Fort Collins Cat Rescue evacuates 75 cats and kittens from East Mulberry shelter

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic evacuated 75 cats and kittens from its facility at East Mulberry Street and Timberline Road on Friday morning, Sept. 13.

The building that houses its shelter and clinic at 2321 E. Mulberry St. was not in danger of direct flooding, but its location amid multiple road and bridge closures, and its proximity to the Cache la Poudre River, prompted authorities to request an evacuation for the safety of the shelter animals and staff.

The 75 felines were transported in five vehicles to Wellington Veterinary Clinic, where more than two dozen of the cats will be housed for the weekend. Several other animal care businesses answered the rescue’s call for assistance, including Tabby Road Large & Small Animal Hospital in Wellington; Dogs’ Own Daycare in Loveland; and Peak Veterinary Specialists in Windsor. Those three businesses will care for nearly two dozen cats and kittens among them until the shelter is given the all-clear to reopen. The remaining two dozen felines were picked up by foster volunteers who responded to e-mails and Facebook posts asking if anyone had space in his or her home to take in displaced cats.

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic will remain closed for the weekend. Its Kibble Supply Pet Food Pantry distribution scheduled for Sunday is being postponed until Sept. 22. The pantry supplies free pet food to low-income individuals who cannot afford kibble for their dogs or cats.

A Sunday used book sale fundraiser for the organization, sponsored by The Eclectic Reader, will also be rescheduled for Sept. 22.

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