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All the cats at the Save-a-Life sanctuary once had a real home. They once lived on someone's couch, slept under their bed, or even in it, and got love and affection from humans. These cats were brought into this world to live within human society. Now this society must take responsibility for these animals. Society has a moral obligation to take care of them, and that includes not killing them. Saving an animal's life is the barometer of compassion in our society.
Animal Rescues are organizations or people with a compassion for animals. An animal rescue's purpose and mission is to care for lost and homeless animals in a humane way and make every effort to find them homes. For someone that's had a loving pet, and then had to give it up. For someone that has called every place they can to find it a new home, but failed, a rescue is a miracle. Rescues may not be able find a home right away, or have that couch they used to sleep on, but they are paradise compared to the alternative.
Saving cat's lives is the mission of Save-a-Life, and it's a vision by founder, Diana, who brought this foundation from Los Angeles to Mojave 10 years ago. She was a school teacher that cared for cats, and rescued and adopted them and it was her dream that founded this appropriately named rescue.
Unfortunately, Diana was seldom at the ranch, and had appointed Tammy Griggs as caretaker. Tammy came from Los Angeles as an uneducated homeless person. Diana offered Tammy free rent and food in exchange for taking care of the cats. As time went by, and Diana was seldom at the ranch, Tammy became more in charge. At the same time, the ranch began to fall more and more into disarray. Tammy never cleaned and the rescue was falling into dissarray.
Diana resigned 3 years ago, and a second president resigned 18 months ago. The rescue was failing, and the ranch was filthy dirty. Tammy ran it more like a prison ward than a sanctuary. Most of the staff and volunteers had left due to differences, and the lives of over 300 friendly cats was at stake.
Ruben was asked to step in to save Save-a-Life and all its 300 cats, and he did, even though he lived in Los Angeles. Ruben said "somebody has to do it," " the cats need to be saved" and began working for Save-a-Life from his office in L.A.
However, Tammy was not happy and resented authority. At Ruben's first board meeting she had a meltdown. Two weeks later, Animal Control shows up. Tammy had turned the ranch into a pig stye and was now attempting to blame it on Ruben, who had only been president for two weeks. Over the next year Ruben spent thousands of dollars of his own money and all of his time to clean up and refurbish the rescue and the ranch. However, Tammy became more resentful and Burgess became more aggressive. Eventually Tammy set up a plan to frame Ruben using Officer Burgess.
Tammy made her latest unfounded complaint to Burgess on June 13th, 2016 and she knew Burgess was coming out to seize animals, yet she pretended to be surprised. Tammy was cold as ice when Burgess told her to seize the cats she'd cared for for years. Tammy didn't flinch when she threw all the skinnier or less strong kitties into one crate, 3 cats deep, fighting to get out, crying in fear. Tammy continued to pretend to be a victim, and Burgess continued to pretend to be mad at Tammy. Tammy was ruthless when she sacrificed two of her own cats as part of her plot. Tammy showed no compassion for the cats at all, and after the raid, swore she didn't make the complaint to Burgess, yet we found out later that she did.
There is a lot of mis-information about Officer Burgess's seizures of our cats, there's a lot of untrue accusations, and a severe miscarriage of justice. We at Save-a-Life are refuting the accusations of Officer Burgess and his mischaracterizion of our rescue, our staff, and our cats. (since when is a runny nose described as "contagious oozing puss" and bad breath called "stinking rotting flesh". Burgess has turned our rescue into his own personal vendetta by intimidating and bullying us. Now we have to spend all our time fighting this case, and spending all our money trying to get the cats out, and seeking legal council, and all this time is taking away the cats we currently have. How is that helping the animals?
We have not been able to get any of our cats back, unless we pay the Animal Control's bill for the seizure, which is now over$14,000. They gave us 14 days notice to pay the $14,000 or lose the cats. We have 6 days left. We don't have that kind of money and time is running out. We are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and our poor pets are the victims of all this.
Pets are part of life. they were brought into this world by humans. They have a soul, and these souls are crying now, lost somewhere behind bars and brick walls in a warehouse in Bakersfield, not knowing if they will live or die. Taken from their happy home, scared, crying, wondering "what did I do to deserve this. What happened to the couch I used to sleep on? What happened to my masters that used to pet me and feed me? Will I ever see them again? Will I die today? Or will I be saved? . . . That is the question here today.
Please help us save these cats, and let them come home. We all miss them.