The Festival of Felines, held July 29 in the Cat Care Society, gave the public an chance to meet each of their cats currently up for adoption.
Cat lovers walked right into a hallway littered with cats. Black cats, calico cats, tabby cats, white cats, orange cats-there was no shortage of variety. Some of these approached individuals with trendy cat assurance, snuggling from their thighs. Others sat under tables or in cat beds scattered around the shelter, dressing themselves and ignoring the audience.
Andrea Netzgar, who cares for three cats of her own at home, attended the festival for her first time Saturday.
“We came out to see the cats,” explained Netzgar. “The real cats and the painted cats. If you like cats and you like art it’s a great way to encourage a great local organization.”
Aside from the cats who need homes, the shelter showcased 31 painted cats that will be set up for bid at the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction on Sept. 16.
“This kind of adds quantity into our Painted Craft Auction, which will be probably our biggest event of the year,” said Dave Genco, adoption helper. “Very talented artists are commissioned to paint them, and then we put them up for auction.”
Most cat owners love their pet owners like household, unfortunately, circumstances can make it difficult to properly care for them.
Established in 1981, the Cat Care Society works at assisting homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area.
The shield manages over 75 cats, giving them veterinary attention, food and enjoying human interaction before a suitable household adopts them. The nonprofit organization hosts fundraisers like the Festival of Felines and Tails of the Painted Cats Gala to raise money for these solutions.
Inside one room in the end of the hallway, kittens pounced, played and seemed utterly adorable.
“It’s kitten season so there are a lot of kittens,” said Lynette Newman, volunteer since 2003. “Our seniors are always searching for homes and we have everything in the middle also.”
Newman noted the shelter doesn’t receive any government funding and is grateful for any type of assistance.
“We constantly need help. We need volunteers and contributions,” Newman explained. “And not just donations of food but paper towels, hand sanitizer and laundry detergent. Things you use daily in your home.”
A sleek shorthaired lady cat called Kasha sat on the desk that volunteer Karolyn Mendez stood
behind. Kasha purred and approved head rubs from potential adopters. Mendez explained that the cats not up for adoption are those on medical hold and the temporary care cats.
“Our temporary kitty care plan is a program we have for people who need to get on their feet,” Mendez said. “We’ll watch their cats for 30 days free of charge. We are one of the few shelters which has it in the Metro area.”
Genco, who helps brand new cats settle in when they arrive, explained how they are introduced to their new environment.
“We’ve got an extremely practiced staff. We do have to briefly cage the cats, so make sure they’ve recovered emotionally to the point at which their desire is adequate,” Genco said. “If they enable us to manage them we analyze them.”
The cats have been tested for diseases and then are spayed or neutered. When the cats have been cleared, they have free roam of the shelter and are ready for volunteers to help them find the most acceptable home for them. Volunteers like Genco work with people looking to adopt.
“We record briefly on paper what they’re looking for and what their situation would be in the home and help to guide them through the refuge to discover the most appropriate kittens or cat,” Genco said. “Then we let them choose. It’s very valuable to us these men get the best homes possible.”