Happy Cats: Finding a 'Haven' in Best Of

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Each year during the preparation for our Best Of Colorado Springs issues, we ask our writers to suggest "IndyPicks." The idea is to highlight a local business, person or event that deserves recognition in an area that our ballot doesn't cover.

This year, Kendall Kullman suggested we write about Happy Cats Haven, a young nonprofit on 21st Street. We said it sounded great, Kendall wrote up a little something for our "Services" section ... and then we failed to include it in today's print edition.

In hopes of getting Happy Cats the attention that we agreed it deserves, we've added it to our online edition. We're also highlighting it below. If you've got room in your house for a cat, this looks like an excellent place to seek one out.

Happy Cats Haven
1412 S. 21st St., 635-5000, happycatshaven.org
Happy Cats Haven is a no-kill shelter that, in less than a year, has rescued about 180 cats and kittens — while welcoming locals who just need their “cat fix,” as board secretary and volunteer program manager Sherri Albertson puts it. Even if you can’t adopt one, Albertson says, you can come in to pet and snuggle the felines during office hours, four days a week. "It's good for the cats and for the people to have that interaction," she says. Happy Cats will celebrate its first birthday from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, with a party/fundraiser at the Old Colorado City Historic Center. The event is free, but your bids in a silent auction will help keep Albertson and her half-dozen other volunteers in business for 2013 and, hopefully, beyond. — Kendall Kullman

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