There are a lot of non-profits and other charities that catch our attention these days. The ones that involve suffering of innocent animals hits our conscience especially hard and we are called to action. This is the case for the Animal Rescue & Adoption Society (ARAS) in Denver, Colorado.
In downtown Denver, there are hundreds of lonely cats trying to survive on the streets. They die painful deaths of cruelty, starvation, disease, and overexposure to the elements. These pitiful creatures are often victims of abandonment and most of them have gone wild. Many of them once had owners who eventually decided that they could not afford to care for a pet or just did not care anymore. While the former owners go their merry ways, these poor animals are left to fend for themselves.
Fortunately, ARAS is there to reach out a hand of compassion. The charity is mostly staffed by caring volunteers who search the Denver area to rescue the homeless cats. More often than not, kind citizens rescue cats and bring them to the shelter. ARAS is a no-kill shelter and will not turn away a needy feline. The medical volunteers treat the cats for disease, fleas, and injuries and keep them in a warm, safe environment until they are adopted. ARAS runs a web site where people can view pictures of healthy cats who need adopted into a loving home.
The tireless work of ARAS does not come without a price. There is a lot of expenses involved the daily operations of an animal shelter. Funds are needed for medical supplies, food, and other things involved in keeping a cat. Its is good to know that there are people like Jon Urbana, who has started a CrowdRise fundraiser for the shelter.
Urbana is well known in the Denver community as a retired lacrosse player for the Villanova Wildcats. He founded a lacrosse camp for young people to teach them how to play the game while instilling good values, team building, and self-esteem. He has also been a primary sponsor to other charitable organizations in the area, including Earth Force. You can donate to Jon’s Earth Force fundraiser here.
As a bona fide lover of felines, Urbana said in a tweet that he launched the CrowdRise campaign to raise enough funds to keep the organization operating. There are a lot of much-needed shelters who specialize in dogs in the Denver area; however, very few focus on sheltering cats. And you won’t find many pilots like Jon Urbana who open their heart and wallet to a charity that is quite close to them.