Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden recently released their adoption statistics for 2012 and it was good year for the shelter and for animals in the community.
In 2012, 7,881 animals came to Foothills. Animals come into the shelter for a variety of reasons. Some were lost, some were strays brought in by good Samaritans, some were orphaned, while others arrived when their owners went into hospice care or their families had to relocate. The good news is these animals arrived at a shelter that was prepared to help them.
Foothills had 4,402 adoptions in 2012 while 1,735 lost pets were returned to their families. That’s more than 300 animals up from 2011. Another 731 animals were in foster care. Other statistics include 3,800 spay/neuter surgeries that were performed at the shelter. The shelter also served as the Jefferson County evacuation center for pets during Colorado wildfires and took in hundreds of animals that were confiscated from hoarding situations.
Foothills also had some unique animals that made the past year memorable. Among the animals the shelter took into its care were a tarantula, a lorikeet, sugar gliders, a peacock, an alligator and a cute little piglet that is now living on a family farm in Oregon (See previous article, Truffles the Colorado piglet gets a new life in Oregon).
While the shelter has done well this past year, there is still much work to be done. The shelter plans to concentrate their efforts in 2013 by helping reunite even more lost pets with their families. To do this the shelter will be working with the community to encourage people to register and/or microchip their pets and to keep collars and tags on them at all times. These methods are the safest and fastest way to ensure a pet returns to their family.
Learn more about how Foothills Animal Shelter helps the community by visiting their website or Facebook page. Or visit the shelter at 580 McIntyre Street in Golden on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and find a new forever friend today.
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