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August 25, 2011

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August 25, 2011

I interned at this facility for a vet tech internship through my school. The technicians and volunteers were competent and caring - wonderful teachers and role models for all of us in the field. The veterinarian they bring in is great as well. They were able to provide a safe and happy place for so many of the homeless cats in the Denver area. The facility is very home-like, providing indoor cats the comforts of home and also a huge outdoor play-yard where nature-loving cats can lay in the sun and run through the grass. I can't speak highly enough of them. Keep up the great work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

These folks also helped me find a great new home for a cat that wasn't doing well in my house.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more space and staff to the facility. There are so many more cats that need a place like this!

August 25, 2011

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August 25, 2011

This shelter is THE best. The cats have nearly free reign of the place, with the humans there to serve their every need. And speaking of humans, the shelter is blessed wih some of the most caring staff-- from the animal care crew to the Shelter Manager-- and oodles of volunteers who contribute countless hours socializing the cats and kittens. All of this contact with people makes RMFR/ ARAS cats ready for adoption into their "forever homes." This no-kill shelter is not exactly on the beaten path (corner of Delaware and Wesley in South Denver), but it is well worth the effort to seek it out. Not in the Denver area? Then consult the website (www.rmfr-colorado.org) for more details about supporting this wonderful organization. There are photos of all the adorable cats and kittens-- I dare you to resist them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working on their Board, getting to know the wonderful staff, hanging out with the cats in the amazing backyard, and adopting my cat Smidgen.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their visibility so everyone can now how wonderful this shelter truly is. This non-profit relies on donations, either of cash or needed good, so please consider consulting their 'wish list' on the website. Also, stay aware of events and receive access to photos of adorable cats by friending RMFR on Facebook.

August 25, 2011

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August 25, 2011

RMFR (ARAS) is a wonderful place to be if you're a homeless kitty. They are a no kill cat shelter with a solid belief that Every kitty deserves a chance to be loved in a home of their own and that Nobody is unadoptable. No one 'runs out of time' at this shelter....Rex would be a fine example of this. He lived there 18 years!! A handsome red tabby that came in as a stray kitten and was amazingly overlooked by potential adopters. When his kidneys gave out and his time finally came, he went over the Rainbow Bridge in the arms of those who loved him for many years at that shelter. RMFR is one of the only shelters in Colorado that has an incredible special needs room. It is a large two room section of the shelter dedicated solely to cats with feline leukemia and FIV. There is even an awesome outdoor enclosure attached so the kitties can go outside to play and lay in the grass in the sunshine. Usually at other shelters if a kitty tests positive for FeLV or FIV it is a death sentence, but not here. RMFR has a team of volunteers that cater specifically to these kitties and love them so much. When one of them gets adopted it is quite a celebration.
The rest of the shelter is equally as wonderful as the special needs area. Most of the cats roam freely from room to room and there is an incredible backyard that has been cat-proofed so that they can lay and play outside in a secure, safe place. There are even awesome low branched trees back there so the kitties can climb without the danger of getting out! From a kitties point of view it doesn't get much cooler than that! This shelter is an amazing resource for information as well. Two of their many initiatives include encouraging responsible pet ownership and providing spay/neuter information and resources.
This wonderful shelter has been in existence since 1982 and is solely supported by donations and fund raising events. Please consider supporting them with a donation of funding or supplies and please encourage others to do so! Visitors are always welcome as the kitties crave and appreciate all the love that they can get!

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I have seen so many kitties thrive in this shelter. They would come in scared and/or injured and within a few weeks respond in a positive manner to the love and care that they received. I personally adopted a guy that was so afraid that he would hide under his blanket and not come out even to eat. I spent days at the shelter nurturing and petting him and I was so thrilled the day he started eating the kibble out of my hand. What a triumph! Now, he is a beautiful, happy boy and not afraid anymore.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make, and dream of making, is to help them grow and thrive. The building is older and in need of repair and I would love to see them able to move into or build a new facility. That would enable them to help even more homeless, abandoned and abused kitties. There is such a great need for this and we would all be thrilled to see it happen.

August 25, 2011

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August 25, 2011

Two things make this shelter especially dear to my heart. 1) They take everyone. They are one of the few shelters that has a room for FIV and FLV cats. They can live a long, healthy life, but most shelters don't even bother to take them. BTW, a cat who has been vaccinated for FIV will always test positive, so many of these cats aren't even sick. It's terrible that so many are euthanized anyway. 2) The kitties get to go outside. There is a wonderful, large (fenced) back yard where the cats can roll in the dirt or grass and even climb a tree. Fantastic.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As mentioned above, each of my sponsored cats has been adopted.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more volunteers! It can be a little stinky and dirty, what with all the cats and not enough volunteers.

August 24, 2011

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August 24, 2011

I started volunteering for this organization when I saw how they were able to do so much with so little. A genuine no-kill shelter who preserves the life of any animal capable of living a healthy life, RMFR is a true gem. The animals are not caged and are given their own space according to their special needs ( Shy, FIV+, kitten etc;) In addition, each of these groups has their own space outdoors. It's great to seethe kitties basking in the sun, climbing small trees and having space to run. They are a diamond in the rough in the Denver community!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing senior/special needs cats get adopted where they would have been euthanized immediately in a standard shelter.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread the word!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

vols communicate to each other more

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

like I found a place I wanted to be affiliated with longterm

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 24, 2011

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August 24, 2011

This is an amazing shelter! I have been volunteering here for about 8 months now and I continue to be amazed with how much everyone there cares about the cats. RMFR is a non-kill cage-free shelter which allows cats to have a comfy place to live for as long as they need it. The shelter does everything possible to help every cat and find them a forever home. This is by far the best rescue facility I have ever seen and I am proud to be a part of it!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watiching cat after cat find their forever home.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing, but find a way to help them more.

August 24, 2011

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August 24, 2011

This is a true no-kill cage-free cat shelter that houses about 150 cats and kittens that would otherwise be homeless. One great feature is a large back yard, protected from predators, where the cats and humans can roam freely, climb trees and sit in the sun. A secure fence ensures that no cats will escape. Actually I'm not sure if the humans ever climb the trees!

This shelter adopts about 500 cats each year and provides superior care for those cats who have not yet been adopted.

Volunteering there is a joy. Terri, the shelter manager and Kevin, the volunteer coordinator go out of their way to ensure that each volunteer is offered work that they are capable of doing, and that makes good use of their talents.

Adopters and other visitors are encouraged to spend as much time as they want and need before choosing a cat or kitten to adopt.

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue has a very high proportion of adult cats being adopted, in addition to kittens, which are the easiest to adopt.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The large number of adult cats which RMFR adopts out each month.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to increase the funding for the organization

August 24, 2011

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August 24, 2011

This place is the absolute best shelter in Denver. I've been volunteering for about a year and a half and I just love coming to visit the kitties. You can tell the staff really cares about the quality of life for these guys, they couldn't ask for better caretakers! With a warm, friendly environment, it's the best way to pick out your new best friend. Even if you can't adopt & take one home right now, they have a great 'sponsor a cat' program. You can also join the TLC program where you pick out a kitty or two and make sure they get extra special attention whenever you come in. This program ensures that every single cat gets some much needed love. What an amazing place for these needy kitties!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see so many cats get wonderful homes.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it expand so more cats can benefit from this great rescue!

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've met some wonderful people at this rescue.

August 24, 2011

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August 24, 2011

I enjoy volunteering and petting kitties at this shelter. At first I thought it would be very sad to visit a cat shelter. That isn't true at Animal Rescue and Adoption Society! We just changed our name to Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, but the place is the same. It has a very nice warm feel. It seems to me that all those special kitties in one place give it a wonderful energy. We have a lot of volunteers who come and love the kitties so they will be more sociable, and get to go home with someone who will love them every day. Many volunteers work to make sure the kitties who are more shy get special attention. I got to hold a kitty the other day who wouldn't let me get close 2 months ago! I'm thinking about helping to go out to pet stores to help publicize the shelter. Some volunteers will help with the Taste of Colorado fair on Labor Day weekend to earn money for the shelter. Every year we have at least a couple of garage or craft sales with items donated to the shelter. This helps to make money to buy catfood for our kitties. The shelter is always clean. Right now they have quite a few energetic kittens running around and playing. They are SO cute. You can fall in love with a baby kitten in 2 seconds flat!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see many kitties go to forever homes.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a few million from my lottery winnings, when I win!

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

We had a wonderful experience at this shelter as the staff and volunteers are very caring and compassionate. The adoption process included us being about to socialize and hold all the kitties and play with them on the floor so we could tell what their little personalities were like. We chose one in October 2008 and another in July 2009. The cats are doing well and now we go back to the shelter on occasion to pet kitties (my 5 year old loves to do this!) and we help change litter and feed and anything else they may need. The fun part is to just play with the cats, and they are just fine with you just doing that! And you can come as often as you;d like! We are even considering fostering an older cat since they have a hard time with the kittens around. Wonderful shelter doing really great work!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save all the precious kitties!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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