Happy tails, happy hearts. It happens every day at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. This year, HSPPR exceeded an ambitious goal of adopting out 10,000 animals into loving homes while helping thousands of other companion animals in need. I am one of those adopters - my family added another member, Oliver, a dog who came from Trinidad on the Rescue Rover van as a single puppy. He reminded me of all the work that goes into a new relationship: trust, consistency and love. He is a wonderful addition to our family. Please be sure to share your pet’s story on social media using #happytailshappyhearts.
While our adoption milestone is one to celebrate, we also focused on helping animals stay in their homes. People who are thinking of giving up their animal because of behavior issues can receive a free behavior consultation. If they cannot afford to have their pet sterilized or vaccinated, we offer low-income services at our veterinary clinic. When Animal Law Enforcement finds a dog with tags or a microchip, they will return that animal in the field to keep him from coming to the shelter. Prevention services and services that keep animals with their families are as important as the services we provide directly to animals in the shelter.
In 2015, 82.1% of the animals that came through our doors were placed, and the need for humane euthanasia has been drastically reduced by 62.5% in the last five years. Your gifts impact our ability to save lives through medical care, foster care and behavior modification. We are so grateful to you for your financial support, which makes this work possible.
We will be able to do even more thanks to the shelter remodel and expansion that began last fall. It includes a new cat adoption center, adoption lobby remodel and improved housing for cats and dogs. Our project partners GE Johnson Construction Company and Blue Sky Architect have done a great job with design and construction, and we anticipate the completion of the expansion in the fall of 2016. In all, we will have housing for an additional 200 animals, including isolation space, more natural light, and bigger cages to live in. But we still have $750,000 left to raise. If you are interested in making a positive impact on our community for decades to come, please call 719.302.8737.
Finally, I want to thank our wonderful volunteers who donated more than 90,000 hours of their time in 2015. Their work is critical to our mission - a compassionate society where animals are cared for and valued. As a nonprofit that depends on donations to operate, everyone can contribute to improving the welfare of animals through volunteerism, donations and support. Together we are saving lives.
President & CEO