In 2017 the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region brought joy to families with 11,925 pet adoptions and oversaw 1,371 pets in foster care. At its meeting on Thursday, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners unanimously approved a Proclamation in honor of Adopt-A-Pet Day, May 10, 2018.
“The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is leading the effort to build a compassionate community where animals and people are cared for and valued,” Commissioner Peggy Littleton read the proclamation into the record. “And saves the lives of more than 21,000 homeless, abandoned and abused pets every year through innovative programs and services.”
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region President Jan McHugh-Smith said, “Thank you for helping us spread the word about the adoption of homeless pets in our community. We’re entering our busy season where we could have more than 500 animals a day in our facility. We are counting on our community to come in and reclaim their lost pet or adopt animals.”
Years ago, Commissioner Mark Waller’s family cat got out and was lost for several days. Commission Waller said, “Because of the encouragement we received from the Human Society we were able to recover our cat. I’ve been thankful to the Human Society ever since.”
McHugh-Smith introduced Winnie, a small dog that is up for adoption. The six-year-old dog had to be relinquished from its family because they could not afford veterinary care. The Humane Society provided surgery for the dog, which had an infection bad enough both of Winnie’s infected eyes had to be removed.
“Winnie is doing wonderfully,” McHugh-Smith said. “She’s just one of the examples of the thousands of animals that are coming into our shelter that are receiving the veterinary care that they need to be prepared to go into a new home.”
“People can be better together by having a wonderful homeless animal in their household. They bring unbelievable joy, compassion and endless love,” McHugh-Smith said.