CRAN Cat Tales 2nd Quarter 2023

Focus on Community Cats

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane approach to addressing community cat populations, works. It saves cats’ lives and is effective. TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle. TNR improves the co-existence between outdoor cats and humans in our shared environment. It is proving to be a very challenging year in rescue with so many kittens in need. TNR is one of the most powerful things we can do to decrease the population of cats in need so we decided to focus on community cats and TNR in this issue.

Happy Tales


CRAN receives requests for help every day for feral kittens. A good samaritan had noticed feral kittens on his property. He had already caught two of the kittens and found them homes. There was one left, could we help? One of our volunteers that lived near him told him to catch the kitten and she'd come pick it up. She got a call not an hour later. Margot was probably about 7 weeks old. She was extremely scared when she first arrived at her foster home. She hissed which is a very common behavior of cats and kittens when they are scared and feel threatened. She was placed in a large dog kennel with a place to hide which her foster could easily get her out if necessary, a litter box, and a food and water area. It makes it easier to socialize feral kittens when they are contained. You really want to avoid having to chase them (which is really truamatizing). Things go even faster if you can contain them in a room people frequent but that wasn't possible for Margot. After a little bit of time to decompress, her foster started doing socialization activities with her. She received all of her wet food by hand and was coaxed closer and closer with food rewards like churus. Her foster read to her and spent time in the room she was in. She responded quickly and within 2 weeks was purring and soon playing and was no longer fearful of her foster. The length of time it takes to socialize feral kittens depends on both age and their personality. Margot was young and outgoing so she made really quick progress. Shy kittens and/or older kittens can take a month or months to learn to trust people.

One of CRAN's adopters had been following Margot's progress on Facebook and reached out about adding her to her family. She had two cats (one a CRAN graduate). She was fine with slowly introducing Margot to her new home and her other cats. Feral kittens often need a cat-savvy and patient owner to continue working with them when they are adopted. Margot wouldn't need socialization exercises due to her progress and personality but she would need to be slowly introduced to her new home, people and cats.

Margot went to her new home approximately 2 months after she was trapped. Her adopters were very careful with introductions to their resident cats. Their CRAN graduate was initially upset by the newcomer but they slowly introduced her using different methods like initially keeping her in her own room, "Kitten TV" (keeping Margot in a wire kennel but out with the rest of the cats), feeding in close proximity, and structured group play. It took about 2 months and Margot is now a member of their tribe and thriving. From her adopters "All three girls are super cuddly and people-oriented, they’ve become a great fit together. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect kitten for the group."

It is so rewarding to work with these kittens and teach them to trust people. If you are interested in fostering a kitten that needs socialization or adopting a shy kitten or cat, contact us. PS Take a look at Wilbur and Ferrn below who are ready for their forever home.


We just got a wonderful update on Golly.

"It’s been 3 years since we’ve adopted Golly (now named Ollie) from you guys and we wanted to give an update!

He’s been a happy spoiled boy with so much love to give. He’s since gained a little sister named Katara, and they tolerate each other well enough!

Our apartment caught on fire last year and thankfully we were home to evacuate them both. He’s been with us through 3 hotels and a cross country move via plane! We now live in New York and he’s enjoying the east coast life. He spends his days getting treats, climbing up on us for pets, napping, and playing with his toys. We recently celebrated his gotcha day and although we’ve had him for a short time it feels like we’ve known him forever. Thank you all for everything you guys have done for him, we’re so grateful to have him in our lives!

Here’s some pictures of him, I hope you can share these with his old foster mom and let her know he’s safe and so very loved."

What is TNR?

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped (with box traps), spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a community cat has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home after they have recovered from surgery. Kittens that can be socialized and friendly adults are taken out and placed in a rescue if possible for adoptive homes (for friendly adults, attempts are made to locate an owner).

Why TNR?

-         It instantly ends the reproduction cycle.

-         It is the humane way to work with feral cats.

-         Less feline lives are lost to disease, injuries and accidents as they roam and fight less.

-         It ultimately decreases the population through attrition. Cat colonies are very territorial and will not typically allow the colony to increase.

-         Neighbors are happier because there is less fighting, yowling, predation, roaming and no more kittens.

-         It increases cat health by taking away the stressors present with mating and pregnancy.

Lisa Lundquist, one of our volunteers, wrote a story about a TNR project she is currently working on through CRAN. To learn more about what goes into these projects, read: The Manx Project.

2nd Quarter CRAN Cat Stats

Colony Caretakers

So what happens after TNR? Ideally there is a caregiver for the cat(s). It may be the homeowner or several people in a neighborhood who provide food, or a colony caretaker who cares for a colony of cats.

Colony caretakers provide regular food and water and sometimes create shelters depending on the environment. Feral cats live in all parts of the country, in about every kind of climate and habitat. They find shelter and a food source because they are opportunists. Feeding and providing shelter for feral cats allows them to peacefully co-habitate in an area. While some people welcome them for rodent control, providing nutritious food keeps them both from roaming in search of a food source and also less susceptible to disease and parasites. Caring for a feral cat colony has tremendous benefits to caregivers, neighbors, and the cats. Though cats have been living outdoors for over 10,000 years on their own, there are steps caregivers can take to promote their well-being, make them good neighbors, and assist the people who live nearby in understanding and co-existing with the cats. Basic care for feral cats can involve the following:

1. Conducting ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return as needed.

2. Providing food and water.

3. Providing shelter.

4. Monitoring members of the colony and provide ongoing health care.

5. Help educate neighbors about TNR and how to co-exist.

One of our volunteers, Carole Thatcher, who cares for a local colony wrote a beautiful story about one of the cats she cares for. Click here to read: A day in the life of a feral cat. Carole has been caring for the same colony since 2017. There are currently 17 cats in the colony. Caring for a colony can be tough at times but it is so rewarding. Caretakers make a huge difference for the cats they care for.

Time spent with cats is never wasted. - Sigmund Freud

Easy Ways to Help

Do you shop at FredMeyer? Want to help CRAN cats? Just link your Rewards Card to Cat Rescue & Adoption Network and we receive a donation every time you shop and it costs you nothing. For more information:

Help Wanted!
Our Volunteers are Amazing! As an all volunteer organization, we are forever grateful to the individuals who foster and volunteer with our rescue. Since our inception, we have rescued thousands of cats through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Our volunteers work tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the cats in our care and we are forever grateful for them.
And if you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer with us, we are recruiting several key roles:

  • Adoption Counselor: Work with potential adopters to ensure the cats in our care go to loving homes where they can thrive. Adoption Counselors review adoption applications, verify the accuracy of the information, and determine whether it is a good fit for both the family and the cat(s).  
  • Site Leads: Oversees site operations, volunteers and events. Acts as the liaison with site volunteers & CRAN Board.
  • Phone Line Responder: Listen to voicemails from community members and respond as needed - call back or forward to other volunteer
  • As well as: medical, fosters, intake, scheduling, fundraising/events and more! 
If you'd like to learn more about volunteering or fostering, please submit a volunteer application here:
To foster, submit an application here:

Summer Campaign is Underway!

It's that time of year! Have you read our Summer Campaign letter yet? You can learn a little more about what we do and meet some of the special cats we have helped. Our campaigns are a critical part of raising the much-needed funds we need to continue helping cats. Our goal is to raise $30,000. Can you help? You can donate online here:

To view the letter online:

No, they can't, but you can!

Join us for a fundraising event at Prime Time Sports Bar and Grill in Springfield on August 23 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

What can be better than drinking beer to help cats? There will be a raffle for some amazing baskets and other cat-related surprises. Get this on your calendar and watch our website and Facebook page for more details.

Training Tips - Teach Your Cat to Come To You

Why train your cat to come to you? Training your cat can not only strengthen your bond but could save her life if she gets out. A strong recall can get your cat to turn around and come back to you or bring her out of hiding if she has escaped. This is something that can be done at any time and is also something that is great to teach foster cats.

  1. Choose a recall sound or word. It doesn't matter what it is as long as you are consistent. Sounds are recommended as they are more unique and your cat won't become desensitized to them like they might a common word. Sounds to consider are: "kikiki", "psst", or a clicking sound.
  2. Choose a high value reward. Typically, this will be a treat but can also be an activity they love like play if that is what motivates your cat or being brushed. If you choose a really high value treat, only use it for recall so it won't lose its meaning.
  3. Repetition.  For the first month, several times a day, you will walk up to your cat, and say their name and your word or make your sound while you are rewarding your cat. So, if your sound is “ki-ki-ki”, feed your cat a treat and say her name then “ki-ki-ki” as she gets the treat. Not before, not after — during the feeding.
  4. Distance. After a month, your cat should associate the sound or word with the reward. Start distancing yourself and using the word and reward your cat when she comes to you. You may need to start just a foot away and reward any movement towards you. As she comes to you, start increasing the distance.

Looking for Forever Together

Wilbur and Ferrn are a bonded pair of gorgeous tabby twin siblings. Ferrn has a very unique feature among cats, a curled tail! Ferrn and Wilbur are playful and inquisitive twins who love to chase feather wand toys and perform high flying acrobatic tricks. They are also happy to entertain one another with chase and wrestle games. Wilbur has a fondness for small toys that he can carry in his mouth and drop next to Ferrn or his kibble bowl. The twins love other cats and are eager to play and snuggle with friendly ones.

Wilbur has a sweet, outgoing personality with big little-brother energy. He's almost always found following around a person or a cat, eager to have company. He's quick to purr and adores being petted nearly any time he's offered pets. He'll snuggle up beside you, flopping side to side showing his spotted belly, even hopping onto laps for extra pets. FERRN is a bit more shy but shows affection towards people in her own way. She's clever and observant, always keeping an eye on things. Ferrn prefers not to be picked up, but she adores being brushed and petted if approached quietly. She especially loves having her back petted, which makes her curly tail curl even more. She sleeps in bed snuggled up with her people at night and will follow you from room to room, simply happy to be in your presence. She doesn't demand much and is a very sweet and easy cat to please.

Wilbur and Ferrn are wary of strangers, so it may take some time and patience for them to settle into their new home. They are two easy-to-please kitties with big hearts who will make you smile with their antics and cuddles. They're waiting for a cat savvy home to give them the confidence to show their true stripes.

For more information:

Want to help cats with special needs get the help they require to be healthy and happy? You can give at or you can mail a check to: CRAN, PO Box 72401, Springfield, OR 97475

107 CRAN Cats Adopted in the 2nd Quarter of 2023!

2nd Quarter Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter Volunteers of the Month!

April – Ryan York

May – Kat Swanson

June – Sydney Brisco

Thank you all for your amazing work with CRAN to help cats!

To learn more about these awesome volunteers:

Special Kitty Corner

Part of CRAN's mission is to help cats with special needs and we have a lot of special needs cats in our care right now. We never turn a cat away due to medical needs and never consider euthanasia except to end suffering when there is no treatment to help. Our featured cat in this issue is Ordy. Ordy is a senior girl and seniors often get overlooked especially when there are so many kittens available.

Meet Ordy - the Betty White of cats

ORDY is a senior female brown tabby with short hair. She has stunning green eyes and white fur on her chin. Sassy senior Ordy is the Betty White of cats. She's a talkative gal who will greet you with her sweet voice immediately when you come home. Ordy is a social butterfly who likes to be in a room with her person, and other humans. Ordy likes to chase her ball toy (just like a puppy!), run laps in the hallway, and most importantly, likes to tell you all about her day. She loves looking out windows and sitting in the sun. She's a curious cat who investigates all new people who come into her life. She likes hanging out with her people and snuggling on laps and in in the bed. As a senior cat, Ordy is on a prescription diet for food allergies that she readily eats. She also takes a daily supplement to help arthritis in her joints. Her arthritis really doesn't slow her down and she is quite frisky. Ordy enjoys being pet on her head, shoulders and neck. This charming senior gal would love to have a home of her own, and a person to claim as her best friend.

To learn more: Ordy's Bio

Kitten Season is here and so is our Kitten Shower!

We are getting requests to take kittens every day. To help us care for all of these kittens, we are having a Kitten Shower! It's an easy way to support CRAN and help kittens. Simply go to our registry at: or go to your Amazon account and click on Baby Registry and search for Cat Rescue and Adoption Network. You can then purchase supplies to help us care for the kittens and Amazon will send them directly to us. Keep a copy of your invoice for tax purposes as all donations to CRAN are tax deductible.

Ways to help CRAN
Donate directly at or mail to:
Cat Rescue & Adoption Network, PO Box 72401, Springfield, OR 97475

Support cats while you shop!

Amazon Wishlist - Help CRAN by purchasing much needed supplies to help us care for all of the cats in our program. You can purchase items from our list and Amazon will ship them to us. To get to our wish list click here: CRAN's Wish List or our kitten shower:
Fred Meyer Reward Card - Support Cat Rescue and Adoption Network when you shop at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card. All you have to do is Link your card and use it when you shop at Fred Meyer. Don’t have a Rewards Card? Stop by the Customer Service desk at any Fred Meyer store and sign up; it’s free.
BottleDrop – Pick up a stickered bag and fill it with your bottles and cans (can be co-mingled) and drop it off at either of the Bottle Drop stations in Springfield or Eugene. CRAN will receive credit for your donation. Bags can be found on the CRAN carts (by the catteries) at PetSmart, Wags! Dog Emporium, Hometown Pets in Springfield, or your friendly CRAN volunteer.
Other Ways to Help:
ResQwalk is a free mobile app that lets you raise money and resources for Cat Rescue & Adoption Network, and all you have to do is walk (or participate in any distance-related activity – walking, running or biking -that can be measured by GPS and involves a speed of less than 14 miles per hour)! You can even just start it and do your daily activities i.e., go shopping, get the mail, garden and get miles! Learn more:
Car Donation Donate a car, truck, RV, motorcycle, or boat you no longer need to support the Cat Rescue and Adoption Network! All vehicles are considered, running or not. The pickup is free and your car donation is tax deductible. Most vehicles can be picked up within a few days and you’ll receive a tax receipt for your donated vehicle. Click here to donate online or call 855-500-7433 to donate!
Real Estate Donation You can donate land, homes, or commercial property to support the Cat Rescue and Adoption Network! Your real estate donation is tax deductible to the amount of the appraisal value and we accept almost any property, so long as there is equity. Even if you owe back taxes or have a mortgage balance! Click here to donate online or call 844-277-4663 to donate!

Want another way to help the cats in our program? Forward this newsletter to cat lovers who aren't on our list.
Safety Tip

Do you know what to do if your cat is choking? Check out this article in PetMD and make sure you are ready just in case. Read the article here:

Do you have an Adoption Tail or Rainbow Bridge Story you would like to share or an article you'd like to see? Email
Thank you so much for your support and enabling us to continue to help cats in need. We could not do what we do without you!