A portion of the grant money, which was designated for “enriching the lives of sanctuary pets”, was used to construct an additional outdoor enclosure or play yard for the rescue’s cats and kittens.
Wild Blue’s project was completed earlier this month thanks in part to a partnership with Boy Scout Troop #246 and Jace Talaiferro who chose to create the enclosure as his Eagle Scout project. More than 100 hours of volunteer support went into the project.
“Having an area for the cats to go outside and be able to have fresh air, relax in the sun and watch the birds is crucial to enriching their lives at the rescue,” said Lauri Cross, Executive Director of Wild Blue. “Some of our cats choose to spend most of their day out there.”
The balance of the grant money was used to purchase two, ventilated townhouse condos from The Cat's Inn for cats who need to be isolated for a period of time due to illness, recovering from surgery or other needs.
Since opening in 2010, Wild Blue has rescued more than 250 dogs and cats. The number of cats highly outweighs the number of dogs with more than 230 cats rescued and adopted out. 2012 has seen the number of dogs and cats rescued at over 110 so far, with nearly all of those animals being cats. Wild Blue also has an active foster program with nearly 15 animals currently being served.
“There are a lot of animals out there that need saving and that’s what we’re all about,” said Cross.
About Wild Blue: Founded in 2010, Wild Blue Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Black Forest area of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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