Last week, we explained how to recognize a feral cat versus a homeless or stray cat. As anyone who works to save community cats will attest, there are many cats in colonies or on the streets who were once pets and still crave and welcome human contact.

This is the story of how we worked with a local supporter and our friends at Colorado KAT Coalition to help both homeless and feral cats who were living in a colony.

The story begins when Sandra and her husband purchased a property in rural Montrose County. The purchase included the usual home, outbuildings, utilities, and land. However, it also included some residents already living there… a colony of cats. Like many rural areas, cats are dumped and abandoned near their new home. This area is also very close to the river, another common dumping place. Approximately 30 cats had come together and claimed the property as their home. Some were in good shape, while others struggled with the typical health problems that homeless cats endure. Some were old, some were young. Some were truly feral, but Sandra realized that many of these cats were open to human interaction.

Being a dedicated animal lover, Sandra reached out to Colorado KAT Coalition and Second Chance Humane Society. Together, we helped spay and neuter the feral cats while also providing vaccines and other medical care. We also rescued some of the friendly cats from the colony bringing them into the shelter and getting them ready for adoption.

It’s been a year since we started working to help Sandra and the cats living on her property. We’ve taken in twelve of the cats, mostly long-haired beauties in a variety of colors. The cats are Daisy, Popeye, Pepper, Prince, Bonnie, Clyde, Socks, Lightning, Muffin, Sweetie Pie, Cotton, and Cricket. Some were complete love bugs, while others were shy at first. Of these cats, all are now in loving homes except the most recent arrivals at the shelter (Daisy, Popeye, and Pepper).

We have limited space and resources, which means we can’t help all homeless cats who need a safe haven. Nonetheless, we are pleased that this situation is being managed, and cats are being sterilized, rescued, and saved.


If you’d like to adopt one of these formerly homeless cats, Daisy, Popeye, and Pepper are waiting for their new homes.


For thirty years, the Animal Resource Center and Shops of Second Chance Humane Society have been serving Ouray, San Miguel, and Montrose Counties. Our adoption hours are from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can view our shelter pets and services online at Connecting Pets, People, and Community While Saving Lives.