Suffering pets removed from Pueblo area shelter arrive at Dumb Friends League

Pueblo puppy

The Dumb Friends League has received more than 50 cats and dogs from Community Animal Services of Pueblo (CASP) following a state investigation into the unacceptable conditions with injured and ill animals going without care at the shelter and its subsequent closure. We will likely be receiving more animals over the coming days.

The animal welfare community of Colorado is working collaboratively to bring all animals from CASP to area shelters. In addition to the Dumb Friends League the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Foothills Animal Shelter, Denver Animal Protection, Humane Society of the Boulder Valley, Larimer Humane Society, Aurora Animal Shelter, Adams County Animal Shelter, Intermountain Humane Society and Humane Society of Weld County are working together to respond to this critical situation by transporting animals, accepting animals or being on standby to accept them should the need arise. Each animal will be assessed and provided appropriate medical and behavioral support. It is our duty to do the right thing for these animals, and we will do so.

The suffering that happened at CASP is unacceptable. In an effort to adhere to a damaging local ordinance, it appears animals were allowed to suffer and die from their illnesses and injuries rather than being humanely euthanized. This is a regretful example of how the No Kill movement, when taken to the extreme, preys upon compassionate people’s desire to protect animals. Animals deserve respect, nurturing, support, and it is never acceptable to allow them to suffer. Our entire community is deeply saddened by this situation.

The Dumb Friends League believes in socially conscious sheltering in order to create the best outcomes for all animals, promote safe communities and nurture the human-animal bond. We continue to work together with other Colorado shelters and the compassionate communities they serve with the belief that collaboration brings success. Learn more about socially conscious sheltering.

How can you help?

Adopt today! We are offering 50% off adoption fees for adult dogs and cats now through April 3 in order to make space for the animals arriving from Pueblo. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip ID and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian. The standard adoption screening process still applies during all reduced-fee promotions. View adoptable animals.

Donate to help these vulnerable animals. Many of the animals arriving from Pueblo will need significant veterinary care and behavioral support. Your gift today will help us care for and rehabilitate them.