The three adults have been named Verona, Harmony and Princeton, all places in New Jersey. Verona is a sweet and lovely 5-year old Tabby with white feet/accents. Harmony is a young, 1½-year old diluted calico female. Princeton is about 2 years old and is a white and cream-colored male.
The three kittens are Jersey, Brielle and Stanton, also places in New Jersey. Jersey and Brielle are black and white females and Stanton is a gray and white male is Stanton. All are approximately 10 weeks old. The three kittens and one of the adults have already been successfully adopted out to their new forever homes.
The pets traveled in a heated trailer driven cross-country by Kyle Peterson with Pets LLC Transport, a professional carrier that usually operates only on the east coast. Because of the large number of pets left homeless by the storm, Pets LLC agreed with Best Friends that a wider range of disbursement was needed.
“The whole bunch are surprising healthy considering what they gone through with the storm and then the two-day trip to Colorado,” said Lauri Cross, Executive Director of Wild Blue.
“They were all tested for feline contagious disease just before leaving the East Coast and were negative. They’ve also had their vaccines prior to the trip.”
Dr. Erin DeTurck of Monument Vet Clinic in Monument, CO has assisted locally with wellness exams and spay and neuter surgeries.
“Everything that could be done was done to locate these kitties East Coast owners prior to them being transported to us. Some of these animals were likely surrendered by families who lost their homes and didn’t have a place for their pets to stay with them,” said Cross. “These are cats who probably would have been euthanized so now we are going to make sure that they go to their perfect loving new homes.”
A total of 24 dogs and cats have been accepted into several Colorado rescue groups including Wild Blue Animal Rescue in Colorado Springs, CLAWS in Grand Junction and the Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs.
Wild Blue applied for a micro-grant that was offered by Best Friends to their Network Charities who are helping to save the lives of pets displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Grant monies will cover the costs of getting the cats and kittens spayed and neutered before they go to their new loving forever homes.
What better Christmas could these deserving and loving pets receive than new forever families? If you can open your home and heart to one of these homeless cats, please contact Wild Blue at 719-964-8905.
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 120 so far, with nearly all of those animals being cats. Wild Blue also has an active foster program with nearly 25 animals currently being served. “There are a lot of animals out there who need saving and that’s what we’re all about,” said Cross.
For more information visit www.bestfriends.org
Wild Blue Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is at www.wbars.org (Lauri Cross, 719-964-8905)
The Glenwood Springs organization is at www.coloradoanimalrescue.org (Lesley Rockey, 970-379-8435)
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. Partnerships/
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