I remember first seeing Craig on The Colbert Report. Granted, Stephen Colbert was sort of poking fun of this “Cat Man” but it’s hard to make jokes about a man who has dedicated his life to a greater cause the way Craig has. Under his care, some 600 plus cats have been given a second chance, a home with someone who truly loves them and devotes every minute of his life to them.
I’ve followed Craig and his Caboodle Ranch on LiveJournal since the moment I became aware of his mission and it has been such an enjoyable thing to witness: all the new cats that come in, all the donations he receives to keep the ranch alive, all the days and nights he stays awake to fight for his “babies,” the pictures, the stories… all of it is so rewarding knowing that a good thing like this exists in our sometimes very ugly world.
Last week, though, Craig was taken away from the ranch with a gun to his head for a “misdemeanor” charge. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of too many misdemeanor charges that require a gun to the head, especially for such a docile and non-violent man.
Apparently a PETA spy has spent the last 5 months undercover in Craig’s ranch as a volunteer, collecting misinformation and shaping a false story to support their own agenda: shutting down Craig’s Caboodle Ranch for good. He’s been painted as a hoarder and animal abuser now, titles that I could never even imagine being given to such a humble and goodhearted man. And titles that hold no actual bearing. Craig has faced the law many times before, and he has conformed to make sure he was caring for these cats in every bit of the right way possible by law and by heart.
To say that Craig has somehow put these cats’ lives in danger is an absolute lie. How the people putting him through this can even sleep at night is beyond me. They have done everything in their power to break a truly selfless man. What kind of person or organization thrives on this sort of treatment?
When Craig was finally allowed back to his ranch two days after his removal, the cats were gone and the perfect home he’d built them (little private houses, memories of the ranches history, etc..) had been destroyed and for no other reason then to break his heart a little more. It is truly a tragedy to know that such injustice can take place. Who is this action against a good cause actually benefiting? As I see it, no one. It’s only hurting people and animal alike.
Awareness is crucial at the moment. Please click HERE to read more about what is happening on Caboodle Ranch and how you might be able to help Craig get his furry children back.
My prayers will be with Craig as he endures yet another roadblock in his effort to do good in this world. I hope you’ll at least keep him in your thoughts or prayers as well.
Caboodle Ranch has updated their website with a 9am Wake Up Call post to explain the current situation
UPDATE #2 – 5/5/2012
We have learned both PETA and the ASPCA have posted doctored videos filmed over 5 months in order to paint Graig Grant as uncaring, and unable to help the cats within the ranch. Both PETA and the ASPCA have also posted a large amount of pictures to show the living conditions within the ranch, in a attempt to paint the ranch as cruel, and inhumane. These questionable photos do not seem to show any recognizable areas of the ranch, such as the cat houses. Simply pictures of cats up close, or in rooms with in larger structures that cannot be verified are even on the ranch. PETA’s website has become flooded with angry FORMER supporters, and comments such as this are taking over the discussion.
Christina commented:3-4-2012 11:47 PMPETA should be ASHAMED of themselves!!! I have been a supporter for ten years and I will NEVER EVER give you guys a DIME again!!!! This man is WONDERFUL and his property was literally heaven! I took my homeless strays there and it was PARADISE! The ONLY PERSON at all involved with animal abuse AND caboodle is his NEIGHBOR who freely admits to SHOOTING and abusing ANY cats he sees!!! Whereas Craig, the owner and operator of caboodle, sleeps in a damn sleeping bag on a wood floor with 50+ cats around him. The cats pictured were injured by wild animals (hello this place is in the woods?!) or possibly injured by his crazy redneck animal abusing neighbor. So once again, you people need to do better research! I wish I could sue peta for the hundreds I’ve donated! LESSON LEARNED!!!
3-5-2012 11:50 AMPETA needs to get a life and not wreck the lifes of others (Craig Grant)! PETA should show what REALLY happens at Caboodle on a daily basis and not pick and shoot what you want! Why did it take 5 months to get this video? If things were as bad as you say? You have now destroyed his life AS WELL as all the cats there, which you seem so worried about,is that PETA showing their true colors!
Kim Johnson commented:3-3-2012 11:52 PMHow is it possible that PETA has taped a poor little soul like Lily over months of watching her suffer and die and noone helped her. Why did it take so long to help those animals? Why were they left there to suffer so long and die? Aren’t you there to help them when you find them? You are supposed to be their saviours.
Julie Lepper commented:3-4-2012 12:40 PMHow about posting a daily video of all the animal Peta kills. Wow, now that would get some attention. Peta loves to shock people, now that has some real shock value. Someone ought to send a spy into their facility to show their supporters the truth.
Links to articles about PETA -
Documents: PETA kills more than 95 percent of pets in its careNew Documents: PETA Killed a Near Record-Breaking 95 Percent of Adoptable Dogs and Cats in its Care During 2011