Caboodle Ranch: Cute sanctuary is more like a nightmare  »

I wrote about the Caboodle Ranch before because it looked like a wonderful place. Thanks to Peta, I now know differently; Caboodle Ranch is really another sad hoarding situation. You can see in the video below that many cats were found in just shocking condition. Don’t watch the video if you are scared, it’s pretty sad.

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The cats are being seized and Caboodle’s owner is facing criminal charges for animal cruelty.

From Peta:

PETA’s video shows that [founder and operator Craig] Grant denied cats effective veterinary care for rampant upper-respiratory infections, sometimes with fatal consequences. PETA’s investigator routinely brought to Grant’s attention the suffering of individual cats at the facility, but requests and offers to rush even dying cats for emergency medical attention were often dismissed. Grant left Lilly, whose iris protruded through a ruptured cornea, to deteriorate for four months. She lost vision in the eye and became critically ill. Lilly died, without veterinary care, on January 31.

PETA’s investigation found that Grant allowed cats who were sick with fatal, contagious illnesses to roam freely and come into contact with cats not known to be ill; that cats were easily able to escape the facility’s perimeter fence; that Grant roughly rubbed cats’ faces with Clorox wipes to “clean” them; that Grant intentionally hid cats who were in obvious need of medical care that he was not providing; that cats had gnats and other insects swarming around them and were forced to endure disgusting living areas covered with vomit, trash, and waste and infested with roaches and maggots; and that Grant allowed cats to breed. In addition, cats’ remains were left to rot on the facility’s grounds—PETA’s investigator found bones in the woods on Grant’s property.

What a sad state of affairs. I guess the owner should have spent less time building mini churches and more time actually caring for the cats.


Caboodle Ranch: cutest cat village in the world!  »

Craig Grant is the totally awesome man who created Caboodle Ranch in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where over 600 cats reside. There was a time when he didn’t even like cats! But when his son went off to college, he left his cat with Craig. Craig soon learned the cat was preggers and ended up with five kittens. He wanted to give the kittens away but his son told him they had to stay with the mother for at least eight weeks; lo and behold, eight weeks later, Craig was in love.

And this is not a hoarding situation; all the cats have plenty of space, are well-fed, spayed or neutered and they have a doctor that comes out for regular vet visits. These cats are living the life! From the “about us” section:

Caboodle Ranch is now a permanent sanctuary for cats who have been kicked around by heartless people. There are many sad stories between all the cats I’ve taken in. Some almost starved to death, some of them wounded strays. I’ve seen many locked in cages for months in animal shelters and have taken in some of those too.
Cats should be able to roam free, and at Caboodle Ranch, that’s what they do. We are in the middle of 100 acres of wildlife. The cats follow me through the nature trails that I put in and maintain, they climb in tree forts that I’ve built and hide in underground dens I’ve dug for them.
These animals need our help. If you’d like to help with donations of any kind, please contact me using the contact information I’ve provided on this website.

How great is that?! The cats are way too adorable and the little houses are the bomb. And all the cats are totally in love with Craig. There’s a zillion pictures of the cats just chilling all over Craig. Of course I looked at every single picture but I’m trying to be conservative and not put them all up, so here are some cute ones (but there are plenty more on the site!).

Chilling at city hall:

Hanging out at the lake front condos with Craig:

Like it says above, they need donations. They also need volunteers! They get lots of visitors but they need the kind that come back. Any readers in Florida? It would be so fun! Am I the only one that totally wants to pick up and move to Caboodle Ranch? I call one of the condos! Make way for Megan!

[Thanks to @shopfriendlier for the tip!]

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