The average euthanization rate in local agencies/shelters is
100% for a cat that is deemed "feral" or "non-adoptable".
There are several reasons that a free roaming cat cat, whether
it be a stray or abandoned house cat, does not do well in a
shelter environment. Fear is the primary reason a cat
reacts in a way that is perceived as negative. Running to
the back of a cage, hissing, trying to get away, these are all
quick ways to get a "feral" label in a shelter environment.
Our mission is simple, take these poor forgotten ones, and bring them to a place that will let them be who they really are. We provide a free roaming sanctuary, and do not pressure these cats into a situation where fear dominates them. Its amazing to watch a once "feral" cat become a loving and playful outdoor cat. 80% of the cats that we intake into our sanctuary that were said to be "unadoptable" or "wild" live long, healthy lives here, and never have a problem. 20% of the cats that we get who are truly feral, usually don't come from a shelter or agency, rather an individual or business who has trapped a cat from a field.
We work hard to educate the public on the difference between a "free roaming" cat, and a real "feral" cat. We have worked with most all of the local shelters (county, city, and rescue) to introduce the ideaology of a semi-tame cat instead of a wild cat. Once a cat is removed from the forced confiement of a shelter, and allowed the freedom to be afraid, they learn quickly.
What we teach them, our herd, is that we provide food, water, safety, shelter, and love. As much or as little as they want or need. Our Regulars decide to come up to us on a daily basis get the love they want, and move on. Very few cats that we intake into our program refuse all volunteer contact, but there are some. We don't push and prod them. we just provide food and walk away. That's our creed, truly do live and let live (as safely as possible).Learn More...
We have over 50 years of combined experience on our Cat Haven Ranch board. Between veterinary and clinical experience, and animal charities, our board members have been in the business of saving animals for half a century.