Here at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, we never turn away an animal in need. We take in strays, we care for pets whose owners can no longer care for them, we open our doors to dogs through our transfer program who would otherwise be at risk for euthanasia, we shelter pets involved in neglect and cruelty cases, and more.
For the FOURTH year in a row, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region surpassed 10,000 adoptions in one year! In fact, from the moment they are made available for adoption to the moment they walk out our doors with their new families, the average length of stay for adult dogs is 2.5 days, puppies 1 day, cats 5 days and kittens 2 days! We are so thankful for our community’s help in reaching this goal and for continuing to spread the word about the importance of adoption. We hope to continue this trend next year and the years to come!
Our dedicated lost and found team works every day to reunite lost pets with their families. In fact, at our Colorado Springs location, we are able to reunite 58% of the lost dogs that come through our doors with their loving people, and we reunite 8% of lost cats!
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region accepts all animals in need – no animal is ever turned away. While euthanasia is never an easy decision, we have a responsibility to assess each of the animals that come through our doors individually and end animal suffering in the most humane way possible when necessary. In 2018, no healthy, adoptable pets were euthanized.
*We also performed 1,534 owner requested euthanasias as a service to the public.
Recognizing that industry standards are changing, an improved method of collecting data has evolved for animal shelters and rescues. We are now sharing the statistics in the data matrix required by the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA) for Colorado-licensed shelters and rescues.
In addition, we are reporting data to the Shelter Animals Count National Database, which provides shelter data on dogs and cats at the county level in the U.S. The purpose of Shelter Animals Count is to enable data-driven decisions to promote saving the lives of companion animals and preventing homelessness.
In 2018, our animal law enforcement team responded to a total of 44,445 calls for service in the communities we serve. These calls ranged from animals running loose to aggressive animals to animal cruelty and neglect complaints and everything in between. Our officers in Colorado Springs logged a whopping 183,308 miles on their vehicles last year alone. Due to the hard work and dedication of animal law enforcement staff, 10% of animals rescued in the field were directly reunited with their families without ever having to come to the shelter.
We wish to extend a huge thank you to our sponsor, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, for supplying 85,916 pounds of cat and dog food through their Food, Shelter, Love program, a value of $142,844.26, to the homeless pets here at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region!
In 2018, our wonderful foster volunteers opened their homes to 1,474 animals. We currently have 150 foster homes, and we are actively seeking new foster families to help us save even more lives! You can apply online at www.hsppr.org/foster.
In addition to spaying and neutering 8,079 cats and dogs adopted from our facility, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is proud to offer a donor-subsidized spay/neuter program for pet owners. We spayed or neutered 2,940 pets for members of the public in 2018. Through this program, we hope to help decrease pet overpopulation in our community and save more lives. Our amazing veterinary teams were also able to medically rehabilitate 5,948 pets who needed medical care and treatment for contagious diseases, broken bones, infections and more.
In 2018, our 1,141 volunteers put in 115,838 volunteer hours. This is the dollar equivalent of nearly $2.9 million, based on data from Independent Sector. From walking dogs to picking up TNR cats, to serving as customer services representatives to all who come into the shelter, we literally could not exist without every one of our good-hearted volunteers.
Through our TNR program, free-roaming community cats are trapped, spayed or neutered and then returned to their original location. This is the only proven method to not only gradually decrease the total number of cats in any one colony, but also lower the number of cats and kittens contributing to cat overpopulation. Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region manages 515 active TNR colonies in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Dubbed the Rescue Rover, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region’s fleet of two cargo vans fitted with custom-built kennels and designed to move animals safely and comfortably to HSPPR from shelters across the state, has helped save thousands of lives since we started the program in 2014.
* HSPPR also transferred out 2,319 animals to rescue partners in 2018.
Every day there's an animal in a kennel is counted as one day of animal care. It’s another way for us to accurately measure the impact and cost of sheltering so many animals in our community. You can imagine how hard our animal care team worked in 2018 to clean, feed, and care for animals in need!
Our behavior program staff and volunteers spend extra time with shy, fearful, and over-stimulated dogs and cats to help build their confidence using positive reinforcement exercises. While it means they may be at the shelter a little longer (which means additional animal care days, as noted above), we know we are helping set them up for success in their new home. We hope to grow the program even more in the coming year!
We had another great year of summer camp fun for 180 human critters who love animals. Our youth programs manager is available during the school year for in-school presentations, shelter tours, and curriculum resources to help teach compassion, respect, empathy, integrity, and citizenship. For more information, visit hsppr.org/youth.
Thank you to our media friends who promote our animals and get so many adopted! Out of 814 spots and 674 featured animals, we had a 99% adoption rate. Thank you to American Classified, Cheyenne and Woodmen Edition, Colorado Springs Independent, The Gazette, KKTV 11 News, KRDO News Channel 13 and KRDO 1240 AM/1055FM, KXRM FOX 21, KCCY (Y96.9), SUNNY (106.3), Pueblo West View, Pikes Peak Bulletin, and RXP (103.9).