CRAFT is CLOSED - Please Read for the Continuing Mission.
All of our assets have been sold or donated. Some items were donated to nonprofits, in particular the Humane Society of the Ochocos' thift shop in Prineville. This shelter was the first and now remains the only no-kill shelter in Central Oregon and beyond. They made this commitment years ago in spite of their struggle with inadequate facilities and with being out of the way, and do not benefit from all the free media attention and local support that the two big shelters in Deschutes County enjoy. These big, newer shelters are NOT no-kill but certainly could make this a no-kill community, with their assets, resources and community support, if their directors felt this was important enough. __________________________________________
What happened with CRAFT? Update.
For about nine years, CRAFT cared for almost 10,000 cats & kittens, about 90% of them stray or abandoned, and many of them from large colonies or hoarding situations that no one else would handle. The majority of them also had to be spayed/neutered, and many required a lot of vet care. We tried hard to place each and every one into the right homes.
We enjoyed the sanctuary property at minimal cost during that time, but the County decided that we were a 'business' (small, quiet rescue) with 'employees' (a few volunteers a day), with 'customers' (occasional adopters), and not allowed on small, residential acreage, even though the neighbors were supportive. We would have had to pay around $20,000 to try to get land use approval, which could not be guaranteed, and it may have taken many months. All that uncertainty negatively affected the volunteers and some sponsors and donors.
We tried for months to find another suitable location, which had to be zoned EFU (farmland) or light industrial, and where animals would be allowed. In this very difficult real estate market, we were not able to locate an appropriate property.
So our board had to make the very difficult decision that CRAFT had to close. This meant finding homes for our cats, many of which were senior or special needs. We were able to do so, although a lot of them ended up having to travel to western Oregon or Washington, since Deschutes County has no no-kill shelters.
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No-Kill Shelters and Rescue Groups
By City/Area (please search under the name for full information).
Central Oregon: Humane Society of the Ochocos.
Portland: Animal Aid; Feral Cat Coalition; Kitty Cat Paradise; Oregon Humane Society, Pixie Project.
Others in theValley: Cat Adoption Team; PAWS; Salem Friends of Felines; Save the Pets; The Oregon Cat Project; Pixie Project; Heartland Humane.
Other Parts of Oregon: Blue Mountain Humane; Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue; Florence Area Humane Society; Friends of Pets; Fur Footed Rescue; New Beginnings; Rogue Valley Humane; St. Martin's Animal Rescue.
Washington: Meow Cat Rescue; Seattle Humane; Purrfect Pals; Benton-Franklin Humane; West Columbia Gorge Humane; The Cat's Meow.
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Government Agency Contacts - for Cat "Issues"
Deschutes County (outside city limits): firstname.lastname@example.org. City of Bend: … More
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Thank You CRAFT Supporters - Please Read.
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