CARE gets back to ‘running normally’ |

CARE gets back to ‘running normally’

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado ” About 45 days ago, it was “all hands on deck” for staff workers at Colorado Animal Rescue south of Glenwood Springs.

But about five weeks after the shelter received 86 cats from one Battlement Mesa two-bedroom apartment, things are much less hectic.

One big challenge remains, however, said Leslie Rockey, executive director of CARE.

“We are kind of running normally right now, except for the cats’ intestinal problems,” she said of the newly arrived felines . “The majority of the cats that came from that house have those problems. Otherwise, they seem perfectly healthy.”

The shelter’s veterinarian was at CARE on Wednesday helping the staff create a plan to care for the cats’ intestinal problems, Rockey said. Workers at the shelter also plan to send a test to a lab that may “pinpoint” what is causing the cats’ health issues.

So far, area residents and others have adopted about 15 cats that came from the Battlement Mesa apartment. Another nine cats have been sent to shelters in Denver and around the area, she said. Seven kittens have died.

That means about 50 cats from the apartment still remain at the shelter, Rockey said.

That is in addition to the many other cats who were there before the flood of felines arrived at CARE, Rockey said.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers brought the 86 cats to the shelter on Oct. 1. The woman who had all the cats in her apartment had called the sheriff’s office seeking help because she was moving and couldn’t take care of all the cats.

The sheriff’s office has previously said the woman’s “only thoughts” were to “give stray cats a home,” and that she eventually became overwhelmed with them.

All of the cats now at CARE have been spayed and neutered, Rockey said.

“Most of the cats are on the adoption floor,” she said of the rescued animals.

Other cats remain in foster care, and many of the younger kittens may not be ready for adoption until December, Rockey said.

In the wake of the hectic working atmosphere caused by the arrival of the 86 cats, Rockey said the shelter staff has been doing great. She also said the community’s donations of supplies and food to the shelter has been a tremendous help.

“Everyone has been so incredibly helpful,” Rockey said.

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