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Ten things you may not know about the Pikes Peak Humane Society

   Meet Duke (1090586), a 5-year-old neutered Papillion/Chihuahua mix. He can be a little shy at first, but if you are gentle and kind, and you come bearing treats, he’ll warm up to you immediately.
Meet Duke (1090586), a 5-year-old neutered Papillion/Chihuahua mix. He can be a little shy at first, but if you are gentle and kind, and you come bearing treats, he’ll warm up to you immediately.
Gretchen Pressley

This is a well-known organization and most folks know they help many people and pets. The community is greatly affected by the terrific job they do at the Pikes Peak Region Humane Society. It is located at 610 Abbot Lane here in Colorado Springs. But during an interview with Gretchen Pressley, the Communications Specialist, it soon became apparent that most of us do not know all these folks do for this community. Here are some facts:

1/The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has four locations. Besides the one here in Colorado Springs, there is a sister shelter in Pueblo. They also have two animal law enforcement branches that do not actually shelter many animals, but enforce the regulations that keep pets safe. These are the folks that investigate the cruelty cases and see to the protection of our furry friends. One is in Centennial and another in Douglas County. If you believe an animal is not being treated humanely, please call at 719-473-1741.

2/In 2012, in all 4 branches of the humane society, they cared for 25,029 pets. That number includes adoptions, surgeries, fostering and all the other services they offer which are numerable.

3/Besides, dogs and cats, this organization takes in almost any kind of animal. They shelter pretty much anything but livestock and horses. They have everything from guinea pigs and hamsters to fish and turtles. They have been known to care for pet goats and recently had a pair of sugar gliders, which is a type of possum. Pressley said, “These sugar gliders, as well as any other animal considered exotic can’t be adopted out by us. We have to send them to rescue. We still care for them, but I just want to make sure people don’t come here thinking they will be able to adopt out exotics like sugar gliders.” If you are interested in adopting a pet, please visit the main shelter to check out which pets are available. You can also go online at to see photos of pets that may interest you. It should be mentioned that whenever you consider adopting a rescue pet, they may come with some baggage from a less than perfect life before. New owners will always need lots of love and patience. When asking Gretchen for a word of advice in regards to adopting a dog she advised, “Don’t assume it’s going to be a perfect dog. They don’t come with a manual.”

4/ During the Black forest fire, the Humane Society took in 1000 animals from that region. They provided shelter and care during that emergency.

5/ the Pikes Peak Region humane society already has an army of over 1000 volunteers, but still needs more. Their volunteers help with adoptions, groom pets, walk and work with dogs in training programs among other duties.

6/The T&R program is run by this organization to trap and neuter and return to their community, the unbelievable number of feral cats. In 2012, in Colorado Springs there were 228 active colonies. This number is sure to have grown this past year.

7/The Humane Society provide low cost spaying and neutering for anyone with a cat. Dog are also done low cost for those who have a qualifying income. Their surgical team is growing as they do many different kinds of surgery.

8/In 2012, they had about 800 pets in foster care. Pressley believes that number is closer to 1000 at this time. These are usually underage pets and pets with medical issues. These pets can receive the kind of care they need and heal much faster in a foster home than in a shelter setting. To become a foster parent, give them a call for more details.

9/In 2012, they reunited pets with their families to the tune of 6000 animals. Pressley says they have a terrific rate of finding these stray pets owners and returning the animals to them.

10/The Humane Society gets donations for day to day food from Science Diet, but still need many items such as kennel supplies, toys, canned tuna and cat food.

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