No Kill Colorado was organized in 2012 to stop the euthanization of tens of thousands of healthy pets in Colorado shelters every year. The Colorado organization is based on the national No Kill Nation movement. Currently 90 shelters serving over 300 communities in the United States call themselves No Kill. A No Kill animal shelter is one that has a live release rate of at least 90% of the animals in its care and only puts down those animals too injured, sick or hostile to be rehabilitated. The organization does this by providing strategies, programs and support to area shelters and also through education. Just recently No Kill Colorado achieved non-profit status in the state.
This month’s meeting will focus on importance of foster care in the No Kill equation. According to NKC volunteer foster care is a low-cost and sometimes no-cost way of increasing a shelter’s capacity while providing care for sick and injured animals and training for behaviorally challenged animals. Angelique Martinez, Foster Coordinator, and Lisa Martin, Foster Parent, are with Every Creature Counts in Fort Lupton. ECC was established in 1992 to provide care for puppies, dogs, kittens and cats and to provide medical care and socialization opportunities. They also operate a shelter and low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Fort Lupton.
The March meeting of No Kill Colorado will be held at the Jefferson County Senior Resource Center (formerly Ye Olde Firehouse) at 3232 Depew Street in Wheat Ridge. RSVP’s are appreciated and please arrive at 6:30 for a meet and greet with the organization’s board members, Mary Hall, Lorraine May, Barbara Millman, Joan Ogner and Davyd Smith.
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