Shocking Raid at Famed Caboodle Cat Ranch Nets 100s of Seized Animals

Many of us have seen photos of the cute little buildings at Caboodle and have heard that it’s a cats paradise. The ranch has also had its detractors, and after an undercover investigation hundreds of cats have been seized.

I was stunned this morning to see headlines trumpeting a raid on the Caboodle Ranch, of Lee, Florida. I was aware of the sanctuary through cute images and the occasional feature on the place but, like many, knew little more about its operation.

Both the ASPCA and PETA had a hand in this morning’s raid, and each has issued its own press release on the matter. A disturbing undercover video made at the ranch by a PETA member is being used to bolster the case for the raid. The ASPCA reports that Caboodle ranch has been under investigation for over a year. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is involved in the case and will have to sort out the truth, balancing evidence measured against possible self interest on the part of the prominent groups, reports from various other accusers,  and the actual state of affairs at Caboodle ranch, as much as it can be known. A number of cats still set at “hundreds” until a final accounting is made, were seized, and ranch owner and operator Craig Grant will be charged with animal cruelty for the alleged extreme neglect of the animals entrusted into his care.

A Facebook page, Caboodle Ranch: Save the Kitties has been up and running for some time, and has been a gathering place for those holding a negative view of the sanctuary. Some there are also making accusations of financial impropriety, as well, but we have no knowledge that the investigation will encompass financial matters. Time will tell.

It is difficult to know where the truth lies, but the clear fact remains that hundreds of cats have been taken, will be processed and examined, and will need to be dealt with.  Some may be put down; perhaps many, if the accusations of illness and disease are valid. Assuming Mr. Grant either relinquishes or loses ownership of the cats, many may be in need of homes or other sanctuaries to take them.

Here follow videos showing differing views of Caboodle Ranch, along with a videonews report on the raid. Below the videos, you will find the ASPCA news release, giving details on the investigation and raid.

wtxl ACB27 report on today’s raid:

Down at the Caboodle Ranch, a positive feature:

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Caboodle Ranch: The Real story, a warning from June, 2011:

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The disturbing PETA undercover video: Please don’t watch if you don’t want to see cats in very rough shape.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Animal Control in northern Florida, is managing the removal and sheltering of hundreds of cats living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions from a non-profit cat sanctuary known as Caboodle Ranch in Lee, Fla., approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee, Fla. This is the largest number of cats the ASPCA has ever removed from one location in an animal cruelty investigation.

As a result of an investigation spanning for more than a year, a search warrant was executed Monday morning for the removal of the animals. The ASPCA is collecting additional evidence on the property for the investigation, as well as leading the removal and sheltering efforts with its Field Investigation and Response and Animal Forensics teams. The founder of Caboodle Ranch has been arrested and multiple animal cruelty charges are pending.

“After receiving numerous complaints regarding the care of animals at Caboodle Ranch, we’re glad that the appropriate enforcement action is being taken,” said Sheriff Ben Stewart with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “This has been an ongoing issue that we’ve been monitoring and we’re grateful that the ASPCA is able to provide assistance with the investigation.”

“The ASPCA is pleased to be able to provide expertise and resources to support the efforts of the local authorities in investigating this ‘sanctuary’ that spiraled out of control,” added Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “This is a tragic situation. Caboodle Ranch was clearly overwhelmed with hundreds of cats in dire need of medical treatment, and the sanctuary had no adoption program or any spay/neuter efforts to effectively manage its current population. The ASPCA’s goal is to work quickly to remove these cats from the property and safely transport them to the temporary shelter, where they will be triaged by a veterinary team.”

The cats were living outside in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions with various medical issues that were left untreated. Many of the cats exhibited various signs of neglect and appear to be suffering from upper respiratory conditions and eye infections, among other medical issues. Several cats were in critical condition and responders discovered numerous deceased cats on the property.

Agencies assisting the ASPCA on scene include: Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Ga.); Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (Belleair Bluffs, Fla.); Cat Depot (Sarasota, Fla.); Florida State Animal Response Coalition (Bushnell, Fla.); Good Mews Animal Foundation (Marietta, Ga.); Humane Society of Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); International Fund for Animal Welfare (Yarmouth Port, Mass.); McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center (Chattanooga, Tenn.); PetSmart Charities, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.); and RedRover (Sacramento, Calif.). Staff from the University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine and Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at UF are also assisting with the rescue operation.

“Removing hundreds of animals is a huge undertaking, and we are truly grateful that these agencies offered their assistance in the case,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of Investigations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “Numerous agencies throughout Florida and as far as California have committed to helping us continue our life-saving work and giving these rescued animals a second chance.”

The cats will be transferred via the ASPCA’s animal transport trailer to a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where ASPCA medical director Dr. Rhonda Windham will oversee their medical triage. To assist in the triage, the ASPCA has on scene its fully equipped “Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit,” a specially-designed vehicle outfitted with state-of-the-art forensic tools as well as medical equipment tailored for animal patients.

The undercover investigation was set into motion after complaints about the facility were received by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA submitted its evidence to the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and Madison County Animal Control. The ASPCA was contacted for assistance in the criminal investigation, evidence collection, rescue and sheltering efforts of the case.

About the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org . To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca . To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca .

About Madison County Sheriff’s OfficeThe Madison County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for law enforcement services throughout our rural North Florida County. Madison County spans over 750 square miles with a population exceeding 20,000. The City of Madison is the only municipality within Madison County with a police department. The Sheriff’s Office coordinates closely with the Madison Police Department to jointly provide law enforcement for the city. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office provides primary law enforcement for the two other municipalities which includes the Town of Lee and the Town of Greenville. For more information, please visit www.mcso-fl.org .

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37 thoughts on “Shocking Raid at Famed Caboodle Cat Ranch Nets 100s of Seized Animals

  1. This is VERY sad news indeed ….. whatever went wrong, this gentleman tried and had such good intentions. Perhaps the people/organisations who waited to nail him should rather have helped him???? I am NOT a fan of many of the so-called animal protection organizations who get away themselves with atrocities.
    My prayers are with the cats and with the gentleman so that his dream can be realized and that he can continue to have a safe haven for the many unfortunate cats.

    1. Jeanine.Agree with you. Where in the world were all these do-gooders? Why not send in donations. Why weren’t the vets’ helping? volunteering a day a week or 2 for shots, spaying, neutering these babies? My heart is breaking for these babies. What’s going to happen to them? Where has PETA been as well as ASPCA before it came down to this? Why couldn’t they have helped? If these babies were hunting dogs it would be o.k. in that part of the state When I lived in that state if I lived in the un-incorpoprated part of town to have a cat spayed or neutered was $30-35…but if you lived in town it was $200-300 at a vet’s office! WHY? God watch over these babies.

    2. People did make donations; I am one of them. Many elderly named Grant in their wills for providing care to their beloved cats when they could no longer keep them, i.e., they went to a nursing home. They were scammed into believing their cats would be safe–not die a horrific death or vanish over night! Taking advantage of the elderly is a crime! Furthermore, a look at Grant’s financial records show numerous trips to Vegas, and the like. He bought a double-wide and moved his girlfriend in. Many people offered to help him, even pay for veterinary care for his cats, but he refused to let anyone help. Instead, he wiped sick cats’ faces with clorox to combat infection. Other people offered to help him with the cleaning and daily upkeep, but he would not let them on his property. He often required a cash donation of $200. per cat, and keeps no records of this income. The cat vanishes the next day or is killed by coyotes almost immediately. Often he takes in several cats per day. This is a nice income! BEFORE MAKING YOUR CONCLUSION, PLEASE VISIT CABOODLE RANCH, THEN DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. These abuses have been going on for well over 2 years that I am personally aware of. Veterinarians from as far away as Philadelphia, PA went there to help. They were met with ongoing opposition from Grant. PLEASE GET ALL THE DETAILS BEFORE YOU ARRVE AT A CONCLUSION!

  2. Peta has zero right to make accusations of any sort, since they kill such a high percentage of animals they take in. It’s unbelievable in fact, their kill rates. So Peta’s involvement is highly hypocritical. In my opinion. Unfortunately, the reality when so many cats are taken is that most of these cats will be killed. in further irony, those who kill them, are never charged with cruelty. I have no idea what the conditions were at that place. However, Peta is a killing machine for companion animals and so are animal control shelters so the cats will not end up better off. They will end up dead! Fix your pets, people!

  3. I am sick about this. I always thought Caboodle Ranch was a good place. I even have a photo of their “town” hanging above my desk. Is this a case of a rescuer who’s rescuing got out of hand, and they didn’t know where to stop? I’m by no means supporting the lack of care for the cats that are ill, and the filth that they live in. However, I would like to hear from him, and his side. What happened? I’m sure that someone that put that much love into building the sanctuary would never intentionally want it to get to this point. Did it get too big for him….too overwhelming and he didn’t ask for help? I have seen that happen to rescuers. Was his heart in the right spot, but not thinking practically on just how many cats him and his small team could realistically care for? I have witnessed this too. With small shelters who simply cannot say no when someone calls to say that they have a cat they want to “dump”. Were people just dumping cats there without his knowledge? Please, I am not defending what has happened here…I’m just trying to get to the bottom of both sides of the story. I don’t understand how someone who poured so much love into this sanctuary to begin with, would INTENTIONALLY allow it to get this way. No matter what, something had to be done, I agree, but I don’t know if I would tar and feather him with the same brush as I have some others. I’m sure I will have many take offense to what I am saying. I have a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach over all of this as well, however, I also have seen things like this rage out of control on rescuers. That’s not to say that something shouldn’t be done. But if done properly, could they not save Caboodle ranch, but get him the help he needs to clean it up and save some of these cats? I hate to think of what the alternative is going to be. I know many of them are far too sick, as I could see by the video, but surely not all 500+. I agree that there should be an “inventory so to speak” of how many cats there are and that should be tracked on a regular basis. However, once again, the man needs help to do this properly….I would think. Now if he is saying no to help…then that is a different story all together. If anyone has heard his side of the story I would appreciate it if they would pass along the info to me as well. Far be it from me to defend a hoarder or someone that would be cruel to cats, I’m just asking questions, so please do not flame me. It pains me to see the PETA video as well. But did anyone from PETA go in and ask how they could help him to get back on track? I don’t know that it was always this way, or was it? Who do we trust anymore?

  4. OH MY GOD!i felt so bad with those babies who had all that snot running out of their noses. It made me cry… but they should take away the babies and find them good homes. it should never have left to become this big….

  5. It is clear from anyone who has run a shelter that this man put his own needs over and above the needs of the animals. It is common sense that you do not have pets or “be a martyr” to the rescuing community if you cannot afford to provide proper care, supplies, food, play, medical attention and at least seek adoptive homes for the cats. Do you blame social workers when a child is through conscious acts of commission neglected by the trusted caregivers left to starve and fend for himself? Of course not. So rather than see the problem for what it is ie., an act of cruelty on behalf os someone who knew better yet chose to do nothing and refused several attempts at support by the public and other members of society. I am sure he was warned and advised by others and you can’t say that no one who visited the premises did not reach out to him when the observed the reality of his situation. That is just ludicrous. Neglect is cumulative, it does not happen over night, it takes place over a period of time hence why the aspca and peta watched for a long time. To gather the evidence that he was indeed abusing these animals and its clear that he was. So rather than take responsibility as animal welfare activists we are only too willing to blame the system for failing the cats. It is not the system that failed those cats. Their caregiver did. Grossly and should be charged doubly as he had the trust of innocent voiceless creatures yet pretended to be a caring loving soul. No one that cares allows their children nor their pets to be neglected. He has unfortunately significant personal emotional problems for it to get to this state. To hoard animals like they are objects. They are not toys for his delight. Yet he refused to allow any adoptions to take place according to the video footage. He needs help and yet he will still claim when the starving, diseased animals are taken away that he cares. That is society’s shame. That by believing him we are as guilty as he is at failing these precious creatures. It’s simple. You reach out or you don’t. It was HIS duty to the animals to seek help not continue to ignore the facts. That is the definition of neglect. ACTS OF OMISSION. No one forced him to turn a blind eye. He chose to. Very sad indeed.

  6. Animal welfare? Concern for those cats? BY WHOM???? Anyone who is even remotely interested in the care and wellbeing of ANY creature would not spend a year monitoring a situation…The top priority, from the onset, would be to make sure these wonderful animals are cared for and protected and NOT ALLOWED TO SUFFER IN ANY WAY…Personally, I am disgusted with all parties concerned. To me, it is just morally wrong to be aware of the plight of these cats (indeed any animal) and ignore their need for help in order to gain as much incrimidating evidence as possible, against whoever is entrusted with their care… If I were a member of either group, I would be thoroughly ashamed of myself if I stood by and watched the suffering without trying to remedy it immediately…As stated previously…THE TOP PRIORITY, FROM THE ONSET, SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE CARE AND PROTECTION AND END TO SUFFERING…What is going to happen to those trusting cats now????

  7. ASCPA and PETA may be not the best organizations out there, but there is no excuse for what this man did to those cats. He maybe wanted to help them but it’s obvious he could not handle the number of cats and caused more suffering than anything. I’m glad the palce is being shut down.

    1. I’ve been suspicious as to Cat House on the King manages as they claim. They have stated in interviews that they are financially struggling. After dealing with CR, I’m very weary of such claims that places like these can even meet the cats most basic needs. However, I could be totally wrong about Cat House on the Kings. I would need to check it out thoroughly myself.

  8. When I first seen videos of the caboodle ranch , I was astonished how 1 man could have created a paradise for his cats,hats off to this man for years of devotin for these animals, caring feeding building homes for these creatures. Now as I veiw these horrendous videos I’m really sick to my stomach. Maybe Craig had medical problems of his own, he took in 100’s of cats,some of those cats belonged to other people and things just got out of control with the caring of these animals and his home and his health, not to mention he took all of this monies from his own pocket. I do not condemn this man, I just wish he had the courage to seek help out there there, there are so many shelters and peta that could of helped him out. I just hope these animals when they did die (some of them) are in kitty heaven. As far as letting this man continue with what was a paradise is now shut down! He needs to get his health back in order and a fine for not trying to seek help for these loved ones of his.

  9. Ummm, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department has already sorted out the truth and balanced the evidence against possible self-interest (what a bizarre and slightly ignorant statement, by the way…they would only do a seizure and arrest based on the actual state of affairs, not rumor and opinion) and arrested Grant on 1 felony count of animal cruelty, 3 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, and 1 count of scheming to defraud. In fact they arrested him first, before seizing any of the cats) based on the evidence from the investigation (pictures, video, etc.). Now, it’s up to the State Attorney’s office to determine how many more counts to charge him with.

  10. I was the 2nd person that I know of that tried to make people aware of what was going on at CR. There is no helping someone who WON’T LET YOU. I am so tired of people saying “why don’t you help instead of running your mouths”. LISTEN, he would not let anyone help! PERIOD! He is a very arrogant old man hoarder. He has been letting many many hundreds of cats die there over the last few years. I am so happy they finally did something to stop him. Anyone wants to know more, message me. I know a lot, I know a lot of people that know a lot and I have pictures too. That man needs help alright, mental help. God bless all the babies souls that died there and that now need our help in getting back to health and need homes. I tried warning everyone, they made it a witch hunt to persecute me. Lies all lies even on CR’s web site there are lies about me. Now the truth is out!

    And yes he took people’s money, a lot of money, A lot of it was cash I seen that came in from people that visited and not written down or accounted for. He took the money and did not ever, or hardly ever get vet care for the cats. He bought everyone dinner that visited, got them hotel rooms, paid for his assistants airplane flights and room weeks at a time. And much more, but never did he do the right thing for the cats EVER. He would not take help even if it meant saving a cats life.

  11. BTW I seen cats die there, I watched people bring in their house pet from 10 years and it die in less than a week from stress. I cried, I lost sleep and I lost weight during my 8 days there over a 4 week period. And now to see these pics and videos only brings back memories.

  12. I’m not going to condemn ASPCA or PETA for not acting sooner. At least, finally it’s been exposed, and something is being done.

    There was always something “not right” when I watched the videos of this “ranch”….it always stated that there were lots of willing volunteers, but how do you keep an eye on 30 acres of cats? Who was funding all this? Craig said in one of the videos that he had to give up his job…where was the money coming from? It was declared a 501(c) not-for-profit organization….is there any break-down of what income/expenses they had? Was there a “board of directors” to oversee the operation?

    AND most of all, why didn’t I, MYSELF, ask these questions a long time ago? While we all were looking at this with rose-colored glasses, there were people behind the scenes working to expose this once and for all……

  13. The claims are completely false and shame on PETA and the ASPCA for not helping keep Caboodle going and instead focusing on attacking an innocent man who just wanted to help. Show your support and please sign this petition which has already been linked to all three agencies:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/free-craig-grant-and-open-caboodle-ranch-free-craig-grant-and-open-caboodle-ranch?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=autopublish

  14. Carolyn if you are so confident about facts go ahead and post them here with something more legitimate than completely false sounding claims. I was at Caboodle earlier this year and saw none of the things or behavior you said. He was totally affectionate to the cats, made extra care to diagnose and manage the sick ones, and I hope you realize that in these facilities cats are often dropped and dumped in the worst condition possible. Even with the best care you can’t bring back every cat and I am sure every loss was heartbreaking for him. Check out your local humane society and see how many ‘questionable’ cats that lived out their lives happily with him would instead have been put down.

  15. Guess what David??!! Many torturers interact affectionately with their victims….The way these cats existed (‘living’ is not applicable) is tantamount to torture.

    1. Simple question – other than a few random posts from biased PETA have you actually been to Caboodle? There was nothing in the environment at Caboodle that was anything but excellent for the cats. They did have a chance at living that they would not have had if all shelters were run by PETA with their quick to kill mentality. If you had been there you would have seen the abused and recovered and happy cats that also made a home there as well as his very careful effort to isolate and seek treatment for the cats that were sick. Every one of the sick cats viewed in the video were inside because they were already IN the sick ward area that he had designated so they could be monitored and treated.

  16. What about those people who kept surrendering the cats to him? His treatment of cats, or lack of thereof, is sickening, but what is also sickening in my eyes is the public who chooses to wear pink glasses and fool themselves into thinking that one person, one rescue, one “ranch” is something that is a universal answer to pet overpopulation… This public idiocy is beyond comprehension and makes me sick and angry!!

    1. The thing to keep in mind is that he absolutely required that documents be given showing cats were spayed or neutered before he would accept them. More importantly, even with a fence around the area, he would constantly have people dropping cats outside the fence or even putting them through during non-designated times. New cats were always isolated and given extra time to get used to the changes.

  17. Will never donate to ASPCA or PETA, They are only after money, they come across as a cat haters. They have millions but didn’t hire a vet or helpers to help Caboodle Ranch. They are the ones that should be sharged for making a video and not spending some money on the animals and helping. Sick of those organizations. They are into killing cats.

  18. Pamela,
    You can have your view points regarding Craig AND Caboodle but the vast majority of what you said is completely untrue and you have been refuted on multiple web sites and harassed enough people on others that you have been banned from posting and had your accounts cancelled. You are notorious enough that your rants are easily recognizable and quickly ignored by most everyone in the Caboodle community. I am honestly sad that you are the way that you are and have nothing better to do than call people names and spread lies. I will not dignify the personal attacks with any commentary and will just wish you the best.
    -David

  19. March 21, 2012 2:55 amPOSTED 18 HOURS AGO

    I have personally notified the JSO in the city to be on watch for the scum of NIO the self proclaimed white trash group Negotiation Is Over who “save animals.” The very group who stood in cat killer grant’s driveway as an investigation plan and then gave him a thumbs up!!!! Banning all of us who saw the horror there for the last 2 fing years.

    They are now fully aware at JSO that these psychopaths presently taking a stand to support grant and entriken the copartners in crime, could try a break in of the place to apparently “steal the cats” back.

    Can you even imagine this bullshit!!!

    I can’t wait until this hoarder is behind bars!!!

    Reply

  20. Hello everyone,
    I am aware that there are strong feelings on this situation coming from both sides.
    We welcome everyone’s expression of their strongly held views on this matter but cannot tolerate personal attacks, excessive vulgarity and name calling. Several comments have been removed for that reason.
    I apologize to everyone who felt put off by the personal attacks and the abusive tone of those comments.
    I did not remove the comments because of their position on the issue. The commenter is welcome to give her view if she wants to tone the language down and cease the personal attacks.

  21. I can appreciate that “editor.” Sadly, there is only ONE point. When you keep reciting what you know and saw, pictures you have get posted, amazing orgs come in and document the same horror show, you get what I like call “beyond pissed off.”

    I won’t even waste my time. I am SO DAMN HAPPY THESE CATS WERE SAVED. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SENTENCING. ENOUGH SAID!!!

  22. Hafizi…i have never bee “refuted.” i have what i call, put up with some of the most spiteful and ignorant people i have ever come across!!!

    who the hell are anyway? what kind of a person attempts to try and support an evil hoarder. do you even listen to what people have experienced, have seen with their own eyes?

    i mean WHO IN THE HELL ARE YOU SERIOUSLY…some cr fan who has been decieved, some relative of the head case, somebody getting paid for the propaganda? who ARE YOU!!!!!?????

    and do NOT be “sad” for me!!! i love exactly who i am. in fact until craig grant my life was great. pressures in my own personal life, hitting that bump in the road where stress won out for a year, compared to all of the great years, the worst year of my life, led me to that cat killer you so ignorantly rant about…nothing but lies.

    even more embarassing for ya is that you think YOU are going to get his little houses of lies started up again. i don’t think so pal! dream all you like about your fantasy fight because that is all it is.

    do you really think for a second i give a crap about being “banned” or what the opinions of so many skanks i would never let into my life otherwise think of me. i could give a flying.

    where do you get off with your fabricated bs? seriously where??? do you have any idea of the evidence against him, the “no” records, the “no” vet care, the “PRACTISING WITHOUT A LICENSE!!!!!!!???????” that’s the charge i am in the process of seeing what the prosecuter might think about!!! a self proclaimed VET….give me a break. he was nothing but a filthy dirty hoarder.

    my fav thing was opeining the occassional can feedings and throwing the sharp lids ALLLLL OVERRRRR THE FRIGGING GROUND FOR THE CATS TO LICK AND CUT THEIR TONGUES ON…..THAT PIG LOVED CAUSING AS MANY WAYS HE COULD THINK OF TO ALLOW WAYS FOR INFECTION TO ENTER THOSE POOR SWEET ANIMALS BODIES. it is just DISGUSTING!!!!!!

  23. OKAY PEOPLE…how do we make sure they are bringing “practising without a license” charges against that scumbag…..he ain’t NO VET, but he does heal them with his mind….lmfao….that is a direct dr. psycho grant quote!

  24. At this point, I am not at all happy with how this story is unfolding. First off, if people would spay and neuter their cats, this guy probably wouldn’t have even felt like he had to take on the responsibility to care for them. Second, I take everything with a grain of salt, and since I wasn’t personally there to see what was happening at the ranch or during the raid, I cannot take anyone’s side here. Anything and everything can be manipulated. Nevertheless, I am deeply saddened and frustrated by the fact that there are so many cats that people threw away and/or neglected to spay or neuter. The cats are paying the price, no matter who did what! As I’ve been told before and truly believe, there are three sides to every story with the truth somewhere in between. We all need to spend more energy educating people to spay and neuter their pets and actually doing something instead of sitting back and expecting someone else to take care of things! We are all responsible!

  25. Peta was wandering around on the ranch photographing obviously sick animals and doing nothing. How anyone who claims to love animals could take a picture and walk away is beyond me. Leaving animals to suffer just to make a video to get more donations.

    The biggest problem with these places is that its difficult to get and keep volunteers.
    Take a look at the header on my Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/lea.wheeler.

    200 cats live at a no-kill shelter and many more are in foster homes waiting to be adopted. http://www.furryfriendsshelter.org Not one person is paid for their work, and the organization has the greatest volunteers around. It has also been in operation for almost twenty years.
    No cat is released without being spay/neutered. Kittens get a reduction certificate for anyone of the local vets. The organization also runs a “rescue” feral cat program. Some cats are neutered, spayed and released but they continue to be fed daily in the wild. If the animal appears to be friendly it is placed in a foster home and hopefully becomes docile enough to be adopted to a loving family. All kittens are well looked after and adopted when old enough.

    The workload for these volunteers is enormous and people come and go but there is a core who remain year in and out. The biggest problem we face is the same as any other charity, lack of funds. We could do a lot with more funding but we do what we can with what we have. No animal goes without love and attention. They are fed well and well looked after.

    If anyone would care to make a donation, there is a place on the website for one. to be made. We ask but we don’t beg.

    As a last point, this is all done from a concrete Industrial unit, the type you see in little malls, that house windshield repair service or tire stores. In all the time we have operated, enough money to build a new, proper shelter has never been obtained. Cats and kittens are our number one priority and that’s where the money goes. . .well, to them and the vets!

  26. Looking at the videos again, PETA weren’t just running around taking pictures, they went back month in and out and did nothing. Look at the dates on the videos.
    I guess it took time to make the videos horrific enough to get more donations and stuff their pockets with money instead of the cats with antibiotics.

    How could anyone see and do nothing. NEVER will I assist PETA in any action they are taking the raw truth hits home, they do it just for the money.

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