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COLORADO ANIMAL SHELTER: Animal shelters see adoption shortages in northern Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) – Northern Colorado animal shelters are feeling the heat as adoption rates have dropped.

Recent inflation and loss of jobs in our post-pandemic world has led to more animals in shelters not just in Colorado, but across the country.

These shelters are crowded to say the least – although spring and summer are the busiest seasons – as we enter the fall season, adoption rates have remained low. This means euthanasia rates will likely increase because shelters simply don’t have anywhere else to put the animals.

If things couldn’t get any worse for northern Colorado animal shelters, other states are asking to send their homeless animals to our state, hoping to get them adopted. The pressure is there.

“The number of requests we are receiving from new out-of-state shelter partners is increasing dramatically,” says Sarah Swanty, executive director of Animal Friends Alliance. “Historically, we received requests from one or two partners in a week. Recently, we received requests from five shelters in a single weekend. We help as many animals as possible, but the scale of the current need is overwhelming.

Kane, a two-and-a-half-year-old husky/sheepdog mix, is waiting to be reunited with his family. Courtesy of the Animal Friends Alliance.

Here’s the good news: you can do something about it.

  • Adopt an animal from one of these shelters. More complete shelters mean a wider variety of animals to choose from.
  • Adopting a pet is another option. Providing a home for an animal, even for a short time, will help reduce pressure on shelters and the animal.
  • Donating to your local shelter is a great way to help these shelters provide more resources for animals.

Animal Friends Alliance, Larimer Humane Society and Humane Society of Weld County have over 100 animals in their care awaiting homes. Click here for more information.