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Resources for Cat Owners
We know how much time, money, and energy can go into taking the best possible care of your feline companions, which is why we’ve compiled this helpful list of resources. Whether you’re looking for medical care, behavioral tips, pet friendly housing, or aid during personal hardship, the following resources and organizations offer a wealth of information and answers to any challenge life with a cat can throw at you.
Frequently Asked Questions
I can't keep my cat, how do i surrender it?
Almost 3,000 cats entered animal shelters in Jefferson County during 2018. We receive hundreds of requests from owners looking to re-home cats every month. Unfortunately, as a small shelter with a maximum capacity of approximately 100 cats, we aren’t able to help every cat in need. The best option, if at all possible, is to keep your cat in your home. The resources below are designed to help you find financial aid for medical bills and pet supplies, behavior help, and pet friendly housing. We understand that sometimes, as painful as it may be, keeping your cat is simply not an option. If this is the case we encourage you to try to re-home your cat yourself with the help of the Petco Foundation. The fact of the matter is that no animal shelter is as comfortable as a home, despite how hard we try to make every cat feel safe and stress free. If none of these options are suitable for your current situation, please fill out our pet surrender form. We hold weekly intake meetings to determine our available space, and will reach out to you if we have a space available that is suitable for your cat’s needs.
I found a stray cat, what should i do?
First, it’s important to determine whether the cat is a stray, feral, or lost cat. If the cat is friendly, the easiest thing to do is to scan the cat for a microchip, which can be done at most animal shelters or veterinary clinics. If the cat does not have a microchip, check your local municipal animal shelter for lost cat notices. Post the found cat’s information on flyers in your neighborhood and online. If you cannot keep the cat in your house it is best to take it to the municipal animal shelter that provides animal services for your city, as this is often the first place that people look for their lost pet. If you suspect that the cat has been abandoned and would like to place it with us, please fill out our cat surrender form. We hold weekly intake meetings and will contact you if space is available. If the cat is feral, or not friendly to people, check out our resource section for stray cats to find organizations that trap, neuter, and return neighborhood cats. This is an important step in reducing the number of stray cats in our community. We also have humane traps available for a small deposit.
I lost my cat, do you have it?
Because we are a limited admission shelter with very few open spaces at any given time we seldom take in lost cats unless we are fairly certain that they don’t have a home. The first place to look is at the municipal animal shelter that provides animal services for your city, lost and found pets are often posted online. You can also post flyers in your neighborhood and online forums such as Craigslist and NextDoor. Leave food, water, and your cats litter box outside near your house; many cats return home when it is dark out. If you cat is shy or frightened you may have more success using a live trap to try to capture your cat. We have live traps available for a $75 deposit which is refunded upon return of the trap.
Where can I get my cat spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering your cat is very important to their health. Spaying or neutering reduces their risks of certain cancers and helps reduce unwanted behaviors such as spraying. The Dumb Friends League Solutions Clinic offers free spay/neuter surgeries to cats regardless of the owners income.
my cat passed away, can you take the left over food, toys, bed, etc?
As a small animal shelter that operates solely off of donations and grants we are always grateful for any donated pet food, gently used beds, pet carriers, and towels. We also accept opened and expired cat food for our Nibbles and Kibbles food pantry and for feeding feral community cats. Due to PACFA regulations we cannot use or accept used litter boxes or fabric cat furniture or toys.
Low Cost Clinics
It can be expensive providing medical care to your pet. The following veterinary clinics have been known to have lower than average prices. Click on the link to be redirected to their website or call for more information on services offered and standard rates.
(303) 722 – 5800
191 Yuma St, Denver, CO 80223
(Free spay/neuter clinic for cats)
Sometimes pets get sick when you least expect it, these clinics offer 24/7 medical care.
Resources for Stray Cats
The following organizations provides services and resources for feral or unowned community cats. If the cat is friendly enough to be picked up please visit the sections on shelters below.
Pet Loss Grief Support
Organizations that can help when it is time to say goodbye to your beloved pet.
It can be expensive taking care of a pet, and life doesn’t always go as planned. The following organizations can help provide financial relief to help keep your pet and you together throughout any hardship.
Diabetic Cats in Need
Provides insulin and testing supplies for diabetic cats.
It’s not always easy to know what a cat is thinking, or why they do the things they do. The following articles and behaviorists specialize in understanding felines and redirecting or better understanding unwanted behaviors.
Sometimes the problem is just too big to be solved by a website-or you prefer speaking to a real person. We don’t have any behaviorists on staff, but encourage you to reach out to Billie Reynolds of Good Kitty Behavior for a consultation.
Ohio State University has compiled an excellent catalog of articles to help you better understand your cat and keep it mentally and physically happy and healthy.
Finding Pet Friendly Housing
One of the number one reasons that pets are surrendered to shelters is due to housing, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Pet friendly housing is becoming more and more common. The links below will direct you to websites where you can easily search for housing that allows pets.
Pet Sitters, Boarding, and Grooming
We offer a Temporary Care program for those experiencing temporary homelessness, domestic violence, or an extended hospital stay. We also offer complimentary nail trims for life for former CCS cats.
Kari Ruder, Certified Veterinary Technician, provides personalized in home pet sitting and medical care for pets of all types, including those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease.
Open Admission Animal Shelters and Animal Control
We are very fortunate in Colorado to have excellent animal shelters and a population that cares about pets, in fact the shelter pet is the state pet of Colorado! If you are looking to re-home a relatively young, healthy animal, find your lost pet, or report a found pet these open admission shelters are an excellent resource. Most will take any animal that comes their way and find a loving home for the vast majority of them. City and county animal control is also generally responsible for animals at large, dangerous animals, or concerns about animal abuse or neglect and work closely with the shelters listed below depending on jurisdiction. However, admission means that they may need to euthanize to make space for new animals coming in.
2129 W Chenango Ave (Littleton)
Investigates animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect in counties across Colorado.
Limited Admission Animal Shelters and Rescues
The following shelters and rescues are in general, smaller, and thus more limited in space and resources. Like Cat Care Society they can only take in animals when they have the space available. These shelters and rescues may be a better option if you are no longer able to keep a cat that is older or has chronic health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease, as limited admission shelters do not euthanize for space.