Want a cat?
There are 161 to choose from — 60 or so in Colorado Springs.
The cats, a mix of breeds, colors, ages and temperaments, were rescued Tuesday by Lakewood-based Life Is Better Rescue and about a dozen other organizations from a home in southwestern Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
The rescue was an intervention with a resident who had to move from her house and needed a new home for her cats. They were kept in her garage in large kennels and were in good health, Carolyn Spillner, with Life Is Better, said on Tuesday.
As part of the negotiations to remove the cats, the homeowner was not identified.
They were dispensed to rescue groups in the King Soopers parking lot on Cheyenne Meadows Road from the Life Is Better Rescue van, outfitted with small kennels and crates.
Roughly half of the rescue groups that got the cats are in Colorado Springs, said Georgia Cameron, president of Life is Better.
For those inclined to travel to fill their feline needs, there will be an adoption event at Paws & Tails in Englewood Saturday where some of the cats will be available, she said.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11405 E. Briarwood Ave., No. 600.
But there are plenty of places in Colorado Springs where these homeless cats ended up. The charges to adopt the cats will vary depending upon the organization, Cameron said. For instance, adoption from Life Is Better is $75 and includes spay or neuter, vaccines and a microchip.
The cost for adoption at Happy Cats Haven in Colorado Springs is $95, including spay or neuter, vaccines and a microchip.
Happy Cats has eight of the cats, four in foster home and four at the no-kill shelter, said Allison Duval, Happy Cats vice president.
Two of the cats needed medical care, she said. All are imminently adoptable, but need time to settle down.
“They are very cute and very friendly,” Duval said. “They’re shy. They’re scared. They’ve only associated with one person most of their life so we are helping them be more social.”
All of the cats that were rescued seem adoptable, Cameron said. They range in age from one to seven years, with about 90 percent of them between one and four years old.
There also appear to be some purebreds, such as Persians and British Shorthairs, she said.
One cat stood out, a runt apparently, that looked to be about three months old, but was actually closer to two years old. Cameron said he “has a genetic thing that has made him look younger.”
“I think this situation is unique,” she said. “The owner really did take pretty good care of them. All are social enough that, given some time, they can all be adopted.”
Cat meet and greets are possible at Happy Cats, said Duval.
Come to their shelter at 1412 S. 21st St.
Get an introduction to the kitty of your choice.
Talk a bit. Shake paws.
Chat ‘em up and see if there are any sparks.
“People are sure welcome to come and see them,” Duval said. “Stop by and meet the kitties. They’re very nice.”
WHERE TO ADOPT
In Colorado Springs
- Dream Power, 390-7838, http://www.dreampower.org/
- 9 Lives Rescue, 591-4640 , http://www.colorado9lives.com/
- Happy Cats Haven, 635-5000, http://www.happycatshaven.org/
- Wild Blue Animal Rescue, 964-8905, http://www.wbars.org/
Outside the Springs
- Almost Home Adoptions, Westminster, http://www.almosthomeadoptions.com/
- Angels with Paws, lakewoond , http://www.angelswithpaws.net/
- Animal Rescue of the Rockies, Breckenridge, http://www.animalrescueoftherockies.org/
- Colorado Animal Welfare League, Castle Rock, coloradoanimalwelfare.org/
- Every Creature Counts, Fort Lupton http://www.everycreaturecounts.org/
- Life Is Better Rescue, Lakewood, http://www.lifeisbetterrescue.org/index.html
- MaxFund, Denver, http://www.maxfund.org/
- Misha May, Lakewood, http://www.mishamayfoundation.org/
- 4 Paws 4 Life, Denver, https://www.facebook.com/4Paws4LifeRescue
- Pet Project, Pueblo, http://www.pet-project.org/