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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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 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!

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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!

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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.

January 22, 2012

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August 24, 2011

This shelter fills a niche that most others are not willing to fill, that of taking in all cats and keeping them for the fullness of their lives. When I had no room to take in cats, they were willing... more

January 22, 2012

I am the volunteer coordinator for the shelter and, recently, have also become a board member. Though a busy fellow, I decided to take on a more active role because of the critical work this shelter does. These little lives need so much attention, so much care and are so deserving. The staff at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, the volunteers, the donors all come together in compassion and caring. I am proud to be a part of it!

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

I have two cats from the shelter and have been able to see how well socialized they were when I got them home; they were ready to be integrated into my family!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would find a new building so we could help even more cats! Also, a new building would allow for smoother operation and more function options.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about this organization when I was trying to find homes for some abandoned cats in my neighborhood.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Caring for its feline population.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Caring for its feline population and securing greater financial security.

August 24, 2011

This shelter fills a niche that most others are not willing to fill, that of taking in all cats and keeping them for the fullness of their lives. When I had no room to take in cats, they were willing to take in ones that I rescued from the neighborhood. When my house cleared and cats were an option again, they helped me find the right ones for me. Though they have few resources and a small place, they have an incredibly dedicated staff and numerous fine volunteers. I am honored to be able to help out in any small way. I hope that we will, as a species, be better about treating the pets we create in the future. Until then, this shelter will be there to take up the slack.

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

I have two cats I got from this shelter and have seen their efforts throughout the broader community.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would help them find wider and greater sources of funding. They have the knowledge and the skills, just not the funds. They will rock the world!

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!

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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!

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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!

July 16, 2009

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July 16, 2009

Animal Rescue and Adoption Society is a wonderful, no-kill, no-cage cat shelter. They take in many cats who would otherwise be left to suffer on their own. They have taken in many abused and injured animals. Like all non-profits at this time they make every dollar count with many of their paid employees volunteering time and taking fewer paid hours. This shelter also takes in cats with FIV and FILV, something that most shelters cannot do. All the people at ARAS care for and love all the cats. They are well taken care of. They do a great job!!!!

The Great!

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

how many cats have been rescued and adopted to very loving homes!

Ways to make it better...

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

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that all the cats are out of cages so they can sit on my lap and have an actual home at the shelter.

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

helpful, nice, caring, and dedicated to the shelter.

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

help so many more cats and kittens to get out of bad situations and have the chance to get adopted into loving, caring homes.

Ways to make it better...

I have always had a great experience here.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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