A No-Kill Animal Shelter
Saving One Life at a Time
Saving One Life at a Time
- Dog Walking & Socialization
- Dog Transporting - Taking dogs to vets' office and special events.
- Cat Transporting - Taking cats to vet's office and special events.
- Computer Data Entry, and More.
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We can't do it without your help, so please...
Kitten Season is Here and We Need Your Help!
Kitten season is already in full swing, and we are in
desperate need of Foster homes to assist us in the
care and feeding of kittens and adult cats!
Orphaned kittens - 4 to 8 weeks old
Here's a chance to have all the fun of kittens without the worry of finding
homes for them. We'll take care of that! Kittens at this age are usually
eating solid foods on their own, so it's mostly "Play Time" until they reach
8 weeks old and can be adopted at the shelter.They do need to learn to use
the litter box, but with most kittens this comes naturally.
It is so important for kittens this age to have the privilege of being fostered
in a loving home, as they have the opportunity to become socialized
with people, which will greatly increase their chances of finding a final
Adult Cats Need Help, Too
During kitten season, adult cats are often overlooked for adoption. It’s difficult to compete with the “cuteness” factor of kittens. Unfortunately, we are also seeing a big increase in adult cats being brought to the shelter. We have a waiting list for adult cats, but often kitten season delays the adoption of cats. We need Foster homes for these cats as well. Often times, we have people bringing in their adult cats because they are in a crisis situation and need their cat or cats placed immediately.
All kittens, orphaned or with mom, need to be socialized. This means getting lots of love and attention from their human friends. The more people who handle and play with them, the better their chances are of adoption and finding a forever home.
Newborn kittens up to 4 weeks old need more attention, but the satisfaction of saving the lives of these adorable babies is immense. These tiny kittens need to be fed every 2-3 hours, even in the middle of the night. At two weeks you can decrease feedings to every 4-6 hours, and after 3 weeks every 6-8 hours until they are fully weaned. During the first weeks it may be helpful to have a partner to switch off feedings so you can get some sleep. We will be providing kitten care classes at the shelter. You will also receive all the food and supplies needed for fostering the kittens. Any needed veterinary care will also be provided by us.
Mama Cats and Kittens
We often have requests to take mama cats with her litter of kittens. This is less labor intensive, as mama provides the feedings. However, they do need a safe, clean place to stay and food for mama until the kittens are old enough to be adopted at 8 weeks old.
This is a great opportunity to teach your children about caring for kittens, without the worry of contributing to the pet over-population problem.
If we are unable to take them, many of these cats will end up being abandoned to the streets. Sadly, most of these cats will die. Unlike feral cats, these tame cats do not know how to hunt for food and many will die of starvation. Many will be killed by predators or left to die on the side of the road, after being hit by a car.
As a foster parent for these adult cats, you may be asked to provide a home for a few days or a few weeks. We will bring these adult cats into the shelter as our existing cats are adopted and space is made available.
All cats and kittens will be age-appropriately vaccinated, leukemia tested, and spayed or neutered. All needed veterinary care will be provided by Roice-Hurst. We ask that all fostered cats and kittens be “house only” cats. If let outside, they can easily run away and suffer the same consequences as abandoned cats.
If you are interested in fostering cats or kittens, please call the shelter at 970-434-7337. Thank you for helping.
You can also save some time by filling out our on-line application form HERE.
Whether you walk dogs, groom or help socialize the cats, provide a foster home, or assist with a fundraising event, you can make a difference in the lives of animals. When you give animals the gift of your time, you'll get back as much as you give—maybe even more.
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WE NEED DOG WALKERS!
We have recently changed our dog walker procedures to make it easier for those who want to help walk and socialize our dogs. To volunteer and walk dogs you must be 16 years of age to volunteer without a parent or guardian. A waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian. Children between 12 years and 15 years can volunteer with a parent/guardian if a waiver AND release to work independently form is signed by a parent/guardian.This age group will be assigned special projects but will not be allowed to socialize animals due to safety reasons. No one under the age of 12 years of age is allowed to volunteer at the shelter. However, if someone is too young to volunteer there are other options to help the homeless animals of Roice-Hurst, such as holding fundraisers and donation drives.
We like to get all our dogs out for a nice walk around the walking trail between 9 am -11 am, 1 pm-3 pm, and the last walk is 5 pm-6:30 pm. Of course, you are always welcome and needed throughout the day as well!
Although our office is closed on Mondays, our kennel staff is working and we would
appreciate your help in getting the dogs walked then, as well.
We do need you to fill out a Volunteer Application form and have completed a volunteer orientation class - Available on-line HERE - Must also have a signed liability waiver at the shelter before you walk the dogs or volunteer.
Here are just a few of the benefits of volunteering:
• Be part of the solution. You'll join a network of people working to help save the lives of our communities' homeless dogs and cats.
• Get warm fuzzies. You'll never find a more grateful and accepting friend than an animal you've comforted and helped to find a "Forever Home".
• Keep good company. You'll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.
• Meet the new you. You'll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you're capable of achieving.
• Gain a new career. You'll learn things that may lead you to the career—or career change—of your dreams. Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service.
You can also pick up a Volunteer Application form at the front desk during business hours Tuesday-Sat from 11 am to 6 pm or 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays. The office is closed on Mondays.
Interested in making a difference?
Become A Volunteer!