Rumor has it that the term 'crazy cat lady' is a direct result of Jeanine Buckner and her crazy love for cats. Jeanine has always been a cat lover, and for years she dreamed of opening her own cat rescue. Finally, after years of encouragement from some of her friends, and some wonderful people who promised to help her and volunteer as often as they could, Reuben's Room Cat Rescue was born. As a vet assistant Jeanine could see first hand that the older the cat got, the less likely it would be to find the cat a new home. Jeanine could also see first hand how a companion cat could help a senior citizen live a better life. When Jeanine started Reuben's Room there were no rescues that dealt with re-homing domesticated cats of all ages. There were also no rescues eager to work with senior citizens. Reuben's Room was founded on the concept of filling both of those needs. Since it's beginning Reuben's Room has operated on the premise that seniors often need companionship, and cats can often fill that roll. Reuben's Room has cats of all ages residing at the rescue, but there are always several cats that would be perfect for a senior who needs some company. Jeanine truly enjoys matching the right personality of one of her cats to the personality of a senior who is going to be adopting a cat from the rescue. Thanks to our 'Worry Free Adoption for Seniors', Reuben's Room does not have to consider age when determining an adoption application. In fact, Reuben's Room has placed cats with several 100+ years old senior citizens.
For years Jeanine Buckner dreamed of starting a cat rescue complete with a sanctuary for cats that are no longer candidates for adoption. A rescue that would re-home the domesticated cats that other rescues would not accept. And a rescue that would make it possible for a senior citizen to have just the right cat to keep them company. That dream became Reuben's Room Cat Rescue.
Reuben's Room Cat Rescue is a 501 © (3) non profit rescue/no-kill sanctuary in the greater Grand Rapids Area. Reuben's Room is an alternative cat rescue founded in 2003 by Jeanine Buckner. The purpose of the rescue is to help fill the need for re-homing domesticated cats of all ages. We adopt cats to both single people and families who have a track record of being responsible and loving companions, and who understand a commitment to an animal is a lifetime commitment.
All of our precious adoptables are tested for feline leukemia and FIV. They have been spayed or neutered, and are up to date on any medical/dental needs. They have also been treated for fleas and parasities using Pfizer's Revolution and have been micro chipped for future identification. They are also tested, and if needed treated for heartworm. Our cats are only available for adoption after this has been done.
Reuben's Room mission is to re-home domesticated cats, friendly strays, and kittens.
We also maintain a sanctuary for our cats that are no longer considered adoptable.
Occasionally someone will drop off cats (usually in cardboard boxes) at our rescue. These people probably believe that we will take them in and provide them shelter. Unfortunately, Reuben's Room will not always have the room for these cats. If you have a cat that you can no longer keep, please consider the Humane Society ($20 cost for surrender) or the Animal Shelter (no cost for surrender).
Reuben's Room does not have an open door policy.
If you would like to adopt one of our cats, or if you need to surrender a cat please call 791 9696 to make arrangements
We believe that senior/seniors who are living alone can benefit from a loving feline companion. Through our Worry Free Adoption for Seniors Program we endeavor to match a senior cat with a senior citizen. We can do this because we get to know our cats and their personalities. When a senior tells us what they are looking for in a companion cat, we match the senior with one of our cats we believe will be a good match. If for some reason the match does not work out, we will bring that cat back to the rescue and try another cat until the senior believes that they have the right cat for them. One of the things that make this program special is that if the senior cannot come to the rescue to get their cat we will bring a cat to them!
Through our seniors program we have taken a lot of the worry out of senior adoptions. If for some reason the senior has to be out of their home temporarily for things such as rehabilitation, hospitalizations, etc. we welcome their cat back to the rescue until that person returns home and can be reunited with their Reuben's room cat. Thus the senior/ (and their family) can adopt a cat and not have to worry about 'what if', we offer them the security of knowing that their cat will always have a loving secure place to go.
Please note: Most of the assisted living places in our area allow residents to have pets. These homes welcome our cats because of our senior program.
Reuben's Room received a call for an adoption through our special seniors program. A family contacted us and asked for our help in finding dad just the right cat companion. We get to know our cats quite well, and Jeanine knew which cat would be a perfect companion cat-George. According to the family George came out of the carrier, checked things out briefly, ate a little food, drank some water, and took advantage of the litter box. Then our big boy George simply jumped up on the couch and settled in with his new human companion! Within a matter of minutes it was plain that we had just made another "match made in Heaven. There is now one very happy 92 year old gentleman, and a Reuben's Room senior companion cat who just loves him!
We are an all volunteer rescue.
As a 501 © (3) non-profit rescue all donations are tax refundable as allowed by law.
We offer a special 'Worry Free Adoption For Seniors Program'
We offer the Reuben's Room Guarantee
Reuben's Room is an all volunteer rescue that exists and operates solely on funds and donations from the public who believe in our mission. Our surrender and adoption fees do not come close to covering all of our expenses. ALL donations and funds go directly to the care of our cats. To make a donation to our rescue please either use the paypal button below or send a check or money order to:
Reuben's Room Cat Rescue
PO B0X 140201
Grand Rapids, Mi. 49514
Once a Reuben's Room cat, always a Reuben's Room cat. Any cat adopted from our rescue will be welcomed back at any time, for any reason. All of our adoptions start out with a trial placement. If for some reason the adopter is not happy with one of our cats we ask that you let us know, and bring the cat back to us. There is never a time limit, Reuben's Room asks that if you ever are no longer able to care for one of our cats you bring that cat back to us.
Reuben's Room routinely takes our cats back to the vet for one more visit prior to placement just to be sure there are no unexpected surprizes when the adoptor gets their kitty home. In this case, Elliot and Chong both needed dental work, so we could not release them until the dental work was done. The final cost to the rescue was in the $100's of dollars for each cat! By doing the final vet check we just saved the adoptor hundreds of dollars. We continue to be a very small rescue operating on a shoestring budget, but we also continue to make sure that any cat that is adopted goes to their new home 100% healthy and ready to go.
PLEASE NOTE: Reuben's Room has added kittens to their mission. Local shelters are constantly trying to find ways to save as many kittens as they can. Reuben's Room has decided to do what we can to help. But, Reuben's Room is a small rescue on a very limited budget, and the total bill for kitten care is between $350 and $550. Basic kitten care consists of:
Visit #1: Initial exam, Felv-combo tests, first kitten vaccines, including distemper, 1st deworming, Revolution for treatment or prevention of fleas, and a stool check.
Visit #2: Exam, 2nd deworming, and 2nd distemper shot.
Visit #3 Exam, last distemper shot, rabies shot, spay or neutering, (possibly declawing) and microchip.
Adding a kitten to the rescue will cost us 3x as much as adding an adult who needs basic medical care.
As a small rescue on a shoestring budget, we are going to need all the financial assistance we can get to add these kittens to our rescue. That is why we are reaching out to the public for help in funding our new program. Check out the kittens below and you will know how committed we are to this new facet of rescue. If you can help us continue this program, please use the paypal button below (DONATE button) or send a check to:
Reuben's Room Cat Rescue
P.O. Box 40201
Grand Rapids, Mi. 49514-0201
You may be reading this and be thinking "If they couldn't afford it, they shouldn't have started rescuing kittens." But we are a cat rescue/sanctuary, it's what we do.
|And Then there are These Critters|
Pictured above is another example of kittens having kittens. Both of these 7 month old moms were living in the same garage, and both of them delivered their litters just in time for Memorial Day. These kitten moms were wondeful moms. When these 2 litters were brought to one of our foster homes the 2 moms worked very well together and shared the motherly duties for all 9 (yes, you read it right, 9 kittens!) little ones, including providing nourishment to whatever kitten was looking for a meal. The moms have been spay and returned to their home in the garage. But the 9 kittens are still in our foster care program while they receive all their medical care. Once their medical care is completed, and they have been spay or neutered, they will be available for adoption, so if you are interested in a kitten, keep your eyes on this site. We will post updated pictures as the gang grows. The medical needs for the 2 moms have been completed and paid for. However, once again we are dealing with the expenses of a kitten, but in this case there are 9 kittens we need to provide for. So, yet again, please, if you can help us with the cost of care for these little critters, please use the paypal button below, or send a donation to the address above.
Individual pictures, 2-14-14
The Kids are growing up, and they are all nice and healthy and happy. Thanks Lois and Larry!. Their medical work/declaw etc. should be done by mid October, and that is when they will be available for adoption. But, if you see one (or more) of these little critters that you think you might want to add to your household, give us a call and let's get you pre-approved.
Update: The medical work, etc. is done, and as you can see, a few of the kittens have already been adopted. If you are interested in any of the kittens still available, please give us a call!
As always, thank you for anything you can do for us!!!!
Jazzie s 5 1/2 years old and 2 ft. declawed. Jazzie is a striking beauty with lots of soft silky fur. She is a little girl who has more fur than body! She is friendly, and loves to play and cuddle. When Jazzie came to the rescue she started out very fiesty, so whoever brings this gal home is going to have to be patient with her. But if her new how can offer her patience, they will be richly rewarded with a wonderful gal who is a real cuddler. In fact, she is quite the little helper. One of Jazzie's favorite things is to "help" clean the kitty litter! Or, maybe she is just trying to make sure that the volunteers do it right? As Jazzie became used to the rescue she also became quite a player, with a lazer light being her toy of choice. If you are one of those people who have a soft spot for the gray cats with really long fur, check out Jazzie.
"Special Needs" Cats
Please note that the cats that are featured here are 100% healthy and fully adoptable.
Shadow is new to the rescue. His birthday is 2-1-13 and he is 2 ft. declawed. Shadow came to us after a persistent family presented their mom with a cat. Mom did not want a cat. So we have the privilege of providing Shadow with temporary housing. You know how they say if a person (or cat) has a problem with one of their senses, they compensate by having another sense intensify? We believe that Shadow has a profound hearing loss. And the sense that intensified? His voice. If Shadow wants something (usually it is attention from a volunteer) he lets you know-LOUDLY! This guy has a major voice volume so you won't have to worry about him letting you know that he wants something. But the loud volume works with his purrrrr too, and that is just wonderful to hear. Other than the hearing loss he is your usual adorable black cat with gorgeous satin feeling fur. Shadow loves attention, and loves to cuddle. This guy only knows how to do everything full speed ahead. When he plays, he REALLY plays, and when he cuddles, he REALLY cuddles.
Update: Sadly we had to return Shadow to his cage. This fella just loves to play, and will play with any cat that gets close to him. Unfortunately not all of the cats want to play with him. Since Shadow is profoundly deaf he cannot hear the other cats growling or hissing at him when they don't want to play. So, for his own safety Shadow is going to have to be caged until we can find a home for him.
Cats featured here will be cats that would make wonderful cats for our senior citizens
Another shelter called Reuben's Room to ask us to rescue Orchid. Orchid had been at that rescue for a while and a volunteer knew her time for adoption was running out. Orchid had been living outside on her own, and she was in very rough shape when she was rescued by the previous rescue. When Orchid arrived at Reuben's Room she had major health issues. She was not a stunning beauty, and her fur was dry and coarse. Orchid was also not declawed, and very unfriendly. But, with patience and excellent medical care, declawing, and lots of attention Orchid is now ready to keep a lucky senior company. With love and attention Orchid came out of her shell and became a real lover girl. She has been declawed, and over time her coarse fur has become soft and silky. She is now following the volunteers from room to room, and thriving on every bit of attention she can get. In fact, Orchid is now coming when she is called! Orchid is a true lap cat, and will share your space whenever you give her the chance. You will not find a better companion cat for a senior. But, Orchid still does not like other animals invading her space, and she is not about to share her time with her new adoptor, so she will have to be the only pet in her household.
To learn more about this wonderful gal, check out her PetFinder listing.
Reuben's Room is now an "affiliate member of Amazon", which means there is yet another way to support Reuben's Room at no cost to you! As an affiliate member of Amazon whenever you shop Amazon by using the banner link at the bottom of this page, Amazon will give 4% "commission" of the cost of everything (clothes, books, stoves, etc.) you have purchased to Reuben's Room! If we can get all of our loyal supporters to use the Amazon link at the bottom of this page whenever they shop on Amazon, this could be a real money maker for us. Just think, if you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, and you spend $100, Reuben's Room will get $4, if you spend $1000, Reuben's Room will get $40 etc. So, PLEASE shop until you drop, but use the Amazon link below when you do!
We have also created an Amazon "Wish List". To get to our list simply click on the same link below which will take you to a page for Pet Supplies. In the upper right hand corner there is a space for Wish Lists. Click on that box, and go to "find a wish list", which is again in the upper right corner area. When you click there it will take you to a page where you can ask for a specific wish list. Just type in Reuben's Room wish list, and click go, and there you are! We have tried to be as reasonable as possible on our list. When we ask for a bed, for instance, you will not find the most expensive beds on our wish list. What you will find is some nice beds for reasonable prices. If you do use our wish list please be sure to have the items delivered to:
Reuben's Room Cat Rescue
673 Kinney N.W.
Grand Rapids, Mi. 49534
So, our wish list and a chance for you to help support us is only a click away. Just scroll down to the banner at the bottom of this page and click "shop now".
Please consider asking your friends and family that shop on Amazon to come to this page and click on the banner/link below.
Note: For Reuben's Room to get the 4% "commission" you must ALWAYS go to this page and clink the link below before you start shopping!
Update: It is up and working great! We have been blessed with some things off of our wish list, and we are also getting a 4% commission when you shop on line at Amazon. Or, if enough of our supports shop for us we can get up to a 6% commission.
Note from Jeanine: "We always like to thank someone if they do something nice for us." So, there is a place on Amazon where you can fill out a gift card, and if you do, then we can send you a nice thank you card. But of course if you choose to remain anonymous, we still appreciate your support.
About Our Need...
Reuben's Room Cat Rescue is a small, private sanctuary/rescue that always has lots of love to spare, but often finds itself struggling to make ends meet. Reuben's Room will always have a large non-adoptable community. Housing and caring for our cats, including their medical needs, that are no longer considered adoptable can get very expensive. So, we are looking for sponsors for those cats. There is no minimum amount to pledge, we will appreciate anything you pledge. So please take a moment, look at our cats, check out the cats that are listed as special needs. Then look for the one who tugs at your heart strings, and consider sponsoring that cat. (If you do not want your name to appear on this webpage, let us know). Please note, Petfinder does not provide a place to list our sanctuary cats, so they are listed along with our adoptable cats. When you read the write up about one of our sanctuary cats you will get to know them a little better. Here is a list of our current sanctuary cats:
How to Sponsor
Your pledge can be done via PayPal, or by check/money order sent to our post office box. Please indicate which cat (or cats) you would like to sponsor so that we can make sure your pledge goes towards the care of that cat (or cats). If you would like updates on your sponsored cats, please let us know. If you do not want your name to appear on this webpage, let us know.
|Reuben's Room Cat Rescue
PO B0X 140201
Grand Rapids, Mi. 49514
Carlton was a resident of Reuben's Room that had been cruelly treated and set on fire by some kids "just for the fun of it." When Carlton came to the rescue, no one expected him to live, but live he did. Jeanine had always taken Carlton along with her when she visits classrooms and teaches kids about the care and love of an animal. With the loss of Carlton, Jeanine was trying to figure out how to carry on the message that Carlton taught kids. And then came Dexter!
Remember that commercial "Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down?" (If you are too young to remember-google "Weebles") Well Dexter wobbles, but unfortunately he also falls down-a lot. You see, Dexter has "Cerebellar Hypoplasia". You can learn all about Cerebellar Hypoplasia on the internet. This medical condition can cause several different medical problems. In Dexter's case, it has caused a severe coordination problem, and some interesting vision problems. There are several causes of cerebellar hypoplasia, for Dexter it appears that it was caused by a vaccine that his momma had while he was still in the womb. So, when Dexter walks he falls down, and then he gets up and tries again, and he falls down. Dexter does get where he is going sooner or later, it just takes him longer than most cats. And Dexter has a vision problem. It takes him longer to actually focus in on something, so he may look like he is staring into thin air when you talk to him, but give him time and he will be able to check you out, and maybe even wobble over to you. But other than these few little glitches, he is just fine. In spite of his medical problems, Dexter is just one happy little guy. You see, he has always had these problems, so to him it is perfectly natural to have to work a whole lot harder to get things done. Dexter has no idea he is different. He can eat, drink, sleep and play just like the other cats. Well, maybe not quite like other cats because things can get pretty messy when he eats or drinks, but that just makes him even more loveable. He even uses the litter box like a good little boy. Ok, well, that can get pretty messy too, but at least the little guy does use the litter box! Obviously steps and climbing can be a problem for Dexter, but we have that covered. Dexter is happily residing in our sanctuary room where there are no steps or other large objects for him to trip over.
Dexter was brought to Reuben's Room after he was abandoned by his owner and a caring neighbor took him in. When he first arrived we had no idea what was causing his erratic movements, but we did know that he was cute and adorable and a little winner! And now we know his medical problem, and we know that he can live a nice long "normal for him" life. We also plan on putting the little guy to work in the classroom. Even though Dexter is not available for adoption, we have posted pictures of this cute little fella on the "cats adopted from Reuben's Room now in forever homes" because he has been adopted by Reuben's Room and he probably IS in his forever home. Be sure to check out his pictures because it sure looks like Dexter is a happy little guy, and it even looks like he is smiling right at you!
To Dr. E.J. Jones of Schmitt's Animal Hospital in Walker. Dr. Jones makes our veterinary care incredibly affordable, and has been available at all hours when we have especially difficult medical cases.
To Sleepy Hollow Pet Cemetery for sponsoring our ad in Cats and Dogs magazine. If you find yourself in need of burial services, please check out these wonderful, caring people.
To Flooring by Design for all those carpet samples you provide for our kitties. It's always nice to see a business that thinks of the local shelters.
To Rhonda Mitchell-Glanzer who donates handmade catnip pillow toys to our feline friends, and those at other shelters and rescues. If you are looking for a safe toy for your feline, check out her pillows at Harvest Health on Eastern near Burton. Rhonda uses the money she makes from her sales at Harvest Health to continue her mission of toys for the rescues (including the Animal Shelter where she delivers dozens of toys every month). Look for items labeled "Cat Toys Furever". The Reuben's Room cats are always happy when their new supply of pillows come in! These are really great toys!
Thank you to all of you who work behind the scenes with us. While we cannot list all of you, please rest assured that whatever you do for the rescue does make a difference and is greatly appreciated.
Cats and Dogs Magazine
Do you know what happened to DOG 281? Janet Vormittag is a local author and publisher of Cats and Dogs Magazine who has written a book called Dog 281. If you would like to find out what happened to Dog 281 you can purchase the book on line from Amazon.com. Or you can get a copy by contacting Janet at her webpage: janetvormittag.com. If you mention that you heard about the book from Reuben's Room Janet will donate part of the cost of the book to our rescue! Speaking of the magazine, have you seen a copy of the local Cats and Dogs Magazine? It is a FREE monthly publication with all kinds of news and articles on local animal events and shelters. Reuben's Room is fortunate to have a page sponsored by Sleepy Hollow Pet Cemetery in every issue. These magazines are distributed all around the local area, so keep an eye out for them at local stores, doctors offices, restaurants, etc. They also offer a subscription to those who want to make sure they do not miss an issue. The cost is $24.00 for 12 issues that are mailed right to you! If you would like to subscribe just send a check with your name and address payable to Cats and Dogs at P.O. Box 996, Jenison, Mi. 49429-0096. The magazine can also be viewed online at www.catsanddogsmagazine.com
Cat Mountain Cat Trees
If you are looking for a special gift for your favorite feline, a gift that will also make you a very happy cat lover, check out Cat Mountain Cat Trees. Every cat tree is designed to meet your needs and requests. Why settle for a tree, when you can have a mountain! Check out their website at: www.catmountaincattrees.com.
Reuben's Room is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you buy pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our shelter. What’s more, every purchase goes towards an entry for us to win a $5,000 quarterly giveaway!
How to donate $50.00 to Reuben's Room at no cost to you!
Capital One is sponsoring credit cards for non profit organizations. There is no catch, and no gimmicks, and we know it works because we have been getting the $50 checks. To donate $50 to Reubens Room all you have to do is apply for a Capital One Visa card, charge anything on it one time, then WAIT for your statement to come and pay that one time charge and bingo! we get $50! After that 1st charge you can cancel the card, or you can continue to use the card and Rebuen's Room will get a small portion of your purchases. If you choose to keep the card at the end of the year you will be charged a $35 fee, so be sure to weigh your options. Just think, if 5 people get the credit card for even one month Reuben's Room will get a check for $250! Think of all that kitty litter! And if 10 people get the credit card, that is $500! Wow, think of all that food! Remember, all you have to do is charge once, WAIT for the bill, and then pay the bill and cancel the card, pretty easy right? For more information please go to: Card Lab Connect for Reuben's Room. Thanks!
Reuben’s Room is seeking responsible volunteers to add to our volunteer staff. Commitment is for a morning shift of approximately 2-3 hours. We have openings for both weekdays and weekends. We are not looking for volunteers to pet and entertain the cats, but rather someone willing to do hands on work. Volunteer duties will include such things as cleaning cages and litter boxes, laundry, sweeping and mopping. Experience working with animals is a plus but not a requirement. Volunteers must be reliable and able to work independently. If you are a person who loves cats and can commit to a weekly 2-3 morning shift, please give us a call at: 616-791-9696. Please be sure to leave your contact information so that we can in touch with you and talk directly about the opportunity to become one of our volunteers.
We have learned of another way our faithful supporters can help us out. Fresh Step has a program called "paw2 Points". Whenever you purchase Fresh Step Cat Litter there will be the usual upc code on the back, but there will also be a code #. Reuben's Room can redeem those code #'s for free litter. For instance, right now I am looking at the back of a bag of litter, and there is the upc code, but there is also a code #-in this case FWXHR6GDW94C. Whenever you buy Fresh Step Cat Litter, please cut the area that has the upc and code #, and send them to us so that we can redeem them for free litter! That's right FREE LITTER! You know that stuff that Reuben's Room uses a lot-like bags and bags of it every week! So please, the next time you have to buy litter, think of us!
Another great way to help the rescue is gift cards from such places as Meijers, Target, or a pet store of your choice. This allows us to purchase food, medication, cleaning supplies, bedding, litter, and other necessities needed to continue our mission. We appreciate your generosity, large or small. We would not exist without your support.
Kentwood Cat Clinic
Stop by Kentwood Cat Clinic, get your feline a catnip toy and help support Reuben's Room too! Julie Brille is an animal lover who creates catnip toys and sells them at the clinic and the proceeds go to local area shelters/rescues. It has been our experience that cats just LOVE these toys! Thanks Julie!!
D&W and Family Fare "Cash for Class" Spartan Stores has changed the way that you can donate to our rescue. Please visit: www.myyesrewards.com to learn how you can take advantage of this new program and help us out.
Spartan is offering yet another way to help non-profits. It's free, easy, and fun! Ok, well, it's probably really not fun, but it is free and easy! Spartan Stores will pay non-profit organizations 2 cents for every Spartan UPC code collected in their behalf. Unfortunately, Spartan Stores will only take the UPC codes in batches of 1000, and lets face it, it is going to take a while to come up with that many UPC codes. But the good news is that Reuben's Room will still be around when you collect those batches of 1000! For more information regarding this program go to: www.spartanstores.com, then when the window opens click on "About Spartan Stores", and then click on "fund raising". Thanks to Sherry for letting us know about this program, and for starting us off with 2000 labels! On a side note-kinda wonder who has the wonderful job of counting all those upc codes! But hey, in today's economy, a job is a job right? So, let's do our part in keeping someone employed and get busy collecting those UPC codes.