Cat Care Society

Our vision is a committed and collaborative community where all cats have the opportunity to thrive.

aka CCS   |   Lakewood, CO   |
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Cat Care Society

EIN: 84-0869447


To be a safe and enriching place for all cats on their journey to a loving home. We do this by providing compassionate care, shelter, adoption services and community engagement.

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Executive Director

EC Michaels

Main address

5787 W 6th Ave

Lakewood, CO 80214 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

LGBTQ people


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NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Veterinary Services (D40)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Improve the quality of life for homeless, abused, and injured cats in the Lakewood and Denver metro areas.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Cat Care Society has been a safe and enriching place for cats on their journey to a loving home since 1981. One of the biggest ways you can make a difference is to adopt a cat rather than purchase one from a breeder or pet store. Cats of all colors, breeds, ages and personalities make their way to Cat Care Society. We believe that all cats are worthy of love, despite their age or abilities. We take in cats that may not have a chance anywhere else. This includes cats that have tested positive for FIV or FeLV, or have been diagnosed with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease. We pride ourselves in finding these cats loving homes and educating cat owners on the care requirements for cats with special needs. Be sure to check out our adoptable cats at

Population(s) Served

Cat Care Society is proud to offer a temporary care program for people who are unable to care for their cats temporarily due to a home foreclosure, temporary homelessness, an extended hospital stay, etc. We provide food, shelter and medical care for the cat(s) for up to six weeks, at which point they return to the families who love them most. This program not only keeps families together, but it keeps cats out of shelters. CCS has limited spots for temporary care cats, and participation in the program is subject to space and availability.

Population(s) Served

Nibbles & Kibbles is Cat Care Societys emergency food bank that offers free cat food, litter, and supplies to people who are experiencing temporary financial challenges. This helps owners continue to care for their cats, who may be one of their few comforts during times of hardship. Items available include litter boxes and scoops, feeding mats, carriers, grooming materials, toys, food and water bowls, electric feeders, harnesses, collars, leashes, and scratchers. Please note that items may not always be available and quantities are dispersed based on supply.

The pantry is open for free to community members in need on the first or third Saturday of every month between 10 a.m. and noon.

You can help by offering donations of dry and canned cat food and cat litter. Please clearly mark your donation as for Nibbles & Kibbles, and drop them off at the shelter during shelter hours. We can provide a receipt for you for tax purposes.

Population(s) Served

Volunteers are the foundation of Cat Care Society, providing invaluable support to our daily operations and care for cats while engaging the community. From hands-on work like feeding, scooping and socializing to running events, administrative support and professional skills, volunteers play an integral role in our daily operations. A couple hours a month can make a world of difference to homeless cats in our community.

*Must be 16 years or older to volunteer.

One of our most important volunteer jobs doesnt even require you to leave your house. As a limited admission shelter, we are restricted to helping only those cats we have room for in our shelter. Foster volunteers who open their homes to our hospice, special needs and temporary care cats help us to save even more lives. We appreciate all of our volunteers who donate their time to a cause that we all love.

Population(s) Served

Cat Care Society is always looking for more foster homes to help us change animals lives by opening up more space in our shelter. Cats in foster homes receive loving care in an environment that is less stressful and provides a healthy and safe place for kittens to develop and grow, or special needs cats receive the time and dedicated care for the enrichment they need. Fostering an adult cat can be a short-term or long-term commitment. We always need fosters to work with undersocialized/shy cats, older cats who need a break from the shelter, cats on special diets, animals with medical issues, or kittens too young to be in the shelter. We often take in kitties who have medical needs involving diabetic maintenance, SQ fluids for kidney-failure cats, and more. Learn more at

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member - Animal Welfare Association of Colorado 2024

Member - Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance 2024

Member - West Metro Chamber of Commerce 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

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Totals By Year
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Total adoptions by year

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Improve the quality of life for homeless, abused, and injured cats in the Lakewood and Denver metro areas.

Improve the quality of life for homeless, abused, and injured cats in the Lakewood and Denver metro areas.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Cat Care Society
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Cat Care Society
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.38 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Cat Care Society

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Cat Care Society’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $588,067 -$127,600 $349,539 $542,601 $31,072
As % of expenses 59.3% -11.6% 37.4% 51.9% 2.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $537,975 -$183,786 $289,229 $481,316 -$33,937
As % of expenses 51.6% -15.9% 29.1% 43.5% -2.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,560,826 $927,424 $1,269,254 $1,448,817 $1,459,678
Total revenue, % change over prior year 88.4% -40.6% 36.9% 14.1% 0.7%
Program services revenue 12.5% 17.8% 3.7% 4.3% 5.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 82.8% 69.1% 95.4% 95.1% 92.6%
Other revenue 4.6% 13.0% 0.9% 0.5% 1.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $991,871 $1,102,600 $934,177 $1,045,360 $1,341,980
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.3% 11.2% -15.3% 11.9% 28.4%
Personnel 68.6% 57.1% 65.7% 65.5% 65.0%
Professional fees 5.8% 10.7% 3.1% 2.9% 3.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 25.6% 32.2% 31.2% 31.6% 31.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,041,963 $1,158,786 $994,487 $1,106,645 $1,406,989
One month of savings $82,656 $91,883 $77,848 $87,113 $111,832
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $95,548 $171,134 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,220,167 $1,421,803 $1,072,335 $1,193,758 $1,518,821

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.2 2.4 7.0 5.8 5.3
Months of cash and investments 11.8 7.7 13.4 18.1 13.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.6 7.2 12.9 17.3 13.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $513,339 $218,372 $544,816 $503,953 $588,199
Investments $465,675 $487,887 $495,945 $1,070,102 $970,687
Receivables $67,066 $45,716 $41,800 $25,092 $21,245
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,906,114 $2,077,248 $2,087,335 $2,120,914 $2,144,685
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 38.1% 37.7% 40.4% 42.6% 45.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.6% 3.0% 2.2% 3.1% 2.0%
Unrestricted net assets $2,140,034 $1,956,248 $2,245,477 $2,726,793 $2,692,856
Temporarily restricted net assets $69,591 $45,166 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $30,000 $33,948 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $99,591 $79,114 $76,307 $66,195 $55,738
Total net assets $2,239,625 $2,035,362 $2,321,784 $2,792,988 $2,748,594

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

EC Michaels

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Cat Care Society

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
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Board chair

Mark Colsman

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Cindy Adams

Mark Colsman

Ken Dobrovolny

Stephanie Gilmore

Kay Higgins

Kathy McChesney

Lisa VanRaemdonck

Davis Linden

Michaela Sullivan

Gretchen Jahn

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/30/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.