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 second year in a row, HSPPR has reached more than 10,000 adoptions in one year! 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 to reunite every lost dog and cat with their families.
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 2016, no healthy, adoptable pets were euthanized.
*We also performed 1,757 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 2016, animal law enforcement staff responded to 46,429 calls for service in the communities we serve. These calls ranged from animals running loose to aggressive animals to animal cruelty and neglect complaints. Due to the hard work and dedication of animal law enforcement staff, 15% of animals rescued in the field never set foot in the shelter and were reunited with their families immediately.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsor, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, for providing 56,739 pounds of cat and dog food through their Food, Shelter, Love program, a value of $81,905, to the homeless pets here at HSPPR! They also donated 9,294 pounds of food to our adopters. Let’s hear it for Hill’s!
In 2016, our wonderful foster volunteers cared for 1,198 animals in their homes. We currently have 155 foster homes, and we are actively seeking out new foster families to help us save even more lives! Please fill out our application at hsppr.org/foster.
In addition to spaying and neutering 6,722 cats and dogs adopted from our facility, HSPPR is proud to offer a donor-subsidized spay/neuter program for qualified pet owners. We spayed or neutered 1,915 pets for members of the public in 2016. Through this program, we hope to help decrease pet overpopulation in our community and save more lives.
In 2016, our 1,056 volunteers put in 105,078 volunteer hours. This is the dollar equivalent of $2.1 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. HSPPR manages 506 active TNR colonies in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Dubbed the Rescue Rover, HSPPR’s Sprinter van fitted with custom-built kennels and designed to move animals safely and comfortably from shelters across the state, has helped save more than 6,000 lives since we started the program in 2014.
Thank you to our media friends who promote our animals and get so many adopted! Out of 909 spots and 795 featured animals, we had a 99% adoption rate. Thank you to American Classified, Cheyenne and Woodmen Edition, Colorado Springs Independent, Comcast Pet Adoptions on Demand, The Gazette, Homework Hotline, 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, Premier Values Magazine, RXP (103.9), and The Real Estate Book.
We had another great year of all-season camp fun, with spring break, summer break and winter break camps for 350 animal-loving human critters. Our education manager helps teach compassion, respect, empathy, integrity, and citizenship through a variety of fun programs.