A plea to help humane societies in fire-ravaged parts of Colorado

Jun 29th, 2012

DENVER – As of today, active wildfires in Colorado have consumed more than 148,000 acres, displacing tens of thousands of people and their pets. Because 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 already 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. Now, these same organizations need your help.

“We have been getting numerous calls from people asking how they can help the pets affected by these wildfires,” said 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.”

To help these organizations continue to provide care for displaced animals, you are encouraged to make a financial contribution directly through their websites: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (www.hsppr.org) Larimer Humane Society (www.larimerhumane.org) Humane Society of Boulder Valley (www.boulderhumane.org) PetAid Disaster Relief Fund (www.petaidcolorado.org).

There are other ways you can help. As Front Range shelters work together to manage in-shelter animal populations and share resources, now is the time to adopt a new pet from your local humane society.

“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,” said Lisa Pedersen, CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

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. For more information on how you can help each individual organization, please visit ddfl.org/wildfires.