Formed in 1996 by founder Judy Quinliven,and operated out of her house iRecycled Critter Rescue (RCR) is a small shelter in Northglenn, developed from a need to save healthy, good natured cats and dogs from certain death.

Whether on the street or in a shelter, the likely end for most of these animals is an unhappy existence and an untimely death. RCR saves animals from these conditions and matches them with homes that offer them the love and care that they deserve. RCR takes cats and dogs, from the Adams County Animal Shelter and places them in Foster Care. Many of these animals are sick and in need of medical care. RCR provides the foster families with medical care, food and support.

After the cats and dogs have been in foster care, they are put up for adoption at the PetsMart at I-25 and 104th, in Thornton. There is an application process that further guarantees the correct homes for these animals. There is a spay/neuter contract that must be signed.

RCR has a small core base of Volunteers that cover many positions. Volunteers staff the Adoption Center at PetsMart every weekend. There are the foster families, that care for the young, ill and sometimes injured animals, in their own homes. If it were not for these foster families, many of the animals would not make it. Some years are better than others. With a warm winter, RCR see’s cats and kittens all year. There is always an abudance of unwanted, abused and neglected pets. Due to RCR, 400 lives were saved in 2006!

RCR has yearly fundraisers. Thanks to the Thornton PetsMart, RCR provides “Santa Paws” Pictures during the holiday season. RCR also provides giftwrapping services for donations, at the Barnes & Noble on 120th. Thanks to both of these companies, RCR raised around $1,200 during the 2006 holiday seasons. RCR will also be having a fundraiser garage sale, some time in May. These events are a small source of fundraising for RCR.

Judy does a lot of the work herself. Taking in animals, evaluating them for placement and often treating minor medical issues. Judy is often on the phone with foster families, trying to help with an ill animal. Judy often takes the “hard to place” cats herself. Some of her cats have been with her for years.

Many of the foster families use their own money for treatment of these animals. RCR is always in need of funds and assistance. Medical issues are treated bya few wonderful veterinarians that work for RCR at a smaller cost, and have the same dedication to saving lives. Medication, surgery and supplies are always in need. Most times, the foster familes are treating their own sick or injured foster animals.

There are always dissapointments. There is nothing worse, than failing to save an animal, due to the fact that it came into ACAS sick or injured. All of RCR’s volunteers take these losses hard. These animals for a short time become our “Furry Children”. Many foster parents, specialize in ‘bottle babies’ or babies with no mothers. Bottle feeding an animal at 3 am is really dedication! There are of course, those situations, where one of the foster families keeps a foster animal. Sometimes, after treating and fostering an animal for a period of time, it’s just hard to let go. One volunteer kept her kitten, after spending 2 long weeks, treating the kitten for an upper respritory illness. The kitten came from a local barn and was seroiusly ill. The foster spent long nights, making sure the kitten was able to breath and eating. . She spent so much time, saving this baby, she couldn’t help herself, and kept him. “Logan” is now a joyful member of the volunteers family. Another cat, “Lover Girl” came to RCR with a badly infected eye. RCR took this cat, to the vet, and was told, nothing could be done to save the eye, so it was removed. Lover Girl doesn’t know she only has one eye, and that’s apparent by the way she jumps into your lap, and cuddles.

Judy Qinliven is the driving force behind RCR, often taking on more than she is really able to do. Judy has an elderly and very ill husband, and that situation sometimes makes things stressful.Judy often uses her own money in the care of these animalsl. The core base of volunteers do as much as they can, but sometimes, things are just tough.

RCR is funded solely by donations, adoptions and grants.

As a non-profit organization, RCR is driven by the determination and dedication of both Judy Quinliven and the special group of volunteers and foster home providers.With constant recruiting, RCR will continue to expand as it is able. RCR has the attitude that as more people are involved, more lives can be saved, and the more of a force RCR can become against the worldwilde problem of animal neglect and overpopulation. RCR’s ultimate goal is to completely eradicate unnecessary euthanasia.

Hopefully, there will be more people willing to take time and volunteer for RCR. There is always paperwork, phones and cleaning to be done. RCR would not be saving lives, if it were not for Judy Quinliven and her volunteers! Let’s save another 400 lives in 2007!