Disaster Management

2 dogs in kennelThe devastation of the Waldo Canyon Fire impacted our entire community.

At Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, we opened our doors at 610 Abbott Lane and a second emergency pet evacuation shelter to serve and care for pet evacuees. We sheltered 439 displaced animals of all kinds.

The sudden mandatory evacuations left some unable to reach their pets. Our Animal Law Enforcement Officers began rescuing pets in these areas immediately, and were able to save the lives of 108 animals. Tom writes this about his rescued dog:

“Thank you to the wonderful people at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Last night (Tuesday, June 26th) they rescued my family’s St. Bernard from the mandatory evacuation zone in Colorado Springs. We were stuck and did not know what to do and how to save our dog from the ensuing flames. So we emailed the email addresses listed on the website in the middle of the night, hoping we got through to somebody. The next morning we received a call stating that after several attempts, they had rescued our beloved, Salty, and he was safe. Thank you for all you do.”

Several animal welfare organizations and pet rescue groups came forward and donated their staff and time to our efforts. This collaboration is a true testament to the strength of pet rescues and animal shelters in Colorado Springs and across our state. We would especially like to thank: All Breed Rescue & Training, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and Dumb Friends League.

The map below shows the areas from which we received evacuated animals. Since Saturday, June 23, we cared for 439 displaced animals. 108 of these animals were rescued by our Animal Law Enforcement team when fire and police officials allows them to search for animals that were left behind.


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