Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is a 'Limited Admission, No-Kill Shelter'. This means that because we keep every kitty until it finds its forever home, we have to limit how many come in due to space and financial restrictions.
We hope to someday in the future be able to operate as an 'Open Admission, No-Kill Shelter'.
It is also important to know that No-Kill does not mean that we NEVER euthanize animals. If a cat is ill and suffering, we will humanely euthanize it.
We are 100% committed to every cat that comes to our shelter, and will do our best to make sure it goes to the perfect home. If for any reason an adopter cannot keep the kitty they adopted from us, we will always take it back.
Our Mission Statement
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is dedicated to the well-being of all cats and dogs in our community with emphasis on preventing pet overpopulation and on the sheltering and placement of surrendered or abandoned cats into loving, permanent homes.
In the Beginning
It all started with
17 cats, two veterinary technicians, and 450 square ft.
of room. From these ingredients, the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic was born on June 1, 2006.
The original 17 cats came from another animal rescue group that didn't have the means to care for them. The fear of those cats going to the Humane Society and being euthanized, forced Sarah Swanty & Anna Neubauer to finally act on their dream of opening a no-kill cat rescue. With a background in the veterinary field, and the support of South Mesa Veterinary Hospital, the two women were able to provide the necessary care for the kitties while they waited for adopters.
In no time at all, the word about the no-kill cat rescue spread, and calls started pouring in for cats that needed help. When one cat would get adopted, another would be moved into the shelter immediately. Kittens started arriving in bundles, and a foster program was immediately started. (The foster program consisted mainly of Sarah and Anna and their friends.)
The cat rescue quickly turned into a 40 hour/week job, on top of the full time jobs both women already had at South Mesa Vet Hospital.
Luckily this incredible community provided tons of support, and on September 1st, just three months after starting, the shelter moved into a facility almost twice as big. They were now able to have 30 cats in the shelter at a time.
A small group of fabulous people became volunteers and helped to keep the shelter running while Sarah and Anna were at work.
The exciting day finally came when Sarah & Anna realized that the shelter had enough support, and that there was so much work to do, that they would have to have the rescue as their full time jobs.
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic now operates the only truly low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the area. The numbers of unwanted pets that will be prevented from entering this world brings an entirely new sense of satisfaction to all of the people involved.
Where We Are Now
The Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic are having a big impact on the community.
Over 4,900 cats have been rescued. Over 22,700 surgeries have been performed at the clinic on dogs and cats.
The rescue has moved into a bigger and better facility with more space for both the cats and the
humans that serve them. Both the clinic and the shelter have joined the ranks of non-profits
that have paid employees - an amazing accomplishment in such a short period of time. And of course,
an army of volunteers do fundraising and community outreach along with the mandatory kitty petting.
Some of the community outreach that the rescue and clinic have been involved in include providing dry cat food for those who are struggling to feed their pets, working with the local trailer parks to trap-neuter-release the feral kitties there, and taking in abandoned animals from homes that have been foreclosed.
None of this could have been accomplished without the support of the local community. The huge success of the Winter Fundraiser and the amazing donations that occurred around that are testimony to how Fort Collins and the surrounding area have embraced our mission.