Colorado Springs was named one of the friendliest cities for dogs based on a number of amenities, from dog parks to pet friendly restaurants. In the spirit of that recognition, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region wants to make sure homeless pets in our community – dogs and cats alike – receive a second chance. More than 17,000 animals pass through HSPPR’s doors every year, and thanks to volunteers, donors and adopters, they are saving more lives than ever before.
If you’ve visited HSPPR recently, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. Thanks to incredible support from the community, a 16,000-foot expansion and renovation is providing much-needed space for pets in need. Spacious and sunny cat condos in the new adoption center allow for more room to roam and adopter interaction. Separate dog and cat intake waiting areas help calm anxiety for animals (and their humans) coming into the shelter. Special isolation rooms for the sick prevent the spread of disease while they receive treatment from HSPPR’s accredited veterinary hospital. Designated disaster rooms give staff more capacity to care for dozens of animals pulled from hoarding situations or natural disasters.
Driving past HSPPR on I-25, you can now see their wonderful volunteers walking dogs in the new dog park – every dog, every day, that’s their motto. The new dog park provides a secure area for the team to play with the dogs, get them out of their kennels and into the fresh air. And the new livestock barn was already home to several goats and a 700-pound stray boar!
How animals are treated is a reflection on our community, and HSPPR’s compassionate staff and volunteers work to provide the best care possible. The organization is filled with passionate and dedicated individuals like you who, together, work to save the lives of animals in need. HSPPR is proud to serve as the only open admission shelter in the region – no animal is ever turned away – and they continue to make great strides in accomplishing their mission: a compassionate community where animals and people are cared for and valued. But they can’t do it without you. Adopt, volunteer or donate today to help create a brighter future for the animals in our community.
Did You Know?
All HSPPR adoption packages include a spay/neuter, vaccinations, a voucher for a free veterinary exam, 30 days of pet health insurance, and a microchip. And of course, you’re saving the life of an animal in need! You may notice some adoption fees are higher than others. That’s because HSPPR’s variable pricing system, used by many shelters across the U.S., helps them recover the costs of putting so many young animals through foster care, not to mention helps pay for medical procedures and lower adoption fees on older animals. By charging more for puppies and other popular breeds of dogs, they are leaving a legacy for other animals in desperate need of care. Visit www.hsppr.org/adopt to find your happy tail!
Volunteers are at the heart of making a difference for homeless and abused pets at HSPPR. Volunteers work side-by-side with shelter staff and provide manpower for programs that improve the quality of life for shelter animals. They volunteered more than 105,000 hours last year alone! HSPPR volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to work independently and are asked to commit to 2-3 hours per week for at least 6 months. Before joining the HSPPR volunteer team, you must attend an information session to learn about the organization’s mission and policies. Visit www.hsppr.org/volunteer for more information on joining the HSPPR volunteer team.
HSPPR relies on donations and grants to continue their important work. A Charity Navigator Four Star Charity (the highest ranking), HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit not affiliated with national organizations such as ASPCA or Humane Society of the United States. As little as $25 provides antibiotics for a sick kitten; $75 provides blood tests for a senior dog waiting for adoption. But there are other ways to help, too. Consider donating your vehicle, hosting a fundraiser at your business, or attending HSPPR’s annual Fur Ball and Pawtoberfest events benefiting the homeless animals of the Pikes Peak Region.
Visit www.hsppr.org/donate for more ways to give.