by Pam Zubeck
The last phase of the Second Chance Campaign for the renovation and expansion of Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) is a new dog park for the homeless dogs cared for by HSPPR, and HSPPR is asking for the community’s help.The Humane Society has been part of the Independent's GIVE! campaign in the past.
With more than 150 active dog walking volunteers, the homeless dogs at HSPPR get as much exercise and activity as we can give them. Our motto is every dog every day, but most days, our pups will receive two, three or four walks from our dedicated volunteers. Unfortunately, our old dog park is being used in CDOT’s I-25 project. So plans for a new 1-acre dog park will feature a renovated pond, walking paths and an off-leash area. From planting a tree to adding fences and other landscaping, every dollar helps.
The projects completed at HSPPR so far through the Second Chance campaign include a new adoption lobby with reduced noise and a streamlined adoption process and a cat adoption center where adoptable cats can bask in the sunlight and show off their personalities face to face with adopters.
The new Admissions and Lost & Found Center is expected to open in early fall as well. Features of the Admissions and Lost & Found Center include separate waiting areas for cats and dogs to reduce stress on the animals, improved lost and found systems to help families locate their missing pets faster, and kennel space and materials designed to help minimize disease transmission.
To donate toward the new HSPPR dog park, please visit www.hsppr.org or text “dogpark” to 41444.
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado. Serving 24,000 animals a year, HSPPR provides adoption options, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters, a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats, and other important services. HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit that relies on donations from individuals and foundations to fund its many humane programs. For more information, visit www.hsppr.org.