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.
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 primarily to rehome domesticated cats, but we also work with strays and kittens.
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 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 481 6878 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.
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.
On rare occasions Reuben's Room may take in kittens. If you are looking for a kitten, please check this area.
UPDATE: 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 10 years) so we have to add declawing to the mix. So if the kitten is new to the rescue he/she will not be available for at least a couple of weeks.
Note: We have a lot of cats that are great cats, except for one small thing-they do not want to share the rescue, or the volunteers. Often times this reluctance to share is because the cats came from a home where they were the only pets. That means that some these cats have to be given "time outs", and we really do not like that. We are reaching out to the public hoping to find these wonderful cats homes where they will be the only cats.
Meet Petal (Flower Petal)
Our precious Petal is deaf. But she is also a lover girl. Because Petal is deaf she has had a hard time adjusting to the rescue. The rescue is an active place, and Petal cannot possibly keep track of everything that is going on around her. So when a cat comes close and she does not hear that cat coming, she gets scared and reacts to protect herself. Right now the only place Petal feels safe is in a cage, and we do not want to have her spend any more time in a cage than she has to. We were worried about how she would do if she where placed in a home of her own. Petal was placed, and she did great! We were thrilled! Unfortunately, she came back to the rescue because she developed a bad habit. Petal started chewing on cords. That is a very easy solve, there are covers that are designed to specifically cover cords. We are again looking for a home for this beautiful loving lady.
Charlie is an 11 year old cat who still thinks he is a kitten. He loves to play, and he is a "cheap date". All Charlie wants is anything to play with (bottle top, straw, etc.) and a lap to call his own. Charlie does just fine at the rescue, until he sees another cat ocupying a lap that he thinks should be his. While this guy is a truly awesome cat, he needs to fine a home where he does not have to share.
Cimmi is a big boy with a big heart. Even though we have a strict policy that says our cats are not to become outdoor cats, Cimmi was found wardering around outside. Luckily we microchip all of our cats, so he was returned to us. He was in bad shape when we got him back, but now he is gorgeous again. When he left, Cimmi loved everyone and every cat. But, perhaps because of the time he spent outside, Cimmi no longer likes other cats. The good news is that in spite of everything Cimmi is still a total lover. If your are looking for a cat that would really shower you with love and attention, someone who will warm your bed, your lap, and your heart, here he is!
Mick is up there in years -he is 10 1/2 years old. He is a lover boy who will be more than happy to beg for your attention, and he is pretty darn cute when he does. His little voice, and his paw reaching out to you is adorable! But, he is another one of our cats that do not like to share attention. Mick does not look for trouble, but if another cat tries to invade is territory while he is getting attention, well, it doesn't go well. If you are looking for more of a cuddler than a player, and if you can handle lots of attention and love, please consider our Mick.
Eleven year old Jackie has already proved herself to be an excellent companion cat. She was placed with a senior and that senior just couldn't say enough about what a great cat she was. Unfortunately, when Jackie came back to the rescue she decided she wanted a space all to herself, and she is not about to share it! We are looking for another low keyed home where Jackie can enjoy being the center of attention.
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 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.
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!
When Reuben's Room Cat Rescue was started we had a wondeful couple-Jan and Bob-who did a tremendous job of helping Jeanine with things. In fact, Jan and Bob did the odd jobs, fixed things, and cleaned the rescue 4 days a week. But things change, and Jan and Bob can no longer offer Reuben's Room 4 days a week of cleaning and odd jobs around the house. Over the years we have picked up some wonderful volunteers, and those volunteers are doing everything they can to help cover the shifts that Jan and Bob can no longer do. But, we cannot ask our current volunteers to continue to "work overtime" for an indefinite period of time. So, 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!
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!
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 Godwin Plumbling for restoring our water! Imagine a cat rescue without water-not good! We lost our water on a Friday (of course) and Godwin Plumbing sent out a plumber for us on Saturday! One of their techs gave up part of his weekend to help us get water back-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.
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.
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.
Spartan Stores Cash for Class
Throughout the year Spartan Stores (D&W, Family Fare, and VG's grocery) runs a cash for class program. Reuben's Room is registered with Cash for Class and is eligible to receive a % of the funds that you spend. While you are at the site, please link your yes card to Reuben's Room or we will not get the funds that you want donated to us.