Colorado Fires Leave Pets Homeless

Wildfires in Colorado have consumed more than 148,000 acres, displacing tens of thousands of people and their pets.

Posted: July 3, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT

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French BulldogBecause of the urgent need to house these displaced pets, local humane societies like the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Larimer Humane Society and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley have stepped in to help.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley and the Dumb Friends League have sent teams to Colorado Springs to help care for animals at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region that have been displaced by the Waldo Canyon Wildfire evacuations. The PetAid Disaster Relief Fund provides some reimbursements and coordination to local shelters involved in relief efforts.

“We have been getting numerous calls from people asking how they can help the pets affected by these wildfires,” says Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “We’re blessed to have so many compassionate, generous animal lovers in Colorado wanting to help in this time of great need—and to have so many outstanding animal welfare organizations working together.”

There are many ways you can help, whether or not you live in the area.

As Front Range shelters work together to manage in-shelter animal populations and share resources, now is the time for unaffected area residents to consider adopting a new pet from your local humane society.

So far, the Dumb Friends League has taken in more than 55 adoptable pets from shelters along the Front Range, helping create space for the temporary housing of displaced pets. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley has taken more than 50 adoptable pets.

“When you adopt from one of our shelters, you’re really saving two lives—the animal you bring home and another animal that we now have the space and resources to support,” says Lisa Pedersen, CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

You can also help these organizations continue to provide care for displaced animals by making a donation directly through their websites:

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region 
Larimer Humane Society
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
PetAid Disaster Relief Fund

For more information on how you can help each individual organization, click here.

 

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