BEND, OR -- A local cat rescue group is not accepting any more cats at this time, due to a lack of volunteers. The Cat Rescue, Adoption and Foster Team (CRAFT) of Central Oregon has a full house and the nonprofit needs more people to help care for the animals.
Judith Parker, CRAFT Volunteer Coordinator tells KBND News, "Right now, we’re very, very low on just our basic care giving volunteer. In particular, we’re really low on people right now for the weekends. We just need help taking care of the kitties, doing basic litter box maintenance, feeding, watering, cleaning the facilities." She adds, "We’d like to have most of our volunteers be 18 years or older. However, we have got a couple of mother-daughter teams. We have a wonderful team right now – the mother homeschools the daughter and the daughter wants to be a vet tech when she grows up, or a veterinarian. So, this is just really good experience, in the trenches."
But, Parker says the organization is also challenged by choosing not to take in dogs. "We’re always looking for additional funding. Being a cat only shelter limits us very much. If we handled dogs too, we’d have a lot more of a body of foundations to choose from and ask for funding, but a lot of the funding sources are drying up."
CRAFT's shelter between Bend and Redmond is completely volunteer run. The nonprofit rescues an average of 1,000 to 1,200 cats each year.