Eyes of a Friend

Life with companion animals

Cat Houses – sanctuary / adoption facilities

I cannot bear to see animals locked up in cages – even when they are housed in cages to save their life. I strongly disagree, however,  with PETA and other groups who fight against the No-Kill movement when they say that is it better to kill (they still mis-use the word euthanize) cats and dogs rather than keep them locked up in shelters while waiting for adoption, but I know that a lot of the dogs don’t get walked enough and the cats’ shelters range from bare kennels to nice cat habitats with most in the bare kennels. Killing homeless healthy animals is not a solution to the problem, but getting them out of their cages while they wait for adoption (which may or may not happen) is a solution. There are a few places that have been doing this for years, but it is not an easy job, and it is expensive. Here’s a few places that give the homeless animals a life while they are hoping for a home.

Donations are needed, of course, at each facility.

The Cat House on the Kings is California’s largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. Our mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility; to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

Since its founding 18 years ago, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 18,000 cats and 5,000 dogs (not counting the 40,000 animals we have spayed and neutered!) and currently cares for more than 700 cats and kittens! — from the website: The Cat House on the Kings

The Caboodle Ranch

Caboodle Ranch was unintentionally founded in 2003, when a series of unfortunate events finally lead to its creation. The founder, Craig Grant, lived with his son and his son’s cat. When his son moved out without taking the cat, Craig found that the cat was pregnant, and that his condo and neighbors didn’t want cats around. Craig changed from being a man who didn’t like cats to a man who bought property so the cats could live safely. He started taking in cats from rescues and shelters, and the numbers grew from 6 to 11 to hundreds.

Caboodle Ranch is a 30 acre non-profit cat rescue society; founded by a single individual who cared enough to make a difference in the lives of cats. Caboodle Ranch has the seal of approval from the Tallahassee Humane Society and Tallahasee/Madison County Animal Control.

Each day Craig has a lot of work to accomplish, which includes filling feeders, changing water throughout the ranch, giving medications, changing litter boxes, and sanitizing shelters. He needs to be able to do these things uninterrupted. The ranch is also Craig’s home, so please respect his privacy and hours of operation. Visiting Hours For Caboodle Ranch Start at 2pm.

A visit to the Caboodle Ranch

Best Friends Animal Society

(From their website) — Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us. In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year. Despite the commitment of shelter workers to the animal in their care, the conventional belief was that little could be done to lower that terrible number.

Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets campaign created a new vision: A grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered “unadoptable” into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs.  Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters has fallen to
approximately 5 million a year.  There has been much progress,but there is still much more to do.

The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends.

Most of the animals who find their way to Best Friends have special physical or behavioral needs, and our expert staff of veterinarians, trainers and caregivers offer them all the help they require.  Most of them are ready to go to good new homes after just a few weeks of special care.  A few, who are too old or too sick, or who have suffered extra trauma, find a home and haven at the sanctuary, and are given loving care for the rest of their lives.

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Draw the Dog cartoons help rescue homeless dogs

Visit DrawtheDog.com

Early this year, two talented dog-loving friends created a website that is “the happiest ‘Spot’ on the web” – Draw the dog (drawthedog.com). They “capture the joy, chaos, love and goofiness of living with dogs…” Draw the Dog shows a daily cartoon, but they came up with a unique way of showing them — the cartoons “draw themselves” as you sit and watch! Jim George, an ex-Disney animator, draws the cartoons, and friend Bruce Kasanoff does “everything else”. They get ideas from readers and create moving images that recreate daily experiences with our dogs. They also want to help all the homeless dogs that are in rescues, shelters and pounds waiting for a chance to have a new home, so they created the videos below. If you have room for a pair of loving eyes and a wagging tail – please consider adopting from your local rescue. If you don’t know where your local shelter/rescues are located, just go to Petfinders.com and put in your zipcode to get a list of nearby dogs/cats/rabbits/ etc. that need homes.

Also be sure to visit Drawthedog.com and sign up for a daily email full of wet noses, wagging tails, and lots of fun!

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Cats, Engineers, and Static Electricity

Two nerdy but cute engineers decide to use their cats to get noticed by ladies share their scientific point of view. I ran across this video series (yes, there are more besides this one) a couple of months ago. At first, I was concerned that cats were being mistreated. They post a  disclaimer: “None of the cats, humans, or engineers were mistreated in the making of this film. They were however, slightly annoyed…” , but my suspicions forced me to watch several of their videos (“Engineer’s Guide to Cat Yodeling”, “Engineer’s Guide to Voting – Ginger Cat for President”). I considered this investigation to be my contribution to animal welfare for that day, and determined that the cats were truly annoyed, but unhurt and much loved. You can investigate the treatment of these cats as well, and learn how engineers think. My dad was an engineer, but he never shared his deep inner thoughts about cats. He did, however, use our cats as a way of telling me and my brother that it was time for dinner — he would walk into a room where my brother and I were reading or playing, and tell the cat who was also in the room “tell your brother and sister that it is time for dinner”. He may have been showing his engineer’s sense of humor; I always thought he didn’t want to talk to me.

As their YouTube description for this video, the authors wrote: “Two professional engineers illustrate the proper care and practical benefits of cats…”

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