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Gloria Oliver with Roxie during breakfast

Photo by Debbie Wegner

It Takes a Village to Care for the Cats

at Caring Fields Felines

by Shannon Borrego

Morning dawns at Caring Fields Felines’ sanctuary and 150 cats greet another day in paradise. At 7:00 sharp, the gate opens and in drive volunteers and staff, much to the delight of the hungry cats. The poor dears have had to wait all night (gasp!) since they were last given food and attention.

 

The first order of business is to turn on the lights and attend to the kittens in the cattery. Each little one is fed and given a wellness check. Water bowls are refilled, litter boxes and living area thoroughly cleaned, and then it’s time to move on to the adult cats.

 

These cats have mixed priorities. Some cats descend upon their food bowls as if they are starving. Their strident meows would almost have one believe they haven’t eaten in days, but their healthy weight and bright eyes tell a different story. Other cats care far more about being petted and cuddled than being fed.  Dee Dee, for example, sits and stares at staff member Gloria Oliver until she stops what she’s doing and pets him. Only after he’s been thoroughly cooed over is Dee Dee ready to eat.

 

Once all the cats have been fed and are ready for their morning naps and play time, the workers get down and dirty—literally. Cleaning the campground areas is a messy business. The job requires at least five people, every single day, rain or shine, cold and heat, 365 days a year. Those who take on the task hold a special place in the heart of Executive Director, Pauline Glover. The work is physically demanding and is a labor of love rather than just a job.

 

In addition to cleaning, the morning crew keeps a sharp eye out for any cats that may be under the weather or in need of a check-up. At the first signs of illness, the cats are treated immediately.

 

After the cats have been attended to, odd jobs such as washing windows and tidying the yard can be tackled. Volunteers and staff alike feel a great sense of pride in the sanctuary, and visitors often remark upon its pristine state. It isn’t easy to keep things clean with 150 curious felines constantly sabotaging their efforts, but the workers do a phenomenal job.

 

Come see CFF for yourself! Visitors are welcome during business hours, and, of course, we’re always looking for volunteers.

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1301 SE Palm Beach Road

Stuart, FL 34994

(772) 463-7133

 

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3400 SE Aster Lane

Stuart, FL 34994

(772) 324-7558

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3401 SE Aster Lane

Stuart, FL 34994

(772) 925-8494

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860 SE Central Parkway

Stuart, FL 34994

(772) 287-9909

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2750 SE Ocean Boulevard

Stuart, FL 34996

(772) 286-9384

 

The Residence of Stuart

1048 NW Fork Road

Stuart, FL 34994

(772) 692-2577

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