Rise in pet adoption is simply amazing

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Recently The Gazette's Ellie Mulder reported on an amazing development at the local Humane Society. All of the shelter's available dogs were adopted. And apparently adoptions are also up in Pueblo. Gretchen Pressley, the organization's community relations manager, told The Gazette the programs the Humane Society sponsored have helped boost their adoption numbers. Whatever the reason, the exceptional news should bring a smile to all animal lovers' faces.

According to the American Pet Products Association, it's estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37 percent have a cat.

Society's perception of the value of pets has changed. Pets are now an integral part of many people's lives. Dogs are seen as protectors and cats are companions. It is now common for pet owners to schedule spa days for dogs and take them to day care. For some pet parents no extravagance is too much. Cat towers are extensively designed and interactive toys for dogs are trending. And research shows, as we age our relationship with our pets usually deepens. Often the elderly only have their pets for interaction and company. And more therapeutic animals are being used in airports and hospitals to relieve stress during trying situations. Animals have become an integral part of our lives and therefore their care and protection has become a big issue for communities.

Here in Colorado Springs we are lucky when it comes to our animal shelter. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest animal shelter in southern and western Colorado, serving thousands of citizens and pets annually. One thousand active volunteers serve at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, helping with walking, feeding and socializing the animals.

The shelter performs multiple services for the community in addition to caring for strays, sheltering animals during times of natural disasters like fires or floods and handling animal cruelty cases. The shelter's services have increased as demand has risen. With the population growth in Colorado Springs we are fortunate to have such a productive and thriving animal shelter.

The Gazette editorial board