Even after the orange-and-white truck pulls into the garage at Dumb Friends League and cuts the engine, the noise doesn’t stop. Instead, the thrum of the vehicle is replaced by a choir of meows, purrs and chirrs coming from the cargo.

The ASPCA delivered 19 cats and kittens to DFL’s Quebec Street shelter March 7. That morning the national animal welfare organization’s 30-foot Rescue Ride truck left Hobbs, a city on the New Mexico-Texas border, and drove all day to Denver. Backs in Hobbs the cats’ chances of adoption were low, but in Denver that outlook soars.

The cats from Hobbs joined 40 other felines Dumb Friends League has accepted from the ASPCA this year. Rescue Ride has transported 258 animals across Colorado’s shelters since Jan. 1. Coloradans, it turns out, are eager to adopt rescued animals. And Colorado rescue agencies are eager to help animals find families, whether the animals are born in the state or are imported from elsewhere.

Looking to adopt?

DFL Quebec Street Shelter
2080 S. Quebec St., Denver
Open Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

DFL Buddy Center
4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock
Open Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Colorado has been really proactive in how they handle helping animals in other states,” said Karen Walsh, director of the ASPCA Animal Relocation Initiative.

The Rescue Ride program, funded in early 2017, expanded on existing ASPCA relocation services that exclusively operated on the West Coast. One year later, Rescue Ride works with 17 source shelters and 19 destination shelters across 18 states. Two of the most frequent pickup spots are Texas and Oklahoma. Rescue Ride isn’t the only such program working with Dumb Friends League; several other adoption transport programs, such as PAAS of Oklahoma, bring unwanted animals to Colorado for a chance at finding a home.

“We’re lucky here in Colorado, people are awesome and always looking to adopt,” Dumb Friends League public relations manager Maia Brusseau said.

Upon the cats’ arrival, Dumb Friends League staff members and volunteers unloaded the crates, each marked with the residing cat’s name written on masking tape. When construction on the facility’s $40 million renovations wrap up, the shelter will have a dedicated transport area. But for now staffers carry the kitty cargo into an unused foster nursery. There the felines are weighed, collared and given a quick regimen of shots, dewormer and parasite tests. Some will hit the adoption …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – News


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Back in New Mexico these cats and kittens had a low chance of adoption. Here in Denver, their chances for a permanent home soar

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