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Welcome to Reuben’s Room and Sanctuary

A 501 (c) (3) non-profit, all volunteer cat rescue and no-kill sanctuary located in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The Story of Reuben's Room Cat Rescue and Sanctuary

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 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.

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Our Adoptables

Click here to see cats adopted from Reuben's Room - now in furrever homes.

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Did you know that all of our adoptions start out as trial adoptions??  If for some reason one of our cats is not a good fit for you, just let us know.  We do not consider any adoption final until YOU say it is final. 

   We have noticed that from time to time Petfinder experiences difficulty with webpages.  If that happens on our webpage, please be sure to come back and visit us again.

                 The good folks from Family Fare, D&W and Forest Hills Foods are offering a new fund raising event that we will be participating in.  Check it out further down this page.  Update:  The receipts are coming in-please keep sending them in!

WOW!  Our supporters are great!  Thank you to everyone who is helping us by shopping on Amazon or using the donation program through Spartan/Nash.  We truly appreciate these two programs that allow you to donate to us at no cost to you, an those of you who help us via this program. 

                               If you do not know about these programs, please check them out below.  

Reuben's Room gets a grant from Bissell every year.  We use our grant money to help the over population of stray and feral cats.  If you or someone you know has been helping your local outdoor cat population, and you would like assistance with getting them spay or neutered, give us a call.  We offer this service until our grant money runs out.  Thanks again Bissell!

On a lighter note, did you ever wonder how our cats get such cute names?  All of our cats are domesticated cats, meaning they have had their own home before they come to us.  Our cats come complete with the name that their former families gave them.  That makes is easy for us.  We do not change their names.  Well, maybe if we had a cat come in with a name that had more than 16 letters, and no one could pronounce it, then, maybe we would shorten it so that people could adopt a cat with a name they could pronounce, and maybe even spell!  But, so far that has not happened.  

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Who We Are   

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.

We also maintain a sanctuary for our cats that are no longer considered adoptable.  If you look on our list of adoptable cats, you will also notice that there are several cats listed as "not available."  These cats are not the only cats in our sanctuary these are the cats that were adoptable at one time, but are no longer considered adoptable.  Often we have more cats in our sanctuary than  cats "adoptable cats."  Our unadoptable cats still get all necessary medical care, so our costs to keep the sancutary going is huge. So, if you are looking for a truly deserving place to donate, please think of us.


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 rehomes cats, we do not take in strays or ferals.   If you have a cat that you can no longer keep, please consider the Humane Society or the Animal Shelter. 

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Reuben's Room does not have an open door policy.

If you would like to adopt one of our cats, please call 616  481 6878  to make arrangements.

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A special thanks to the volunteers who keep Reuben's Room going:           

  Ashley, Barb, Brooke, Denise, Hope, Patti, Sally and Bob, Sally A., Sandy B., Sharon R, Tom,

Tracy and Scott,  and James and Dena.  

Without  this team, there would be no Reuben's Room.  

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If you would like to join the Reuben's Room team,  call 616 481-6878      

We are looking for volunteers.  We are not looking for someone to pet cats, that aspect is well taken care of.  We are looking for someone who loves cats, and who is willing and able to "get down and dirty".   Volunteers must be  at least 18 years old.  Our shifts last from 2-4 hours a day (and even longer if you just can't stop spending time with the cats!), and we are asking that you commit to one day a week.  If you love cats, and if you have 2-4 hours a week, please give us a call!  Reuben's Room has always been an all volunteer rescue, and we are dedicated to keeping it that way.  These are not paid positions, but we have dozens of cats that would just love to reward you for your help!


Seniors Program

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Worry Free Adoption for Seniors  

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. 

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.


Fast Facts

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


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The Reuben's Room Guarantee    

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.

An Example of Our Reuben's Room Guarantee


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In 2011 a trio (Bert, Ernie and Morgan) came to Reuben's Room.  As kittens, they were adopted very quickley. 

Do to a change of circumstances, he is back at the rescue ready for his next home.  

The adopter or the family of the adopter did not have to worry about what would happen to Morgan, they knew he would be safe with us.


Why a Reuben's Room Cat? Case in Point  

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.

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Thanks to the wonderful people at Bissell who provided a grant earmarked for kittens, and C-snip who provides low cost spay/neutering in our area, we have been able to add a kitten program to our misson!  We will usually have a few kittens available, but they may not be featured because they often find homes very quickly.  If you are looking for a kitten, please let us know and we will do what we can to help you.  But remember, no cat leaves our rescue until they have a complete physical and are 100% healthy.  In the case of kittens, this means vaccines, worming, spay or neuter, etc.  Thanks to our wonderful vets, and C-snip we can usually get the medical needs started quickly, but shots etc. take time. And let's face it, almost everyone is looking for a declawed cat, (We have had 2 requests for cats that have not been declawed in 12 years) so we have to add declawing to the mix. But, we are pleased to say that we now do laser declawing!  Laser declaweing means our cats only have a one day recovery time-and NO PAIN!  So if the kitten is new to the rescue he/she will not be available for at least a couple of weeks.

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                                                                       Special Needs Cats

Reuben's Room takes in cats of all ages, and once a cat enters the rescue they stay with us until they are adopted, or they pass away.  For that reason we will always have "Special Needs Cats" that are also fully adoptable cats.  This space is dedicated to finding these cats a home.

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Meet Flower Petal

Flower Petal is an 8 year old, 2 ft. beauty.  "Petal" is also amost completely deaf.  Because of her deafness she had a hard time getting used to being in a rescue.  Her deafness will also make it difficult to adapt to a new home, so she will need patience.  Petal was previously adopted and was doing great. She responded very well to the one on one interaction when she felt comfortable and safe in her new home.  However, she developed one bad habit.  Petal started chewing on electrical cords.  She has not done that at the rescue.  But there are cord covers that you can get to prevent any damage to cords.  The lady who adopted Flower Petal had a very hard time returning her to the rescue, but she thought the risk was just to great.  We certainly understand that.  Because Petal does not hear a volunteer when one comes to pet her she has had a very hard time trusting them enough to get friendly.  There are times when Petal respond favorably to a volunteer, but those times are few and far between.  Flower Petal has learned to adapt to the rescue, but she has done it by isolating herself from the other cats. 

We know it will be hard to find the right home for Petal a second time.  But over the course of years we have also learned that there is always a possiblity that the right home and family is out there and will read this and give us a call.

Meet Sabrina and Seamus

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Are you ready to open your house and home to two cats?  Two cats that will adapt to their new enviornment very quickly?  Two cats that are love bugs?  Then let me introduce Sabrina and Seamus.  Born 11-1-12, Sabrina is the youngster of the pair.  Seamus, born 6-1-11 is the old timer.  Both cats are two foot declawed.  Sabrina a very outgoing girl.  Seamus is a little more timid.  But as a pair, Sabrina will do a pretty good job of getting Seamus to get with the program, and this bonded pair should turn into 2 really nice cats in a very short time.  Because these two "siblings" are so bonded they are only available as a pair.


Meet Queenie


Are you looking for a cat that is not declawed?  Look no further.  Queenie, born 11-20-09, fits the bill quite nicely.  When Queenie joined the rescue she quickly adjusted to life at a rescue.  Our gal is a more laid back cat, you know, the kind that prefers laps more than she does toys.  If you are looking for a gal that will warm your bed, couch, etc. as well as your heart, please check her out.

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Odds N Ends

     Opportunities to Support Reuben's Room At No Cost To You

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             Shop Amazon to Help Support Reuben's Room     

                                     Reuben's Room is now an "Affiliate Memeber" of Amazon.  That 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 on Amazon by using the banner link at the bottom of this page, Amazon will give 4% "commission" of the cost of everything you buy (clothes, books, stoves, etc.) to Reuben's Room!  If you spend $100, we get $4, if you spend $1000, Reuben's Room gets $40!  That may not seem like much, but if we can get enough people on board with this program it could be a real money maker for us.  So, please, SHOP TIL YOU DROP, but make sure you use the banner at the bottom of this page 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.

                             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 supporters shop for us we can get up to a 6% commission.  Our most recent purchase was paper towels, lots and lots of paper towels.  Other than cat litter and food, one of our biggest expense is paper towels.  Let's face it, when you are trying to keep a rescue nice and clean, you need a whole lot of paper towels, especially when that rescue includes a sanctuary!

We have been fortunate enough to fulfill our need for beds-thank you soooo much. 

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.  Of course, you always have the option of remaining anonymous.

Amazon also offers another program where their shoppers can donate to the charity of their choice.  It is called Amazon Smile.  To learn more about this program, and how you can donate .05% of what you spend to Reuben's Room, go to smile.amazon.com.  Note: in order to donate to a charity via smile.amazon.com you must always go to Amazon via the smile.amazon.com address.

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   D&W, Family Fare, and Forest Hills Foods have a new "Direct Your Dollars" progam.

Do you shop at any of these stores?  Do you get gas at any of their gas stations?  If you do, please start saving all of your original receipts for your purchases, bundle them up, and send them to us.  For every $150,000 in receipts that we collect Reuben's Room will get a $1000 donations from SpartanNash!  It may seem like we can never reach $150,000, but the program is open ended, meaning we can continue to collect forever!  And with your help, we know we can do it.  Especially when you tell all your friends and relatives and they join the effort!

So, start shopping and bundling and send those receipts to our P.O. box:

Reuben's Room Cat Rescue and Sanctuary 

P.O.  Box 140201

Grand Rapids, Mi.  49514

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Wow!  It's working!  And our supporters are great!

It is amazing how many of you are collecting and sending us your receipts.  We are well on our way to our first $1000!  It is obvious that many of you are diligently collecting from relatives and friends too, again, thank you!

Just in case you are wondering. . .

Why we need your help to keep the rescue going. . .

Reuben's Room has a "once a Reuben's Room cat, always a Reuben's Room cat" policy, a senior program, and a no-kill policy.  That means that ANY cat that is adopted from us will always be welcome back at the rescue.  Since we adopt to senior citizens, our critters often come back when that senior can no longer care for their cat.  Those cats are often senior cats.  Some families find that they just can't care for our cat any longer, and lovingly bring the cat back to us.  Sometimes one of our cats get sick and the family simply cannot afford all the medical bills.  There are all kinds of reasons for our cats to be welcomed back to the rescue. 

All rescues have the expense of the day to day cost of maintaining the rescue.  But because of our policies, we always have a number of cats that are in need of special supplies due to health reasons.  Those special supplies aren't cheap.  You know when you are in the hospital and you have that nice expensive bag with fluids going into your body.  So do some of our cats.  You know how sometimes you are put on a special diet, and again, the food is not cheap.  So do some of our cats.  You know how sometimes you, or someone you know, have a medical problem that means regular visits to the doctor.  So do our cats, but of course their doctor is a vet.  Our cats also receive regular dental care.  And of course there is the ongoing expense of the routine visits to the vet for a wellness exam, shots, etc.  

We will always have a lot of our cats with special needs, that's why we are here.  We are proud of the policies we have.  We love giving our felines total medical and dental care.  But it cost, a lot.  We just don't have "a lot".  So we need your help, we will always need your help.  Because, after all, without your help, there would be no Reuben's Room Cat Rescue and Sanctuary! 

So, please take advantage of the opportunities listed here.

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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!


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Our Teaching Cat

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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. When Dexter and Jeanine go to classes Dexter is going to help the kids learn that being different is not necessairly a bad thing, and that EVERYBODY has value.  If you would like to have Jeanine and Dexter visit your school, please give us a call.

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!

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Special Thanks &
Opportunities to Support Reuben's Room

Special Thanks and Things Worth Mention...

Special Thanks 

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.

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.
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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.


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Opportunities to Support Reuben's Room...

Amazon has 2 progams that can help us out-Amazon Affliate and Amazon smile.  

Check out the explanation above to learn all about them.

Check out the new "DIRECT YOUR DOLLARS" program offered by Spartan Stores.  

A complete explanation of this program is given earlier on this page.  Please read that area to learn how to help us out-again-at no cost to you.


Volunteers needed
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: 616-481-6878. 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.

Gift Cards
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.

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