Wild Blue Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
Since its launch in 2010, Wild Blue has saved the lives of close to 2500 animals with adoptions spreading to as far away as Nebraska and North Carolina. Wild Blue also has an active foster program with more than 75 animals currently being served.
Thanks to your caring and support during 2015, the Sanctuary was able to rescue more than 475 cats and kittens in need. That number included 387 kittens brought into the Wild Blue program from trap-neuter-return (TNR), transfers from other rescues and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, strays & relinquishments. Each kitten is spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. We were able to find loving homes for a total of 415 of the 475 rescued kitties during the past year and the others have either been adopted so far this month, placed into foster care or are living happily at the Sanctuary. None of this live saving work would be possible without YOU!
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our individual donors, grantors and fundraising partners who supported us in 2015! We would not be able to exist without the dollars given and partnerships formed with these organizations. Thank you to the ASPCA (Lil BUB’s Big Fund for the ASPCA), Best Friends Animal Society – Save them All, Colorado Gives Day, Colorado Pet Overpopulation License Plate Fund Grant, Love Animals, Saving Pets Challenge, Petco Foundation and the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund.
With your help in the form of time, donations, and dedication we can help match rescued animals to loving owners, one at a time, and change both lives forever! Bringing hearts together, how exciting!
For security purposes access to the Sanctuary is by appointment only.
To make an appointment to come and visit the kitties — please call us at least a day in advance at either (719) 964-8905 or (719) 213-1127. Otherwise come and see us at our PetCo adoption fairs on Saturdays from 12noon-4p.m. Thank you for your understanding!
WILD BLUE’S MISSOURI KITTEN RESCUE!!
Wild Blue recently rescued 39 kittens during a trip out and back to Grain Valley, Missouri! 20 kittens were associated with the Grain Valley Clinic in Missouri and 18 associated with the Kansas City Pet Project – a no-kill animal rescue that was overfull. Plus, one from just across the Kansas border (friend of National Mill Dog Rescue)
Many thanks to NMDR (National Mill Dog Rescue) and Theresa Strader for lending us the transport van. AND to all of the Wild Blue team members, volunteers and fosters who worked beforehand and into the night processing kittens, making charts, giving vaccines and sorting them out to their foster parents.
And a special thanks to Mike Nelson — who despite his cat allergies drove back from Missouri (9 hours) in a van crowded to the roof with loud, meowy kittens!
One of the rescue volunteers, Lisa Pitman, summed it all up nicely when she said —
“The rescue that Lauri and Mike did, driving all those miles and making the hard choices, was amazing! The intake set up by Melinda, Jane and all the helpers-tremendous job that seemed effortless as Melinda & Jane smoothly ran it. OUTSTANDING job! Even Connie, a new helper, donating her barn and yard-so sweet. Shirley giving meds and checking the kitties out.
All the wonderful things everyone did — Lori giving foster supplies out, the guys hosing out the van etc. has renewed my faith that there are good, loving people in this world. Sometimes the world is hard and you wonder. Then this happens and you smile, faith in the people renewed.”
To contribute in support of these sweet kittens — please go to our Donation page. Every dollar counts!
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or would like to adopt one of these precious bundles — go to our Getting Involved page or our Adoption page for more information!
SAVING PETS CHALLENGE! JULY 5th – AUGUST 4th
We are super excited to let you know that we’re participating in the Saving Pets Challenge again this year, a fundraising campaign launched by Michelson Found Animals. This year our goal is to raise $20,000! to go toward paying vet bills for multiple emergency surgeries and medical costs for sick kitties.
It all starts on Tuesday, JULY 5th and to give back, they’ll be donating over $150,000 to organizations benefiting animal welfare. The organization that raises the most during the Challenge will get a $50,000 donation to their cause! We’re ready to raise as much money as we can for our cause so we can win the $50,000 grand prize donation. And, we really need your help to make it happen.
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How You Can Help
As a passionate Wild Blue supporter, we know that you want to help out in any way you can. The best thing you can do is set up a fundraiser for our cause. Donating is great, but if you can become a fundraiser and reach out to your entire network, the potential for raising more money increases drastically. And, it’s super easy do, promise. Just Go Here — Wild Blue Saving Pets Challenge — and click ‘Join the Team’ near the bottom of the page. In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser to share with your community of family and friends to help us make an even bigger impact.
Once you start your fundraiser, make sure to update it with the story of why you’re one of our biggest fans. The more personal and compelling story, the more likely you are to get donations. Also make sure to put pics and even videos on your fundraising page that help to illustrate why this cause means so much to you. Then share it with everyone you know and start raising money.
If you don’t have 30 seconds to spare, or for some reason aren’t able to set up a fundraiser, please Click Here to Donate. And, please help us spread the word. If you email a list of your co-workers, family and friends and ask them to help, we can get that much closer to winning the grand prize and raising so much money for our cause. You know the impact that a Challenge like this can have for Wild Blue and we’re looking for all the help we can get.
JOIN US AT FANCY FEAST — FRIDAY, AUG 5th!
Wild Blue’s 7th annual fundraiser dinner is coming up soon! Join us on Friday, AUG 5th for a fun evening of music, food, friendship and lots of fantastic silent and live auction items. This year’s venue will be The Mining Exchange Hotel, Gold Room annex in downtown Colorado Springs.
The evening will be hosted by Jon Carroll, KRDO Channel 13News, and begins at 6pm with a social hour and a silent auction, while enjoying the bluegrass music of award-winning family band ‘The Wielands of Mass Destruction’.
Tickets are $65. Guests may also purchase 8-person tables at a discount, $500. Purchase tickets here Fancy Feast Tickets
by clicking on the FastTransact
link and then choosing either individual tickets, a table of 8 OR you can also purchase a ticket to donate to Wild Blue so that a volunteer of cat foster can attend the event for free!
Please call us at (719) 650-4089 with any questions about this year’s FUNraising dinner. Hope to see you there!
WILD BLUE’S JULY KITTY OF THE MONTH
Meow, meow, my name is Nitra. I’m a 2-year-old, female kitty with the prettiest golden eyes. I’m a little shy still, but I am very lovable and will be a great cuddle bunny for someone with a quiet household. I’m spayed, microchipped and up to date with my shots. My adoption fee is $75.
If you would like to be pre-approved to adopt me, please submit an online adoption application. If you would like to meet me, please contact Wild Blue at (719) 964-8905 or (719) 213-1127 to schedule an appointment. Hope to see you soon!
***JULY ADOPTION SPECIAL***
During the entire month of JULY, Wild Blue will be participating in the Best Friend’s Animal Society’s ‘Soak up summer’ adoption campaign to help more of our kitties find their purrfect homes.
All Wild Blue kitties, 5 years old or older, will have a special adoption fee of only $50 for **the entire month** of JULY.
Contact Wild Blue at (719) 964-8905 or (719) 213-1127 to schedule an appointment to meet our kitties or come and see us at our Saturday adoption fairs — click here for more information.
THANK YOU TO OUR JULY VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH!
Please join us in congratulating Jane Hlavaty as our July volunteer of the month! Jane’s education is primarily in the medical field. She holds a BS in technical management, the technical part is in medical technology. Her first job was with a veterinarian (4 years), then she worked for a group of urologists (7 years), then moved to the DoD industry.
Ultimately Jane retired from Lockheed Martin after 31 years of service to care for her ailing mom. After her mom passed, she starting volunteering with Wild Blue since she loves animals and the Sanctuary is right around the corner from home. On her first day Jane was asked if she knew anything about excel spreadsheets. Soon after she put in charge of keeping track of kitties and their various comings and goings and continuous medical needs. With the help of another Wild Blue volunteer, Shirley David, Jane then took the Sanctuary to the next step and found a program called Trackabeast, which has made record keeping much easier, better and quicker. Jane is now the master of all things database at Wild Blue.
In addition to keeping track of all the little details about all the kitties, Jane is on the Wednesday morning clean team. She’s also been known to help the kitties get to and from the veterinarian, have very short-term fosters in her bathroom, and an assortment of other “can you do this?” things for Wild Blue. Jane has great out of the (litter) box thinking on all the processes of how Wild Blue operates. She is an integral part of the leadership team
Prior to volunteering at Wild Blue, she volunteered and was on the board of directors for Colorado Reptile Humane Society in Longmont, CO for about 15 years. Volunteering closer to home suits her just fine! Additionally, Jane resides with her husband, a big collie-mix doggie named Molly, an elderly green iguana named Lester and a large land hermit crab named Blowtorch. Let’s hear it for Jane!
See all of our adoptable pets at Petfinder and Adopt a Pet.com. Just click their logos below. *Note – if you’d like to make a donation to Wild Blue please visit our Donation page. Thanks!*
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Thanks also go out to our veterinary partners – your support means the world to us!