Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is a "Limited Admission, Adoption Guarantee Shelter." This means we have to limit how many cats and kittens we take in due to space and financial restrictions, but we guarantee that every feline we rescue will be put up for adoption or will stay with us until it finds its forever home. We use humane euthanasia only as a last resort for critically ill or suffering cats and do not unnecessarily euthanize animals to free up shelter space.
We hope to someday in the future be able to operate as an "Open Admission, Adoption Guarantee Shelter."
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.
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic 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.
It all started with 17 cats, two veterinary technicians, and 450 square feet 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 spurred Sarah Swanty and Anna Neubauer to finally act on their dream of opening an adoption guarantee 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 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, 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 Sept. 1, 2006, 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 and Anna realized that the shelter had enough support and that there was so much work to do, they would have to make the rescue their full-time jobs.
The Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is having a big impact on the community. Our shelter adopts out over 2,000 cats
and kittens each year and has surpassed the 12,000 mark in the number of cats rescued. An average of 6,000 dogs and cats are
spayed or neutered in our clinic each year, and we've performed over 45,000 surgeries since 2007. The rescue has expanded into several
units at its current location, with more space to help pets and their owners. The clinic and shelter employ over 30 staff, and an
army of over 400 volunteers help take care of the kitties, work in our clinic and do fundraising and community outreach.
Some of the community outreach that the rescue and clinic have been involved in includes providing dry food for those who are struggling to feed their pets, working with the local mobile home parks to trap-neuter-return 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 our annual gala and the amazing donations that have been made are a testament to how Fort Collins and the surrounding area have embraced our mission.