At Our Core: We are a non-profit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer-powered, charitable organization whose mission is to improve the lives of cats and dogs in Fremont County. We work to reduce unwanted litters, educate pet owners about responsible pet ownership, and help mitigate the cost of spay and neuter services.
JJ's runs entirely on small grants, private donations, and fundraising events. We are 100% volunteer-powered, including our Board of Directors. We hope you will consider making a donation to help us continue our work improving the lives of thousands of cats and dogs in Fremont County every year.
Additionally, we are always looking for volunteers. There are many ways to contribute - time, skills, or you can come learn a new skill and help JJ's make a difference in our community.
Thank you for your support - it truly takes a village to help cats and dogs in need. We appreciate you!
JJ’s Helping Paws was formed in memory of Jeri "JJ" McGuire.
In 2005, JJ started the first low-cost spay / neuter program for dogs in Fremont County and at the same time, JJ’s twin sister, Nazalee, started the first low-cost spay / neuter program for cats. JJ also started a dog grooming program at the local animal shelter (with her own funds) in order to improve the chances of dogs being adopted.
JJ was so passionate about animals that she continued her work despite a devastating terminal cancer diagnosis. She knew that Fremont County desperately needed these programs and wanted her hard work to continue. Nazalee promised JJ that it would, so she gathered a group of dedicated, like-minded volunteers who combined their talents and passion for animals and JJ’s Helping Paws was born in 2014!
Today, and every day, we pay tribute to JJ, embodying her vision and unwavering dedication to the well-being of the cats, dogs, and pet owners of Fremont County.
Held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of most months from 10 am to 12 noon
1919 E Main Street
Cañon City, CO
We accept cash, debit cards, and major credit cards.
(MC, Visa, Discover & AMEX).
Vouchers are available for cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies, including pit bulls and pit bull mixes.
Please DO NOT call Tractor Supply, instead text or call (719) 429-8453 with questions.
728 pet cats and dogs were spayed or neutered through our Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Programs and our Free Spay / Neuter Clinics.
382 feral cats and kittens were trapped, spayed / neutered and vaccinated through our Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program. Some went into our Uber Kitty Program to be adopted and the rest were returned to their communities.
347 cats and kittens were surrendered to JJ's by their owners. Through our Uber Kitty Program, all of these cats and kittens were fostered and then found homes. There is NO cost for owners to surrender their cats / kittens.
JJ's provided more than 2,200 low-cost vaccinations for cats and dogs - in conjunction with JJ's Low-Cost Spay / Neuter Vouchers, Spay / Neuter Clinics, Uber Kitty, and TNR programs.
Approximately 500 cats receive food assistance from JJ's Feral Food Bank every single day of the year! With the help of our feral community managers, countless animals benefit from this program.
With the help of our volunteers, veterinarian partners, the community, and our volunteer Board of Directors, we have made a tremendous difference in Fremont County!
THANK YOU, ALL!
Molly’s Place, home of JJ’s Helping Paws, is a shelter for owner-surrendered cats. The shelter is also headquarters for our TNR Program, our Feral Food Pantry, as well as other JJ's activities.
Molly was rescued by a JJ's volunteer and named after the Titanic's "Unsinkable Margaret 'Molly' Brown." Molly had a broken front leg, an eye that was swollen shut, and she was missing a lot of fur. Through JJ’s programs, she received medical attention and lots of love from a foster parent – and she thrived! JJ's is just like Molly - small, but mighty!!
Molly, our rescue shelter's namesake.
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue our mission. Your donation is greatly appreciated.