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Welcome to Safe Place For Pets


Meet Smokey and Bandit: Hi there! I'm Smokey (sitting behind my brother). And I'm Bandit! Bet you can't tell us apart, can you? We're both ten years old and - you guessed it - twins! Or at least litter mates, which is almost the same.

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This is Smokey talking now. I'm a spayed DSH female, black as spades with green eyes (just like Bandit of course), declawed, and in great health. I'm a little smaller than Bandit at 10 pounds even. That's one of the only ways you can tell us apart. The other thing is that while Bandit has never met a stranger, I'm more refined. Don't get me wrong, I won't run away from you and I love to be petted and loved on, I need to get to know you first. I'm not as much of a lap cat as Bandit is, but I have my ways of telling you that I want some love. My specialty is sitting on my back legs and reaching out to give you a high five. That melts everyone's heart, let me tell you!


I'm Bandit, Smokey's big brother, a neutered DSH male, 12.1 pounds and also declawed and in great health. As Smokey said, I'm an outgoing guy. I love to be scratched on my ears and chin and at the base of my tail - ahhh! I'll follow you around and jump up next to you. I like attention and I'm not shy about getting it. I like to know what's going on, so I'll poke my nose into your papers or sit in front of that dumb computer thing you humans insist on staring at. I'm also a talker and will tell you exactly what I think.

As we said before, the two of us really want to stay together. We balance each other out, and we love playing and wrestling together. We'd miss each other so much! Do you think you might find it in your heart to give both of us a home? Please come by the Safe Place for Pets Welcome Center and meet us!

At night our homeless cats dream of being warm and safe in the loving arms of their new forever family. This holiday season you can make that dream come true for one of our deserving pets. Safe Place is joining Best Friends Animal Society in offering a reduced requested donation of $25. Bring joy to their world and yours!

Visit our available pets.


To make an appointment to visit our cats at the Welcome Center at 1141 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80929, please call (719) 359-0201, currently open by appointment only.


Volunteer Spotlight: Our Treasurer and dear friend, Paula Fischer, lost her battle to illness November 29, 2016.

If Safe Place was a forest of trees and volunteers were beautiful aspens, Paula Fischer was the unexpected indomitable oak tree among the aspens. Ever present, she lived her philosophy daily, keeping our organization grounded in best practices.

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Regardless of the changing winds, Paula stood firm and stayed her course, confident that best practices were never to be sacrificed by change, fear, or growth. And Safe Place’s organizational success followed under her guidance.

Paula had been such an incredible force in the legacy of Safe Place. Over the past 17 years Paula had served as a foster, placement volunteer, treasurer, event cashier, finance chair, and board member. Paula leaves us with a stronger organization and clearer understanding of how to govern a non profit responsibly without ever compromising its mission.

Paula, you are simply irreplaceable. We will miss you dearly. But we have learned from you, delighting in your dry wit and shared love of each of the precious pets. On behalf of the volunteers, past and present, and the hundreds of placed pets, we thank you for your many, many years of incredible service. Godspeed dear friend!


Ready to volunteer? SP4P is a 100% volunteer organization and we are always in need of amazing volunteers like you! We have the following opportunities available: Grant Writer, Development Chair, Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media Guru, Strategic Planning Chair, Welcome Center Coordinator and Facility Manager and many more volunteer openings. (Must be 18 years or older to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult.)

We have an immediate need for a Grant Writer. As a Grant Writer, you would research funding sources, prepare and send grant proposals, keep detailed records to track research and proposals, and provide additional information to organizations as requested.

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We are looking for someone with outstanding grammar and research skills who has a passion for helping animals and/or the terminally ill. A bachelor's degree in communications, English, professional writing or a similar major is preferred. If you are interested in becoming a Grant Writer for Safe Place for Pets, please complete the Volunteer Application.



Donate Now! The 2016 Indy Give! campaign runs from Nov. 1st - Dec. 31st.


Safe Place for Pets is honored to be chosen to participate in the 2016 Indy Give! campaign for the 6th year! This campaign helps us rehome more pets of the terminally ill to their loving new forever homes. Every donation is appreciated. Help us reach our goal and receive great Indy Give! rewards! The 2016 Indy Give! campaign runs from Nov. 1st - Dec. 31st. Donate Now!

Join us for Karma Hour at Bristol Brewing Company on Wednesday, Dec. 14th from 6-8pm. We will have a table along with several other non-profits participating in the 2016 Indy Give! campaign. Stop by and say 'Hi', try a Give! B(l)ack Lager and $3 will be donated to us! We'd love to see you there. Bristol Brewing Company is located in the historic Ivywild School at 1604 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905.


On Sunday, Dec. 18th from 6:30-8:30pm we have a fun, family friendly event, Painting with a Purpose at Painting with a Twist. We will be painting a seasonal picture and the event will cost $35.00 per painter. Safe Place will receive 50% of all proceeds! Beverages are also available for purchase. To RSVP, please follow this link. Painting with a Twist is located at 115 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

For every pint of Give! B(l)ack Lager you purchase in the Bristol Pub between Nov. 17 and Dec. 31, $3 will be earmarked for one of the 72 Give! nonprofits of your choice. Make sure to get a ballot with your Give! B(l)ack Lager and mark Safe Place for Pets as your nonprofit of choice so every time you drink, $3 goes to us! Bristol Brewing Company is located in the historic Ivywild School at 1604 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905.



Safe Place for Pets is celebrating 20 years!

We would like to thank everyone that has made our non-profit a success. We couldn't have done it without your continued support. Thank you!

For more information about our organization, read our most current newsletter here.