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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: Pet owners, finders and rescuers.

Geographic areas served: Colorado

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 All4Him

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization for helping cats. There are so many animals that are not spayed or neutered and then they do not end up with anyone to care for them. This is really special. Thanks for all you do!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue provides an enriched living environment for the cats that live there -- practically cage-free, with a big, secured back yard where the cats can run around or chill out. The shelter provides good medical care for all the cats, and a group of dedicated volunteers keep the cats company and alert the staff to any problems.

It's nice for the visitors who want to adopt, hang out with the cats, or volunteer. No appointment needed, no time pressure. You can spend as much time with the cats as you want, and come back anytime.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first heard of the Animal Rescue and Adoption Society it was 2009 and I was a senior in high school looking for a way to use up about 20 hours of volunteer work for an economics class. I walked in nervously and was greeted warmly by one of the women at the front. The first thing I ever noticed about this place was that the animals were not locked up in cages along the wall for people to stare at. The greeter at the time, Sam, was a beautiful tabby that I fell in love with immediately and I was shocked that they just let him walk around like he owned the place. As I ventured from room to room I began to fall in love with almost every cat that there was inside. I remember every cat I had fell in love with that day. Dusty Grey - a large grey cat that loved to lounge and stretch "like a boss" as my friend who would come with me said (we secretly dubbed him Mondo Joe since he was so fat). He would take up your whole lap even if you were sitting cross-legged. Noodle - He was a slim, black cat with beautiful yellow eyes. I would call him the Prince since he would share equal time between anyone he saw even if that meant leaving in the middle of a loving pet to go say high to someone who was lonely. I had only been around him for a few weeks before he was adopted to a good home. Bell - it was not his actual name, but I never found his name out. He was a wonderful fluffy black cat who weighed more than Dusty Grey by at least 5 lbs. He was not for adoption so I could never have him like I wanted. I knew because he wore a lovely red collar with a little bell on it. It always let me know he was coming. The last time I looked for Bell I could not find him and when I asked the woman at the front about him she did not know who I was talking about, but I believe she was trying to make me feel better, knowing that he had died a few months before I could have come back to see him. Licorice - An FIV kitty that was black and white. He stood out so much to me from his missing ear. I decided the first month of going to the shelter that he would be the cat I would get when I moved out, but 2 months before I found out I was going to be leaving to another home, he passed away. I did not even get to see him before i happened and it devastated me especially knowing he had died without a home, just like Bell. Porkchop - Another FIV kitty who stole my heart. He was fat and lovable and no matter how you held him or pet him he would lay in your arms just wanting to be loved. He also died in 2011. I remember crying that day thinking about how all the cats I had loved had passed on before ever finding their forever home, even if forever was only a few months. Winkey - a loverboy to a T. Out of all the cats I have seen and loved Winkey has always been a constant. He was there when I first came to the RMFA and he is still there today, waiting for his own home. This summer when I finally moved into a new house I knew I wanted Winkey. I had loved him for 3 years and I wanted to give him a home, but because we weren't sure how he would do with a dog and how he would cope with the change I was terrified of taking him out of his comfort zone. To this day I regret never getting Winkey. I regret that I have not seen him or any of the other cats for 4 months because of school and work. I love this place and I hope that it will be there for many years so that when I can open my home to a loving cat, I can get one of the wonderful creatures that prowl the grounds of this shelter. I hope and pray that all the cats I have known through the years find a good family, even if it isn't right away.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place for the felines in our community! They really have the perfect set up for the cats who reside there. Especially the special needs cats! All the space they have, its not like a shelter at all!! it really enhances the kittys quality of life! Which is a critical element for a limited intake facility. Paws up for all you do for these precious angels!!

3 Amy_51

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about this place online, and decided to go and visit. Of course--I fell in love with all of the kitties--but I also fell in love with the people at the facility. They are so kind and loving with the kitties, and they take wonderful care of them. I love it that the cats get to be free to run about and play. I ended up adopting two of my babies from RMFR. I also donate monthly and visit when I can to love the kitties. This place is outstanding!! :)

3 Beau L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a graduate student in the area and a cat lover, I decided to visit and check out Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue in August 2010. Little did I know that one visit to this place would inspire me to volunteer here and genuinely bond with the staff that ultimately devote their lives to RMFR and the adoption & care if neglected and cast away cat and kitties. I only wish I was back in Colorado to volunteer and assist RMFR.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing place.....the best place to go for a healthy dose of kitty love! I have been a volunteer here for a while now, 5-6 years I think, and I cannot imagine the world without them. The kitties roam freely and have a spectacular back yard that is secure and geared just for kitties. Trees to climb, grass to roll around in, and they just love being out in the sunshine. And, it is a no kill shelter so the residents stay until they are adopted or go to Heaven on their own. It is totally community supported so let's get some votes in!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi Fellow Feline Lovers! I have been volunteering at RMFR since Fall 2010. What a blessing. I've been privileged to meet so many wonderfully special cats. For whatever reason I've noticed that there seems to be an overabundance of black and orange guys/gals who are all so lovable and are just waiting for someone to adopt them. So spread the word! Better yet stop by and check us out sometime.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I originally found the facility after a stray cat I was going to take in turned out to have feline leukemia. I could not keep her with my other cats.They have taken excellent care of her in the years since. I visit at least every other week. Then this year I adopted a brother and sister from them. These two have brought great joy to me. The staff is so wonderful, I love how they take cre of all the kids there, and I am happy to donate to them.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted two grey brother kittens seven years ago from this wonderful facility. They have provided us with love, attention, and laughter ever since! I support RMFR with a majority of my charity donations to help them continue the excellent environment they provide to all the cats & kittens in their care.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend of mine volunteers here and I have been through the shelter. I am amazed how happy the cats seem to be while they are waiting on their adoptive parents to show up. The staff is very caring and the volunteers know all about the cats and which ones have personalities that fit with what you are looking for.

2 Sue_8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue is a wonderful shelter. They provide a refuge for a large number of kitties that is cage-free and safe and loving. They have a large fenced area outside for the cats to stroll about or climb trees and generally de-stress. It is a joy to visit and share time with their cats.

Kathryn234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (aka ARAS) is a wonderful cafe-free, no-kill shelter. I started volunteering here initially to relieve stress from a busy life, which works really well here because volunteers don't have to make an appointment to socialize cats. All you have to do is show up when they are open and let the kitty loving commence! They do have opportunities to become more involved, but there is never any pressure to do anything. If you love kitties, then come down and play!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My favorite area of the shelter is the FIV and feline leukemia rooms because these wonderful cats are given a chance to live and be happy that many other shelters wouldn't give them. I love to sit in the back yard and just let them come to me. What better way to get a tan than in the sun with a kitty on your lap?

2 Boots O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at this shelter 2 years ago and it was so my son would have something to do during off days from school. I fell in love with this place... It is surprising to most that this shelter doesn't cage the community. The cats are allowed to free roam and go outside in a secure yard and climb trees. They even have a cat cam that the cats can wear so you can see what their day is like. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and it is truly a no kill- not for profit shelter and they do amazing things on a limited budget without any gov. assistance. I feel this is the best shelter in the world and it could be even better if they could get a few more donations and sponsors. The cats are all well taken care of and if I was a cat without a home I hope that I would end up in such a place until I could get a new forever family. Just an after thought I would not have spent two years of my life helping and raising foster babies unless I knew it would be making a difference in the lives of these cats. I know this group of people really care and enjoy making a difference in the world.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a donor, an occasional volunteer on events and publicity, and enthusiastic supporter. I'm also the slave of Claire, a tiny Oriental cat adopted from Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (formerly ARAS) who bosses around our entire tribe of cats and all household members. RMFR is one of Denver's few feline-only, no-kill shelters. While most of the residents are healthy and active, RMFR also provides sanctuary for some of the sick, lame, and elderly cats that come in ... most of whom recover with medical treatment and TLC at the shelter and move on to find forever homes in the houses of friendly humans. They also have a highly successful cat sponsorship program that helps honor and showcase these lovely creatures for only a few dollars a day. The sponsor program not only is an easy way to donate to the shelter cats, but also helps get them adopted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RMFR is a caring organization - every cat is given lots of personal attention and love, and every volunteer and staff member is happy to chat with you and help you meet a cat that will be your new best friend. I have adopted two adult cats from the shelter and visit back at least once every month to spend some time with the other kitties! They are all very well taken care of, this shelter really cares for these cats. I would reccommend RMFR in a heartbeat to anyone who is wanting to adopt a new kitty friend.

Lisa71

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Kallie from there on January 19, 2002. They are very friendly there and have a wide variety of kitties to choose from. (Which makes it hard to decided, my sister ended up picking her out for me! :) ) It's nice that they don't have to be in cages and have a yard to explore. The lady in the front room had to try to chase Kallie down for me due to the fact that she was very skittish. After 10 minutes, she was able to get her, so I could spend some time with her. Was able to play with her a bit and then decided that I wanted to take her home. She is a really sweet kitty and loves to take care of her brothers and sisters. She loves her mama! :) I have and will continue to recommend this facility for find a friend for life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the RMFR, I adore cats and I'm happy to see that these cats are being cared for and loved until they can go to there future homes, I'm glad this place exists! :) I hope more cats get wonderful homes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the shelter has been enjoyable and educational. Though cage-free is preferred, the consequence is cats are often jumpy from potential territorial disputes. One delightful thing that often happens is when I settle in a spot, cats invariably congregate and calm, taking turns in my lap. The kitties certainly get plenty of affection at this shelter, have more than enough food, are kept healthy, and live in a clean environment. I also learned it is possible to "herd cats"! When it is time to come inside, they come when called! I never would have imagined!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.