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Animal Rescue and Adoption Society

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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 All4Him


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!

3 Amy_51


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!! :)



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.



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.

Juliet L.


Rating: 5

Two things make this shelter especially dear to my heart. 1) They take everyone. They are one of the few shelters that has a room for FIV and FLV cats. They can live a long, healthy life, but most shelters don't even bother to take them. BTW, a cat who has been vaccinated for FIV will always test positive, so many of these cats aren't even sick. It's terrible that so many are euthanized anyway. 2) The kitties get to go outside. There is a wonderful, large (fenced) back yard where the cats can roll in the dirt or grass and even climb a tree. Fantastic.


Rating: 5

This is a true no-kill cage-free cat shelter that houses about 150 cats and kittens that would otherwise be homeless. One great feature is a large back yard, protected from predators, where the cats and humans can roam freely, climb trees and sit in the sun. A secure fence ensures that no cats will escape. Actually I'm not sure if the humans ever climb the trees!

This shelter adopts about 500 cats each year and provides superior care for those cats who have not yet been adopted.

Volunteering there is a joy. Terri, the shelter manager and Kevin, the volunteer coordinator go out of their way to ensure that each volunteer is offered work that they are capable of doing, and that makes good use of their talents.

Adopters and other visitors are encouraged to spend as much time as they want and need before choosing a cat or kitten to adopt.

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue has a very high proportion of adult cats being adopted, in addition to kittens, which are the easiest to adopt.