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October 12, 2023

Cat Care Society Announces Growth in Philanthropy Team

Cat Care Society Announces Growth in Philanthropy Team

Lakewood, CO (October 12, 2023) — Cat Care Society (CCS), a non-profit cat shelter that provides adoption services and medical care for cats in the Denver metro area, announces an addition to its leadership team.

The organization welcomes Kellie Johnson as director of philanthropy. Johnson comes with 10 years of non-profit fundraising experience in grant writing, corporate partnership, event fundraising, and donor stewardship and cultivation. For the past two years, her professional roles were focused on animal welfare fundraising. Johnson graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in marketing. She is relocating to Denver from Kansas City, Mo.

Johnson will be responsible for overseeing fundraising for the organization via revenue sources such as every day giving, individual donations, online giving, grants, in-kind donations and more. She will collaborate with other staff members to ensure proper communications, events and outreach.

“I am excited to work for an organization that focuses on the welfare of cats,” Johnson said. “I have been a cat owner since I was a child, and they have provided me with so much therapeutic help throughout my life. Not only do I admire Cat Care Society for being a resource to the community, but offering a loving environment for so many cats as they are in transition to their forever home as well. I look forward to using my experience to build meaningful relationships with CCS donors and continue building a strong fundraising program and culture of philanthropy here.”

Ashleigh Leader, the organization’s current director of philanthropy, will go on leave this winter and will return to Cat Care Society as the director of planned giving in spring 2024. Leader will oversee the Nine Lives Legacy Society and Guardianship program, and will be responsible for estate planning and bequests inquiries.

The appointment comes on the heels of Cat Care Society’s new strategic plan and announcement that it has earned a four-star rating on Charity Navigator.

About Cat Care Society

Cat Care Society is a limited-admission non-profit cat shelter located in Lakewood, Colo., founded in 1981. Throughout our 40-plus year history, we’ve worked to provide adoption services and life-saving medical treatment to cats in need in Colorado while providing community engagement to people who love cats. Our unique and free-roaming approach views all cats as worthy; none are too old or ill to be valued, loved and treated with dignity. For more information, visit


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