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Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Receives Accreditation

Topez(1090824) is a 4 year old spayed Australian Kelpie. She can be very shy at first, but a little love will go a long way with this gorgeous girl.
Topez(1090824) is a 4 year old spayed Australian Kelpie. She can be very shy at first, but a little love will go a long way with this gorgeous girl.
Gretchen Pressley

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has recently received accreditation and is the only animal shelter in Colorado to be able to boast this honor. They have earned this prestigious AAHA designation. This is given after an evaluation of the animal shelter by the American Animal Hospital Association. The Humane Society Pikes Peak Region serves 25,000 animals a year, making it the largest non-profit shelter in southern Colorado.

The Humane Society-Pikes Peak Region should be very proud as in order to receive this, they needed to be evaluated on 900 quality standards that were way above all the usual basic standard requirement. This evaluation includes things like patient care, pain management, staff training and advanced diagnostic services. To keep this rating, they will be constantly monitored and evaluated.

Only the top 15 % of all veterinary practices receive this accreditation. These are the best of the industry. The Wesley V. Metzler Surgery Center is this part of the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region. The manager, Julie Crosby was quoted, “This is very exciting for HSPPR because it proves our surgery center is offering the animals that come through our doors the very best care they could possibly have.” She added that pet owners that use their donor subsidized spay and neuter services will know their pets are well cared for in this surgery.

HSPPR has a staff of 2 full time veterinarians, 2 part time vets and 11 veterinary assistants and technicians. There also is an occasional need to work with other surgeries in town when the need arises.

With the HSPPR staff, the surgery can perform about 30 spays and neuters a day. In 2013, HSPPR performed a total of 6243 spays and neuters. This figure included shelter pets, Trap-Neuter and Return cats and pets of income qualifying pet owners. In some cases, Pyometra results from not spaying. This means the uterus fills with pus as it becomes infected, which could even kill the pet. If the uterus ruptures it can lead to sepsis. They have reported that these surgeries have been very successful regardless of the complexity.

Not only does the staff perform all these neuter and spays a day, but also is on hand for emergency surgeries. They do major stuff like amputations at least once every two weeks. They see a lot of leg fractures in their surgery. They remove tumors and other masses. Their vets repair lacerations and wounds. They even do dental work. Sometimes, they must do exploratory body surgery to find and remove foreign bodies. This is one of the more serious and complicated procedures. If a pet had a blockage and the blood supply is cut off in the GI tract, they will need to resect large amounts of intestines. Although a difficult surgery, they have been successful with this procedure. This procedure also involves a lot of post op care.

You may also call for information on any of their volunteer programs or to see if you qualify for their special neutering and spaying program. The number is 719-474-1741.

Pets ready to adopt can be seen on the HSPPR website also, so find out exactly who is available for adoption before visiting the facility.

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