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Cat Depot Helps Rescue Hundreds of Cats from Animal Sanctuary

Apr 05, 2012 01:07PM


Cat Depot’s Emergency Response Team (CDERT) responded to a request for help from the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to assist in the rescue of hundreds of cats from Caboodle Ranch animal sanctuary in Madison County, Fla. CDERT is comprised of Cat Depot staff and volunteers who have trained with the Florida State Animal Response Coalition (FL SARC) and have required FEMA certifications.
The cats were living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at the non-profit cat sanctuary, approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee. This is the largest number of cats the ASPCA has ever removed from one location in an animal cruelty investigation. The founder of Caboodle Ranch has been arrested and multiple animal cruelty charges are pending.
“Removing hundreds of animals is a huge undertaking, and we are truly grateful that these agencies offered their assistance in the case,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of Investigations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “Numerous agencies throughout Florida and as far as California have committed to helping us continue our life-saving work and giving these rescued animals a second chance.”
For more information, contact Cat Depot at 2542 17th Street in Sarasota, go to, or call 941-366-2404.
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