Most pets are lucky to have a good home with people who love and care for them. Most pets have families or individuals who are concerned about their health and safety and would do anything for them. Most pets have a warm place to sleep and good meals to eat. Today, however, we want to talk about pets who don’t have those things and what we can do to help them while they’re at the shelter. Also, let’s talk about finding good, permanent homes for them.
There are a lot of reasons why people can no longer take care of their pets and there are also a variety of reasons why pets are removed from their homes. These animals end up in animal shelters and, as we all know, most shelters are very overcrowded with so many pets who need homes and so few people to adopt them. Ultimately, all animals deserve to have good care and families who love them. All you have to do is look in the eyes of an animal that doesn’t have a home to see how sad and scared they are and know that they need help. Today, we’re asking you to help!
Nancy, the Animal Control Officer for Cripple Creek, shared this information:
I have attached some pictures of dogs that are currently available at the shelter and we will have a booth at Donkey Derby Days. Blue is 2-3 years old and we think is Doxi and Silky mix. Harley is about 6 years old and is a mini Doxi. Brownie is about 3 years old and is a Cocker Spaniel mix. Lastly we have two, 7 month old Retriever mix brothers. All of the dogs are spayed or neutered and current on vaccinations.
A little about the shelter: We are a very small animal shelter that serves the City of Cripple Creek. We only handle dogs as we do not have room for any other types of animals. The shelter has only 4 dog runs, which are indoor/outdoor with a doggie door separating the two areas. We do have one outdoor dog run for an emergency. We try to have time to let the dogs out into the main yard for a while each day so that they can run and play in the grass area. If they get along we can let more than one out at a time and let them play together, otherwise it is one at a time. We have only one part time Animal Control Officer that also takes care of the shelter when on duty so the shelter is only open on an appointment basis. When the ACO is not on duty the Cripple Creek Police Officers take care of feeding and watering the dogs.
How can you help? There are several ways you can contribute. The shelter can use old (clean) blankets and towels. Chew toys and dog food are always needed. Please, if you donate dog food, make it Purina or Purina Puppy Chow since this is what these dogs are used to. That way it won’t upset their tummies. The shelter can also use cash donations to help purchase supplies for these dogs while they’re waiting for their “forever homes”.
Cripple Creek Ace Hardware will be collecting anything you would like to donate to the shelter and we will match dollar for dollar all cash donations! We have a contribution jar at the register in the store for your cash donations. We also have a box for the clean blankets and towels, dog food, and chew toys mentioned earlier. You can drop your contributions off at any time and we’ll make sure they get to Nancy to help her with the dogs.
The dogs that are available for adoption will be at Donkey Derby Days the last weekend in June and at Cripple Creek Ace Hardware on the 4th of July, so be sure to stop by to meet them and get to know them. Blue, Harley, Brownie, Rocky and Bullwinkle are waiting for someone to take them home and love them. Could that someone be you? If you’re looking for a dog or you know someone who is looking, be sure to consider these dogs. They’ll bring you years of loyalty and happiness!
One last thing we would like to mention… The animal shelter needs your help all year long, not just today, this week, this month, or for the summer. You can always donate to them and your help is greatly appreciated by everyone involved in the care of these animals. For more information about the available dogs or the shelter, you can call the Cripple Creek Animal Shelter @ (719) 689-2655 or e-mail Nancy @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your help!