My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Animal Rescue and Adoption Society, Denver, CO, USA
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!
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.
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.