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cat rescue

by Harvie Schreiber



At The Cat House on the Kings, our goal is to place the right cat or kitten in just the right home, and we’re always thrilled to receive adopter feedback that lets us know that we were successful. On the 4th of July, under the “rockets’ red glare,” a sweet kitten named Crackers was born. He was abandoned by his mother and rescued at four days old. His foster mom said he was a “fire cracker” and the name “Crackers” stuck.

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by Harvie Schreiber



In early September, the Creek Fire started in the mountains of Fresno County. Within 10 days, it had exploded to more than 220,000 acres causing widespread evacuations of people and pets from the mountain and foothill communities around Shaver and Huntington Lakes. Fresno County Animal Control (Fresno Humane), in conjunction with the Central California Animal Disaster Team, first set up an emergency shelter at Clovis North High School and then at the Fresno County Fairgrounds.

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by Harvie Schreiber



We interrupt a really hot summer to bring you news and updates about The Cat House on the Kings. This month has been extra toasty, and we get a lot of questions about how Cat House cats (and staff) stay cool during these dog days of summer. First of all, the cats are either indoors or have access to indoor buildings that are air conditioned. Secondly, we also have strategically placed fans and misters in other areas where the cats congregate.

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by Jackie Dale



It has been a busy month. I still have 12 kittens and one adult cat at my house. One of the adults that I sent to rescue was returned because she wouldn’t stop hissing. She is a very nice cat but she just has this weird habit that is somewhat off-putting. She also doesn’t care for other cats so finding her a home is going to be a challenge. She is reported to be an excellent mouser and enjoys affection; she does not like to be picked up, though. Normally, I would return the cat to the original owner, but they are moving and don’t want her back.

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by Harvie Schreiber



If you have ever gone to your pantry or cupboard looking for something and been disappointed to find that you’ve run out, you will understand what it feels like for The Cat House on the Kings (CHOTK) staff to see our supply of kitten kibble, kitten canned food, cat supplements and other cat supplies dwindling. Bare spots on our storage shelves make us anxious, and we sometimes worry about not having sufficient supplies on hand to use for the hundreds of cats and kittens in our care. CHOTK has an Amazon Wishlist, and we keep it updated with the food and supplies that our staff needs to care for the cats and kittens in our care.

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by Harvie Schreiber



As temperatures increase in the summer, so does the rescue pace at The Cat House on the Kings. The Cat House has two fundraisers that have just started, and we can really, really use your help. First, we have our “Every Kitten Counts” fundraiser that runs now through the first week of July. We’ve rescued about 800 kittens so far this year, and our goal is to raise the equivalent of $35 per kitten to help us offset the incredible costs of providing vaccinations, flea and deworming medication, spaying/neutering, and other vet care, as well as food and litter costs for 800 kittens!

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by Harvie Schreiber



We’re more than five months into 2020 and The Cat House on the Kings has already rescued more than 630 cats and kittens. Based on the seemingly endless calls we receive about pregnant cats and unexpected kittens, it’s clear to us that the cat population of the Central Valley isn’t social distancing nor are they sheltering in place. Fortunately for us, and for the cats and kittens that we’re rescuing, caring people are stepping forward to help us foster some of these rescues or we’d never be able to do what we do.

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by Jackie Dale



The past month has been interesting to say the least. I live in the country surrounded by orange trees, and every year the trees bloom for about a three-week period. During this time bee keepers bring their hives in so their bees can make the oh-so-luscious orange blossom honey. There are literally hundreds of hives in a one-mile radius of my home. Every year a bee keeper from Sacramento rents a piece of my land for his hives for which I receive a bit of cash and a gallon of honey.

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by Harvie Schreiber



If this were an ordinary year, I would be writing about The Cat House on the King’s Spring Open House which had been scheduled for April 18, before it was canceled due to the global pandemic. I would write about the beautiful weather, the myriad visitors, the dozens of vendors, our amazing silent auction, and how much money we raised to help us provide for the hundreds of senior cats, kittens, special needs cats, and injured cats in our care.

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by Jackie Dale



The month started out pretty brisk, rescue-wise. Until two weeks ago when our rescue had to cut us off until the Covid-19 crises is resolved. We made it in with the final transport by the skin of our teeth. The person we deal with had to literally beg the powers-that-be, to allow us to bring in the last batch of cats. They were out of cats and people were calling for cats, so they said “Ok” to the one last run.

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by Paula Hunsaker


Our rescue pulls cats from many high-kill shelters throughout California. Our rescue is known for not just looking for perfect cats that are at these shelters, but we also look for cats that just aren’t going to make it out of the shelter alive. I wish I could help all the cats that aren’t going to make it out of the shelter, but that is impossible to do. When we pull one cat, their empty shelter kennel is full within minutes. At times it’s like an endless battle that just keeps going with no end in sight.

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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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