group of people and kitties, I know that we as a group are doing good work. I have always believed in helping other humans, animals and the community. It is nice to find a group that shares my sentiment and goes above and beyond the call of duty.
I have to say however, my involvement with volunteering and cat rescue began a few years back. Finding a teeny kitten on our property was a very strange notion to me. I had no idea there was such a thing as “Kitten Season” and thought it was strange to find a solo cat. I began doing some research and realized it was not an uncommon discovery. The little lady who is known as Rio now stole our hearts and we have adopted a few others since. Because of Rio and the situation, I wanted to help. I realized the best way to do that was to get involved. It is helpful to have resources and people willing to help when certain situations arise and animals need attention and care. CRAN is a group that serves the cats and the community and I am honored to work with you.” Likewise Kim! Thank you and congratulations as CRAN’s volunteer of the month for December 2017.
Sharil Stinson, our volunteer of the month for November 2017, came to our cat rescue group when she trapped two kittens in December 2015. She named these gorgeous black kitties Leo and Simba due to the unusual “manes” around their necks like lions. She worked with fellow CRAN volunteer Louanne Koch (and continuing board president for 2018) to get them neutered and ultimately adopted (together!). Sharil and her husband, Dan, have fostered many kittens and cats since then with great success. Last Fall she stepped up to fill a vital job creating the Feline Medical Record documents for each cat which becomes part of their adoption folder. Attention to detail is a necessary skill which Sharil handles with ease and her turnaround time will make your head spin! She pitches in whenever possible and even brought a rolling cat condo to the January 2018 adoption weekend which was admired by all. Thank you Sharil for your can-do approach which is such a vital part of our ongoing cat rescue success.
UPDATE – $12,000 campaign goal surpassed by 92%
Grand Total $23,018!
You all should be very proud of your generosity towards our cats and kittens.
We have saved many lives with this campaign and we are so happy.
Dear Friends, Donors, Volunteers and Supporters
Cats, cats, cats! Adorable kittens, wise wonderful seniors, abandoned cats, young pregnant cats, sick cats, injured cats and healthy ones . . . all deserving cats that need your financial support today!
Your donation makes the work of our all-volunteer team possible. Your contributions have allowed us to rescue more than 600 cats in the greater Eugene/Springfield community this year to date, and will provide the fuel to keep us moving forward.
Because of you, this year so far, we were able to:
- take in the five kittens and momma cat that local employees planned to poison
- help the young woman whose unspayed female cat had grown into 20 cats and kittens and were overrunning the neighborhood
- support the kind neighbor who rescued more than 20 kittens from his neighborhood
- provide over $103,000 in medical fees to heal, vaccinate and sterilize our cats
- find new homes for 383 deserving, rehabilitated, healthy cats
And our little volunteer group is growing too. In August we changed our name to better reflect who we are now and what we do. After 10 years of service “West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue (WCDC)” is now “Cat Rescue and Adoption Network (CRAN)” with a new website and logo!
And yet, we are still the same all-volunteer group, funded entirely by private donations form supporters like you (no government funding here), working tirelessly on behalf of the cats in our community and the people who care for them.
And now it’s the end of the year, time to close the books and pay our bills. It takes love to do the work we do and money to pay the medical bills and feed the hungry kitties we help. We need to raise $20,000 to meet our budget for 2017; this campaign is key to closing the budget gap.
Help us reach our $12,000 Year-End Campaign goal to save neglected and abandoned cats and find them permanent, loving homes. Please mail in your donation to PO Box 72401, Springfield, OR 97475 or go online to CatRescues.org and click on “Donate” today.
With my sincere thanks on behalf of the cats,
Board President (and a volunteer too!)
Stephen Parkinson began volunteering Sept. 25, 2016 as a cleaner/socializer in the cattery inside our partner location at PetSmart on Chad Drive. Since then he has volunteered consistently (and often!) in a variety of capacities both in the cattery, for special events and behind the scenes. We can always count on this cheerful guy to say “Sure, I can do that!” when action is needed. He often steps up for special projects in addition to being an adoption counselor, cleaner/socializer and foster. He builds and distributes the monthly SignUpGenius web-based cattery volunteer schedules for PetSmart North and Petco and this coming December he will co-coordinate Santa Pet Photos fundraiser. On the second Sunday of the month he attends the volunteer CRAN Board of Directors’ monthly meetings, and . . . he works full time! At home in Junction City, Stephen and his wife Liz provide a loving home to 17 rescue cats in preparation for their future plans to build and maintain a rescue group in Roseburg. Thank you Stephen for your good heart and great energy in support of Cat Rescue & Adoption Network.
- Toni Ray, our volunteer of the month for September 2017, has been active with our cat rescue group since 2014 first as a foster and socializer. In late 2016, Toni founded her own group, Community Cat Advocacy Team Springfield (CCATS). CCATS utilizes the trap/neuter/return (TNR) concept to partner with other community resources to improve the lives of homeless cats; feral, stray, abandoned, and the kittens born to them. She has worked tirelessly to thus far rescue an estimated 159 cats and TNR nearly 300. Many of them found their new families through Cat Rescue & Adoption Network. When she’s not trapping, nurturing or advocating on behalf of the cats through CCATS, Toni enjoys long hikes with her two Rott/Pit mix dogs, Lulu & Marlow (both rescues) and especially spending time with her grand baby Mackenna who is already following in Grandma’s footsteps with the animals. “It takes a village to rescue. I love that CRAN is a part of my village as we share the same passion and commitment to the animals in need in our community!” Congratulations Toni and Thank You!
Donna Johnson has volunteered with us in the cattery since 2013, always as a cleaner, at our partner location inside PetSmart on Chad Drive in Eugene. “I love cats! I was raised with cats and I love everything about Cat Rescue & Adoption Network!” Donna said on a recent afternoon shift. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Donna rises at 5:00am and catches the 6:15am bus at her Springfield home to reach the cattery by 8:30am. She provides care and feeding to the cats available for adoption, plays with them and interacts with visitors. At about 11am, she catches the bus again and returns home, another two-hour excursion. “My brother says, ‘that’s too much bus riding for me’ and I tell him ‘well, I’m not you!’” She has one cat at home, Missy, who is 10 years old. When asked what advice she might offer a new volunteer in the cattery, Donna said “Clean the cages and do it right. Be good to these cats!” Thank you, Donna for your commitment and dependability. Congratulations as our August 2017 Volunteer of the Month!
All Cat Rescue & Adoption Network friends, volunteers and fans.
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Jane Kwiatkowski – I have loved cats all my life. One of my earliest and happiest memories is of my family’s black cat, pressing against my side like a wall of softness half as tall as me when I was a baby. My best buddy of childhood was my grey cat who played with me and followed me like a dog everywhere I went in our neighborhood. When my husband and I were newly married, our first “cat” was a quietly smiling, fuzzy black gumdrop-shaped toy cat who lived on the top shelf of our bookcase in our apartment where we renters were not allowed to have a real cat.
Cats became a permanent part of my family when my children were young, and a tiny grey-and-white tuxedo girl was dropped in our yard when we weren’t looking. Of course, we had to get her a friend, so she was soon joined by a spotted black-and-white tuxedo boy from the shelter. In the 30 years since then, we have had five more cats, two or three at a time, up through our current two boys, one of whom “followed me home” from the PetSmart North cattery in 2013.
Until recently I was always busy with family and work, so I never had time to do more for cats than share my home and love with these seven furry family members. But now, after retiring, I finally have time to join other volunteers helping cats and kittens find real homes and families.
I am one of the cattery volunteers who helps the cats and kittens get as comfortable as possible so that prospective adopters can see them at their best and most social. What I love is patiently waiting for them to overcome their shyness to allow me to make contact. I love the delicate extension of trust they give – if you wait long and quietly enough. And best of all is the chance to give them tenderness once they let you begin petting them, or when they finally climb into your lap, or when a little kitten relaxes completely into sleep in your arms, or leaps with delight after a toy. (Editors note: Jane was too shy in her bio to mention that she is the creator of our new logo design. Everyone is very excited)