History per Carol:
In 2003 something began to happen!.
Becky Smith began to do the monthly newsletter on a computer, rather than hand-written.
Holly Heard did the newsletter mail outs and address labels. Barbara Chaumont was the very
FIRST volunteer. We had a feral and semi-feral colony. Some of our volunteers were Bob Smith,
Me (Sweet Baby), Gracie, Bubba, Zee, Bente, and Bill Wilson. We still have everyone except Zee,
Bente and Bill Wilson. Regular contributors were Micky Deal, Mike Britt and John Johnson.
Collie Rouyer and Bette Talbot then bought a storage building that was converted into an adoption
center. We did our very first raffle and we raised close to $400! Bette Talbot and various cats drew names.
Finally, Bette Talbot, Barbara Chaumont, Becky Smith, Carol Cain and Collie Rouyer had a Christmas party.
This is when Bette said, Maybe we can get a washer and dryer before long?
FROM JUNE 2009 Newsletter, by Sweet baby
Sweet Baby, Co-Founder of Hobo Hotel, wrote a story for the June 2009 Newsletter
So many people have been asking lately, How did y'all start? Well, here's how it all began. In August 1999, I was a pretty small kitten . I was what is commonly referred to as untamed, wild or feral. Carol Cain fed me and a few others from her two-room trailer. My tail was falling off because I was very sick. Bette Talbot brought over this thing that trapped me and then they took me to Dr. Stark. He cut off my tail and said that was a good thing. I have kinda not liked him since then. In 2000, Carol developed cancer and couldn't take care of herself or us cats. At that time, Bette and Carolyn "Collie" Rouyer moved Carol and two of her cats, Hobo and Quinella, into an apartment behind them. Carol couldn't come home for five long months. I was very lonely.
In 2001, Carol's two-room trailer housed eight cats. Bette and Collie kept Hobo . One of Carol's cats, Bouree, helped begin our outreach program. We started with four cages to house kittens until we could find homes for them. In 2002, Collie had an outside two-story building built for the outside cats, mostly untamed, to live in. It was jokingly called the "Hobo Hotel", and the name stuck.
In March 2002, Carol created the first Hobo Hotel Newsletter, which was hand-written. Collie was the Editor. That same year, September 2002, we created the "Cat's Meow" Award. Collie Rouyer received the first one. That award eventually became the "Quinella St. Francis" Award which we purrsent to our top volunteer each year. Next we got a three bedroom trailer to expand our "sheltering" abilities in 2004 and on August 24, 2006, we became a non-profit corporation. Very official sounding!
So...that's the purrfectly terrific Hobo Hotel and Spankey Halfway House for Cats and Kittens began. From small roots, We have grown so much. We are now located in a nice brick building, we have a fostering program and in addition to our regular adoptions we are adopting from both PetSmart and PetCo.
We lost our beloved Carol on March 4, 2010 after she suffered a stroke a few weeks earlier. We all miss her so much, but we are dedicated to carrying on the work she started. I had to move to the care center after her passing, but I have made new friends there, both cat and human. I've come a long way too!
So thank you, all of you, who have generously donated your time and dollars to make Hobo Hotel the wonderful place it is today. Because of you, we are able to carry on the work our dear redhead began, and we will continue to make Lake Charles a better place for our felines and human friends.
I am 10 years old now. I am tame and have shared my bedroom with Carol for two years. Purr
Bouree's Outreach is a catch and release program the Hobo Hotel started in 2005. It is names for a cat that turned out to be one of our major success stories, "Bouree".
In our first year, with the help of "trappers", we managed to catch and alter 32 feral cats. In 2006, we experienced a 93% increase by catching 62. As of October 2009, we've already trapped 67 tame cats and 65 untamed!
This all sounds fine except that the number of cats and kittens euthanized right here in Calcasieu Parish is still an issue.
1999 - Carol Cain learned to trap cats from Bette Talbot. Collie Rouyer paid for the medical needs of cats in the early years. Sweet Baby was the first cat trapped and now lives at Hobo Hotel on School St. Carol considered these four the "co-founders".
1999 - A local vet, Dr. Joe Stark helped with advice and support.
2001 - Carol continues to help feral cats and Ciollie Rouyer has a shelter built for them. Carol said it would be called "The Hobo Hotel" after a cat named "Hobo" who died at 26 years old in October 2012. The name eventually expanded into "The Hobo Hotel/Spankey Halfway House and Bouree Outreach Program". Barbara Chaumont, the first volunteer, helps Carol clean.
2002 - Carol handwrites the first newsletter in February of this year.
2002 - Collie Rouyer receives the first "Cat's Meow" award which later becomes the St. Francis/Quinella award. (Quinella was one of Carol's cats.)
2003 - Newsletter is put on computer thanks to volunteer Becky Smith.
2004 - Collie Rouyer donates a trailer to house more cats. Bette Talbot donates a large storage building to use for an adoption center.
2006 - We became a Louisiana non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, Hobo Hotel Inc..
2007 - The first board meeting is held in February of this year.
2007 - A website www.hobohotelforcats is created by Mary Kay Hopkins; Mickey Deal and Jennifer Osborne Miller create a logo.
2007 - The first auction, "Kool Kats Night Out", is held and we begin doing additional adoptions at PetsMart
2008 - Shirley and Marvin Self make the largest donation yet to Hobo Hotel, Inc.
2007-2010 The number of volunteers grows and the support of Dr. Joe Stark allows for large numbers of cats to be served. We begin using the facility on School Street.
2010 - Co-founder and Operaions Director, Carol Cain, dies on March 4 of complications from a stroke, Diana Andersen becomes Operations Director.