On December 4, 2011, 911 dispatchers called in to Christine Lea Bishop, founder of Critter Café Rescue, on an animal abuse case where a prominent figure within the community decided to severely beat and abuse a raccoon. The man, along with the help of other otherwise well respected men in the district, were out in the park area where a raccoon came up to stay in a manger and found a sandwich to eat from the night before. The man decided to take a board with a nail and hit the raccoon repeatedly until she was unable to get away and save herself. The man proceeded to tie a rope around her neck causing the blood vessels in her eyes to break. The man was intending in broad daylight to skin her alive.
Thankfully, a passerby stopped the man and phoned the police. Fast forward to 3 months later, rehabilitated by Christine and her volunteers, the green light was given from the vet for the raccoon to be released. Sadly, no legal prosecution was taken against this man by the authorities and heinous crimes as such continue to be overlooked.
Critter Café Rescue endlessly fights for the rights of these helpless creatures and operates solely on donations and Christine’s life savings that are now depleted due to the overwhelming costs on vetting, medicating, spaying and neutering, and advocating for these helpless animals. They are the only all-species rescue in possibly all of Michigan and have been saving lives since 2002.
To date the shelter has saved over 3,000 ‘critters’ and now they desperately need our help to keep their doors open.