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A compassionate community where animals and people are cared for and valued

Founded in 1949, Humane Society of the Pikes Region is the largest animal welfare group for homeless and abused animals in Southern Colorado. HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit not affiliated with national organizations such as ASPCA or Humane Society of the United States and relies on donations to fund its work. As an open admission shelter, no animal is ever turned away. Passionate and dedicated staff care for animals in distress, provide medical care for abused and injured animals, reunite lost pets with their owners, find loving homes for homeless animals, and investigate animal cruelty and enforce animal ordinances.

Read more about our work in our Annual Report

Socially Conscious Sheltering

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is proud to be a part of the growing socially conscious animal community movement. Together with other animal welfare organizations across the country, HSPPR is dedicated to giving every animal that comes through our doors the care and respect he deserves, and the best possible outcome.

Our society is at a critical point in shaping the future of animal welfare. Pets matter deeply to us, and protecting pets is vital to a healthy community. While most people mean well in their attempts to change public policy around how we care for homeless pets, sometimes good intentions lead to unintended suffering for the very pets that people are trying to protect. We must educate colleagues, friends, family members, neighbors and policy makers so public policy results in animals receiving the care and respect they deserve.

The socially conscious animal community is a framework that allows each of us to understand our role in creating best outcomes for pets. This concept is based on respectful treatment of animals. It’s about placing every healthy and safe animal that ends up in a shelter or rescue. It’s about transparency and leadership. It’s about thoughtful public policy. It’s about safe communities. We must work together to create the best outcomes for all animals while nurturing the human-animal bond.

Learn more and join the movement

Ensuring every unwanted or homeless pet

has a safe place to go for shelter and care.

Placing every healthy

and safe animal.

Assessing the medical and behavioral needs

of homeless animals and ensuring these needs are thoughtfully addressed.

Aligning policy

with the needs of the community.

Alleviating suffering

and making appropriate euthanasia decisions.

Considering the health and wellness

of each animal and each community when transferring animals between communities.

Enhancing the human-animal bond

through thoughtful placements and post adoption support

Fostering a culture of transparency,

ethical decision making, mutual respect, continual learning and collaboration.

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Our Team

Meet the leadership at HSPPR!

Duane Adams

President & CEO

Leslie Yoder

Vice President

Ralf Rivera
Director of Finance & Administration
Julie Justman

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jamie Norris

Director of Animal Law Enforcement

Kelley Likes

Director of Philanthropy

Colette Bradley

Associate Director of Marketing & Communications

Julie Crosby

Director of Veterinary Services

Gale Caron

Associate Director – Pueblo

Join the team

Do you like helping pets and their people? Have you dreamed about a challenging job that can make a difference every day? Have you seen the lifesaving work of our team on our show Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue on National Geographic Wild?

You too can be a part of our team to help animals and end suffering.

HSPPR is Hiring

Board of Directors

Governed by a volunteer board of community leaders, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is a local, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. HSPPR relies on donations to carry out our lifesaving work in the community.

Bill Ryan | Chair | Compass Point Research & Trading, LLC

Victor Andrews| Vice Chair | Community Volunteer

David Lytle | Treasurer | Altman, Keilbach, Lytle, Parlapiano & Ware, P.C

Taryn Simental | Secretary | The Cutting Edge, Realtors

Lindie Eads | Past Chair | BKD, LLP

Shannon Coker | Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

Sarah Brittain-Jack | Sarah B. Jack & Associates

Alex Dumas | Olive Real Estate Group

Lindsey Hafemeister | Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Mark Hanchey | Law Firm of Mark S Hanchey

Ed Perry | RE/MAX Associates

Rachel Starr | Elder Construction

Betsy Vanderwerf | Community Volunteer

Carol Wersich | Community Volunteer

Andrew Will | Community Volunteer


In the past, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has collected and reported shelter statistics, including live release rate, in accordance with the Asilomar Accords. The guiding principles of the Asilomar Accords included statistical transparency and a uniform method for collecting and reporting shelter data. Recognizing that industry standards are changing, an improved method of collecting data has evolved out of the Accords matrix. HSPPR will now share the statistics in the data matrix required by the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA) for Colorado-licensed shelters and rescues.

In addition, HSPPR reports data to the Shelter Animals Count National Database, which provides shelter data on dogs and cats at the county level in the U.S. The purpose of Shelter Animals Count is to enable data-driven decisions to promote saving the lives of companion animals and preventing homelessness.