Over 600 Caboodle Ranch Cats to go up for Adoption

caboodle ranch cats go up for adoption at jacksonville aspca

Hundreds of cats confiscated from Craig Grant’s Caboodle Ranch feline sanctuary in Florida are going up for adoption on Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ASPCA’s temporary shelter at 2580 West 1st Street in Jacksonville FL. Smaller, separate adoption events for the Caboodle Ranch cats will also be held that same weekend in Sarasota (hosted by Cat Depot) and in the Tampa Bay area.

Some of the cats up for adoption includes special needs cats: barn cats and those with FELV and FIV.

The ASPCA is asking former owners who left cats with Caboodle Ranch to call their hotline at (917) 572-4407 to schedule an appointment to identify and reclaim their cat(s). The Jacksonville Humane Society is working with the ASPCA on the adoptions.

A total of 692 live cats were seized from the ranch at the end of February in one of the largest animal hoarding rescues in U.S. history.

Caboodle Ranch supporters claim that the abuse was staged by PETA and that all of the cats were well cared for.

Caboodle Ranch founder Craig Grant, charged with animal cruelty and scheme to defraud, hopes to stop the adoptions by fighting the ruling that put the Caboodle Ranch cats in the care of the ASPCA. Based on the evidence, it does not appear that any fight to get the cats back will be successful.

Allegations against Grant include:

  • Seriously ill or wounded cats did not receive adequate veterinary care.
  • Caboodle Ranch failed to spay and neuter cats in their care.
  • Craig Grant wiped cats’ faces with toxic Clorox Wipes.
  • Conditions at the Ranch were filthy.
  • Dead cats were left where they lay.
  • Cats roamed freely outside the confines of the Ranch.
  • Craig Grant misappropriated nonprofit funds.

Criminal charges pending against Grant include one count of felony animal cruelty; three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty; and one count of scheming to defraud (felony).

Among the Court’s findings:

  • The evidence demonstrated “clearly and convincingly, that the Caboodle animals were not receiving proper and reasonable care while in the custody of Caboodle.” (Order ¶ 8)
  • “Caboodle’s own veterinarian testified that the number of animals on the Caboodle property on the date of the seizure significantly exceeded the limits he had recommended. . .” (Order ¶ 10f)
  • Caboodle “depended upon a continuing influx of new animals for its financial survival. It is more likely than not that Caboodle would continue to fail to abide by the recommendations of its own veterinarian regarding population limitations if the animals were returned.” (Order ¶ 10g)
  • “Sick animals were not adequately isolated. . .” (Order ¶ 10j)
  • “. . . Caboodle is clearly and substantially lacking in the resources, ability, skill and (most importantly) willingness to follow expert veterinary advice essential to an operation dedicated to the care of such a large and apparently ever-growing number of animals it seemed intent on sheltering.” (Order ¶ 11)

Cats now in ASPCA’s Care

In a letter to the judge, Director Tim Rickey of the ASPCA details how $1.2 million has been spent on care for Caboodle Ranch cats. In addition to medical care and basic necessities, the cats are receiving behavioral enrichment to “remedy the effects of the severe neglect and lack of socialization they experienced during their time at Caboodle Ranch.”

Caboodle is enjoined from possessing live animals going forward.

Agencies who assisted the Jacksonville ASPCA in the rescue included:

  • Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (Belleair Bluffs, Fla.)
  • Cat Depot (Sarasota, Fla.)
  • Florida State Animal Response Coalition (Bushnell, Fla.)
  • Good Mews Animal Foundation (Marietta, Ga.)
  • Humane Society of Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare (Yarmouth Port, Mass.)
  • Lee County Domestic Animal Services (Fort Myers, Fla.)
  • McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • RedRover (Sacramento, Calif.).
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine and Maples Center for Foresnic Medicine

Fraud Charges and Lawsuit

Donors to the ranch have filed a class action suit claiming that Grant misappropriated their donations. They’ve stated they possess proof that Grant used the funds for numerous financial transactions on the 501(c) not-for-profit account for personal expenditures including but not limited to airline flights, trip to Vegas, purchases at Toys R Us, Daytona 500 tickets, hotels, online clothing orders, online magazine orders, restaurant meals and gifts.

Grant has testified in court that he does not routinely record cash donations.

More on the Caboodle Ranch Case

3 thoughts on “Over 600 Caboodle Ranch Cats to go up for Adoption

  1. I hadn’t seen that site, didn’t even know it existed. There was definitely way to many cats for him to care for. All those cute homes that were there were misleading. I hope they can all find good homes.

  2. Rhonda, I wanted to think the best as well because there’s no doubt he loves the cats, but the photos documenting the situation left no doubt in my mind that there was a problem. There have been rumors of problems that I’ve been directly aware of since 2009. At that time I exchanged emails with Nanette who assured me that Caboodle was an idyllic cat haven. Nanette herself had her personal cats removed from her house in the raid: all 39 of them.

    Grant’s own veterinarian testified that he continued to take in more cats than could be adequately cared for. I think it’s a hoarding case that got out of hand. Coupled with the accounting problems – spending donations on personal expenditures and not accounting for cash donations — I would not recommend that people continue to send money to keep him in business or at this point, to contribute to his legal defense.

    I read every page on the http://caboodleranch.net/ website which has documented the problems, including photos of dead bodies of cats in various stages of decomp, and the deplorable conditions. There was a cat graveyard where they were simply tossed out in garbage bags and not buried. He admitted he wiped the cats’ faces with Clorox wipes. Huge percentages of the cats suffered from URIs and FeLV and were FIV+ and there is documentation in evidence that most were not tested for these conditions.

    The photos speak volumes if you can stomach them. It’s a sad sad situation.

  3. I am torn about the stories about the Caboodle Ranch. From reading the website, it didn’t seem that the animals were in bad shape. Well, of course some were, but not the majority. They had delightful houses for them, a house for sick ones, and other amenities. I just don’t know what story to believe about this. I did worry since the owner of Caboodle Ranch was getting older, but he did have volunteers and lots of visitors came to the ranch to see the cats. There are lots of pictures in the gallery on the site. Anyway, I hope the kitties all find good homes.

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