MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say.
On June 28, a Florida judge ruled that the 700 cats of Caboodle Ranch could be permanently removed from the “no-kill sanctuary” and put into the care of local authorities. The judge also ruled that sanctuary owner Craig Grant could not aquire more animals.
Caboodle Ranch is a morality tale for all humans who love animals- not every rescue is indeed a rescue, and even those with the best of intentions can get over their heads.
Oh they had a great story, and a cool-looking website. There are even videos on Youtube of a kind man caring for many cats.
But that wasn’t what was really going on. Cats did not receive proper medical care. Cats weren’t spayed/ neutered. Dead cats were left on the grounds. Funds were misappropriated.
NOTE: This video is NOT graphic! It is the local Sheriff explaining the facts surrounding the investigation.
I’m not posting details here. I looked at the info, and it made me physically ill. You can find out more about the case at CaboodleRanch.net. There are also videos on YouTube of the investigation.
Two points I want to make about this case:
ONE: People are STILL believing this place is a great place for cats. And they still send money to this guy. It’s your money, and you can do whatever you want with it. Personally, I’d rather people send money to groups that actually HELP animals, but hey, to each his own.
TWO: In the video above, the Jackson County sheriff stated that they contracted with the ASPCA to investigate and care for all the cats removed from the property. He said it was costing around $3 MILLION dollars to do all this, and that the ASPCA footed the entire bill.
If it was a rare occurance that such operations took place, it would be sad, but the truth is, we hear about such operations happening all the time- though not often on such a large scale.
On July 9, the Animal Rescue Corps helped White County Sheriff’s dept. rescue 67 animals. And on the 3rd they helped Wilson County Animal Control rescue over 100 dogs from a hoarding situation. And this is just THIS MONTH in MY STATE.
My point? Not everyone that claims to be an animal rescue is doing right by animals. It may be deliberate, or it may be a case of good intentions that got out of hand. Either way, it’s not healthy and it’s not humane.
So before you support a rescue, make sure you know who you’re dealing with.
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ASPCA blog post on court ruling
Court ruling reported in Jacksonville, FL paper
Local TV station reporting of appeal filed in case
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