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Colorado Gives Day: Nonprofits get a $20.4 million Christmas present

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They were out there, waiting. Hundreds of nonprofits around the state were looking forward to Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday.

Charities struggling to make ends meet - including a number of animal groups - were hoping for a cash infusion from the event, which last year distributed $15.7 million to nonprofit organizations.

The good news? When the 24-hour donation period was over, the giving total was a preliminary $20.4 million. Colorado Gives Day was started by the Community First Foundation in 2010 and is supported by 1st Bank.

Here are other animal-related events this week:

OPEN HOUSE - MaxFund holds its Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at MaxFund's dog shelter (1005 Galapago St., Denver) and cat shelter (720 W. 10th Avenue, Denver). There will be a bake sale and Christmas gift sale, shelter tours, refreshments and dogs and cats to visit. Information: www.MaxFund.org or 303-202-3516.

UNDERDOGS - Help Misha May Foundation by buying an "Underdogs" calendar full of Colorado's rescued dogs. Photographer and creator Barbara Millman is donating a portion of the proceeds to Misha May, a dog training and rescue organization in Lakewood. Information about sales sites:www.mishamayfoundation.org

OLIVE OR TWIST - The fundraiser for The Feline Fix will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 in the Grant Hall at 4-Mile Historic Park at 715 S. Forest Street, Denver. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. To get tickets, call us at 303-202-3516 or go to www.thefelinefix.org. The event's hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Feline Fix offers spay/neuter services for feral and pet cats.

CHIPOLTE DAY - Dine at Chipolte restaurants at Ken Pratt & Bowen or 17th & Main in Longmont on Saturday, Dec. 14 and 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Longmont Humane Society. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. You must present a flyer or show one on your phone. Get a flyer at www.longmonthumane.org on Thursday, Dec, 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

WHISKER WONDERLAND - This adoption event by the Larimer Humane Society will be Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter, 6317 Kyle Ave., Fort Collins. There will be discounts on all adoptions, free kids' activities, complimentary food and Santa photos. Information: www.larimerhumane.org.

CHIHUAHUA BARGAINS - Due to the number of Chihuahuas at the Denver Animal Shelter, it will be offering reduced fees on these dogs. Adoptions will be $25 through the end of 2013. Information: www.denvergov.org and go to Denver Animal Shelter.

HORSE DISCOUNTS - From now through Dec. 31. horse adoptions will be 50 percent off at the Dumb Friends League's Harmony Equine Center in Franktown. Information ddfl.org/visit-us/harmony-equine-center

PAW PRINT CAMPAIGN - Shoppers at Chuck & Don's pet food stores in metro Denver can support local community projects through the end of the holiday season with the Paw Print campaign. By contributing a small monetary amount at checkout, shoppers' can support the Colorado LINK project, which aims to establish family abuse shelters where pets are welcome. Chuck & Don's will match the donation by 20-25 percent. Information: chuckanddons.com/colorado-store-locations

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