How long has SP been around?

It was started in 1995 by a hospice nurse who recognized a need. It became it’s own 501c3 in 1996 and is overseen by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

How is SP funded?

We are funded through donations from the community and grants. Adoptions are by donations of $100 per cat and $200 per dog, negotiable by approval from the Placement Coordinator. We have fundraising events and do an annual campaign each year. Over 85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to caring for the pets.

How are pets screened?

All pets are assessed to make sure they are healthy and behaviorally sound. Safe Place will make sure they are current on shots and appropriate for adoption. Surrenders are expected to pay for shots and spay/neuter if at all possible before the surrender.

Where are the pets?

Safe Place works with a network of volunteer fosters to provide a loving and safe environment for the pets until adoption. Some pets stay with their owners until adoption. When our fosters are full, we can place cats in the Safe Place Facility Cattery. We will pay to board up to two pets at a time when necessary.

How do you advertise the pets for adoption?

We do a pet poster each month of available pets that is distributed to poster sites all over town. We advertise in the Independent and any other publications we feel are beneficial. We also have posts on Facebook, Twitter and our website, www.safeplacepets.org.

How does someone ask questions about Safe Place pets or events?

Go to www.safeplacepets.org and email us through there or call 719-359-0201 and a volunteer will contact you within 24 hours.

How are adopters screened?

Potential adopters fill out an application. A placement volunteer contacts them to set up a meet & greet for them to meet the pet and for Safe Place to explain our program. The pet can go to their home for a 1 week visit where we take a deposit and they keep the pet. This helps all decide if the placement is right. At the end of that time, the placement volunteer decides if the adoption should go through.

What if someone cannot afford the requested donation amount?

We have a special grant for seniors through LexisNexis. If the senior is an appropriate adopter, we can use money from this grant to assist them.

What pets do we take?

We will take any appropriate pet. We have placed cats, dogs, birds, fish, bunnies, etc.

Can we foster pets temporarily while owners are ill or away?

No, but we can refer them to kennels and pet sitting services.

What is considered a terminal illness?

We use the guidelines of Medicare to determine a terminal illness and may request a doctor’s note to verify.

What other services do you offer?

We have a new Wellness Program that serves pet owners who are terminally ill, in keeping their pets healthy. We offer vet visits, grooming, food, exercise, errands, and more to assist the pet and owner. They do not need to surrender the pet to us, but must complete an assessment and a contract with a Wellness program volunteer.

How can the community help?

Through donations of needed items, money or volunteer time. Contact us! We have lots of ways you can help us. Let’s chat to see what fits your life best.

Can I take home a pet from the facility that day?

You must fill out the application and have a site visit before the pet goes to your home. Our placement volunteers will make every effort to speed the process along. Since we are all volunteers, it may take a day or two.

What can volunteers do?

Work at our cattery, foster, put up posters, run errands, assess pets, and represent us at events. We have many administrative duties that can be done from home as well. We will work with your schedule and skills to make the proper fit.

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