Training Cats? It’s True and They Need YOU!
Volunteers Needed for Pawsitive Program
Training cats?! For anyone who has ever lived with a cat, the idea that these household pets could have their behavior modified in any way seems simply preposterous! After all, movies and Broadway musicals have been scripted highlighting the very nature of felines’ independent attitude.
So, when Leadville Today got the news that the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter was one of several recipients chosen to participate in the nationally acknowledged Cat Pawsitive project, it was time to catch up with the local team and find out more about this amazing initiative, including ways that cat-loving folks in Leadville Today can volunteer! But act fast, because the sign-up deadline is this Wednesday, Dec. 15, with the formal training beginning in January 2022.
Felines With Attitude
Are you a fan of the TV show, “My Cat From Hell?” Or maybe you’re into the YouTube scene and have caught some of cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy’s posts on how to train your cat? If so, then you definitely are aware of his – often touted – life-saving initiative that can increase a cat’s chance for adoption from a local shelter.
Cat Pawsitive Pro is a positive-reinforcement clicker training initiative that enriches day-to-day life for cats in shelters, builds new skills for cats as well as shelter staff and volunteers, promotes the human-cat bond, and helps improve their chance of finding a furever home!
Earlier this month, Leadville Today met up with the local animal facility’s Manager Caitlin Kuczko and Assistant Manager Brenda Caraveo to find out more about the program and update readers on other news from the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter.
“It’s really beneficial for the cats,” Kuczko reported, describing the success rate of adoption for shelter cats that have gone through the Pawsitive program.
“Typically when people hear Jackson Galaxy Pawsitive they almost want adopt to adopt the cat automatically, because they’re like ‘oh you know it’s done the training and Jackson Galaxy is the cat daddy,’ So the fact that Leadville was chosen as one of only several shelters selected for the program is purrfect for high-altitude felines in need of some attitude adjustments.
Me -OW! – How To Volunteer
The deadline to sign up for the Cat Pawsitive project is this Wednesday, Dec. 15, although Manager Kuczko stated that the time commitment doesn’t really get underway until January. However, the shelter does need commitment from a minimum number of volunteers to initiate the training program. So if you’re interested, contact the shelter at 719-486-8951.
In total, the cat training program, which was designed by Jackson Galaxy and a team of animal behaviorists, will take a four-month commitment with 30-minute weekly time slots to work directly with cats in the local shelter. The end result – with a proven track record nationally – should be fewer cats at the local shelter. And according to Kuczko cats tend to “hang around” a bit longer than dogs when it comes to the local Pet Finder adoption.
“Lake County is a population where we are more outdoorsy and cats tend to be inside pets,” she added explaining, “that’s why the cats sit so long because a lot of people here are active outdoors and they take their pets with them.”
However, the shelter’s Assistant Manager Brenda Caraveo enthusiastically added a different perspective: “I’m coming from a Hispanic, Latino background. We like to be indoors a lot also and some of the kids do indoorsy things. So this program is for the kids that like to do things inside as well.”
Of course, the Pawsitive program is open to any and all interested volunteers and can also be used towards Leadville students’ required community service hours. So if you know a feline-loving youth, send them to the eastside, where the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter is located at 428 E. 12th Street in Leadville, Colorado.
Other Ways to Help The Shelter
- Volunteer – There are lots of ways
- Adopt-A-Pet Finder. Here’s where to connect with the latest information about pets up for adoption in Leadville/Lake County, Colorado
- Help The Shelter Team Meet Its Goals and Vision for the Future.
Holiday Wishes From College Campus
A Holiday Message from CMC President Hauser
In this holiday message, Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Carrie Hauser sends season’s greetings along with an overview of the school’s success stories as well as what is on the horizon for 2022.
Holiday Message From CMC Students & Staff
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrated
It was a beautiful procession on December 12 as Holy Family Parish celebrated the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a memorial march from St. Joseph Church to historic Annunciation Church where the congregation demonstrated their devotion with prayer and grand presentation including an impressive display of roses at the Tilma.
Copper Mtn Added to Snowstang Route
As part of its continuing effort to provide travel alternatives to some of the state’s premier mountain resorts, the Colorado Department of Transportation is resuming its Snowstang bus service this weekend.
Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 11, Snowstang is providing roundtrip service to the Loveland Ski Area, Steamboat Resort and Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs and, new this season, Copper Mountain. Service to Arapahoe Basin begins Saturday, Dec. 18.
Snowstang will operate on weekends and holidays through mid-April 2022, including New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day. The service will not operate on Christmas Day weekend.
All four routes board at Denver’s Union Station and the Denver Federal Center. Roundtrip tickets for the Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain are $25.00. A roundtrip to Steamboat Springs (Steamboat Resort and Howelsen Hill) is $40.00. Additional discounts are available for seniors. Children up to 11 years old can ride Snowstang for free all season if they are with an adult paying full fare.
A two for one also is available the next two weekends. Riders can purchase a full-fare adult ticket and get another one for free.
“We are excited to get Snowstang back up and running for ski season 2022 and pleased to offer a new option of service to Copper. Now we just need some more snow! So let Snowstang do the driving and enjoy Colorado’s beautiful mountains and world class slopes, with less hassle!” said Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
“We are thrilled that after a period of disruption due to COVID 19, Snowstang is back up and running with the addition of new service,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “Snowstang provides a great option for Coloradans and visitors alike to enjoy winter in the mountains of Colorado without the hassle of mountain driving in winter conditions.”
The service initially launched in December 2019. It was suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
“Snowstang is a convenient, affordable, and comfortable transportation option for people who want to travel to our resorts and want an alternative to driving,” said CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail Director Amber Blake. “By partnering with each resort, Snowstang Bus Service provides residents and visitors with another way to access all the amenities these outstanding winter destinations have to offer.”
Operated by Ace Express Coaches, LLC of Golden, Snowstang coaches carry 51 passengers, are climate controlled, and have Wi-Fi access, a restroom, USB and power outlets.
PLEASE NOTE: Public safety measures remain in effect until further notice, per federal transit requirements, including:
- Face masks required for drivers and passengers
- Additional personal protective equipment issued for drivers
- Hand sanitizer wipes offered to passengers when boarding the bus
- Coaches cleaned and disinfected upon completion of each route and after completion of each day’s routes, including all seats, safety belt buckles, head rests (front and back) and armrests