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Humane Society celebrating surge in pet adoptions in Colorado Springs

December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm
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photo - In the days since the campaign began, at least 46 cats and 31 dogs have been adopted at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's Colorado Springs location.
In the days since the campaign began, at least 46 cats and 31 dogs have been adopted at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's Colorado Springs location.  

It was a first - by the end of the day on Monday, every available dog had been adopted.

What else was there for staff and volunteers to do at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's Colorado Springs location but jump in the kennels themselves and take a photo?

Tuesday was just as busy - there were 16 available dogs at the beginning of the day, and by mid-afternoon, there were only two.

Gretchen Pressley, the organization's community relations manager, attributed the surge in adoptions to the "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" campaign - from Dec. 18 through the end of the month, donations have allowed adoption fees to be waived on cats and dogs five years and older.

But there are also typically fewer available animals around this time of year, she said.

In the days since the campaign began, at least 46 cats and 31 dogs have been adopted.

"That's really helped us get these guys out the doors and into wonderful homes," Pressley said.

In general, adoptions are up.

In 2015, between the organization's Pueblo and Colorado Springs locations, 10,457 animals were adopted - the first time the number had leapt above 10,000.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the year's adoptions had reached 10,417, Pressley said.

Between having time off of work and having family members around to help, "the holidays are a great time to adopt," Pressley said.

For more information about the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak region, visit hsppr.org.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

Facebook: Ellie Mulder

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