What cat wouldn’t want to live in a Kitty Paradise, especially if they had spent most of their lives being used as lab animals. Well, the Kindness Ranch has some good news for all the former-lab kitties that are in need of a nice home, some fun toys, and a good snuggle! The ranch’s Kitty Paradise is set to debut later this summer and will enable the ranch to take on many more whiskered residents.
Kindness Ranch has long been a haven for former lab animals, including dogs, cats, horses, sheep, and pigs, and is now hoping to expand the reach of their amazing mission by building a bonafide paradise for the feline visitors and residents.
Tamra Brennen, executive director of Kindness Ranch, tells OGP that the goal of building Kitty Paradise is to provide cats with, “an enriching, fun space where cats can be cats – where they can jump, climb, watch birds and butterflies, spend time outside safely, nap in the sun, and chase toys to their hearts’ content.”
A chance for cats to just be themselves after years of living in a laboratory. Brennen tells OGP, “Our organization’s mission is to provide sanctuary and rehabilitation to these animals, and an important part of that is to give them a life as different from their past one as possible and provide them with experiences they have never had before.”
Kindness Ranch has agreements with a few private labs who transport their animal test-subjects to the ranch when testing is complete.
According to Brennen, the types of cats Kindness Ranch receives varies, but “physically, the cats we get are generally in good shape.”
About half the cats currently living at the ranch were used in feline herpes testing. Given the close care and attention these cats receive at Kindness Ranch, their past in testing can stay in the past, allowing these cats to enjoy playtime and lots of naps.
Brennen and her team are always excited when they receive a new group of cats, because it is an opportunity to learn about each individual’s personality and develop a care system that will help them thrive in the long run. When cats first come to the ranch, they are allowed to come out of their cat carriers at their own pace.
Brennen tells OGP, “Some cats come out immediately, and that can tell you a lot – those are usually the most confident, the friendliest, and they usually adjust pretty easily. Others will creep out slowly, not knowing what to expect, but usually getting some of their courage from watching the others.”
Based on how quickly they acclimate to their new home, the Kindness Ranch crew can assess how best to help the cats – be it with extra love, attention, or simply the friendly face of another rescued feline.
While all of the cats living on the ranch are guarenteed a home for life should they need it, the primary goal is to find a loving, permanent pet-parent for all the cats.
As Brennen says, “These are not broken or defective animals, but amazing cats with personalities all their own, and we know that they can and will go on to become wonderful pets.”
The goal of the Kitty Paradise is to show just this. By giving cats a space where they feel safe and are able to express their unique “cat-ness,” their road to recovery will be just that much shorter. Every former lab animal deserves the chance to forget the life confined to a cage that was filled with fear and pain and lead a life where they are free to be themselves – and to be loved for it!
Check out some of the other adorable feline residents, eagerly awaiting their new digs!
You can help the Kitty Paradise become the wonderful new haven that will help countless cats by donating to the Kindness Ranch here. To learn more about this amazing organization, check out their website and Facebook page.