by Leah Barker
As a proud parent of four dogs, I am far too familiar with the panicked feeling that comes when my 10-pound dog bolts out a 3-inch opening in the front door, or when I find that the back gate has been left open. Thankfully I usually open my front door to find a sleeping canine on my doorstep, and don't need to track them down back at the shelter where I got them.
Losing your pet is an awful feeling, but the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) is extending its hours in order to maximize the number happy reunions.
Animals are much more likely to become ill or injured in the winter months, so it is more necessary than ever to have a shelter that can get animals the care they need as quickly as possible. The HSPPR is extending drop-off and reclaim hours to allow more time for the public to find their missing friends, as well as to properly drop off animals and submit helpful information such as where a stray was found.
The new hours start Nov. 1. Pick-up and drop-off will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day during the winter months, and until 9 p.m. in the summer months. Meanwhile, the night drop will close in an effort to reduce the overnight suffering of animals in need of veterinary care.
Humane Society officials hope that dealing directly with more owners who are giving up their pets will help them evaluate many animals more quickly for adoption. (Those left overnight without explanation typically endure a five-day holding period before going up for adoption.) Adoption hours will extend to 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day.
The HSPPR is the largest animal shelter in southern Colorado and offers programs including humane education, volunteer opportunities, spay and neuter, and a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats.
For more info, visit HSPPR.org or call 473-1741.