Natalie was an abandoned, scrawny, one-eyed cat that ended up in a high kill shelter. With only days to live she reached her paw through the cage to touch me...
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"I'll help as many deserving souls as I can."
I decided to help animals in need many years ago and I've never stopped
How a stray cat started this sanctuary
In the late 1980s, a very special kitty found her way to us.
She came from a high kill shelter in Pomona, California.
I was in the adoption room for cats looking for someone to save.
It was heartwrenching to see all of them in their cages.
Each one had a story and wanted someone to love them.
It broke my heart to think I could only take one home.
I walked from cage to cage and a white paw reached out to me.
I looked inside and saw a thin, sickly gray and white cat.
I asked the attendant to unlock her cage.
He grabbed his keys and said, "You don't want this cat.
There are plenty of cats here with two eyes."
I had not even noticed she only had one eye until he said that.
It didn't matter to me that she was missing an eye.
If anything, it made me want her even more.
I held her close and she leaned into me.
She was all skin and bones, I could hear an upper respiratory infection rattling in her lungs as she tried to purr.
"I'll take her."
That moment, the first domino was activated for a lifelong dream to open a sanctuary for companion animals that no one else wanted.
A final refuge.
A loving home.
Painted Rain Ranch was launched in 2021 and we will continue to help animals in need.
No pet should die alone or in a shelter.
We can't help them all so we help those we can.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
Painted Rain Ranch is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program as required by law.
Additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting sos.wa.gov/charities.
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