More ‘angels’ sought to take care under their wings |

More ‘angels’ sought to take care under their wings

Since opening its doors two years ago, Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) has taken in 816 dogs and cats and adopted out 740, said CARE supporter and fund-raiser Jim Calaway.

But supporters of the private, nonprofit animal shelter in Spring Valley work hard to cover expenses and pay off debt.

Last year Calaway started recruiting “angels” to contribute $1,000 or more each year. So far, he’s signed up 58 angels, including individuals, foundations and businesses.

Their contributions cover $80,000 to $90,000 of the $265,000 annual budget, he said.

Naturally, Calaway is always looking for new angels.

Prospective angels get “the package tour.”

Calaway invites them to the shelter on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus outside Glenwood Springs.

He shows them the cat condo, and the living room where cats play on the furniture and loll on the carpets. He shows them the dog kennels, the kitchen and the surgery area.

Then he takes them out to lunch at the nearby CMC cafeteria, a lunch which costs all of $4.20, he said.

“I take all these fancy people over there and they love it. Then I ask them for money and they can’t say no,” he chuckled.

On Aug. 17 CARE will hold its first annual gala. This year it’s titled, “Puttin’ on the Dog (and Cat) Ball.”

It will be a progressive celebration, Calaway said, beginning with cocktails at the shelter and moving over to CMC for a gourmet dinner and dancing on the lawn.

Calaway is justly proud of the shelter’s work both taking in and adopting out both dogs and cats.

Staff and volunteers make sure all the animals that come into the shelter are well taken care of.

Take Buddy, Calaway said.

The golden retriever mix came to CARE about six months ago weighing 28 pounds and suffering from a herniated esophagus.

“I didn’t think he was going to make it,” Calaway said. CARE found a Denver vet to perform the $3,000 surgery for $1,000.

After the surgery, John and Linda Trammell found room for him among their houseful of dogs, he said.

Calaway has a dream for the shelter. He’d like build a separate retirement home for dogs and cats that for health or other reasons can’t be adopted.

But that’s a dream for the future. Right now CARE could use a few more angels.

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