A compassionate community where animals and people are cared for and valued.
On June 20, 1949, about 20 Colorado Springs residents gathered downtown at the Antlers Hotel. Kennel Club members, cat lovers, a veterinarian, a retired child welfare worker, a pawnbroker, a chiropractor, and others met with a representative of the American Humane Association (AHA) to discuss the city's "animal problem" - no shelter for stray pets and no means to investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases. Mr. McPherson, the AHA representative, addressed this assembly of concerned citizens and cautioned them that starting an animal shelter would be difficult, but ultimately it could be very rewarding - how right he was!
Seventy years later, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) staff and volunteers care for more than 25,000 homeless animals each year. Animal Law Enforcement responds to more than 44,000 calls for service and investigates over 4,200 cruelty and neglect cases. Humane Education reaches over 14,000 people of all ages to help fulfill the organization's mission of a compassionate community where animals and people are cared for and valued.
**Injured and homeless animals in our community need your help! PLUS every gift received on Colorado Gives Day will be matched up to $15,000 by our friends at Status Symbol Auto Body and Dent-tec, as well as an anonymous Secret Santa.**
Muppet arrived at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) after being hit by a car. She was in shock, her pulse was weak, and she was terrified. Our veterinary team discovered she had a fractured leg, a partially collapsed lung, and was suffering from a head trauma. Her brain was bleeding, and we weren't sure if she would live. She needed 24-hour monitoring, so our Animal Law Enforcement officers transferred her to an emergency vet for overnight care. After two nights at the ER, she was stable enough to stay at HSPPR for treatment.
Her first few days at HSPPR were rough. While in critical condition, Muppet was treated and monitored by our veterinary team, receiving special care to make sure her internal injuries were improving. She needed IV fluids, X-rays, medication, blood work, and multiple exams each day. When no one came to claim her, we sent Muppet to a specialist to surgically repair her fractured leg. After surgery, she went home with a foster volunteer so she could have all the time she needed to recover.
Muppet is still in foster care and will spend about a month there to continue her exercise restriction and physical therapy. Muppet is making amazing progress though, and our staff love to give her attention. When she came in for a check-up with our vet, she was bright and alert, walking gently on her repaired leg and rolling over for belly rubs. But this sweet girl still has some work ahead of her before she can be adopted by a new loving family.
Will you help Muppet and other injured animals by participating in Colorado Gives Day? Don't forget, every gift received on Colorado Gives Day will be matched up to $15,000 by our friends at Status Symbol Auto Body and Dent-tec, as well as an anonymous Secret Santa.