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La Plata County Humane Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The mission of La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS)is to enhance and protect the lives of companion animals by ensuring the provision of sustenance, safety and shelter; educating the community regarding humane treatment of animals; and preventing pet overpopulation.

Target demographics: Medically and behaviorally rehabilitate all animals in our care, so they are adoptable and can find their forever homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,000 animals

Geographic areas served: La Plata County (Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Cortez)

Programs: Senior-for-Senior adoptions, Read-to-a-dog, Summer Kids Kamp, Doggie, Social Hour (Summer).

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You know they are good when they choose to close operations to help the displaced pets during the #416 Fire that started June 1st. They cleared the kennels, opened early and closed late so all pets that needed help could be helped. They took a hit to their budget, but it was the humane thing to do. We are so fortunate to have them supporting La Plata County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the La Plata County Humane Society for 7 years. I got involved when I saw an article in the newspaper explaining how retired teachers take dogs into elementary schools so children can read to the dogs. I love this program! As I got to know the shelter, I learned what an amazing place this humane society is. When I brought a dog back from the school, I saw a group of dogs running around chasing each other and playing in a huge fenced yard with a tunnel, a hill, big rocks to climb and a wading pool. I began to learn about the play yard where groups of dogs go everyday with volunteers to socialize and enjoy being dogs. I began to volunteer in the play yard and I have been doing it 4 days a week ever since. I have learned so much about how dogs play and how to put dogs together that can get along with each other. I began spending 4 full days at the shelter every week. Soon I was asked to help out with the other volunteers by becoming the volunteer coordinator.

Our shelter is a happy place. People always ask if we are a good shelter...meaning do we put down dogs and cats for space. I confidently get to reply, "No way! We provide surgery for our animals, when needed. We do everything and anything to make sure that our adoptions will work for the people and the animals." In fact, our shelter has a 98% live adoption rate. No matter what type of animal it is, the people always come!

I will continue to volunteer at this shelter for as long as I am able. It is a wonderful place with fabulous staff and volunteers. I am so grateful that I am permitted to spend time here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since moving to Durango in 1979, all of my four legged friends have been rescues. I have also fostered a pregnant feline who delivered her kittens in my home, and a dog who needed a place to recover from hip surgery. My latest rescue is a two-year old badly abused dog, who was withdrawn and timid, and was transferred to this shelter from Arizona. The LPCHS treated her and was careful with who adopted her as she would need a lot of extra attention and patience. I have found the staff at this shelter to be very caring people who do an amazing job. They work in a network of other shelters in transferring and receiving animals that meet specific needs of the people in those areas (i.e. need small dogs or larger dogs), and help when other shelters are overcrowded. This is the place where I put my trust and faith in.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sincere devotion to what they do, and why and who they are there for... the rescue, care, and adoption of the animals. Extraordinary local organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Plata County Humane Society is my favorite nonprofit because it saves the lives of so many innocent creatures. It plays a significant role in reducing the feral cat and dog situation in this area. All cats and dogs are neutered before adoption and potential adopters are screened. The staff is always friendly and helpful and you can feel the love and devotion to animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's not that I have some kind of great, heart warming story. What I am about to say is simple. The animal shelter LPCHS in Durango CO is simply one of the best Animal shelters I have had the privilege of doing volunteering work in. Not only are they a NO-Kill shelter, but other shelters in surrounding counties send many of their animals to LPCHS for adoption because they get so many of them adopted. Their staff and volunteers really give a darn about the animals. I said "simple words", but man are they true. I now have my third animal from this shelter. My canine friend Juma. He has a home for life. Calixto Cabrera

Client Served

Rating: 5

End-of-Life Services... Thank you for making services affordable! The people at LPEA Humane Society were very compassionate and helpful. Returned calls and scheduled at a convenient time. I definitely will be donating to our local humane society in the future! ~bobi

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful to have such a caring shelter for animals in our community. La Plata County Humane Society not only has an amazing record above the average for a no kill shelter. They work hard to get all their animals adopted.

They also provide shelter for the animals of families in our community during emergencies like the fire this year and last.

My husband and I do our best to support and contribute to this local shelter. We are so impressed by the shelter staff and volunteers. They are hard working and heart centered people who love and care for animals!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without question, one of the greatest nonprofits I've ever worked for and with. These guy go above and beyond in anything they do and it shows throughout our community. They do everything they can to not only provide the best care they can for the animals that come into their shelter, but they work tirelessly to find a home for every single one of the animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great shelter which is virtually a no-kill one. The demeanor of the animals shows how devoted the staff is to their care. The cats and dogs are socialized and trained properly to maximize the chance of adoptions working out. A truly great place to find a pet to love.

Lora F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I have adopted 4 pets from the La Plata County Humane Society..two dogs and two cats. I was so impressed with the people and the program that I have become a regular volunteer. I mostly work with the dogs who get out 6 days a week in the play yard where they get to socialize with other and learn doggie manners. They also have a dedicated group of folks who take the dogs on walks and a dedicated trainer to help dogs learn to be good citizens. Dogs are given time to adjust and learn to become the best possible companions for future adopters. I love the dedication and care these animals receive during this stressful time in their lives. Love the La Plata County Humane Society!