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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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Valley Animal Center: Goose the Cat

IN THE October 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
SECTIONS

by Arianna Padilla


Goose is a male six-month-old kitten who is now available for adoption at Valley Animal Center. Goose is a very special kitty looking for a special owner to care for him and give him endless love and cuddles.

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by Harvie Schreiber




On a recent September evening, volunteers, kitten foster parents, and Cat House on the Kings staff gathered in the banquet room of Club One Casino in downtown Fresno to celebrate our first ever Volunteer & Foster Appreciation Night! Attendees received a special t-shirt proclaiming that “Cat Rescue Is My Superpower,” as well as a raffle ticket for all sorts of fun and unique cat-themed prizes and gifts.

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by Jackie Dale



August proved to be a long, difficult month. It was like moving heaven and earth to get cats and kittens either adopted or into rescue. People are either still vacationing or getting ready to return to school. The unrelenting heat certainly did not help. Throw in a few medical issues and sometimes you just want to throw up your hands and give up. But the cats are depending on us and in reality, if I give up, then I’m stuck with a lot of cats.

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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 Cynthia Chow


Lara Caphart was about to see her dream come true. The High Cliff Shelter for cats was opening an official reading room, where shy children can sit and read to one of the resident shelter cats. Lara’s joy is cut short by the unexpected arrival of Evonda Fray, the new Whisker Job, New Hampshire health inspector. Declaring that the tea and cookies Lara and her Aunt Fran serve are made in an unlicensed cat café, Evonda seems to revel in her promise to shut them down before their first official “Read to a Cat” day grand opening.

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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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by Sandra Murphy


You’d think auditing a college class on the history of England from the end of the Roman occupation until the Norman conquest would be a safe enough pastime. Somehow, Charlie Harris manages to land in the midst of yet another mystery. Perhaps it was because he didn’t take his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to class with him.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cate Conte


It’s off season on Daybreak Island, a time to repair, update, and plan for the next tourist season. Some businesses remain open, at least on a limited basis, for islanders. Maddie’s business, JJ’s House of Purrs is no exception. If you can stand the noise of the carpenters working to redo the layout of the old house, then the cat café is open, serving pastries and drinks, and furnishing a cat or ten to keep you company. If you should fall in love with one of them, no worries, they’re all available for adoption.

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by Harvie Schreiber



July has been a month of rescues for The Cat House on the Kings with cats and kittens coming in from near and far, through water and fire, to be rescued and safe at our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River.

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by Harvie Schreiber




So far this year, we’ve rescued almost 750 cats and kittens, and we’ve still got half the year to go. Summer is when The Cat House on the Kings is overrun with rescued kittens, and staff are overwhelmed by phone calls asking us to take in more. It’s also the time of year when, because of graduations, vacations and other distractions, giving tends to fall off, leaving The Cat House with more need and fewer resources.

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by Jackie Dale



This is an incredibly frenzied time of the year for those of us involved in freelance rescue. That is because it is full-blown kitten season, and it’s really bad this year. I spend a good portion of my day answering emails, texts, and phone calls as well as responding to Facebook tags. The shelter is hovering at around 70 kittens and a handful of adults, mainly mothers of kittens.

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