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Pueblo pet shelter resumes adoptions after management change

A Colorado animal shelter has resumed pet adoptions after changes in management.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Monday that Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has taken over management of a Pueblo shelter and started limited operations this month to train staff and relaunch the adoption process.

Officials say a three-year contract was negotiated with Pikes Peak in June to manage full operations.

Just last week, the shelter which is now operated by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region allowed limited adoptions after coming to an agreement with the city.

“The community is ready for some pets,” Kate Aviv the community relations specialist with the shelter said.

At this time the shelter does not have the necessary staffing to perform all necessary functions like spaying and neutering but Aviv says they are hiring, “We’ve been hiring like crazy, so we are getting a lot of the same programs like in Colorado Springs.”

You may remember, PAWS for Life took over the shelter claiming they could eliminate euthanizations while saving the city and county money. But just months after they took over they failed three separate state inspections. From animals not receiving proper care, incomplete euthanasia records, and pets soiled with feces.

Now with HSPPR back in control, the doors are back open but Aviv says more work still needs to be done.

“Really get ready to go to hit the ground running…so that we can have all services available to the people that need them.”

Officials say an open house and adoption event is set for Aug. 17.


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