For Pets' Sake Humane Society

A nonprofit organization

$13,121 raised by 95 donors

Our volunteers have been helping pets and the people who care about them for 39 years! We help pet owners with spay/neuter costs, emergency vet bills, and pet food. We help unwanted dogs and cats get ready for adoption. Our outdoor, stray and abandoned cat project helps these often-neglected cats.


February 2023: I have enclosed a picture of an FPS feral cat program success. Stormy the cat walking with his friend Honey, the Dalmatian, on Feb. 16, 2023, her last day alive.  Earlier the program did another cat for me - a wonderful manx kitten (now a 2 1/2 year old cat) who also loved and walked with Honey.     Judith Franklin, Cortez  

April 2023: Thank you for everything you do for us and the community.   Cecilia, Cortez (88 cats TNR and 25 kittens rescued at this trailer park since 2010.)

May 2023: Again, I want to thank you so much for all you do to care for all the animals.  The unwanted animals have such a dangerous and sad life.  The task you do is with so much love for them. Thank you so much. Gloria Avery, Cortez

June 2023: "Your newsletter gets me every time!  Thank you for the amazing work that you do."  Sarah Pretzer, Cortez

August 2023: I couldn’t do what you do.  Thank God you’re there for those cats - they need you.  God bless you. Dale, Cahone. (22 Birman cats and kittens rescued and into forever homes) 

October 2022: We really need For Pets' Sake.  Thank you for your assistance with our dog's medical bills. Marcie, Cortez

March 2022: Before we found you we felt totally overwhelmed.   It was too big to get a handle on.  The advice and resources For Pets' Sake provided were invaluable.  We are so grateful.  Feral Cat Colony owner, Cortez

August 2022: We love Cowboy and Stark.  We are so glad we adopted both of them.  They are loved by everyone.  Thank you for what you do.--Sue, Grand Junction

August 2021: Thank you for being there to help people.  Zeus is now a happy, healthy puppy.  Mary, Cortez.

September 2020: We will never forget the crucial role the wonderful staff and board members from For Pets' Sake played in Walter's saga.  Walter is the quintessential "Lucky Dog.--Elizabeth, Michigan

August 2020: "I am just sending along a few words to say thank you for your assistance in getting my cat, Ewan, back up and moving without pain. His hip operation was a success and he moves around quite well now. We could not have done it without your efforts! Many thanks!" -- Aaron, Cortez CO

August 2019: "It never stops. There is an endless supply of beloved pets that need help. Thank you for all you do!" -- fellow rescuer Mary, Flagstaff, AZ

March 2019: "It's been almost 8 weeks since the surgery, and I am almost completely recovered. And it's all thanks to For Pets' Sake. I cannot thank you enough. You have made it so I can have a normal life again!" -- from kitten "Stella" as written by her 13-year-old owner Hazel

March 2016: "It gives me goosebumps when I think of all the good work everyone is doing. What a difference you are making. Thanks to all of you involved." --Charlie, caretaker of a feral cat colony

February 2017: "Today I am celebrating my 10th birthday thanks to For Pets' Sake and my person who adopted me nine years ago. I hope this small donation will help you continue your outstanding work." From "Raven", owned by Ann

May 2017: "When your budget's tight and your animals are sick, it's hard. They're your kids! We really appreciate what you guys did." --Chuck, whose dog Popeye received dental surgery with help from the For Pets' Sake emergency veterinary bill assistance program

September 2017: "I would like to give a huge shout out to For Pets' Sake Humane Society for helping me so diligently to raise money to pay for Murphy's bills and also for arranging a ride for him to and from CSU. I can never repay your generosity. The outpouring of love towards me and my dog has been amazing and wonderful. Thank you!" --Jane, whose dog Murphy was shot in a domestic violence incident

November 2017 message on our phone line: "God bless you all. You can't know how much Faith [his dog] and I appreciate you." --Gilbert, a recipient in our pet food donation program

February 2018: "Thank you for doing this for our community." --Cindy, caretaker of a feral cat colony

December 2017: "Thank you all so much for your love and dedication to all of the little ones who need your help. You all are their voice." --Gloria

April 2016: "I just reread your feral cat newsletter and my heart breaks for the feral cats. So glad you do such great work. In spite of the fact I just spent $896 getting my two cats health exams and teeth cleaned I will add a small donation of $300 for the ferals. Thank you so much for your great work." --Ruth Ann


To improve the lives of companion animals in Montezuma and Dolores Counties, Colorado. We help pets and the people who care about them.

Background Statement

For Pets' Sake Humane Society is an organization of volunteers who have been working to improve the lives of companion animals in Montezuma and Dolores Counties for 40 years. Our major programs include:

• Helping with the cost of spaying and neutering pets

• Providing funds to help low-income families with emergency veterinary bills

• Donating pet food to low-income families for their dogs and cats

• Controlling outdoor, stray, and abandoned cat populations humanely through our Feral Cat Project (Trap - Neuter - Vaccinate - Return)

• Fostering unwanted cats and dogs until they are ready for adoption.

For Pets' Sake is supported entirely by public contributions, grants, and fund-raising. As an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization with no facility or salary expenses, FPS spends 96% of the revenue generated yearly on direct services to local animals.

The major focus of FPS is helping family pets and their owners. In our rural and rather impoverished area, many people cannot adequately care for themselves and their families, which leaves little for their pets. FPS offers a safety net for local pet owners by directly giving these families what they need: a way to afford vet bills, and food for their pets. FPS also helps homeless animals: outdoor, stray and abandoned cats, and special needs homeless pets such as elderly or injured dogs or cats who generally have no other options.

For Pets' Sake began in 1984 as a group of volunteers interested in fostering dogs and cats. For Pet's Sake, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and received 501(c)(3) status in 1995.

At first, FPSHS focused on fostering and then adopting out individual cats and dogs. By the mid-1990's, FPSHS directors realized that the best way to reduce suffering is to prevent the birth of unwanted animals, and FPS began to offer and emphasize spay/neuter assistance. Within a few years FPS expanded their services for family pets to include emergency vet bill assistance. In 2010, FPS initiated a program to provide pet food to low-income families so they could adequately feed their dogs and cats.

In 2009, FPS recognized outdoor, stray and abandoned cats were a major animal welfare problem in this area and initiated a Feral Cat Project. This project uses Trap-Neuter-Return to capture outdoor cats, spay or neuter them, vaccinate, and provide any vet care they need before releasing them to live out their lives in their colonies.

There are now major areas in Colorado with a shortage of adoptable pets, which has created new opportunities for our area's unwanted cats and dogs. Transport is now a large part of what we do: transferring many unwanted animals, including those needing major medical care, to the Front Range and the I-70 corridor between Grand Junction and Eagle.

In addition to expanding the scope of our services over time, FPS has also expanded geographically. From its beginnings in the town of Cortez, CO, For Pets' Sake expanded to serve all of Montezuma and Dolores Counties, Colorado plus parts of San Juan County, Utah. FPS service area includes the Ute Mountain Ute reservation, where FPS has been supporting animal welfare efforts since the mid 1990's.

Organization Data


Organization name

For Pets' Sake Humane Society

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Organization Size

Small Organization


35 S Beech St, Unit 1705
Cortez, CO 81321


PO Box 1705
Cortez, CO 81321

Service areas

Montezuma County, CO, US



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