We’re Here For Colorado Cats
The Northern Animal Rescue Alliance is not a building. It isn’t a place you can go. It isn’t somewhere to visit.
Instead, Northern Animal Rescue Alliance is an idea. It is the idea that together, we can turn feline suffering in northern Colorado into a thing of the past. We recognize that the problem of animal suffering is a national problem (and in reality a global problem) but we feel the best way to solve any problem is to break it down into smaller pieces first. That’s we’re starting with northern Colorado.
First, northern Colorado. Then all of Colorado.Our scope is everything north of our home base in Aurora.
We recognize that different regions have different problems and as a result, there isn’t a one-size fits all solution to end feline suffering. We know Colorado and we feel pretty confident we know what’s needed to make a difference. Here are some of our key programs:
- Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)- TNR is the foundation of what we do. TNR programs are becoming more and more popular across the northwestern US. Originating in the southern states it has taken a few years for those in the animal welfare industry to accept cats outdoors in the often harsh winters. The fact is, the cats are already there and many of them are thriving. A feral cat isn’t a house cat. A feral cat is a wild animal and should be treated as such. Kate Hurley has a great article on TNR or community cat programs. Definitely worth checking out. Take a look at our program page to learn more.
- Community Cat Caretakers- We have an amazing team of volunteers that have taken on feral cat colonies throughout the Denver area all the way to southern Wyoming. These folks ensure that small communities of cats have the food, shelter and veterinary care that they need. Most often this just means delivering some food, stepping back and observing. Interested in becoming a cat caretaker? Check out our application (link) form.
- Barn Cat Program- Sometimes you simply can’t return a cat back to where it came from. Either it simply isn’t safe or, as is the case in many shelters with night kennels, you don’t know where the cat came from. Further complicating it, there may not be a community cat caretaker willing to bring in a new member. Our answer? The barn cat program. Sometimes called working cats, barn cats are felines with a full time job: catching mice, bugs and other barnyard pests. This a great situation for a feral cat since they have the benefits of a warm space and veterinary support of an owner.
- Spay/Neuter Programs- The most common and well-understand option is sterilization through spay or neuter surgery. This is fundamental to any of the above programs. Surgically altered cats don’t display the types of behaviors that cause them to be a nuisance to most people. Fighting and marking terrority are a thing of the past for altered cats. We are partnered with Parkside Animal Health Center in Aurora and Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teach Hospital in Fort Collins in order to spay/neuter our TNR or barn cats. The partnership between animal welfare organization like our and a veterinary clinic like Parkside or a veterinary teaching hospital is exactly what we’re trying to achieve with the Northern Animal Rescue Alliance. These are the kind of partnership that can help end feline suffering.
We Know It Won’t Be Easy
We know that an undertaking like this won’t be easy. But we know that nothing worth doing is easy. We hope that you’ll help us do the impossible and donate today. Anything helps. Anything and everything. Please use the form below to provide a financial donation. Otherwise, please check out the list below of in-kind donations that we could use today.
- Cat Traps- Afterall, we are dealing primarily with feral cats, or at least cats that don’t have a lot of trust when it comes to humans. Becuase of this, trapping is often the only way we can get cats in for the veterinary care they need. Additionally, we loan traps to our cat caretakers or just concerned property owners. Humane traps provide the foundation to what we do.
- Surgical Instruments- Currently, our veterinarian provide all their own equipment and animal hospitals like CSU and Parkside provide all facilities. We would love to move towards simply borrowing space and bringing our own veterinarians and instruments. Spay hooks, suture and blades are needed to allow volunteer veterinarians to prevent future litters.
- Cat Food- While we don’t house cats for very long in any premise, we do have a network of over 30 cat caretakers that provide food for feral cat colonies. By providing food, we can decrease conflict in the colony since fights over food aren’t necessary. Additionally, providing a steady food source decreases the cats’ natural tendency to roam which makes property owners happy.
- Colony Housing or Raw Materials- Colorado winters can get pretty cold. Especially outside of the metro area. While we believe that cats will be fine without our intervention, for the most part, we do try to provide housing for our feral colonies. These can be done through igloos made for dogs that you can pick up at Lowes or Homedepot but we also have several volunteers who can make much longer lasting (and safer) homemade housing from plywood and chicken wire. Gift cards for home improvement stores are greatly appreciated.
All physical donations can be mailed or dropped off at our home/office. Or rather home that became and office. We’re located at:
Northern Colorado Recuse Alliance
1771 S Tucson Street
Aurora, CO 80012