Animal Rescue and Adoption Society

Rating: 5 stars   44 reviews


2390 S Delaware St Denver CO 80223 USA


ARAS is a no-kill cat shelter dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals, and providing a safe shelter and a second chance for homeless cats and kittens. Through outreach programs and community referrals, ARAS seeks to educate the public by providing current information regarding other rescue organizations and services when ARAS is unable to accommodate the animal in need. ARAS is committed to helping animals in need of safe environments and people in need of solutions.

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Pet owners, finders and rescuers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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!

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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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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 ( for more details about supporting this wonderful organization. There are photos of all the adorable cats and kittens-- I dare you to resist them.

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.

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.

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