Consumed by cats: Local animal shelter desperate for donations

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- A local animal shelter is in desperate need of donations and some helping hands this summer.

C.L.A.W.S., the largest cat shelter in the Grand Valley, has 125 cats in their shelter and about 180 in foster homes.

Last year, C.L.A.W.S. found homes for more than 600 cats.

Caring for that many kitties isn’t cheap—it takes $5,500 each month to run the shelter.

"We spay and neuter every animal that comes through our organization," said Valerie Mazrin, the president of C.L.A.W.S. “They are all vaccinated, Lukemia tested, and microchipped. So our cats get the very best care, but it does come at a price."

The nonprofit is in need of donations of supplies, including:

  • cleaning supplies

  • cat food, Purina Kitten chow or Friskies can food

  • litter clumping, clay

  • bleach

In addition to these items the shelter needs volunteers to help clean cages, run the front desk, and help with adoption events.

This organization is run almost completely by volunteers—people who all feel that cats’ lives are worth saving.

“Anyone involved loves the cats dearly and they are all here out of the goodness of their heart,” said Marzin. “You meet more people that love cats and want to help them.”

To learn more how to help out these furry friends you can go to or call 970-241-3793. The shelter also started a go fund me page with goal to raise $100,000 by the end of the 2016 year. Click on the link on the right side of this screen to donate.

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