Grand County Pet Pals is the supportive arm of the Grand County Animal Shelter. It is THE local organization dedicated to responsible pet stewardship, animal health and education programs, and spay/neuter of pets in Grand County.
Grand County Pet Pals (GCPP) was established in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the Grand County Animal Shelter with its spay/neuter program and to avoid euthanizing adoptable animals.
Today, GCPP has several programs to fulfill its mission of promoting good stewardship and compassion for animals within Grand County. Funds are raised to provide 100% spay/neuter and veterinary care for all animals at the Shelter as well as affordable spay and neuter assistance to pet owners with financial need through a voucher program. In 2014, a Good Samaritan Fund was formally established to provide one-time charitable care at private veterinary practices within Grand County to pet owners with financial need.
In addition to the Spay/Neuter and Good Samaritan programs, GCPP engages in the following:
• Providing the Shelter with funds for leashes, collars, kitty litter, toys, treats and starter kits for new adopters.
• Funding wellness and urgent veterinary care for adoptable animals at the Shelter.
• Purchasing educational materials on good animal stewardship to be shared at schools and other events.
• Providing Emergency Preparedness Kits for Pets.
We gain support through memberships, general and memorial donations, grants, and donation boxes displayed at many Grand County businesses. In addition, we conduct fundraising events such as a bi-annual 3K fun run/walk, Pet Pictures with Santa, a snowshoe/nordic ski event and more, as we do not receive County, State or Federal funding.
About the Grand County Animal Shelter
The Grand County Animal Shelter promotes and protects public safety and animal care through sheltering, pet placement programs, education, and animal law enforcement. The Shelter's purpose is to provide responsive, efficient, and high-quality animal care and control services that preserves and protects public and animal safety. The Shelter is a small facility with 3 full-time animal care and control officers that fall under the jurisdiction of the Grand County Sheriff's Office. There are 12 outdoor dog runs, 12 indoor dog kennels and two cat rooms with a maximum capacity for 12 dogs and 18 cats.
"GCPP gave our Pepper a great start to a new life. She needed emergency health care when she was at the shelter and it was completely covered by GCPP and their partners so she got the attention she needed promptly. When we met Pepper she was happy, healthy, and healing well from her surgeries. You could tell she completely trusted the staff and is still super excited to see them when we volunteer at events (as in rolling on the floor with uncontrollably wiggles!). She even received basic obedience training while at the shelter which made considering adopting her an easy no-brainer. GCPP gives the same attention and care to all their animals and we love supporting them for it!" -- G. Latz
"I adopted my Lil Skye from Grand County Pet Pals a little less than 3 years ago. She is the joy in my world! I adore her! I love her so much! I'm so glad that the shelter rescued her and her mom and her brother and sister! I'm grateful for all Mary Ann and Robin did so I could bring her home to be my best friend forever! It is a great organization with awesome people! I couldn't thank them enough! And my Littles feels the same way" ????????
Sincerely -- Tania Lange and Lil Skye
"The stars aligned perfectly and my life would be forever changed on July 17th 2010 when I was introduced to Gabe when I went to visit my dear friend Mary Ann, who manages the Grand County Animal Shelter, for a hike. She paired me up with Gabe as my 4 legged hiking partner and it changed my life forever!! By the end of our hike, it was official that this sweet, shy, beautiful soul had to become a part of my family!! Adopting Gabe was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made and he has blessed my life in ways that I could have never imagined. My days are filled with joy and the gift of being "present" as I walk through life because of the time I share with Gabe and how special he is. Thank you Mary Ann and GCPP for all that you do and the chance that you give all of the animals for a better life. Without question, my life is better because of you!!! " -- T. Ortega
"I met the love of my life, Junior Frito, while volunteering for a Pet Pals fundraiser stationed at our annual 4th of July Party in the Park, just a few blocks from the Shelter. Volunteers for Pet Pals were walking adoptable dogs in the parade. If it were not for the kind-hearted volunteers giving their time that day, I would have never met Junior. I am so happy to have been given the chance to fill the rest of his life with love! I took this tiny, adorable, mostly naked Chihuahua, into my life and he has filled my heart to overflowing. He erased an empty hole I didn't even know I had. Pet Pals and all of their awesome volunteers and hard work is why the animals that come to our shelter are so well cared for until they find their forever home. Thank you Grand County Pet Pals" -- K. Rybij