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Catrangers aka Center For The Advancement Of Higher Knowledge

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal welfare including rescuing and caring for companion animals and their owners through adoptions, veterinary care and by providing educational programs for local communities. We also provided trap neuter and return services for free roaming cats in several local communities and private properties. We successfully rescue over 800 cats and kittens annually and assisted in reducing the euthanization rates at several of the Georgia shelters.

Target demographics: Cats and kittens and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 800 cats, kittens and their families

Geographic areas served: Atlanta and surrounding areas

Programs: We successfully rescued over 800 cats and kittens from local shelters, abandoned animals and those that were free roaming that required trap, neuter, return services and those whose owners could no longer keep them for various reasons.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Carmela Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Cat Rangers usually six days a week. An amazing free roam house with cats galore. I especially enjoy working with the shy cats to help them trust and feel safe and loved. It is so rewarding when they get adopted. The cats give me so much more than I could ever give them.

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted 2 amazing cats from Cat Rangers. They do everything possible to ensure these cats are going to loving homes. I recommend Cat Rangers to anyone who’s looking to adopt a cat!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great rescue. The work they do saving cats and finding them homes is difficult but they continue with their mission.

Kimberly B.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a brother and sister kitten pair from Cat Rangers. The girl sadly passed away from a genetic illness that stumped even the vets, but her brother is doing fine and he is a great addition to our family!

Carolina Missasse D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two kitties this year, Cat Rangers was very helpful and walk us trough everything. They are very professional and answered all our questions. We are very grateful they helped us find the perfect kitties for our family!

Karen H.28

Client Served

Rating: 5

CatRangers is unique in metro Atlanta -- they are the only rescue that performs site visits to ensure that the kitties they place will be in an appropriate home, less likely to be "returned." Through CatRangers' work rescuing feral and death row cats, I was able to adopt my sweet older cat, Scooter.

Claire M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cat Rangers should be called Cat Angels. They take the fearful and turn them into fantastic fur babies. From dire situations the kitties are placed with loving fosters or raise at the Cat Chateau. They develop into loving lifelong companions.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been following this group for years. They are very committed to helping cats no matter of the circumstance. I’ve seen them raise thousands of dollars for cats in need of surgery. I love seeing photos of the cats when they are happy in their new forever homes. Everyone wants to be loved ❤️ and the cats they take in certainly are. This organization deserves kudos!

Moira M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few weeks after losing my first cat to a genetic heart condition in February 2021, a volunteer from Cat Rangers reached out about a new kitten who had just been rescued from a squirrel’s nest. I was honored that the volunteer had thought of me, and so even though I was still in the grieving process, I decided to meet the kitten. Her name was Sandy Cheeks, and she was a bit shy but a true snuggle bug with the volunteer she had grown close to. I met her less than a week later, and I absolutely fell in love. While devastated with the loss of my first cat, I am convinced that everything happens for a reason, and I was absolutely meant to be Sandy Cheeks’ (now named Dewey) human mom.

Cat Rangers takes into account both the adopter’s personality and lifestyle into account when recommending a cat, and they do a perfect job of matching folks. Dewey is my coworker, snuggle buddy, and emotional support cat. She follows me everywhere (even in the bathroom). I’ve recently moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Anaheim, California, and Dewey has made that life change easier to deal with. Yes, she took some time to adjust but I truly believe that together we can conquer everything.

I can’t thank Cat Rangers enough for matching me with the most wonderful, fluffy Mainecoon kitten (now cat). I’d recommend them to anyone looking to adopt their fluffy partner in crime.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing support given for 2 beautiful kitties rescued from Qatar. Cat Rangers organized a very smooth transition for the beauties to be picked up from the airport & arrive to them. They were immediately placed with a loving caring foster family. They kept us in Qatar updated with their foster to adoption story which happened so quickly due to the attention given to sutras the word not to mention to ensure they were kept together being a bonded pair. Very grateful for the love & care..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cat Rangers are the best! I adopted baby Cody Cosmos (aka Dustin) 4 years ago but it turned into a very stressful event. My older two kitties were so upset by the new kitten that they stopped eating, making a trip to the vet necessary. Heartbroken and sad, I called Sparrow at Cat Rangers and told her I needed to bring Cody back so I returned him and left crying. After about a week, I called Sparrow back and she had saved Cody for me! She knew I was going to be back for him. I was so grateful to Sparrow and Cat Rangers for working with me and keeping in constant communication while I reintroduced Cody. All went well and all three kitties are now living the good life together!

Donor

Rating: 5

They are so attentive to the babies in the community. Literally these cats have no voice unless a non profit like catrangers steps in! They give love and hope for the babies that can't speak for themselves. Thank you for all that ya'll do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for the hard work these people do in rescuing cats/kittens. Many times, the animals need surgery and cat rangers never fail in doing all they can to raise money for vet care, which sometimes is thousands of dollars.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a 5 month-old kitty named Monte in Sept 2020 from Cat Rangers and absolutely adore our purrfect family member! Monte was sick when he first arrived there and under Cat Rangers' care, he was nursed back to health as a perky little guy and we want to thank you so much for taking good care of him.

Cat Rangers has a very thorough application process, which really shows that they care about finding the perfect homes for kitties! We went through a background vetting phone call, a virtual house tour and a physical visit to the adoption center before taking Monte home. Given COVID, we appreciated the care they put into ensuring the adoption process was done safely, with staff wearing masks at all times and practices being put into place to ensure guests were in different rooms when touring. Moreover, Cat Rangers runs its Facebook page in a very consistent and organized manner to show adoption/donation opportunities, in order to help get more kitties their forever home, or secure the funds necessary to give them treatments for injuries. We saw Cat Rangers at a stall at our Town Hall at Suwanee Fair and showed our support for them. Solid work, passionate volunteers and genuine care for kitties!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our cat, Henry from CatRangers. They were wonderful to work with and helped us with information to make sure he was a perfect match for our family. He is such a wonderful boy and we are so grateful to them for bringing him into our lives!

Gaye Simpson P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! We adopted our sweet cat, Umberon, now Ravon, from them. The dedication snd hard work of the staff snd volunteers is outstanding! I would highly recommend this non-profit, as a leader in cat rescue!

sibetfreides

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Rangers is the best cat rescue I have ever worked with. They have a great Adoption Center that is a home set up for kitties so they can live like they will when they get adopted. It is also great because adopters can see kitties in a free roaming environment. Cat Rangers takes on kitties with medical issues without hesitation. They also go far beyond what other rescues do with their vetting. Every decision is made based on what is best for the cat. I highly recommend this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cat rangers is a wonderful rescue. They handle rescue responsibly and don't take more than they can handle. They have a cool house set up where cats can live together until they are adopted. This way, the rescue truly understands the personalities and can put the right cat with their person. And when you go to adopt, you can play with the cats and get to know them, not just look at them through a cage door. It is an inspiring environment. The team at cat rangers makes sure the animals are vetted properly and also makes sure the adopters are checked out thoroughly. They are breaking the mold and showing how social kitties can be. As a mom to six cats, I've never seen a better environment for cats. I will adopt all my future cats through cat rangers!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

All the cats are free roaming in a house set up just like home. Its great when the cats walk up to you for pets and cuddles. The cats are very well care for.
All the staff and volunteers are wonderful.
Its a great place to adopt from

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first went to Cat Rangers in 2017. I was looking for a new friend because I had lost my 17 year old kitty a few months before. One of the volunteers, Bonnie, greeted me right away and we talked about the kitties in my home and I said I was looking for a black cat because I knew they had a harder time finding homes. She introduced me to shy little 4 year old, Lenora, and it was love at first sight! Lenora came home to me and my kitty family about a week later, and after a few days of getting used to each other, my kitties settled in with their new family member and vice-versa. Lenora is a perfect sister to my boys and has an amazing purr!
From the time I set foot in Cat Rangers, I fell in love with its home atmosphere. Unless kitties are sick or quarantined in the basement vet area, no one is in a cage. These sweet babies have chairs, cat trees, windowsills So they can lounge and socialize in comfort. I also was impressed by how they checked out my references. This is why your kitty is brought home to you a few days later. They really care where the kitties go!
I started volunteering at Cat Rangers shortly after adopting Lenora. The first and main thing I noticed is how much LOVE is there for all of the kitties. The tech/vet area is only concerned with giving the best care possible , and fights for every cat who comes in. I have seen miracles from Cat Rangers firsthand. So many kitties who might have been given up on are now living great lives in their forever homes. The entire center is always kept up and clean too. The vet tech area is always super-clean and sterile.
The Cat Rangers human family is a great bunch of folks too! Everyone there just cares about the cats more than anything. We talk about the Cat Rangers cats, share the happy stories, and cry together at the sad ones. We also talk about our own cats too. It’s a big happy family that just loves the kitties above all else!

LuChia B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rescue can be a tough line of work to be in but since I started working at CatRangers I feel so proud to be apart of such a incredible group of people who all have the very same goal! In the short time that I’ve been involved with CatRangers I have seen so much good that has revived me.

Lindsey D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have known Rick for several years now and he, the staff, and volunteers are incredible. You can immediately tell that their sincere dedication and passion for their precious feline friends is the real deal! They are always there not only to provide the utmost quality care for their fur babies, but also to answer your questions and help place you with the perfect companion for your family.

Monica M.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all started with a little void cat that stumbled into my back yard. She was small, hungry and scared. After I fattened her up, and made sure she was adoptable, finding her a home was not that easy! Even for a young spayed love bug like Stardenburdenhardenbart (they just called her Star). I have since fostered 9 additional kitten, including a litter of 5, 2 kittens from Qatar, an injured kitten reduced from animal control and my last was a Russian Blue kitten that was trapped, unsocialized but also something there .... All have been adopted and their new parents send me pictures and it just fills me with love, and at the benefit of not adding permanently to my own brood of 4 cats. The staff is really supportive, answering questions, and following up for appointments and care. And I loved being a foster! In addition, I wanted to give back in other ways, so I also spend Saturdays, grooming, socializing cats at their center and got to know (almost) all of the kits there. The best part was watching them go for their furever home or finding out one of my favorites was adopted since the last time I was there. I have since moved away for work, but I just hope to find another organization with a similar mission. I know how in some shelters/rescues dogs can overshadow cats, but I was so pleased they really focus on just cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have so enjoyed visiting the center with my daughter to visit the kitties and nice people who run CatRangers. All of the kitties were lovely with us and were all happy and healthy looking. We will definitely be back each time we are in the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Cat Rangers for over a year and have the utmost respect and gratitude for this amazing group. Not only do they save hundreds of lives a year, but the cats get the best care and lots of TLC while waiting to find their forever home. They are a cage free shelter and you can tell the cats are very happy there until they get adopted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that saves the lives of homeless cats. The shelter that the cats reside in is not a shelter but a house. When you walk in the door, you feel like you are at home. It's decorated nicely, it smells clean and cats are comfortable and well cared for. This is a wonderful organization and I highly recommend them.

Holly Jersak F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had yet another amazing experience at the Center yesterday. If you are currently looking for a quality adoption facility - go visit Sparrow and Rick to find your fur-ever baby. I am not only an adopter, but a foster now to help with their growing family of needy cats and kitties.
Personally, I just lost one of my rescues due to a uterine rupture. In my moment of despair and sorrow - they opened their ears and shoulder to me in my time of need. Thank you again for everything you do for all of us - furry or not! :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Catrangers is a professionally run organization and is well managed through its operations manager and her supporting team. They are a non kill shelter and they make sure all cats are well looked after. They provide a relaxed atmosphere for the cats in an open environment. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking to adopt a cat or kitten to go and visit and see for themselves what a great facility this is.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Cat Rangers for 1 & 1/2 years now and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience there. The founders truly love cats and kitties and have given me many opportunities to serve. The cats are well cared for both medically and relationally. When a car is adopted they don't go home right away. The cat is delivered by a staff person or volunteer to assess that the cat's future home is appropriate. The fact that they go the extra mile in this area told me how much they care and how committed they are to the animals. I have enjoyed getting to know many people in the cat rescue field, have learned much (and keep learning!) and plan to continue volunteering at this unique and wonderful shelter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love volunteering here! The CatRangers rescue cats that would otherwise be euthanized in a no kill / no cage shelter where the find them furever homes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both of our cats died in the last two years and we were missing having cats but not in the position to have a cat in our home for various reasons. We heard about This shelter and decided to volunteer. They are a wonderful no kill and no cage shelter! They are in touch with various kill shelters and rescue cats before they are euthanized. It is such a great environment because the cats are not kept on shelves or in cages but have an entire house to roam free in. They also find foster homes for cats who have special needs until they can be adopted. They do such a great job of helping cats that arrive with health issues and of finding their cats good furever homes!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down one of the best places for kitties I have ever seen. Staff really makes you feel at home too. There are so many beautiful cats just waiting for that special someone.

Karen T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great place, just like your house but with lots of cats and kitten. Fantastic staff and volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is an awesome rescue and resource for cat behavior. Sparrow and her staff (including volunteers) do a tremendous job with rescuing felines, making them adoptable, educating people and giving the felines a safe haven to live until adopted. They also do work with other rescues and feral cat placement.

You need to stop by and meet Sparrow, Janice, Karen, Bonnie, Scott, Michael, Rick and the others there to truly experience how great this place is.

Donor

Rating: 5

Catrangers is an amazing organization that helps countless animals in dire situations. The love and compassion they give to each rescue is unsurpassed. We moved from the Buford area to Nashville and continue to follow and donate praying each time others find themselves able to donate as well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your incredible selfless work!!!!