A kitten lost and alone. A dog wandering along a roadway, cars rushing past. An abandoned cat left in a deserted apartment. An underfed dog left in a backyard with no food or water.
For most of us, our pets are an important, cherished member of the family. But that’s not the case for all animals. What happens to these animals? Where do they go? Who takes care of them and protects them?
In 2002, the City and County of Pueblo contracted with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) for the professional management of the Pueblo shelter and animal control services. HSPPR was founded in 1949 and is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to the care and protection of domesticated animals in our community. Its sister shelter, Pueblo Animal Services, rescues and cares for animals in distress, reunites lost pets with their owners, finds loving homes for homeless animals and teaches people how to properly care for and respect animals, as well as enforces licensing and other animal ordinances.
On average, over 6,000 animals pass through the doors of Pueblo Animal Services every year; lost pets, injured animals, rescued animals and surrendered animals. Thanks to the support of many individuals, contracts and fees, Pueblo Animal Services is able to make a huge difference in the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves – the abandoned pets of our community. Pueblo Animal Services is one of the largest animal shelters in southern and western Colorado, serving thousands of citizens and pets annually through our animal services. Pueblo Animal Services also offers volunteer opportunities, education services and community outreach programs.