BEND, OR -- A Bend-based cat rescue non-profit is forced to shut its shelter doors. CRAFT, which stands for Cat Rescue Adoption and Foster Team, has been around for a decade. But, Judith Parker, with CRAFT, tells KBND News they're now forced to close. "The owner of the property, who is also the founder of CRAFT and the Executive Director of CRAFT, is retiring. She has had some health issues and she also wants to move closer to family. So, this all happens at a time in her life that she really feels she needs to get out and take care of herself."
Parker and others with the group are pleased with the work they've done over the years. "It's steadily grown. The first few years, we saw adoptions at 200-300 cats per year. Now, we're up over a thousand. And, we estimate, at this time, we have rescued/saved over 10,000 cats." She says they now have a couple dozen cats they need to get placed in homes. "Number one: getting all of the cats that we have presently, adopted out this month. We also have some opportunities to transfer some of the cats to other shelters in the area." Parker says it's important those facilties be "no kill" shelters.
If you're interested in adopting one of CRAFT's stray or abandoned cats, visit the northeast Bend shelter from 1-5 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. Or, call for an appointment.