Cat Care Society operates a cage-free
shelter for homeless and abused cats
that provides adoption, counseling,
humane education, and community
outreach services to enrich the lives
of people and cats.
About Cat Care Society
• We are not considered A
• We are not an Animal
Part I: History
• Founded in 1981 at the Linda East, DVM, Veterinary Clinic, 855 Lincoln
St. in Denver, by Dr. East and Lynn Rowe.
• Became an official 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization in 1982.
and Harlan in Lakewood
The current property was purchased in 1994. A Capital Campaign
was established to raise funds to build a new shelter. It took 6
years of fundraising to break ground. This shelter was built at a
cost of 1.2 million dollars and opened in 2001.
In October, 2005, we were
able to complete the lower
level and open The Cat Clinic
at Cat Care Society to serve
both private pay clients and
low income families. The
building, clinic and property
were paid off with funds
from bequests, and are
owned free and clear.
● The small white house on the front of the property
is the original farmhouse.
● Used as a thrift shop in the past.
●Later remodeled for office space and now hosts 5
administrative offices and three cats.
Part II: How We Operate
Capacity at the Shelter:
•50 adult cats
•6 Temporary Care cats
•Woofs ‘n Hoofs Cat Room
PACFA: Pet Animal Care
• We’re periodically inspected by the State
under PACFA regulations
• PACFA standards specify a specific # of
square footage per cat
• Our standard is actually higher than
Staff & Board Mgmt Team
• Volunteer staff of approximately 100
• Paid staff of 20, Including:
Front Desk Adoption Team……….Dave Genco, Karlyn
Mendez, Linda Langsted and David Speckman
Veterinarian……………….Lynne Rooks, DVM
• CCS is overseen and managed by a Board of Directors:
President & CEO….………………Diane Stoner
Vice President………………… Maggie Holben
Treasurer………………………. Marggie Dassler
Director……………………………. Clyde Dawson
+ Additional Advisory Board Members
• Cat Care Society Is Privately Funded
• Cat Care Society Receives No
Taxpayer support, like the
Municipal Shelters do
• Bequests via a will
• Need-specified grants
• Direct Mail Appeals
• Private pay care at The
• Adoption Fees
• Meow Mart
• Community Shares
• Colorado Gives Day
• King Soopers Cards
Tails of the Painted
Santa Paws Festival
Feasting For Felines
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Part III – Shelter Procedures
• Stray, abandoned and abused cats are
given priority for shelter on a first come, first
• Residents include surrendered cats and
• Cat Care Society also works with other
shelters to assist in emergency rescue, as
• Based on space as well as circumstances.
• CCS gets many calls a day from people wanting to
surrender their cat(s). Arrangements are usually made by
• Owned pets are not our priority; these callers are
frequently given advice on how to place their cats
themselves, or referred to the Denver Dumb Friends
• Each adult cat is given a name, a collar and a tag, and a microchip.
Each file includes their surrender form, a photo and a medical history
form which serves as a record for any treatment the cat may have
while at the shelter. Files also include a Personality Profile which is
available to all staff to make comments and observations, thus
enabling the adopter to be sensitive to habits and needs.
• Each cat under the age of 10 receives a FeCVR booster and routine
treatment for parasites.
• All adults are spayed or neutered upon entry to the shelter.
• Medical needs are assessed and addressed, including dentals.
• Gestation for a cat is 63 days.
• March through September is generally regarded as the breeding
season for cats…or “kitten season,” as well call it here at the
• We only take in pregnant cats if we have a foster home available
to accept her and bring her to term. When the kittens are
weaned, at about 6 weeks of age, the Mom cat comes back to
the shelter for spay and adoption. The kittens remain in foster
until 8 wks and at least two pounds.
Placement At The Shelter
• There are 7 cat rooms, including a kitten room.
• Plus, the big hall, used for cats needing more supervision.
• Different rooms may be tried until a compatible situation is
• Temporary Care cats may also be found in the cat rooms
mingling with other cats. These cats are designated by wearing a
tag that says “Not for Adoption”.
• Kittens, upon returning to the shelter, are spayed or neutered as
well as micro-chipped prior to adoption. They are then placed in
the kitten room for adoption.
• We do have volunteer adoption assistants.
• Only qualified staff members are permitted
to adopt out the cats.
• Adopters go through a screening process.
• If it isn’t a match, we will try to steer that
person towards another more suitable cat,
or possibly decline the adoption.
Part IV – Adoptions
• Potential adopter does not believe in keeping a cat indoors.
• Potential adopter wants to adopt a young kitten, but has small
children in the home (only kittens 6 mo and up are
recommended for children under the age of 5).
• A person who wants to adopt a cat/kitten as a gift for someone
else as a surprise.
• Potential adopter has other animals in the home which are not
• Potential adopter rents and we are unable to verify pet
permission with the landlord or manager.
• $90.00 for all cats and kittens. Specials at this time include:
• Cats over ten years old may be adopted for a Name Your
• Seniors may adopt a cat 5 years + for $65.00.
• Pairs of cats (min 6 months old) are $150.00
• The price includes leukemia/FIV testing, spay/ neuter,
microchip, shots (kitten or booster, no rabies), treatment
for internal parasites, collar & ID tag, 15-day health care
assistance and a cardboard cat carrier.
All adoptions are followed up after one week
with a phone call from our staff. Any cat
adopted from CCS is guaranteed acceptance
back into the shelter if the owner is unable to
keep it for any reason.
Reasons for euthanasia include:
•Feline Leukemia/FIV positive
•Aggressive toward humans
•Psychologically unsuited for shelter life
Part V – Euthanasia
• Don’t feel you have to save them. They are well cared
for here, and they are awaiting homes. Kindness and
attention will help them toward that end.
• Don’t adopt on a whim. Consider the balance of your
pets at home, and consider what’s best for them.
(Many volunteers decide to sponsor their favorite cat
at $25.00 per month to help with the upkeep until they
Part VI – You & Shelter Cats
• Stay calm.
• Look for a water bottle, and spray the aggressor. Then call
• Do not try to break a fight up with your hands or leg.
• Another way to deter a fight is to toss a blanket or towel
over the aggressor to disorient him, and slow things down.
• Always get staff involved because they are trained to
If A Shelter Cat Bites You
• If you are bitten while in the shelter, you are required to
report it to staff. Be sure to let them know, to the best of
your ability, if it was prompted by over-stimulation or
sudden stress caused by another cat nearby, or
• If you are bitten, flush the wound with peroxide and
monitor it for infection. If you see swelling, pain and
possibly red streaking, please see your doctor.
• Always read cage signs and act accordingly.
• Always keep closed doors closed.
• The cats are separated for reasons.
• Disinfect your hands frequently, and change your
clothes before handling your cats at home.
• If you notice unusual behavior, or vomiting or a cat
being threatened by another cat, report it to shelter
• Our volunteer staff currently averages at about 100. The
program is designed to accommodate the needs of the shelter
as well as provide structure and flexibility to what we hope is a
rewarding volunteer experience.
• Please review the Volunteer Task Sheet to see what volunteer
opportunities are available at this time. If any of the jobs listed
appeal to you and work for you time- wise, you are welcome to
apply for that position by filling out a contact sheet and leaving
it with us today. You will be contacted to discuss your interests,
qualifications and to set up a time for a personal interview.
Part VII – The Volunteer Program
• You will be expected to commit to up to 25 hours over a 6
month period, roughly 4 hours per month. Some of you will
prefer a weekly or monthly schedule. If you commit to a
schedule you are obligated to work your shift or find a
replacement by trading. If you travel a lot, or if you do not like
driving in winter conditions, please avoid schedules that would
• All volunteer staff is required to log their time after a shift is
completed. The hours are transferred and used in statistic
reports for grants and funding.
When you assume a scheduled volunteer position you will
most likely be part of a team of volunteers trained to do
the same thing. This gives you shift trading flexibility, and
you must be prepared to either work your shift or trade it
off for another. When you fill a hole on an existing
schedule, the schedule is redone to include you, and each
team member gets a copy of the new schedule and
• According to the task you are assigned to, you will have a staff
supervisor, however, our volunteer coordinator is your liaison
with Cat Care.
• If you become stretched too thin, let our volunteer coordinator
know. If you must drop out of a scheduled task, we will need to
replace you and advance notice is greatly appreciated.
• If you have any problems with staff, other volunteers, or concerns
regarding policy, or if you would like to change tasks, please come
in and talk to the volunteer coordinator about it.
• We will do whatever we can to make your volunteer experience
with CCS positive.
• Purr-Forum newsletter. We also have a special access area
for volunteers on the website.
• Cat Care Quarterly.
• Constant Contact e-newsletter - “Cat Care Society Mews”
• Plus, we are active on all the social media channels:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest,
Google Plus, Tumblr, Instagram and Blogger.
Part VIII: Community
• Nursing Home Visits
• Nibbles & Kibbles Cat Food Bank
• Veterinary Care for Qualifying Low-Income Families,
including low cost spay/neuter programs
• Humane Education for Young People
• Temporary Care for Cats
• Behavior Counseling
• Lost & Found
• Humane Trap Rental
• Monthly Educational Seminar Series
Part IX: Foster Care Program
• Annual training/update meeting is held in March or April each year.
• We have approximately 20 foster care families and currently use 15 to
16 at any given time.
• The average number of cats in any foster home is a family of 4. The
average stay for the cats at the home is 4 weeks, but can range from
10 weeks to as few as 2 weeks.
• Foster homes are managed carefully and monitored for necessary
space and consistency of socialization.
• All cats and kittens are adopted at the shelter, never through foster
homes. Foster homes are not used for “extra space”, i.e. temporary
homes for cats waiting adoption.
• Please fill out your Contact Sheet, if you haven’t
already done so and turn it in today.
• We will contact you to arrange for a convenient
• We will be in touch with you periodically for
feedback about your volunteer experience.
• Please take time to tour the shelter today.