Here at HSPPR, 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 THIRD year in a row, HSPPR has gotten more than 10,000 adoptions in one year! In fact, from the moment they are put up for adoption to the moment they walk out our doors with their new families, the average length of stay for adult dogs was 2.5 days, puppies was 1 day, cats was 6 days and kittens were 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 tries their hardest to reunite every lost dog and cat with their families. In fact, at our Colorado Springs location, we are able to reunite 60% of the lost dogs that come through our doors with their loving people, and we reunite 9% of lost cats!
We accept all animals that pass through our doors. While euthanasia is never an easy decision, we have a responsibility to assess each of those animals as an individual and end animal suffering in the most humane way possible when necessary. In 2017, no healthy, adoptable pets were euthanized.
*We also performed 1,745 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. Find the PACFA reports for Colorado Springs and Pueblo here.
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 2017, animal law enforcement staff responded to 53,265 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 177,588 miles on their vehicles last year alone. Due to the hard work and dedication of animal law enforcement staff, 14% of animals rescued in the field were directly reunited with their families.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsor, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, for supplying 77,293 pounds of cat and dog food through their Food, Shelter, Love program, a value of $132,281.36, to the homeless pets here at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region!
In 2017, our wonderful foster volunteers cared for 1,371 animals in their homes. In fact, at Pueblo Animal Services, our fantastic volunteer department more than DOUBLED the number of foster animals we sent from 2016 to 2017! Way to go, team! We currently have 166 foster homes, and we are actively seeking out new foster families to help us save even more lives! Please fill out our foster application at hsppr.org/foster.
In addition to spaying and neutering 7,374 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 qualified pet owners. We spayed or neutered 1,997 pets for members of the public in 2017. Through this program, we hope to help decrease pet overpopulation in our community and save more lives. Our amazing veterinary clinics were also able to medically rehabilitate 5,822 pets needed medical care and treatment for contagious diseases, broken bones, infections and more.
In 2017, our 1,092 volunteers put in 108,938 volunteer hours. This is the dollar equivalent of $2.6 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.
In 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 521 active TNR colonies in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Dubbed the Rescue Rover, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region’s Sprinter van, 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. The Rescue Rover has logged almost 150,000 miles since its inaugural ride.
* HSPPR also transferred out 1,891 animals to rescue partners in 2017.
Every day there's an animal in a kennel, that counts as one "day of animal care." So you can imagine how hard our animal care team worked in 2017! We also put 560 dogs and 186 cats through our behavior programs. Way to go, Animal Care team!
We had another great year of all-season camp fun, with spring break, summer break and winter break camps for 334 human critters who love animals. Our education manager is available year-round for in-school presentations, shelter tours, and curriculum resources to help teach compassion, respect, empathy, integrity, and citizenship. For more information, visit hsppr.org/springs/humane-education.
Thank you to our media friends who promote our animals and get so many adopted! Out of 940 spots and 740 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), PETacular, Pueblo West View, Pikes Peak Bulletin, and RXP (103.9).