We’re helping shelters help pets affected by Colorado wildfires

With over 700 homes destroyed by wildfires in the West and thousands of people evacuated, animal shelters and rescue groups are working overtime to care for displaced pets. And we’re working hard to help those organizations. Two of them, Larimer Humane Society in Fort Collins, CO, and Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, just received $10,000 and $15,000 grants, respectively, from the Petfinder Foundation.


Adopt Maxwell at Fort Collins, CO’s Larimer Humane Society.

Larimer Humane is charged with addressing animal welfare needs for the High Park Fire, and has already taken in more than 500 pets displaced by the disaster.

To care for all those cats, dogs, small mammals, exotic
pets and small barnyard animals, Larimer Humane temporarily transferred all its adoptable pets to
other humane societies and shelters, marketing and community outreach manager Stephanie Ashley tells us.

Our community assistance reaches further still, providing
donated food and supplies to evacuees in need,” says development manager Kara Pappas. “Our additional efforts
have put considerable demands on our staff, requiring overtime and
interruption from regular operations.”

The grant from the Petfinder Foundation will help pay for staff overtime, animal-care supplies and other costs associated with the evacuations and rescue efforts in the fire zone, as well as re-homing and adoption efforts when
the disaster is over


Samantha is one of the displaced pets cared for by Larimer Humane.

Despite all the hard work, Ashley tells us, morale at the shelter is “great! Our amazing staff and volunteers have stepped up throughout this crisis and gone the extra mile at every turn to make sure the evacuated animals were happy and healthy until they could get back home.”

After the jump: Find out how you can help shelters caring for pets displaced by wildfires.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the primary shelter responsible for pets displaced by the Waldo Canyon fire, and expects to care for 400 extra animals as a result of the disaster. When the shelter hit capacity, it opened a second, emergency shelter and has been staffing both facilities around the clock.

The grant from the Petfinder Foundation will help cover the costs of overtime, pet food, pet supplies, vaccines and medications. No one knows how long the effects of the fires will last: “Nearly 350 homes were destroyed, and unknown number of others are damaged and uninhabitable,” says Pikes Peak president and CEO Jan McHugh-Smith. “[We] anticipate having to care for these displaced animals for an extended period of time.”

Many thanks to the donors like you who made these grants possible. Want to help? Donate to the Petfinder Foundation!

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