Caboodle Ranch – Colbert Show

Stephen Colbert had a funny exposé on Craig Grant’s Caboodle Ranch, in Lee, Florida

In Lee, Florida, Craig Grant trains his 650 cats to take over America’s government, law enforcement and failing schools. (05:32)


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Craig Grant tells how he started the Caboodle Ranch

I was renting a two bedroom condo by the beach with my son. It had all the comforts and conveniences of home. Nice furniture, a short walk to the beach and close to work. Then my son moved out on his own for the first time. He left his cat, Pepper, with me because he couldn’t take it with him. I didn’t like cats but I agreed to keep him. I wasn’t used to being alone and I guess Pepper wasn’t either.

We slowly began to get along. A couple months went by and I found out Pepper was pregnant. Oh great, now what? She had five kittens. I wanted to give them away because I didn’t want my beautiful home destroyed, but my son told me they had to stay with their mother for 8 weeks. Over that time I learned that every cat had his own unique personality and it wasn’t long before the kittens were swinging from my curtains. I didn’t care. Something had changed… I didn’t want to give them up.

But with six cats, complaints started from the condo owner and the neighbors. I knew I had to look for other places to go. They weren’t safe in the neighborhood. I found a B.B. lodged in the side of one of my cats and another was bitten by a pitbull that I know was set loose on purpose. Something had to be done. I wasn’t sure what to do at first, so I built a shed in my son’s yard and lived in it for a while. Then I found an advertisement in the paper from a realtor offering five acre partials on a tree farm; owner financing, low money down and low monthly payments… the problem was that it was 100 miles west of Jacksonville. I drove out to see it and I loved it.

Over the next months I bought five more partials. I now have 25 acres. I cleared a small area and bought an office trailer as a shelter for my cats. I put in a pet door and padded shelves for them. We moved out there in November of 2003, the day after Thanksgiving. By that time I had 11 cats. I had taken in abandoned and stray cats from the neighborhood and areas that I work as a contractor. I had 22 cats by the spring of 2004. I moved the shed out to the property and made a little cabin out of it. I thought it would be for me, but many of my cats wanted to sleep next to me… so I moved back into the office trailer where we had more room.

(click to continue reading Caboodle Ranch: About Us.)

3 thoughts on “Caboodle Ranch – Colbert Show

  1. Caboodle Ranch is not cat heaven as you see on their website. It’s cat HELL!

    Don’t be fooled by the cute little houses and videos. The internet Caboodle Ranch is nothing like the real world Caboodle Ranch. Numerous witnesses have reported seeing the majority of cats sickened with illnesses, diseases, injuries, and parasite infestations. The living facilities are filthy and smell retched. Cats are left to lie in their in their own vomit and feces. Cats don’t receive proper medical attention. Craig “plays doctor” by diagnosing the cats himself and personally gives them medication and patches them up based on his “expert” knowledge. Cats are only taken to the vet as a last resort. Usually by this time the cats are too far gone. Instead of ending the suffering by humanely putting the cat to sleep, he elects to allow the cat to die a slow, painful death. Craig Grant, the operator, fits the classic signs of a hoarder.

    It’s estimated that Caboodle Ranch has taken in thousands of cats since its inception. However, recent visitors have reported seeing about 100 or less cats roaming the grounds. Cats are dying at alarming rates. Several people have taken cats there and changed their minds and went to retrieve them in as little as 24 hours to find that the cat(s) was/were nowhere to be found. Major killers of the cats are coyote attacks, upper respiratory infections, Felv/FIV, being hit by cars, and shot and poisoned by neighbors.

    Go to (no account required) if you would like concrete evidence of animal neglect and abuse at Caboodle Ranch. You will find eye witness testimonies and reports from officials and experts under the discussion tab. There are also photos and videos but be forewarned that they may be disturbing to some.

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  2. Cotton Kitty says:

    WARNING! Do not send cats to Caboodle Ranch. This video shows the real Caboodle Ranch:

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