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Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 08:38 am

Here kitty, kitty, kitty ...

Welcome home kitties … Welcome home …

Have you heard about the plans for the FOREVER HOME FELINE RANCH? Brenda Barton and friends have formed this 501c3 organization and are working hard raising money to purchase a home and land to provide a ‘forever home’ for cats in need. A primary goal is to eliminate euthanasia as a remedy for over-population, change in life circumstances of pet owners or any other reason for the need to give up ownership.

I had no idea that 60,000 cats were euthanized in Illinois last year – did you? It seems that some think of cats as ‘disposable’ – they are euthanized at twice the rate of dogs. And the adoption rate is one-third that of dogs. Whoa – what’s up with this? Cats are fabulous company, need relatively little care (particularly in comparison with Fido who seems to always need a walk and someone to pick up his poop) and are among the most loyal companions any of us could have. I realize that not everyone is a 'cat person' but there are so many of us out there who care about these creatures ... I'd like to see us figure out how to help these folks!

The Forever Home Feline Ranch hopes to solve the euthanasia problem in this part of the state by providing a safe, feline-friendly sanctuary for cats that are no longer wanted or can’t be supported by their owners. They will also work on the feral cat program, will encourage cat adoption, spay / neuter programs, fund a pet food bank … all manner of good works for the kitties of the world. You can almost feel the purrrrrring can’t you?

How can you help? Send money. Become a volunteer. Donate ‘stuff’. Talk it up. Their web address is www.felineranch.org Contact Brenda Barton, president of the organization at 217-622-3914. She’ll let you know what they need – when they’re having a fundraiser – and specifically how you can make a difference in creating a safe place for our feline friends.

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