There are over seventy million stray pets in our country, and only about ten percent are lucky enough to wind up in one of our nation’s thirty five hundred shelters. Those shelters fill up quickly, and this leaves the staff scrambling to place the dear little animals as fast as they can to make room for more.
Well, we just found a true success story in the midst of this national pet crisis. The Humane Society of the Pike’s Peak Region in Colorado has just completed a drive to empty its kennels completely and they were one hundred percent successful. You are going to love this story.
The HSPPR is completely empty this holiday season, and the staff could not be happier. They just finished a drive to place all of the 48 animals under their care into adoptive homes, and they managed to find a family for every single pet.
They began the drive with twenty five cats and twenty three dogs, and they announced on their Facebook page that the drive was completely successful. They posted a cute video, and the following caption:
“What happens when your last available dog gets adopted? Your staff and volunteers jump into the kennels to celebrate! We’ve adopted out 25 cats and 23 dogs so far during our #HomefortheHolidays promotion, and for the second day in a row, we’ve adopted out ALL of our available dogs! We’ll have more dogs available later tonight or tomorrow. Keep those adoptions coming! #HappyTailsHappyHearts”
The Humane Society of the Pike’s Peak Region is located in Colorado Springs, and is part of the Humane Society of the United States, which has chapters from coast to coast, dedicated to the humane treatment of our furry and feathered friends.
According to the organization’s website, “We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. We are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.”
Wikipedia says that the Humane Society of the United States is based in Washington, D.C., and is an American nonprofit organization founded by journalist Fred Myers and Helen Jones, Larry Andrews, and Marcia Glaser in 1954, to address what they saw as animal-related cruelties of national scope, and to resolve animal welfare problems by applying strategies beyond the resources or abilities of local organizations.
In 2013, the Chronicle of Philanthropy identified HSUS as the 136th largest charity in the United States in its Philanthropy 400 listing. As of 2001, the group’s major campaigns targeted five issues: factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, puppy mills, and wildlife abuse. The organization works on a full range of animal issues, including companion animals, wildlife, farm animals, horses and other equines, and animals used in research, testing and education.
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