In May of 2014 Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic made the decision to dedicate resources to a Community Cat Program. This program focuses on the Trap-Neuter-Return of feral or community cats to increase the number of feral cats in our community that are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. In addition to trap-neuter-return, dozens of kittens and friendly adult cats that are living outdoors are brought into our shelter for care and adoption. The purpose of this program is to humanely address the feral cat problem in our community.
The number of stray and owner-surrendered cats in our community decreases every year. The euthanasia rate at our local open admission shelter has decreased by over 86% in the last ten years.
Our shelter facility lies in a 1350 sq. ft. building and houses on average 30 to 50 adult cats. These cats come to our shelter as strays, owner surrenders or transfers from other humane organizations. All cats that enter our shelter are spayedneutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, tested for diseases, socialized, and then put up for adoption. Our adoption fee is never more than $75.
No cat that enters our premises is euthanized unless they are suffering from an untreatable condition. However, we are a limited admission shelter and can only take new cats in when we have room for them.
We also accept litters of kittens into our shelter which are housed in foster homes until they are ready for adoption. In the warm months that are often referred to as "Kitten Season" we will care for up to 300 kittens in our foster homes. We have on average 75 foster families that volunteer their homes and time to care for these kittens until they are old enough and healthy enough to go up for adoption. Like the adult cats, all of our kittens are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and tested before being adopted into loving homes. The adoption fee for kittens is never more than $175. We do not euthanize any kittens unless they are suffering from an untreatable disease.
FCCRSNC has only existed since 2006, yet in only 12 years has taken in over 15,000 cats. In 2017 alone over 2,400 cats and kittens were taken into the shelter.
We have increased the number of cats/kittens that we are able to take in and adopt out every year since inception (with the exception of 2010 when the economy was so poor).
More community members are choosing to adopt when looking to add a cat to their family, and fewer cats are being euthanized due to homelessness.
One great example of our program's success is the fact that in the last several years we have been able to transfer hundreds of kittens into our community from other communities because we are seeing such a huge decrease in the number of homeless kittens in Larimer County.
Our spay and neuter clinic opened its doors in March of 2007 when we realized the lack of affordable spayneuter services in our community.
Our clinic, the only truly low-cost spay and neuter clinic in the area, is open to the general public, though it focuses on helping low-income pet owners, students, the elderly and other shelters and rescues. These services help reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia rates. In addition, all animals that come through our clinic are given basic wellness exams. These free health exams may reveal underlying health issues in early stages that can be treated for less cost than waiting until conditions are critical. Our clinic also offers other discounted pet services including disease testing, heartworm preventative, deworming, and nail trims.
Since our clinic opened in 2007 we have spayed/neutered almost 55,000 dogs and cats. The number of puppies and kittens that were surrendered to our local open-admission shelter has decreased drastically in the last 12 years.
This program provides free spayneuter procedures in addition to discounted vaccinations and microchipping for pets belonging to low-income community members.
Because veterinary care has become so expensive in recent years, it has made it almost impossible for low-income families to povide even the most basic veterinary care to their pets. Due to this fact many pets belonging to low-income community members go unaltered and therefore produce puppies and kittens that end up in animal shelters or are placed into substandard homes where they also are not altered and continue the vicious cycle of unwanted litters.
In addition, we have found that many low-income community members allow their pets to roam outdoors where they can spread disease andor become lost and end up in a shelter.
This program is extremely important because it not only prevents these animals from reproducing, but takes steps to keep them healthy and keep them in their homes.
Since inception in 2008, our PAL+ Program has altered over 4,200 animals.
The Kibble Supply program officially began in February of 2010 when so many animals were losing their homes due to the poor economy. Many people that called our shelter voiced their concern that due to a job loss they could no longer afford to feed their cats and therefore would have to surrender them to a shelter.
Dry and canned food is collected from local grocery & pet supply stores, individuals, and other humane organizations to be handed out to community members that are struggling to keep their cats fed. In 2011 we extended our Kibble Supply program to dogs as well.
Caretakers of feral cat colonies are also able to receive food from the Kibble Supply program.
In 2017 over 55,000 pounds of pet food were distributed to struggling families. Owners are grateful for this program that has helped keep hundreds of pets in homes.