The ARAS shelter reminds me of the Island of Misfit Toys. There's Winky, a big marmalade tomcat nearly blind in both eyes; Panther, born without the nerves that would allow him to close his mouth; countless FIV+ and feral cats that will probably live their whole lives at the shelter. But ARAS doesn't give up on them, doesn't decide that their lives aren't worth living. A cat that has come to ARAS is made part of the family for life, whether they live out their years in the shelter, or find a new place to call home. It's been my privilege to volunteer there. If you have room in your home, or just in your heart, for these cats I would encourage you to stop by the shelter to adopt, donate, or volunteer.
This shelter is a great resource for homeless cats. It is cage-free (except for specific reasons and short periods) and even has a fenced yard for lounging. Cats are given medical treatment as needed and there is no deadline for staying. The staff and volunteers are very caring.
I absolutely love this place. From the minute you walk in until you reluctantly leave because it's closing time - you can feel the positive spirit of the people that work there and the cats that live there. Rather than spending their time confined to a 2' x 2' cage, our cats get to roam around, play outside in our yard, and just generally play at being adorable. The staff is dedicated to giving each feline resident a home until their permanent parents arrive - no matter how long that takes. Bless this place.
Vinnie and I came to the shelter around the same time - April 2011.
I was looking to volunteer my help...he was just looking for help.
The first time I saw Vinnie, the FIV+ orange tabby looked like one scruffy cat you did not want to aggravate: eyes warily assessing the new surroundings through thin slits, ears plastered against his head, crouching in a corner of the shelter, daring anyone to come close. He was unhappy and little did we know - in pain - due to infected teeth. The staff immediately brought him to the dentist who took care of Vinnie’s teeth. But his angry disgruntled behavior hung on. I couldn’t help but take in interest in this hurting little furry. At first, I was unsure if he would accept the attention but Vinnie slowly came around with some gentle scratching behind the ears, a little petting and of course, my treat bag. After 4 months of visiting with the little orange guy - he will suddenly appear at my feet in the FIV room, looking at me with wide open eyes, expecting a little love and a treat which, of course, he gets. Then he follows me around as I clean litter boxes and visit with all the other cats. I love my Vin-Muffin! Although I suspect he is cheating on me as other dedicated volunteers have invested their time with Vinnie and gotten the same results!!
Each and every one of the cats here are special and so deserving of finding a home. Vinnie is just one cat with one story. There are over 160 stories here. Some will break your heart - but the return of their love is inestimable. That is what Vinnie has taught me and what is waiting for all who enter - even if you are not looking. That furry love will find you.
The staff encourages all volunteers to get hands on with the cats and their daily care which the volunteers embrace. Successful adoptions are the result. Even though we might be losing a special friend with each adoption - one more cat has found a home.
RMFR is a wonderful animal rescue and adoption center. The staff is extremely caring for all of the cats and they do whatever is necessary to see that every individual cat receives all essential care. All cats receive all medical attention they need and are never turned down for critical care despite the cost. The employees truly care for all the cats at the shelter and take an enormous pride in what they do. The volunteer team is one of the best I have ever seen. A large group of people share their time and resources on a regular base to ensure that the cats have the attention they deserve. RMFR is a magnificent collaboration of staff and volunteers that serve the community by offering shelter and medical care to our four legged friends who cannot fend for themselves.
I have been a volunteer since March 2010, and I am the proud caretaker of a lovely black cat from this shelter. The people who work and volunteer at the shelter sincerely care for and love the cats there. Some cats are permanent residents for various reasons, and they are just as taken care of and as visible as any other cat at the shelter. The first time I visited the shelter, I was so impressed with the happiness of the animals, and how clean the facilities were. I will contine to volunteer here for as long as I can!
I began volunteering here in 12/10 and the shelter has far surpassed my expectations in every way. This is a true no-kill shelter and the staff and volunteers love these cats as if they were their own family! There are 7 large rooms where the cats can roam freely and all have cat-door access to a beautiful, totally fenced yard with trees to climb, little houses and shelters to sleep in and toys to play with. One of the greatest things is that there is a room for shy/feral cats and one for FIV/FELV cats and both have their own separate outside areas. The cats are so well-cared for and all their needs, physical and emotional, are addressed. I volunteer more than I'd originally intended just because it makes me and the cats happy and I care so deeply about them all! They've taken in cats that are in really rough shape and it's wonderful to see these cats receive the care and love that will help them to one day be adopted into their own forever home.
A cat shelter in the true sense of the word; that is Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (fka Animal Rescue and Adoption Society) because the cats are here until they find their forever home, and that is very special. The shelter staff and volunteers really care about the cats, and that was apparent to me when I first started volunteering at the shelter, four and a half years ago. No cat is too old, too young, or too ugly for this shelter to care for. The only problem is that the shelter is somewhat unknown and hence, unfortunately, has very limited resources. I sincerely hope that they can somehow get more funding and expand so that they can help more cats and kittens find their forever home.
The greatest cat shelter EVER! Two and a half years ago, I started volunteering 1 day a week - within two months, I was volunteering 2 days a week! I have seen so many wonderful cats and kittens get adopted from this shelter. The staff and volunteers love each and every cat and kitten - no matter the age, disability, etc. and it shows in the personalities and dispositions of the cats. All of the cats/kittens are truly loved and cared for but a shelter does not replace a loving home. Our goal is two-fold: place every cat and kitten in a forever home; and educate the world about spay/neuter. This shelter is a cat lover's dream come true. Please come visit our little paradise - you may find the "love of your life"!
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!