No Kill Colorado (NKC), a state-wide animal rescue organization, is assisting Animal Rescue of Conejos County (ARCC) in southern Colorado with the rescue of 100 street dogs in Antonito. The stray dog population has increased immensely in that area and with a human population of only 800, it is a rough circumstance to deal with.
The situation for dogs in Antonito has become unbearable. Antonito is about 30 miles away from Alamosa, Colorado, in the south central part of the state. Many dogs are thin from hunger and younger dogs play in the streets putting them at risk for injury. Other dogs live in unsanitary dumpsters looking for scraps. The youngest puppies are not socialized and risk getting into fights with each other, creating a dangerous condition for humans as well. As the warmth of summer changes to the harsh cold of winter, No Kill Colorado and the Animal Rescue of Conejos County are working together to move these dogs off the streets.
“Please skip that fancy coffee or take out meal one day a week and donate the money to help us save these dogs from their plight,” says Davyd Smith, Director of No Kill Colorado.
The dogs of Antonito and Conejos County will be trapped and rescued by the ARCC and NKC. Then NKC volunteers will drive the dogs to Denver and other metro areas where they will be treated for medical issues, fed and socialized. Dogs that need a little extra TLC will receive foster care. Currently NKC is looking for rescue organizations to help care for the dogs. Organizations that have agreed to help so far include Paws & Co., Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, Summit Dog Rescue and Demi’s Rescue. On Sunday, December 1, 21 dogs were transported out of Antonito. The plan is to relocate a total of 100 dogs and find them new forever homes by spring.
A long-term goal for both organizations is to spay and neuter the existing stray dogs, ones that can’t be removed or already live to residents. To do this, the NKC needs to raise funds. To give people an idea of what is involved with this endeavor, Smith provided this cost overview of the campaign:
Transport Fuel: The NKC has an RV that holds up to 15 dogs. The fuel cost for one round trip is $90.
Kenneling: Dogs need to be quarantined for a few days while getting medical checkups and vaccinations. Cost is $10 per day for four days for a total of $40 per dog.
Spay/Neuter/Vaccinations: All dogs transported out of Antonito will be neutered and vaccinated before being rehomed. Cost is $50 per dog.
Smith says NKC has already raised some funds, but is far short of what is needed to accomplish the 100-dog goal. No Kill Colorado is asking the public for help by making a donation to their Antonito 100 dogs campaign. Use this link to reach the donation page for ARCC. Dogs from the first transport are already available for adoption. Check out the ARCC’s Facebook page to learn more.
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