Colorado Animal Rescue’s Dog and Kitty Cat Ball |

Colorado Animal Rescue’s Dog and Kitty Cat Ball

For those of you waiting for that special guy or gal of your dreams, look no further.

Meet Dan, a nicely settled, gorgeous male who is good-natured, well-mannered, affectionate and attentive. Or Ella, a sweet and loyal lady who is ready to love you for the rest of your life.

OK, so Ella is a hound and Dan is a boxer, but they are just two among dozens of adoptable animals who are looking for someone to snuggle up to this winter.

Colorado Animal Rescue, with a mission to provide safety and care for homeless animals, held its third annual fund-raising ball at Colorado Mountain College on Aug. 7.

The event raised $50,000 that will supplement the shelter’s operation costs that include population control, training and behavioral evaluations and CARE staffing.

Supporters who attended the elegant soiree also, in less than 15 minutes, pledged more than $20,000 for a special emergency surgery subsidy called the Thumper fund. The endowment was set up last year out of need since the shelter goes to such great lengths to save the lives of sick and injured animals.

While some may not agree with spending so much money on animals, philanthropist Jim Calaway sees it like this: “We believe we’re all here together. It’s our duty to take care of each other,” he said.

And that includes the critters.

Along with the help of benefactors and the skills of local veterinarians who donate their time and emergency rooms, to the compassionate people who work at the shelter, CARE has rescued 2,200 animals in the past four years.

“That’s the measure of a great shelter,” said Calaway.

“I don’t know that people realize how much a pet can bring to their lives,” said Ruth Sante.

As for Dan, Ella, and the others, they are just waiting for that special someone to give them a new leash on life.

Danielle Castian-Campbell of Glenwood is an esthetician at the Face Place and Brad Nichol of Glenwood is a general surgeon.

Michelle and Keith Marlow of Carbondale. Michelle works for Agenda West in Carbondale and Keith works for the Timbers Co.

From left, David Anselmo of Glenwood manages Grand Farnum Printing; Kayli Offerle of Glenwood is a CARE board member; and Ron Walker of Montana is an auto dealer.

From left, Diane Kruse of Glenwood owns Zoomyco, a company that builds fiber optics; Michele Orton of Glenwood is a broker at ReMax; and Dr. Marty Rahmeier is an internist at Glenwood Medical Associates.

From left, CARE shelter animal workers Pam Fields of Rifle; Jennifer Hancewicz of Glenwood; Ali Rochel of Glenwood; Heather Martin of Rifle, holding Hallie the kitty; and April Thomas of New Castle. Chester the lab was on the lookout for an owner.

Some of the local veterinary technicians from Glenwood Veterinary Clinic who have donated their skills to CARE, from left, Amber Mekelburg, Lisa Peetz and Penny Gentile, all of Silt.

From left, Ruth Sante of Rifle is an administrative assistant at Colorado Mountain College; Dave Sante of Rifle owns Top Notch Logworks; and Teresa Vetter of Glenwood works for Aspen Ski Tours.

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