CARE’s renovation includes ‘real-life’ pet units
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado Animal Rescue invites the public to view its latest state-of-the-art renovations at an Aug. 18 open house at its growing facility.Through backing by benefactor Jim Calaway and other CARE supporters, the privately funded renovations are geared toward reducing stress for animals brought to and housed at the shelter. “Real-life” rooms units modeled after a family living room that include state-of-the-art noise reduction technology, furniture and soft music may help pets to be less stressed, housebroken and ready to live in their new home by the time they are adopted. The facility’s renovations also include “get acquainted” rooms where those looking to adopt a pet can socialize in a home setting.Other features include a new training area for staff and community classes, agility equipment, an outdoor cat room and a memorial park where people can walk their pets or a shelter dog amid trees and mountain views. Colorado Animal Rescue is also offering wind chimes for purchase, which can be engraved in memory or honor of a pet and hung in the trees surrounding the park. All proceeds from wind chime sales help pay for CARE’s operating costs.Colorado Animal Rescue has a $500,000 annual operating budget, with 40 percent subsidized by Garfield County. On average, CARE tends to 100 animals 70 percent feline and 30 percent canine and provides shelter for special-needs animals. Presently, CARE boards a dog that was hit by a car and underwent major surgery to save its life, a kitten born with no eyesight and a cat that was hit by a car and is partially paralyzed.For more information about CARE, visit http://www.coloradoanimalrescue.org.
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