Idaho Woman Has Found Homes For Over 1500 Stray Cats

CatBobbette Carlson, an Idaho woman, describes herself as the crazy cat lady.

She is crazy over finding homes for cats in need. Currently, Carlson has 32 cats, and at one point, she had 46 cats in her house and garage.

Five years ago, Carlson found out that many cats were being euthanized at a local animal shelter. She wanted to make a difference and give these cats a second chance and a new home.

During these five years, she has found homes for over 1500 homeless cats.

Her only criteria for someone that wants to adopt a cat from her is that the cat must live indoors. She also spays, neuters, and vaccinates all of her cats.

She has people all over the United States coming to adopt cats from her.

Carlson said, “I had a lady drive 600 miles to get one of my cats and turn around and drive back. It’s one of the most rewarding things anyone would ever want to try. The love of these animals is just indescribable.”

Source: Localnews8

12 Responses to “Idaho Woman Has Found Homes For Over 1500 Stray Cats”

  1. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the feel-good story. It really perked up my Monday morning!

  2. Lynne says:

    Wow, talk about making a difference in the world!

  3. Linda's Cats says:

    I love that her only adgenda (and criteria) is that the cat be an indoor cat. No “home visits”, no comments about # of children, or other silly nonsense that I see from time to time in private shelters/rescues.

    And she probably mostly funds this from her own pocket. This is the kind of woman I wish i could help support. Maybe she has a web page or something !

    Hugs to her and all her tiny mouths she feeds !

  4. Merlin Marshall says:

    Way to go! I wonder how she gets information out about her cats. I saw only a phone number but no website listed. That is a phenomenal number of cats adopted out - it would be nice to know how she does it and if any of her methods could be adapted to shelters.

    Linda’s Cats, sometimes things like home visits are important. I don’t think an animal should be adopted into a filthy house with too many neglected animals already. Or that cats should be adopted into a house with unsocialized hunting breed dogs that might look at the cat as lunch. Or to people who are going to feed the cat or small dog to their pet snake. And sometimes a home visit can make an iffy application turn out to be a good one.

    As for the kid issue, I don’t think its a good idea to adopt a tiny kitten to a family with unruly kids who might injure the kitten by throwing a heavy object on it, tossing it out the window or beating it. Kids like that should not be allowed to have any kind of pet.

    Most shelter rules have evolved from horrible experiences and are there for a reason. That said, I don’t think rules should be inflexible, and there should be a procedure to allow exceptions to rules.

  5. Faith&Friends says:

    God bless you Bobbette for your efforts! And if these comments reach you why don’t you give people a way to send donations? Perhaps the local paper who published the story would let you use their address.

  6. Stefani says:

    I love hearing good news like this, it proves that JUST ONE PERSON really can make a difference!

    Please let us know how we can support this WONDERFUL woman.

    The Toonces Project
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

  7. dru says:

    this is so wonderful. bless u, dear Bobbette……………….

    Stefani…u need 2 check u’r link. it’s kinda misspelled n doesn’t go anywhere….good think u have “The Toonces Project” above it……

  8. The Lioness says:

    This is a wonderful story. What a wonderful woman.

    I agree with Merlin about home visits; however, I’m guessing this is one savvy woman. She probably knows how to screen people pretty well. Also, it may be deliberately hard to reach her–that may be part of the screening. ;)

    A woman this wise and wonderful MUST have a system of some sort!

    I agree! I would love to donate to this woman’s work!

    ~The Lioness

  9. Jerrie Rimas says:

    I commend you Bobbette. I too had to re-home my Bengal’s because I could only keep 5 animals and had to maintain a kennel license to have over 5. So, no Fostering for me, no Pet sitting in my home for me, and I had to give up my dog. I had someone drive from DesMoines Iowa to Crystal, Minnesota to get my 2 Bengal’s and I keep in contact with them so I know they have a good home. Saddens I had to give them up they are my babies. And Animal Control could care less. Someone lied and stretched the story to see me fail and the most they could do was call Animal Control to say I had sick cats. they knew how to get to me! So I am glad you are in a situation where you can have and help all those kitties. I would be right there along with you. Up here they would call it hoarding. I want to know your secret!

  10. Thel Josenhans says:

    Dear Bobbette Carlson ,
    God bless you in a thousand ways , for saving , God’s little souls , that can not defend there self , we live in a ( KILL CONTROL COUNTY ) Volusia …….Fl.
    people have tryed to stop the killing , but , they can’t , care ………. more about visitors , money to this state. We have much to learn , from Animals , Please put your address on ………..ITCHMO …….. if we all send you a few dollars , for feed , will help.
    I give you , my heart felt ………. Thanks , May Jesus Christ , help you , along the way
    you are in my thoughts & prayers. Love ……… Thel Josenhans

  11. Evelyn says:

    If you cannot offer a cat a space to go outside, keep an animal that doesn’t mind being jailed 24/7!

    You only need to look at my happy 12-year old neutered male cat sitting in his garden enjoying the sun to know how cruel it is to lock a cat indoors — most of those indoor cats end up unfit and neurotic, a sorry shade of what they could have been had the been treated right. Of course, if you’ve never known a proper cat that can go out when she wants, an indoor cat may seem quite normal to you — please make an effort to find a proper cat owner and see the difference in happiness that a free-range cat enjoys. You will never want to incarcerate a cat again!

  12. levi says:

    wow this is amazing,i have alot of cats myself and i really need to find homes for them most of them are kittens i really could use some help.if i dont find homes for them they will be put to sleep i dont want that to happen it would break my heart.plz if anyone has any ideals on what i can do please email me at id be more then happy to hear your ideals.thank you.levi

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