Caboodle Ranch

On February 26 the ASPCA, acting at the request of Madison County (Florida) Animal Control and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, began removing cats from a 30-acre non-profit cat sanctuary known as Caboodle Ranch.  Facing their largest rescue of cats from one location at a time the ASPCA called upon partner organizations for trained volunteers to aid with the transfer and care of these animals.  Good Mews honored to have 5 volunteers spend a week in Florida aiding  in this tremendous effort.  For the time being, these cats are evidence in a criminal investigation but we hope to bring some to Good Mews when we can and show them a lot of proper loving!
Here are several links for you with additional information – read some local local coverage of our response, see pictures from the PetSmart Charities Relief Waggin’ and follow future developments on the ASPCA blog.
We thank our Good Mews volunteers who were able give their time, energy and hearts to this massive undertaking.  They put in long hours and a lot of hard work and were able to help because they had received disaster training specific to animals by attending a Noah’s Wish animals in disaster training session last year.  There will be additional training sessions this year and we’ll provide information about those sessions as the date draws nearer.
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  1. #1 by Janet Nielsen on March 13, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    Yes and Nanette-an employee who had just moved to the ranch has had all her family cats taken from her-now they reside in cages -there is a petition for Nanette-to get her cats back. She was already told no charges were even against her.
    As for Craig-I have read alot of volunteers that knew him personally-and much of what was seen on the videos were not true-let me explain-theres a fridge that is said to be in with the cats -the fridge was not in use. (it was nasty) it was in a closed trailer. The cat shown above is Craigs cat. That cat has FIP and Craig just spent $5000 getting medical attention for that cat -had the kitty at home wiht him giving him meds to make him feel better -now that cat has been seized. The cats in the video that were sick were under veterinary care. Please just be open minded -Craigs not the monster they tried to depict. And be careful trusting anything PETA v ideotapes.

  2. #2 by John Doppler Schiff on April 2, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    Janet, the cruelty and neglect at Caboodle Ranch goes far beyond what the PETA evidence shows. There are vet reports from 2009 that show more than half of the cats with serious health conditions: 100% of the samples taken were infected with calcivirus, 91% had coronavirus(!), 64% had giardiasis, 82% were infested with hookworms, 27% had roundworm infestations — and all of these infected cats were wandering freely, passing these communicable diseases on to the few healthy cats.

    Craig’s idea of veterinary treatment was to wander around, randomly squirting antibiotics into the mouths of any cat that Craig guessed might be sick. He didn’t even wipe the dropper off between cats! I don’t believe Craig Grant is an evil man, but his hoarding prevented him from recognizing how badly those cats were suffering.

    There is a staggering amount of evidence at http://www.caboodleranch.net . If you view only one piece of evidence, I recommend the 2009 veterinary inspection findings. What’s detailed in that letter is horrifying, and it barely scratches the surface.

  3. #3 by goodmewsnews on April 2, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    I don’t want to discourage anyone from having discussions and/or debates on our blog and I know there are plenty of folks who have opinions both in support of Caboodle Ranch as well as with the actions taken by the ASPCA. However, I would like to point out the point of this particular post was to highlight the work that Good Mews volunteers did in aid of this situation, not to take sides one way or the other.

  4. #4 by spayneuteryourpets on April 5, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    The sick looking cat in the picture has had his or her front legs shaved for IVs. We NEED to know the truth. There are videos and articles supporting both sides. We don’t trust PETA, ASPCA nor HSUS. You I trust. PLEASE tell us what the truth is. What did your volunteers find?

    • #5 by goodmewsnews on April 5, 2012 - 3:34 pm

      The cats are part of an ongoing investigation and it would not be proper for us to comment about the accusations made against and by Caboodle Ranch. However our volunteers did work directly with many of the cats and we are looking forward to a resolution so we can bring some of them to Good Mews and help them find loving, permanent homes.

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