Glenwood shelter still a cat house |

Glenwood shelter still a cat house

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentCeleste, a rescued cat at the CARE shelter near Glenwood Springs, is a rescuer herself. When 86 cats were seized from a Battlement Mesa home earlier this month, three motherless kittens were placed with Celeste, who had just weened her own litter. She nursed the adoptees back to health. CARE is seeking a foster home for all four cats until the kittens are old enough to be adopted.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter near Glenwood Springs still has a lot of cats, but not as many as it did before.

In the two weeks since the shelter took in 86 cats from a single residence in Battlement Mesa, CARE staffers have been able to move about 30 cats to other facilities in the area and in Denver, said Leslie Rockey, executive director for the shelter located in Spring Valley, outside of Glenwood Springs.

About half of the felines that have been sent elsewhere came from the group of cats that Garfield County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers brought 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.

Animal control officers removed the cats from a woman’s two-bedroom apartment in Battlement Mesa after she asked for assistance because she was moving and could not manage all the cats. The sheriff’s office has not released the woman’s name, as 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 or 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 shelter’s already strained budget, Rockey said. In mid-September, 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. It also needs 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., Carbondale.

Andrea Porter, publisher of the Post Independent and The Valley Journal, said the newspapers wanted to help the shelter by offering convenient dropoff 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 Monetary donations can be sent to Colorado Animal Rescue, 2801 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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