La Plata County Humane Society

The La Plata County Humane Society is the leader on Animal Welfare issues in the Four Corners region. We provide shelter and adoption services for homeless and unwanted companion animals as well as providing low cost spay and neuter options to residents of Southwest Colorado.

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Seniors-for-Seniors

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Animals
Disabled

Description

We match adults 60 years of age and old with an adoptable animal 7 years of age or older to become a companion animal. All fees are waived after adoption process is completed

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Evidence of Program's Success

We've see more adoptions of our senior animals in the past year.

Foster Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

The La Plata County Humane Society uses foster homes to put temporarily unadoptable animals in an environment where they can thrive

The animals chosen for the foster program are primarily:

1.Too young 2. Pregnant 3. Injured(but otherwise healthy)

Occasionally, the Humane Society will also foster animals that are in need of special attention. Such animals are only sent to experienced foster homes.

Animals selected for the foster program are sent to stay with volunteer foster families for a specified amount of time. During that time, they may need to return to the shelter for check-ups or medical treatments. At the end of the foster period, all animals are returned to the Humane Society to be considered for adoption.

Interested individuals must first submit an application for approval, go through the foster orientation and are contacted when an appropriate animal is in need of a foster home. The Humane Society only sends animals to pre-approved foster homes.

The Humane Society does NOT foster animals as a "trial adoption" process.

If fostering sounds like something you would be interested in then you can download the foster handout and application. Once filled out, please turn it in to Laura at the shelter. If you have any questions or concern please call (970)259-2847 ext.109 or email laura@lpchumanesociety.org

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Evidence of Program's Success

We get healthy and happy animals back after they've been fostered and the foster families are still willing to foster more animals!

Volunteer Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Animals
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Volunteer Requirements
Anyone interested in being a volunteer must meet the following requirements:

Volunteers under the age of 18 need to be supervised by a parent or staff member.
All new volunteers must be members. Membership Form
Stop by for a meet and greet, fill out an application and then attend a volunteer orientation.
Present a current and legal form of ID
Volunteers will be checked through our database to ensure there is no history of animal cruelty. Those who are interested in the Mobile Pet Program, Adoption Patrol and the Volunteer Mentor Program will be required to have a State of Colorado background check.
Volunteers must follow the policies and procedures of the La Plata County Humane Society (this will be covered during the orientation)
A positive attitude and a passion for animals is a must!
Volunteer Orientation
After you have signed up and attended a "Meet & Greet" you will be invited to a volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientations will be by appointment only and occur on a case by case basis. Sign up now for the Meet & Greet!

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Evidence of Program's Success

We receive over 4,000 volunteer hours every year.

Intern Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
Children ages 5 to 21
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The intern program consists 7-8 young adults that help at the La Plata County Humane Society. Most of the interns are between the ages of 12 and 14. They help with our play groups, grooming, photography, videos, social media, education awareness and much more.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Two of the current interns have been helping for over 4 years now. They are both 14 years old and they have started their own non-profit which has gained the attention from national media.

Read Dog

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

In January 2012, a brand new program was introduced to several elementary schools called "the Read Dog". Research reports that reading aloud to man's best friend can have many positive effects on a child's desire and ability to read. Most children love dogs, and for those students who need addition reading practice, reading aloud to a loving, non-judgmental canine listener can help develop self-confidence and reading fluency. K-5 teachers from Park, Florida Mesa, Ignacio Elementary and Animas Valley Elementary Schools send students to read for 15 - 20 minutes each week to a carefully-screened shelter dog and a humane society volunteer (most who are retired 9-R teachers). This program is extremely popular at the schools with both the teachers and students alike. "the Read Dog" has the potential of benefitting not only the students' reading fluency and confidence, but providing shelter reading dogs with some much needed love and attention. As of mid-March, three of these reading dogs have been adopted! - See more at: http://www.lpchumanesociety.org/9routreach.html#sthash.cytSx2jv.dpuf

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Evidence of Program's Success

Teachers, and parents have reported marked improvement in the reading abilities of their students.

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