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Kitty Kindergarten with Happy Cats!

Kittens are lovable, fun and easy to care for, right?

Not always! You can turn your sweet, purring baby into a frightened scaredy-cat with just a few wrong moves in a matter of weeks. The clock is ticking because their best learning time is under 5 months old.

How often have you heard people say these things about raising kittens?

  •     Kittens should be adopted alone and as young as possible so they’ll bond with their humans.
  •     New kittens can go right into the middle of your household…they’ll adapt to all noise and activity.
  •     If kittens do something wrong, they’re being spiteful and must be punished.

These are all MYTHS that can harm your kitten! In one fun session, we bust these myths and offer 12 TRUTHS to help you raise your kitten to be a happy, loving, lifelong cat companion.

Kittens 5 months and under are the most open to learning. Kitty Kindergarten can show you, your family and your kitten the skills you need to avoid problems later.

Your kitten will learn:

  • How to be a social butterfly instead of a scaredy cat
  • How to enjoy petting & handling for trim nails & beautiful fur
  • How to enjoy a lifetime of play so you don’t have a bored, fat cat
  • How to always go inside the box
  • How to scratch where you want to keep you & your furniture happy

You & your family will learn:

  • What your kitten is trying to tell you
  • How to make visits to the vet fun instead of fearful
  • How to have a more lovable cat with play, training & tricks
  • How to help your kitten stay healthy & happy its whole life

WHO: Healthy kittens 5 months & under with proof of vaccination…& their families
OR new adopters without kittens (we can loan you one :) )

WHEN: Sundays and Tuesdays every month throughout the Spring & Summer

WHERE: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
610 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs

FREE:…to Happy Cats & HSPPR adopters
OR suggested donation of $20 for all others

Please contact us for specific dates and to sign up at 719-635-5000!

Adopting A Friend

All potential cat adopters should complete the Adoption Application and an interview with an Adoption Coordinator before meeting our cats and kittens. We use the Adoption Application and interview to help us make the best match possible. This may include review by the Adoption Committee based on our policies, below.

After reviewing the Application and completing the interview, we may recommend a different cat or kitten that is more suitable to your household. We want to make both our adoptable pets AND our adopting families as happy as possible, so we may recommend another cat besides the one you may have picked out online. But don’t worry! We will help you find a cat or kitten that best matches what you are looking for so that you and your new furry companion can have a happily ever after!

Happy Cats Haven is a privately run, non-profit organization and reserves the right to refuse any adoption that is not in the best interest of the cat or kitten, based on our principles and policies:


  1. DECLAWING: Please see our fact sheet on declawing to make the best decision for both you and your furry friend. There are other very viable alternatives.

    In support of happy, healthy cats, we do not place one of our cats or kittens with someone who plans to declaw them. We make every effort to observe what type of scratchers they prefer for the best chance of continuing that use at your home. We believe declawing can lead to other problems like inappropriate litter box use and health issues, ultimately damaging your cat–and your home–far more. Please see our declawing fact sheet on declawing to make the best decision for both you, your furry friend and your furniture. There are other very viable alternatives. If you feel you have no choice but to declaw your cat, we request you return him or her to us for a full refund so we can find a more appropriate home.

  2. INDOOR/OUTDOOR: We do not place one of our cats or kittens to someone who has plans to let them live outdoors. Adopters must agree to keep the cats or kittens primarily as an indoor cat. We will be happy to provide information on how to train a cat or kitten to use a halter and leash, if you’d like to take the cat outdoors. We also suggest making simple outdoor enclosures for your cat and can provide resources for that. The one exception to this policy will be when placing a barn cat.
  3. LONG DISTANCE ADOPTIONS: We do not place cats or kittens into a home that would require a travel distance of more than 4 hours drive by car or bus, and absolutely not into a home requiring transportation by plane or train.
  4. KITTENS IN PAIRS: For kittens at or under the age of 4 months, we give preference to adopters who will adopt them in pairs unless you already have a young, compatible cat or possibly a dog at home, or if the guardian(s) is home for the summer, works from home or is retired.
  5. KITTENS & CHILDREN: We recommend an older kitten (at least 4 months) or an adult cat for children under approximately 6 years of age. The appropriate age will further depend on the personality and the needs of the kitten. Younger kittens are more fragile and can be accidentally injured by a small child. Also, young kittens have not learned yet to retract their claws and may accidentally injure a small child.
  6. POPULAR CAT POLICY: In the event that there are many people interested in adopting a specific cat/kitten, the names of applicants who have been qualified by the Adoption Committee will be entered into a random drawing. Using a drawing in this situation provides all qualified adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the cat/kitten of their choice.
  7. TENANT AGREEMENTS: If you rent your home, you must provide a copy of the pet agreement clause of your rental lease and permission from your landlord PRIOR TO adopting any cat or kitten from our shelter.
  8. HOLDS: Provided the adoption application is approved, a hold of $50 may be placed on a cat or kitten while an adoption decision is being made. This hold will be released in 7 days and is transferrable – but not refundable.

 

Adopting a cat or kitten is a 15-20 year commitment. Following these policies helps us make the best decisions both for our cats and kittens and for their adoptive families.

Who We Are

Welcome to Happy Cats Haven, where we take in abandoned cats and kittens and find them forever homes. We are a non-profit center and service Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

Our donors let us give cats the gift of time: time to recover from the trauma of losing everything they knew and loved, time to get to know our wonderful staff and volunteers, and time to spend with potential adopters so they can get to know them too.

Because we know and love each and every cat and kitten here, we can help you make the best possible choice when it comes to finding a cat. Our home-like setting not only puts the cats at ease, but it provides a pleasant, relaxing environment for you to choose your next best cat ever. A good match means a wonderful forever home so your kitten or cat never has to see the inside of a shelter again.

Coming into a shelter can really make cats fearful and temporarily alter their personalities. We use play therapy and clicker play to help regain their confidence and rebuild their bonds with people. We really get to know each of our cats and kittens, noting their personalities, petting, play and scratching preferences.

We support our adopters with regular follow-ups to make sure everything is going smoothly. We have a wealth of cat experience with our staff and volunteers to help with behavior issues. We also use our expertise to offer advice to people who call in, trying to help them keep their cats with their families.

Along with behavior support, we also provide virus testing, spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations (except rabies since we have no on-staff vet), a food & litter starter kit, a free vet visit voucher and a month of free insurance. You get a lot for your feline value at Happy Cats Haven.

Happy Cats Haven turns away an average of 15 cats a week, so even though our cats and kittens are safe, there are always lines of cats waiting to come in who are not. Every cat or kitten you adopt from Happy Cats saves two: the one you take home and the one who then gets to come in.

Come Visit Us

LOCATION:
We are located at 1412 S. 21st Street in Colorado Springs. Take Highway 24 West (exit 141 off I-25) and go to 21st Street. Turn south and go half a mile up the hill to the 21st Street Center and look for the Happy Cats sign.

HOURS:
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Thursday evenings, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Other hours by appointment…just give us a call at 719-635-5000.

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