CARE’s upgrades make things homier
SPRING VALLEY Workers installed the final touches on the cabinets in the break area of the newly remodeled Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter Inc. (CARE) facility Thursday afternoon.While these last-minute details were for those who work at the facility, the majority of the work was focused on the animals.CARE director Leslie Rockey’s bright eyes and ever-present smile revealed her emotions about the project.”It’s something that, since we opened, we’ve had things that we would like to change or add,” Rockey said. “And it’s not that we’ve added a lot of space, but we’ve just made the space we have more enjoyable for the animals.”
Rockey and the CARE employees are showing off the new digs on Saturday with an open house for community members to see what upgrades they’ve made to the existing building in Spring Valley.”We’re keeping it real simple,” she said.There will be snacks and refreshments, and people will of course have the opportunity to visit with some of the animals, too. Upgrades to the existing facility include an outdoor area for the cats, a new training area, upstairs, complete with visitation rooms for people to spend some time with a new pet they are thinking of adopting.”Before, we were so full that we would literally put people in the bathroom with a litter of kittens,” Rockey said.
The dogs awaiting adoption have upgraded from the chain-link dog runs of yesterday for the “Real-life” rooms of today. The facility upgraded to eight “real-life” rooms that help acclimate the animals to a real home environment.”A shelter, as nice as it may be, is a very stressful environment for the dogs,” Rockey said.Animals stress is brought down by reducing noise levels due to cinder-block walls and a glass door with a treat hole. Rooms are complete with a pet bed, a chair and television.”These rooms really give the dogs a sense of what it’s going to be like at a new home,” Rockey said.
Ivan and Iggy, two Australian Shepherd roommates that share one of the Real-Life Rooms, seemed to be enjoying their room as they played around with one another, taking turns sticking their noses through the treat hole in the glass door.CARE is a nonprofit animal shelter serving Garfield County that has many volunteers and relies heavily on donations from the community.”We are still a struggling shelter that really needs the community’s help,” Rockey said.
Besides the interior upgrades, plans for a water feature in front of the building and a pet memorial garden on the hill to the west are forthcoming.Contact John Gardner: firstname.lastname@example.org
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