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cat rescue

by Paula Hunsaker


During this unusual time in all our lives due to the Covid-19 virus, many of you are at home and now thinking it is a good time to bring a new cat or kitten into your home to spend time with while you shelter-in-place. But what happens when we all go back to work? Are you going to then think the cat/kitten won’t work because you’re busy again?

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by Harvie Schreiber



Life hasn’t changed for the hundreds of cats at The Cat House on the Kings. They still wander our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River, enjoying the sunshine, the breezes, and the fresh air. They sleep curled in warm beds near our pellet stove in the Big House, and in the dozens of smaller buildings scattered around the property. Every morning, they wait for the arrival of staff for their breakfast of canned food mixed with supplements, as well as for some petting, companionship, and activity. The sameness of their daily routine is comforting to them because they know what each day will bring. The same cannot be said for the staff and volunteers of The Cat House on the Kings, or for the rest of the world.

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by Jackie Dale



It has been a brisk month for The CatMother. I currently have two bottle babies, Chuck and Lola. Their mother had four kittens on someone’s lawn and then she got up and walked away. By the time I was contacted, only two remained. So far they are doing well, and I’m hopeful. However tiny newborns are quite fragile and things can go downhill quickly and suddenly.

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by Harvie Schreiber



Doesn’t your living room sofa need a splash of color and whimsy? We think so! This beautiful 62”x53” cotton throw/lap quilt called “Psychedelic Cats” is filled with vibrant, eye-catching colors. The drawing will take place at our Spring Open House on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Raffle tickets are just $1 each. For every 20 tickets you purchase in advance, you will get one free. To enter send a check/money order payable to: The Cat House on the Kings with “RAFFLE TICKETS” in the memo section.

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by Jackie Dale



I get lots of phone calls, emails, and texts about cats. So many in fact that when I received a call from an unknown phone number, I fully expected it to be about cats. When the call turned out not to be about cats, I started laughing which then forced me to explain to my caller. I’m pretty sure she was wondering if I was just a bit nuts. However, I do receive many calls.

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by Jackie Dale



I’m starting out the year with nearly empty kitten rooms. I had several private adoptions including a beautiful fluffy kitten that had been abandoned by the river. My last two adoptables, the polydactyl brother and sister, went to rescue on New Year’s Eve. Peter and Paulette had been previously rejected due to a teensy spot of ringworm. Time and due diligence paid off and the six-month-olds passed the test this time, free and clear.

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by Harvie Schreiber



It was a busy 2019 for The Cat House on the Kings. As of mid-December, we have rescued: 1,478 cats and kittens; we have adopted out (or sent to other rescues) 1,067 cats and kittens; and have spayed/neutered about 4,500 animals! The relatively mild weather of central California means that “kitten season” really lasts all year long, and we’re STILL rescuing cats and kittens from the cold.

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by Jackie Dale



December has turned into a brisk month for adoptions. September and October were absolutely dead. We hardly moved any cats at all. Between the shelters taking in animals from all the areas hit by the fires, two of the rescues we work with had to deal with major hoarding situations which filled all available spaces. Thanksgiving is approaching and we finally got the call.

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by Harvie Schreiber



“Where do you get your cats from?” is probably one of the questions that gets asked the most often at The Cat House on the Kings. Truth be told, for the hundreds of cats that we rescue each month at our 12-acre sanctuary, there are a hundred different stories. The vast majority of the cats and kittens that we rescue come from the local area around Fresno County, and most of those from ordinary people who find abandoned, scared, hungry (and sometimes ill or injured) animals in their yard, on their doorsteps, in their garages, under their cars, along the side of the road, or at their workplaces.

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by Jackie Dale



The big news this month is…drumroll please…I received a $500 donation from a very generous woman! I have to say I was very shocked. I am so unbelievably grateful for this donation. This will pay for the Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) of a lot of cats. I am humbled by her generosity and her trust that I will use this money to reduce the over-population of cats in the Valley.

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by Harvie Schreiber



Imagine strolling around our beautiful 12-acre sanctuary trailed by curious cats, while enjoying music, shopping, and some of the best food around! It’s almost here: The Cat House on the Kings 2019 Autumn/Holiday Open House Fundraiser is on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cat House on the Kings Sanctuary on Kings River Road (at the end of Adams Avenue) in Parlier.

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by Jackie Dale



The past month has been very stressful. Adoptions have been slow, and the rescues have not been accepting cats because, big surprise, they are full to the rafters. My son’s medical condition has been in serious decline, and I have had to focus most of my attention on him and his needs. That means I have often been forced to say “no” when I would normally say “yes.” I’m trying to focus on clearing out my foster ladies before the cats get too much older. I’m still accepting the occasional bottle baby or two, but that’s about all I can handle at present.

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by Harvie Schreiber



As the temperatures rise during the summer months, things tend to slow down in the cat rescue business. Well, giving and donations tend to slow down; people are on vacation, or are getting ready for back to school, or they are working on summer projects. But at The Cat House on the Kings, the rising summer temperatures mean rising power bills (we pump our own water from a well, after all), as well as rising numbers of cats and kittens.

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by Jackie Dale




The only the thing in July that was more unrelenting than the heat, was the flow of cats and kittens needing help. You have to learn to say “no” if you want to retain any semblance of your sanity. You also have to learn that you just can’t save them all. There just isn’t enough time, money, and room to do that. Well, technically, if more people stepped up we would have enough of all those things. But most of the time, it’s the same old song and dance.

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