The Man Who Saves Unwanted Cats

I remember first seeing Craig on The Colbert Report. Granted, Stephen Colbert was sort of poking fun of this “Cat Man” but it’s hard to make jokes about a man who has dedicated his life to a greater cause the way Craig has. Under his care, some 600 plus cats have been given a second chance, a home with someone who truly loves them and devotes every minute of his life to them.

I’ve followed Craig and his Caboodle Ranch on LiveJournal since the moment I became aware of his mission and it has been such an enjoyable thing to witness: all the new cats that come in, all the donations he receives to keep the ranch alive, all the days and nights he stays awake to fight for his “babies,” the pictures, the stories… all of it is so rewarding knowing that a good thing like this exists in our sometimes very ugly world.

Last week, though, Craig was taken away from the ranch with a gun to his head for a “misdemeanor” charge. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of too many misdemeanor charges that require a gun to the head, especially for such a docile and non-violent man. 

Apparently a PETA spy has spent the last 5 months undercover in Craig’s ranch as a volunteer, collecting misinformation and shaping a false story to support their own agenda: shutting down Craig’s Caboodle Ranch for good. He’s been painted as a hoarder and animal abuser now, titles that I could never even imagine being given to such a humble and goodhearted man. And titles that hold no actual bearing. Craig has faced the law many times before, and he has conformed to make sure he was caring for these cats in every bit of the right way possible by law and by heart.

To say that Craig has somehow put these cats’ lives in danger is an absolute lie. How the people putting him through this can even sleep at night is beyond me. They have done everything in their power to break a truly selfless man. What kind of person or organization thrives on this sort of treatment?

When Craig was finally allowed back to his ranch two days after his removal, the cats were gone and the perfect home he’d built them (little private houses, memories of the ranches history, etc..) had been destroyed and for no other reason than to break his heart a little more. It is truly a tragedy to know that such injustice can take place. Who is this action against a good cause actually benefiting? As I see it, no one. It’s only hurting people and animal alike.

Awareness is crucial at the moment. Please click HERE to read more about what is happening on Caboodle Ranch and how you might be able to help Craig get his furry children back. 

My prayers will be with Craig as he endures yet another roadblock in his effort to do good in this world. I hope you'll at least keep him in your thoughts or prayers as well. 

– Sarah

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  1. gracious_anne

    March 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I will not swear, but I sure feel like it.

    This is awful. If I didn’t already hate PETA, I hate it more now.

    I can’t believe people would do this. There are wildlife and horse sanctuaries and those aren’t looked on in disdain, and the man is not trying to take care of all these cats by himself. I live very close to a Big Cat rescue and haven’t felt threatened by living so close to them, and there are over a hundred tigers and lions there.

    • SarahWhisted

      March 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      PETA definitely has a misleading cover and sadly too many people are swayed by it so much that they don’t see their real agenda. To think that they’ll actually place those cats into homes is ridiculous. I wouldn’t be surprised if half of them are already dead, which just makes this more painful even if Craig does get his ranch and cats back.

      It’s truly disturbing the level some people will go to get what they want. I don’t understand why they even care so much. He isn’t hurting anyone, he lives on an enormous amount of land, not bothering anyone with his mission. Leave the man be. Be happy he exists to take in strays the way he does. It’s just cruel.

      • gracious_anne

        March 5, 2012 at 5:42 am

        After watching some of the videos posted on his website, if he lived in my state, I’d try to volunteer there (at least once just to meet him and see the cats). Those little houses were so cute! And all the cats were roaming around, no fights, everyone is calm and happy.

        The only thing that was a bit much was feeding all the cats. I’d definitely want help with that. I’d be overwhelmed with that many animals coming for me and my one plate at a time.

        Still, it looked lovely.

        There was a ‘Cat Lady’ down the street from where I lived. She had close to what looked like 200 cats on a half-acre back yard. That’s not enough space for them. She kept it up for years before someone I guess called it in. There’s not a single cat there now. Which is really sad.

  2. edgyauthor

    March 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

    This is so tragic. It’s awful enough that they charged him at all and took him away at gunpoint, but to destroy something that took so much effort and love to do? That’s just cruel. :(

    I really hope things work out for the Caboodle Ranch in the end, but I have a feeling it’ll just be a bittersweet victory at best….

    • SarahWhisted

      March 25, 2012 at 1:49 am

      Yeah, even if he gets the ranch back, so much of it’s been destroyed and I’m sure half those cats are already gone. I just feel so horrible for this man, who did nothing but good and was slapped for his efforts. It just makes no sense why anyone would want to do such a thing.

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