MDCAT RECEIVES $55,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® INCREASING CRITICAL ACCESS TO VETERINARY CARE
A $55,000 grant from PetSmart Charities will allow Metro Denver CAT to expand its critical support to 300 felines and feline parents in Denver in need of basic veterinary services. Across a zip-code focused outreach program, spay/neuter appointments, including vaccines, microchips and clinic transportation will be provided at no cost to clients. One of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters is the lack of affordable pet wellness, training and education programs. Due to cost and other barriers, pets in under-resourced communities often do not have access to basic veterinary care. “Denver is an amazing place for pets, with many affordable veterinary services available. However, in certain parts of the city there is an accessibility gap between veterinary service providers and cat owners,” said Anna Murin, project manager for Metro Denver CAT. “Often it is just as simple as having a cat carrier, a ride to the clinic, or even just awareness that spay/neuter is available for free,” she added. “That’s where our team comes in, focusing on neighborhoods that haven’t typically been connected with services, talking face to face with residents to understand their needs, and making those connections. The support of PetSmart Charities is a critical component in meeting this need and they have been a steadfast partner since we launched the program in 2016. “ “This highly collaborative initiative has proven to be an invaluable resource to the Denver cat community and we’re thrilled to lend our continued support,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “Metro Denver Cat’s work to provide accessible and affordable pet care removes many barriers that pet parents face when trying to provide care for their beloved pets, and ensures more people and pets stay together.” Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $400 million, to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets, to help preserve families and to improve access to veterinary care through initiatives like Metro Denver CAT. To learn more, visit About Metro Denver CAT Since 2016, Metro Denver CAT has connected more than 5000 cats in Denver’s most vulnerable communities to free lifesaving resources. It started in Denver’s Barnum neighborhood and has since expanded to three additional neighborhoods. Metro Denver CAT is a comprehensive solution-focused effort helping owned and community cats. The program utilizes a bilingual outreach team to connect with neighbors, offer free services and transportation, identify cat hotspots and remove barriers to ensure every cat in the focus zip codes has access to spay/neuter services, vaccines, low cost veterinary care and pet supplies. These services ensure that pet cats are retained in their homes and that new litters of homeless cats are prevented. Together with our amazing partners, we’re making Metro Denver a place where cats are valued and cared for by an engaged community. To learn more visit Find Metro Denver CAT on Facebook: Facebook.com/MetroDenverCAT Follow Metro Denver CAT on Instagram: @metrodenvercat About PetSmart Charities® PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for nearly 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org. Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc
We are all settled in at our new office (at 1202 E 58th Ave Denver, CO 80216) and have already had over 100 cats come through our doors! Check out a tour of the new space here: We hope to see you soon!
50 awesome volunteers worked their tails off with us last Saturday, making winter shelters for community cats! Together, we built 100 of these enclosures and we were blown away by everyone's hard work on behalf of cats. We have started distributing the shelters to caretakers and they are so grateful to have these houses to offer their feline friends this winter. Thanks also to all who came out to Colorado Cider Company to support Metro Denver CAT and celebrate another great year of accomplishments with us! If you take care of feral cats who need a warm place to curl up this winter, contact us to find out how to get one for free!
METRO DENVER CAT RECEIVES $70,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES®
Funds to support expanded work in the Globeville/Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods to reduce cat homelessness October 1, 2018— DENVER, CO – Metro Denver CAT recently received a $70,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help residents and cats in Denver’s most underserved neighborhoods. With the help of this new grant, Metro Denver CAT is committed to offering solutions that will help cats stay in their loving homes and reduce cat homelessness. A new program, focusing on the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods, will remove barriers that have faced cat owners and caretakers in the area by providing free spay and neuter, vaccines, microchips and other supplies, as well as low cost veterinary resources and transportation to those who need it. All resources will be provided in English and Spanish by an outreach team, who will go door-to-door to meet residents needing help for cats in their community. The goal is to provide services to 1,000 cats and their caretakers. “Denver is a pretty great place for dogs, but we’ve noticed that cats are often left out of the equation,” said Anna Murrin, project manager at Metro Denver CAT. “Our goal is to focus on the most vulnerable animals in our community, and connect directly with residents to end cat homelessness.” “Pets can bring comfort in uncertain times, and they can also add a level of stress when there are little to no resources to provide for their care,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “With the help of this grant, Metro Denver CAT can expand its reach to provide health and wellness services to cats in underserved communities, ensuring more cats in the Denver area are able to stay in loving homes. At PetSmart Charities, we are committed to supporting animal welfare organizations that promote the human-animal bond.” Pet retention is just one of PetSmart Charities’ seven grant categories. Funding from PetSmart Charities supports animal welfare organizations and non-profits committed to reducing pet homelessness and enhancing the human-animal bond. For more information, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org. About Metro Denver CAT Since 2016, Metro Denver CAT has provided lifesaving free resources to more than 3000 cats in Denver’s most vulnerable communities. It started in Denver’s Barnum neighborhood and has since expanded to three additional neighborhoods. Metro Denver CAT is a comprehensive solution - focused effort helping owned and community cats. The program utilizes a bilingual outreach team to connect with neighbors, offer free services and transportation, identify cat hotspots and remove barriers to ensure every cat in the target zip codes has access to spay/neuter services, vaccines, low cost veterinary care and pet supplies. These services ensure that pet cats are retained in their homes and that new litters of homeless cats are prevented. Together with our partners, we’re making Metro Denver a place where cats are valued and cared for by an engaged community. About PetSmart Charities® PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org. Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc
You are invited to Metro Denver CAT's annual winter shelter build and celebration.
Join us to build 100 winterproof shelters for community cats, and then celebrate another fantastic year of progress for cats in Denver at Colorado Cider Company! RSVP HERE: 11:30-3:00 pm Volunteers build shelters at MDCAT Office
110 Federal Blvd, Unit C Denver, CO 80219
3:00-5:00 pm Celebration and fundraiser for Metro Denver CAT around the corner at Colorado Cider Company
2650 W 2nd Ave #10, Denver, CO 80219
Enjoy Colorado's best cider and snacks as we look back on all we've achieved together this year. $1 of each drink will benefit MDCAT's programs. More Details:
- We are looking to recruit 35 volunteers for the shelter building portion of the day. Participants will receive a drink ticket for a free cider at the celebration afterward.
- Participation in shelter building not required to attend the celebration at Colorado Cider Co.
- All of our supporters are welcome to attend the celebration. Bring a friend or two and join us in celebrating the accomplishments of MDCAT!
As our clients and supporters know, Metro Denver CAT is committed to offering solutions that help cats stay within their loving homes, families and neighborhoods. We are thrilled to announce that MDCAT is the recipient of a new $70,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, which will help our program reach a major milestone. This generous support means we are ready to share some exciting news with you. Because of the success we have had in our first three zip codes, we are officially moving our headquarters facility as of January 2, 2019 to the Elyria Swansea/Globeville neighborhood (80216), enabling us to expand the services we offer to many more cats in need. What does this mean for our clients? If you live in the 80216 zip code: We will be hitting the streets near you, going door-to-door to talk to community members about the cat related issues you need help with. We provide free spay and neuter for pet and outdoor cats, vaccines, microchips and other supplies, as well as low cost veterinary resources and transportation to those who need it- so spread the word to your neighbors, and come visit us in 2019 at our new space at 1202 E 58th Avenue, Unit C. If you live in the 80219, 80204, or 80223 area: We are still here to help! Although our physical location will no longer be on Federal Blvd, we will continue to offer all of our free, targeted programs to you. Give us a call any time at 844-336-2287 and let us know how we can help. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive the latest MDCAT updates. For our supporters: Our move to the Elyria Swansea/Globeville Neighborhood marks a new phase for Metro Denver CAT. The level of success we have achieved in our original location would not be possible without the generous support of our benefactors. In the past 3 years, we’ve removed the barriers that would have otherwise prevented over 3,000 cats from living happy, healthy lives. As we broaden the reach of MDCAT’s unique model for helping cats in our communities, we are gearing up for new challenges and can’t wait to see what we are able to achieve in our new location. Your continued support through this transition will get us one step closer to making Denver a place where all cats are valued and cared for. MDCAT está avanzando! Como nuestros clientes y simpatizantes, sepan que Metro Denver CAT está comprometido a ofrecer soluciones para ayudar a gatos y sus queridos hogares, familias, y vecindarios. Estamos emocionados de anunciar que recibimos una nueva beca de $70,000 de PetSmart Charities, que en cambió va a ayudar a nuestro programa en alcanzar un hito. Para aprender más de nuestra asociación con PetSmart Charities, por favor lea el comunicado de prensa en nuestra página de web. Este generoso apoyo significa que estamos listos en anunciar noticias muy emocionantes con ustedes. Debido al éxito que hemos tenido en nuestros primeros tres códigos postales, estamos mudando nuestra sede a partir del 2 de enero de 2019 al vecindario de Elyria Swansea/ Globeville (80216), permitiéndonos expandir los servicios que ofrecemos a muchos más gatos en necesidad. ¿Qué significa esto para nuestros clientes? Si vives en 80216: Estaremos en las calles cercanas a ti, tocando de puerta en puerta para hablar con los miembros de la comunidad sobre los problemas relacionados con los gatos con los que necesites ayuda. Ofrecemos esterilización y castración gratuita para mascotas y gatos callejeros, vacunas, microchips y otros suministros, ¡así como recursos veterinarios de bajo costo y transporte para aquellos que lo necesitan-así que corra la noticia a sus vecinos! Y venga a visitarnos a nuestro nuevo lugar en 1202 E 58th Ave Denver CO 80216. Si vives en el área de 80219, 80204, 80223: ¡Todavía estamos aquí para ayudarte! A pesar de que nuestra locación no estará en la Federal Blvd, continuaremos ofreciendo nuestro programa gratuito. Llámanos a cualquier hora al 844-336-2287 y haznos saber cómo te podemos ayudar. Por favor síguenos en nuestra página de Facebook y Instagram para recibir las últimas actualizaciones de MDCAT. Para nuestros apoyadores: Nuestra mudanza a Elyria Swansea/ Globeville marca una nueva etapa para Metro Denver CAT. El nivel de éxito que hemos alcanzado en nuestra locación original no sería posible sin el generoso apoyo de nuestros benefactores. En los últimos 3 años, hemos eliminado las barreras que de otro modo habrían evitado que más de 3,000 gatos vivan una vida feliz y saludable. Mientras ampliamos el alcance del modelo inigualable de MDCAT para ayudar a los gatos en nuestras comunidades, nos estamos preparando para nuevos desafíos y estamos ansiosas para ver qué podemos lograr en nuestra nueva ubicación. Su apoyo continuo durante esta transición nos llevará un paso más cerca en hacer Denver un lugar donde todos los gatos sean valorados y cuidados. ¡Sea parte del movimiento y haga una donación ahora!
On Saturday, April 22nd we hosted our 3rd free vaccine event for cats in the 80219, 80204 and 80223 zip code areas. 100 cats got updated on their shots, and we made 30 free spay/neuter appointments. It was so great to see some familiar feline faces, and meet new folks as well!
Anna Murrin and Valerie Kajko, the project manager and TNR coordinator, respectively, of Metro Denver C.A.T. had the opportunity to chat with Stacy LeBaron of the Community Cats Podcast. We shared details of our program and the special attributes that have contributed to our success in our neighborhood. Check out the episode here, and explore the website for more fantastic perspectives on community cats across the country.
Metro Denver C.A.T. is excited to announce that, starting in April, 2017 the project will expand to serve two additional zip codes: 80223 and 80204. In the first year of operation, Metro Denver C.A.T. has contacted more than 7,000 residents regarding concerns and care for both owned and homeless cats and provided free services for more than 1,400 felines. Soon, all cats in the 80219, 80223 and 80204 zip codes will be eligible for free spay/neuter, vaccinations, and other critical help through this groundbreaking project. Metro Denver C.A.T. (Cats Around Town) was developed to improve the welfare of cats and reduce feline overpopulation in the region. In the first year, efforts focused on the Barnum/Westwood neighborhood in Denver. The project has greatly surpassed all expectations in that community and will now expand to other communities. “We have been blown away by the response from the community and the level of enthusiasm and appreciation once people understand what we are doing here,” said Anna Murrin, program manager. “Thanks to the ongoing support from the Animal Assistance Foundation and PetSmart Charities, we can’t wait to expand our services and help more cats and people in Denver,” she added. Metro Denver C.A.T. officially launched in January 2016 as a collaborative effort of a coalition of animal welfare agencies including Denver Animal Protection, Dumb Friends League and Divine Feline and was developed after a years-long process involving more than 20 organizations. With the opening of a neighborhood storefront headquarters located at 110 Federal Blvd., it has served as a community resource center for all things cat-related. Spay-neuter services are provided by the nearby Solutions Cat Clinic, operated by Dumb Friends League. For information, spay/neuter appointments or anything else cat-related, residents can stop by Metro Denver C.A.T. headquarters at 110 Federal Blvd, call 844-DEN-CATS (844-336-2287), or visit for more information. The Animal Assistance Foundation, founded in 1975, supports companion animals across the state of Colorado through high impact and innovative grant making. PetSmart Charities grants money to directly help pets in need, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve the problem of pet overpopulation. Denver, CO- Metro Denver C.A.T.- el primer proyecto de su tipo en abordar la creciente preocupación por el bienestar y la sobrepoblación de los gatos- está entusiasmada en anunciar que a partir de abril del 2017 el proyecto se expandirá para servir a dos códigos postales más: 80223 y 80204. En su primer año de trabajo Metro Denver C.A.T.- ha contactado a más de 7,000 residentes preocupados por el cuidado de los gatos con dueño y callejeros y les ha provisto servicios gratuitos a más de 1500 felinos. Pronto todos los gatos en el código postal 80223 y 80224 serán elegibles para recibir esterilización, vacunas, y otra ayuda básica gratis, a través de este proyecto innovador. Metro Denver C.A.T.-(Gatos alrededor de la ciudad) fue desarrollada para mejorar el bienestar de los gatos y reducir la sobrepoblación felina en la región. En el primer año, los esfuerzos se enfocaron en el vecindario de Barnum y Westwood en Denver. El proyecto ha superado en gran manera todas las expectativas en esa comunidad y ahora se expande a otras comunidades. “Hemos quedado impresionados por la respuesta que ha tenido la comunidad y el nivel de entusiasmo y apreciación una vez que la gente entiende lo que estamos haciendo aquí” dijo Anna Murrin, gerente del programa. “Gracias al apoyo continuo de Assistance Foundation y Petsmart Charities, esperamos con entusiasmo el poder expandir nuestros servicios y ayudar a mas gatos y más gente en Denver”, Ella agregó. Metro Denver C.A.T.- fue lanzado oficialmente en Enero de 2016 como un esfuerzo colaborativo de un coalición de agencias de bienestar animal incluyendo Denver Animal Protection, Dumb Friends League y Divine Feline y fue desarrollado después de un largo proceso de años involucrando a más de 20 organizaciones. Con la apertura de una sede de la tienda en el vecindario ubicada en 110 Federal Blvd., ha servido como un centro de recursos para todas las cosas relacionadas con los gatos. Los servicios de esterilización se ofrecen en la clínica cercana Solutions Cat Clinic que opera Dumb Friends League. Para información de citas de esterilización o cualquier cosa relacionada con los gatos, los residentes pueden ir a la sede de Metro Denver C.A.T. ubicada en 110 Federal Blvd., llamar al 844-DEN-CATS (844-336-2287), o visitar la página para más información. Animal Assistance Foundation fue fundada en 1975, apoya a los animales de compañía en el estado de Colorado mediante un alto impacto y una donación innovadora. PetSmart Charities otorga dinero para ayudar directamente a las mascotas que lo necesitan, con un enfoque en la financiación de servicios de esterilización / neutralización que ayudan a las comunidades a resolver el problema de la sobrepoblación de mascotas.
On Saturday, March 19, we hosted a free vaccine event at our headquarters. We vaccinated and dewormed 110 cats from the neighborhood for free, and made 45 free spay/neuter appointments. El sabado ,Marzo 19, ofrecimos un evento de vacunacion en nuestra sede .Vacunamos y desparacitamos 110 gatosdel vecindario absolutamnete gratis ,y hicimos 45 citas para castrar /esterilizar.
Metro Denver C.A.T. Kick-Off Party FIESTA DE APERTURA
On Saturday, January 30th, we invited the whole neighborhood to a kick-off party to celebrate the start of our 80219 Cat Project. There were over 75 attendees (and a few cat guests!), who enjoyed refreshments and giveaways. We also signed up 25 cats for free spay/neuter surgery. Sabado, Enero 30 2016, invitamos el vecindario entero a conocer y celebrar el comienzo de nuestro proyecto para gatos en el area 80219. Hubo arriba de 75 personas que atendieron y algunos invitados quienes disfurtaron de algunos bocadillos y premios. Tambien firmaron 25 gatos para obtener esterilizacion completmente gratis.