Colorado Animal Rescue’s |

Colorado Animal Rescue’s

More than 200 people attended Colorado Animal Rescue’s masquerade and Mardi Gras themed charity ball held at the Aspen Glen Clubhouse on Saturday night.

CARE provides safety for homeless animals and promotes responsible pet ownership to the public.

In its six years, the shelter has rescued more than 4,200 dogs and cats, and without them, Garfield County would look a lot different.

“You’d see a lot of starving, homeless animals on the streets,” Said Connie Baker, who is vice-president of the CARE board.

As is common throughout the area, population increases affect the shelter.

As the human population of the county increases, so does the pet population.

“There are more and more animals coming to us,” said CARE director Leslie Rockey.

Sometimes people buy pets, find they cannot afford them and then leave them on the street.

Abandoned animals are a problem because one female dog and her offspring can give birth up to 67,000 puppies, and in seven years, one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.

CARE kennel manager Tracey Yajko says CARE’s shelter is different because it names, vaccinates and spays and neuters every animal, and also runs the necessary blood work, provides behavioral counseling and then matches the animal to the right owner.

“I think that’s rare,” said Yajko, who has worked in big-city shelters.

Last month Colorado Veterinary Medical Association named Rockey the best veterinary technician in the state.

Her passion and dedication for the animals appears to run through the organization and it is what Versatile Productions captured on a video that shows how an abandoned, homeless dog finds a new home.

It shows what the animal lovers at CARE hope others will realize.

Sometimes critters need happy endings and new beginnings as much as humans do.

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