CARE welcomes new coordinator |

CARE welcomes new coordinator

Post Independent Photo/April E. Clark Nikki Vogt is Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter's new volunteer coordinator and owns several pets adopted from CARE, including her orange house cat named Sammy.

Unlike some men, Nikki Vogts husband doesnt flinch when she goes on $100 shopping sprees.Ive always donated to the Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter and like to go to the Web site and see what their needs are, said Vogt, CAREs new volunteer coordinator. Ill go and spend a couple hundred dollars on the animals, because I figure I have the time to go shopping and they dont, and I like to go pick out the toys. My husband is a big animal lover too.Vogt said her love for her own cats and dog adopted from CARE and experience working for valley non-profit Challenge Aspen were motivation to accept the position.I adopted my two cats from here right after my dad died, said Vogt, who has lived in the valley for 81⁄2 years. They are so special. I was really lost and they helped me smile again.The joy animals bring to peoples lives is what Vogt is most interested in promoting as volunteer coordinator at the no-kill shelter.Im trying to take my position like Im a volunteer and help people realize that once they come up here, its hard not to come back, she said. People need to remember the animals. We provide them with lots of love and attention.Leslie Rockey, CAREs director, said Vogts compassion for animals will help the shelter achieve its mission of providing safety and care for homeless animals and educating the pet-owning public.We are all here for the animals to give them a life they didnt have before, Rockey said. Its huge for people to give back to the community. We really need the community support.Rockey said the summer months are an opportune time for volunteers to donate time to the shelter, as it is the start of the kitten season.Right now we have 52 cats ready to be adopted, and we are the only facility that takes cats, so thats why we get hit so hard, she said.With school out for the summer, Rockey said kids can get in the volunteer spirit of helping the community.Our volunteer program is great for high school students and a resum builder for college students, she said. And especially the younger kids they are so good with the animals.On Saturday, June 4, CARE will be at the Pardon My Garden Clubs 13th annual plant and garden sale in Basalt to discuss volunteer opportunities and show off a few dogs available for adoption. The shelter will host a volunteer orientation from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 11, at the CARE facility at 2801 County Road 114, across from Colorado Mountain Colleges Spring Valley campus. Attendees are asked to R.S.V.P. at 947-9173.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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