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Meet Suellen Scott of Cat Care Society

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suellen Scott. 

Hi Suellen Scott, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I have been at Cat Care Society for 12 years. I have two office cats that boss me around everyday!

Cat Care Society (CCS) was founded in 1981 by Linda East, DVM, and Lynn Rowe. We are a nonprofit organization that was established in order to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. The Society’s goals are:

– To sponsor educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of all animals, and the elimination of pet overpopulation

– To shelter cats in a healthy, cage-free environment and to find compatible and responsible families for every cat

– To provide community outreach programs that improve the quality of life for cats and people

– To be a friend to all cats

The shelter provides a temporary refuge for more than 75 cats until an appropriate and permanent home can be found for each. Veterinary care, premium diet, and human interaction are lovingly provided by dedicated staff and volunteers.

Cat Care Society is a limited admission shelter. Meaning, we can only accept new cats as quickly as our current cats find their forever homes.

We are nondiscriminatory in the cats that we accept and provide care for. We are proud to serve as a safe haven for cats that many shelters are either unwilling or incapable of accepting. This includes cats that have tested positive for FIV or FeLV, or have been diagnosed with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease. We also pride ourselves in finding these cats loving forever homes and educating cat owners on the relatively simple care requirements for cats with special needs.

In 2019 we found homes for 545 cats and kittens, nearly 20% of which were senior cats or had special needs. Because we cannot accept every cat who needs our help, we encourage you to visit the resources page of our website before deciding to re-home your cat. Here you will find links for behavioral help, low-cost veterinary clinics, pet-friendly housing, pet food banks, and grants for emergency veterinary care.

Cat Care Society is supported by a number of loyal members and contributors, without whom we could not operate. We receive no government funding. We are governed by a board of directors who volunteer their time to guide the organization.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The main challenge is getting as many cats as possible into qualified forever homes, which enables us to bring more cats in. We need lots of foster homes to be ready at a moment’s notice especially during kitten season. There must be certified vet techs available for emergencies that arise daily. Never give up on a cat! They have their own time line. When they meet the right person and find the right home the transformation is amazing. Then the most aggressive misunderstood cats starts to purr. It’s amazing to see.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As the Director of Outreach for Cat Care Society I focus on getting our name out and getting people into our shelter, the cats will take it from there and work their charms! Two events we have monthly are Yoga w/ Cats and Catty Hour. One Sunday month a cat-loving yoga instructor donates her time to raise money for our cats. For a nominal fee, you can enjoy yoga with cats meowing, head butting, and stretching on your mat. Afterwards kitty cuddles Catty Hour is one Friday eve a month. The wine is donated and there is no charge to attend. People are free to sip wine, snack on popcorn, and socialize with cats for 2 hours. Many bring donations of food, litter, and money. We offer free monthly seminars hosted by a cat behaviorist. They cover a mix of topics such as; litter box issues, diets, weight loss, how to introduce a new cat to your other pets, setting your home up for a kitten, etc. Cat Care Society is unique in our approach to cat welfare. Since we’re a free-roaming shelter, you will find cats everywhere you go. Cats are also sorted into rooms based on nutritional needs, medical concerns, and personality. Our population changes daily and some cats have been with us for years!

We are nondiscriminatory in the cats that we accept and provide care for. We are proud to serve as a safe haven for cats that many shelters are either unwilling or incapable of accepting. This includes cats that have tested positive for FIV or FeLV, or have been diagnosed with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease. We also pride ourselves in finding these cats loving forever homes and educating cat owners on the relatively simple care requirements for cats with special needs. There is a person for every cat.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I grew up on a dairy farm in rural N.J. I spent all my time in the barns searching for the barn kitties. I have a scar on my arm for getting to close once! I remember every cat I’ve had the pleasure to live with. I currently live with three all white cats and a flame point Siamese mix.

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