ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THIS DAY IN 2011!
UPDDATE: IN 2012 ALL THE CATS WERE SEIZED. Subsequently, the owner pleaded no-contest to animal cruelty. The prosecution said he absconded with the money donated and the cats went unfed and their health was at risk. All were seized and re-homed by the ASPCA.
OK, so cats are not horses.
The only horsey thing about this post is the word ‘ranch’.
However, I thought these photos and this man were very compelling.
I mean, who does this?! And, who does it with such FLAIR?
I have to say that I am totally impressed with his design and construction… my house should be so cute!
THANK YOU, KIND READER
One of you sent this article to me and I pored over it as if it was the document describing the precise formula for Wonka Bars. I swear, I found this utterly fascinating!
I looked at every house and all the detail. I looked at all the different felines. I computed ages and sexes and groups… I wondered which cats liked which homes. Do they pick a home based on design? Did some of them like the church and others the cabin? I mean, who puts a miniature rake and shovel on a cat’s house for decoration? I guess I can see planting flowers in front of a cat abode, but I have never cut curtains for my cats…
And, what was it like to go on a walk with them all? Did most of them get bored or distracted along the way? Did some follow him everywhere? Did he get ambushed from tree dwelling tenants?
Does this guy have any human friends? Does he need any?
Anyway, I thought I would post these pics on this Wednesday (humpday) to help you all get past the dulldrums of the mid-week slump.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE (the photo subtitles are mine…)
Man Built a Sanctuary for Homeless Cats
by Amy B. on May 14th, 2010
Craig Grant bought a tree farm far away from the city and turned it into a sanctuary for all the cats he has rescued. He lives there with the cats and provides lots of love, care and companionship. It’s hard to imagine that once he was not a cat lover and did not want cats until he met his son’s cat Pepper. He also got to experience what it is like raising a litter of kittens.
“Over that time I learned that every cat had its own unique personality and it wasn’t long before the kittens were swinging from my curtains. I didn’t care. Something had changed… I didn’t want to give them up.” The condo life was not easy for the kitties, so Craig found a tree farm and settled down there for his fur babies.
Over the next several months, he rescued more and more homeless and abandoned cats. The number of new residents kept going up, so Craig expanded the sanctuary to make more room for the animals.
The farm was named Caboodle Ranch and is now a permanent home for all the homeless, rescued cats. Each of them has a sad story of their past, but now they are living in heaven.“
Cats should be able to roam free, and at Caboodle Ranch, that’s what they do.” Craig has built many beautiful cat houses and decorated the place with vibrant colors and tons of liveliness.
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