Cause 4 Cats is dedicated to improving the quality of life for CATS: pet, stray, and feral by providing TNR (trap-neuter-return), rescue, and shelter.
We are a California non-profit organization supported solely by private donations. We have tax exemption status with the IRS as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, Fed ID# 34-2018427.
C4C is located in Lebec, California, right off Interstate 5, 35 miles north of Valencia/Santa Clarita, 75 miles north of Los Angeles, 45 miles south of Bakersfield.
We do adoptions at Petco, 5151 Gosford Rd, Bakersfield Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Come by and check out our cute rescued kitties.
We regularly get calls from people who find kittens that either have been separated from their litter or whose mother cat has been killed or is missing. Several were brought to Petco this weekend and the best we could do is teach the finders how to care for them, which does not bode well for the babies. In the hands of inexperienced caretakers many will not survive.
Monday, 4/20/15, two newborn kittens were found at U-Haul on Chester under a C-Train. They were taken to Kern County Animal Services where they were euthanized. A short time later that afternoon, Lolette Robrahn responded to a call for help on Beardsley and Chester for a cat that had been caught in a fire. (See story below.) She was told about the kittens that had been found and agreed to pick up any others (after taking the burn victim to the vet) if the mother did not return. When she got back, she found three more tiny tabby kittens were under the C-train. One was between the rails. Fortunately, there was just enough of a gap under the rail that a broom handle could be inserted to gently roll the kitten out. The other two were within arms reach. Covered with dirt with sacks still attached, the kittens were in terrible shape. They were taken to a volunteer's home where they were bathed, warmed up and fed. So far, so good. Sadly, two days later yet another kitten was found that was thought to be part of the litter. That kitten did not survive.
Two newborn Siamese kittens were found that afternoon and brought to the same volunteer. Even though they appeared to be in much better condition, one did not survive.
Do you have the time, experience and patience to take care of kittens a few days to a few weeks old? Their chance at life is much better in the hands of an experienced bottler. Please call 661-248-0299 if you can care for newborn to 4 week old kittens.
This baby came to us as a lone 2 week old kitten found in a box outside Walmart. About 3 weeks later, she is transitioning to solid food and has a ravenous appetite. We have more just like her. Please help by providing donations to feed these little ones.
Kitten season is now in full swing! Foster homes are needed for the anticipated onslaught over the next few months! We have no place to put all the little feline families we will be asked to help. We have stretched our fosters as far as we can, and it is heartbreaking to have to say "NO".
We also have some adult cats that were "only" cats before coming to us are not happy at our facility. Especially in need of OUT are three declawed females who are intimidated by the other cats. Would you consider fostering (or adopting) one of them? They are in good health. Whitney is a blue-eyed Siamese mix dilute tabico a little over 8 years old. Lucy is a buff tabby about 2 years old. Bella, a medium hair white and black harlequin, is about 6 years old. (See photos below; stories are on our Adoption pages.)
Charcoal turned up at an apartment building on Beardsley just days after a wildfire on the shores of the Kern River at Chester. Animal lovers there put her on the second floor to help protect her from dogs, and gave her a box, bed, food and water. Knowing she needed vet care and unable to provide it, they contacted C4C early the morning of 4/20 Charcoal had singed hair, singed whiskers and burned pads on all 4 paws. She was taken to the vet, who said all she needed was a good diet and nursing care to mend.
Charcoal is on an oral antibiotic and her pads are soaked in a betadine solution salve applied twice a day. She's currently crated because of requiring a litterbox filled with newspaper rather than any form of litter.
Charcoal is a gentle, sweet kitty. She would benefit from a loving home environment. If you can help by fostering and nursing her, please call.
On our page titled "How You Can Help" we have added a lot of information about volunteer opportunities with C4C. Additionally, listed below are several ways you can help us. We appreciate anything you might be able to do to help our kitties. Feel free to call us at 661-248-0299.
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Does your employer have a Charitable Matching Employees Funds Program? Some people are making small weekly, monthly or even larger annual donations and doubling the benefit by taking advantage of their employer programs.
Please consider organizing a garage sale with your family, friends or neighbors for full or partial benefit of Cause 4 Cats. We would be happy to help provide handouts
Donate items for fundraising drawings at our adoption events. If you would be able to give a gift basket, a new item of value, or even a gift or gift certificate from a business, possibly your employer, we can show and sell tickets at Petco on weekends during our adoption events.
We have several special needs kitties featured on our Adoption page. Please spread the word to your friends, family and coworkers. Please help us find forever homes for these cats and so many others that are in need. Call Lolette at 661-248-0299.
On Friday evening, April 10th, eight Persian cats were brought to us at Petco when we were setting up for adoptions. Their condition was horrifying. All were filthy, matted, and emaciated. While all are adults, some were the size of 5 to 7-month old kittens. Petco staff graciously allowed us access to their grooming area so we could bathe them. This week they will all be going to the vet for examination, testing and mat removal.
It was a miracle this kitty has survived to this point. The smallest of all (temporarily called #5), its fur was matted in feces, tearing it away from its belly, legs and tail. We were able to soak the balls of poop and gently remove most of the large pieces; the biggest was the size of a small apple.
Progress is being made on getting the 8 cats healthy. As of Wednesday, April 15th, all but 3 were dematted. Most have ear mites, at least one has an ear infection and Persian #8 is so lumpy she is ready to deliver her kittens any day. Nine have been sterilized, so after a few weeks in foster care where we will encourage them to gain weight and get used to normal home life, we will get them fixed. Then they will be ready for adoption. I'm still waiting to hear from Dr. Paulson's office as to whether they can be released from the hospital and spend the weekend at Petco where we will work at finding 4 more foster homes. Pictured here are mat-free Persians 6 & 3 with Stine's vet tech Desiree.
This past Sunday, April 19, Honey (#8 who was pregnant on intake) had 6 kittens, but only 4 survived. One is still questionable, but 3 are healthy. The first kitten was breach, so she was taken to Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital as an emergency and they assisted with the birth. It will be a couple months before she and kittens are available.
We have incurred over $2200 so far in medical expense and will have more. We welcome donations to help the cats. Adoption donations are a month away, minimum, and we have bills to pay for these cats now. We have a donation button in the left column that links to paypal or checks can be mailed to us at Cause 4 Cats, PO Box 488, Lebec, CA 93243.
The adoption donation for the adults will be about $300 each to help with veterinaryexpenses and the cost of the high quality food we are providing the fosters. The kittens' fee will probably be higher, which will assist us in our rescue endeavors. The price is comparable to what other rescues ask for Persians and also helps us narrow the field of adopters.
We are compiling a list of people interested in adopting one of these cats or kittens. If you would like to be added to the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be notifying everyone when they are available.
We have another kitty that is 1-1/2 years old in the same situation, but she is still in foster care and C4C will have to carry the entire expense of her surgery. Ricki's back right leg ends about where the hock would be. Her left leg is also not normal, there is no paw. But the bottom of the leg curves to make a foot on which she can walk. Because of the pain she experiences when trying to use the right leg (notice the raw tip), she has gotten a little chubby from lack of exercise.
Our friend, volunteer and supporter Vicki Kunkel heard tapping on the window and went to investigate. She discovered an oriole fighting with itself in the window. Look closely and you'll see who else was watching.
Willie is always into something! He is a very loving cat who came to us last fall with a undeveloped right eye. The vet closed the socket and a few months later determined Willie has a problem with his pancreas. He has to take an enzyme twice a day to help him digest his food. He's doing great and is a delight to have around.
We have collectively rescued and adopted thousands of cats in the mountain communities and greater Bakersfield area. Our shelter does not have vacancies, so foster homes are needed to temporarily house homeless cats until they can be rehomed.
There is still much to be done and not enough people or funds to do it with. A community problem requires a resolution from the entire community! Please contact us if you can volunteer, or donate via PayPal or by mailing a check!
For further information please call:
Cause 4 Cats - 661-248-0299