Getting some breathing room
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado The Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter (CARE) is slowly getting a little more breathing room for its cats.In the two weeks since the shelter took in 86 cats from a single residence in Battlement Mesa, CARE staff has been able to move about 30 cats to other facilities in the area and in Denver, said Leslie Rockey, executive director for the shelter in Spring Valley near Glenwood Springs.About half of the transported felines came from the group of cats that Garfield County Sheriffs office animal control officers took to the shelter on Oct. 1, Rockey said on Tuesday.We are still working on trying to send out more, but we still have the majority (of the 86 cats) still with us, she said. Garfield County Sheriffs Office animal control officers removed the cats from a womans two-bedroom Battlement Mesa apartment after she asked for assistance because she was moving and could not manage all the cats. The sheriffs office has not released the womans name since she has not been charged with any crimes.Rockey said some of the cats removed from the home are still struggling with upper-respiratory and intestinal problems. We are trying to get that under control, Rockey said. We are working on getting these guys spayed-and-neutered and up for adoption.The costs to spay-and-neuter the animals, treat them and pay for all the extra hours CARE staff have put in to care for the animals is also putting the squeeze on the shelters already strained budget, Rockey said. In mid-September, the county commissioners allocated the shelter an additional $100,000 to help it get through the rest of the year.It was perfect timing that we did receive the money from the county commissioners, Rockey said.Rockey said the shelter is still looking for volunteers, adoptive homes and supplies, especially canned cat food. They also need cleaning supplies, paper towels and laundry detergent, she said.Anyone who wants to donate supplies can drop them off at CARE or at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 2014 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs or at The Valley Journal, 467 Main St., in Carbondale.Andrea Porter, publisher of the Post Independent and The Valley Journal, said the newspapers wanted to help the shelter by offering convenient drop off locations.We’ve had a great partnership with CARE over the years and thought this would be another way to continue our community involvement with this organization, she said.Those interested in helping or adopting cats can call (970) 947-9173 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations can be sent to Colorado Animal Rescue, 2801 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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