Saturday, March 10, 2012

700 Cats Rescued in Florida

The ASPCA reports they have recently rescued 700 cats and kittens from a Florida sanctuary known as Caboodle Ranch.  Madison County Animal Control and Madison County's Sheriff's Office asked the ASPCA to join the effort.  The Madison County Sheriff's Office attained a search warrant for the property after a thorough investigation of Caboodle Ranch, which took more than a year to complete.

The cats found at the sanctuary appear to be suffering from severe neglect, living in dirty, overcrowded conditions.  Many of the felines are also suffering from eye infections, upper respiratory problems, and other medical conditions.  The ASPCA reports that while some of the sick felines were housed together, they were not separated based on their illnesses, which allowed for transmission from cat to cat.

Unfortunately, multiple felines have also been discovered deceased and their bodies decomposing.  Multiple shallow grave sites have also been discovered at the sanctuary.

Hundreds of rescued kitties have been placed in a temporary emergency shelter in Jacksonville where they are receiving shelter, veterinary care, and behavioral evaluations.

Craig Grant, the founder and operator of the sanctuary, has been charged with three counts of cruelty to animals, one count of felony animal cruelty, and one count of scheming to defraud.

Efforts to find and rescue all of the kittens and cats at Caboodle Ranch are ongoing.  If you would like to donate to the ASPCA to help these Florida kitties, you may do so here.  You may also view a short video of the rescue efforts here.

We are sending purrs and prayers to all the kitties who have been rescued, the kitties who are awaiting rescue, and to the kitties who went to the Rainbow Bridge.

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700 Cats Pulled from Florida "Sanctuary" This Week


  1. Many purrs and prayers coming your way. Those poor little kitties. A sanctuary is supposed to be a haven for kitties. That horrible man should be ashamed of himself. For him, I'm sending my 'look'. You know the one...

  2. Oh no, poor kitties...the story just breaks my heart. Glad they are rescued now.

  3. I had read about this and it is just a shame. Sure glad someone went in there and rescued the cats. Just goes to show how important the spay and neuter project is for sure.

  4. Ugh, this just breaks our hearts. So sad. Glad these kits are being rescued and cared for now...

  5. It totally breaks my heart in two. Those poor babies..suffering and sick, dead and lingering in illness.

    I'm sure thae man started out with the best in mind. It's sad he didn't reach out for assistance. I believe he would have gotten it.

  6. Oh my, so terrible. This breaks our hearts. It breaks for the kitties who've been rescued and are receiving help, for the kitties who've yet to be found, and the kitties who didin't make it.