Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation at Pikes Peak Hospice, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St., Colorado Springs
February 29, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
This private event is for all SP4P volunteers and fosters to celebrate everything they do!
Volunteer Orientation at Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave.
March 3, 6 pm - 8 pm
Please join us if you've ever thought about volunteering or if you'd just like to know more about SP4P.
Pet Pantry Adoption Events 5148 N. Academy Blvd., March 5, 10 am - 4 pm Upcoming: May 30 and June 21 Volunteers needed!
SP4P at the Sky Sox Game June 1 - save the date! More details to follow.
Tickets are already available for anyone who adopts a dog February through April!
I'm Rowdy, a 12-year-old Manchester terrier who is getting into
better shape (I was a bit overweight when I joined the Safe Placing
program). I’m up to date on my shots, and I can walk much better
now that my very long toenails got trimmed. I like
to go out on a short leash walk, but I'm quite at home on your
lap or on the
of the couch, where I can survey all that is going on. I'm
looking for a nice calm home. My foster mom says I'm quiet
and very sweet, and I don't bark much unless I need to let her know that
I see someone new. I know basic commands, but I may not
always respond right away. I have been crate trained, and I don’t
mind getting a bath. Do you have a couch I can hang out
on? Would you like to pet a sweet little dog like me?
adoptions are off to a great start for 2016! In December, the Safe
Place for Pets Welcome Center in Manitou Springs was at full occupancy –
15 cats! After lots of adoptions were completed in January and
February, it is not quite so crowded and hectic (thank you,
adopters!). Currently, 10 cats are residing at the Welcome
Center and three kitties are in foster homes. All of them are
looking forward to their new forever homes
would be delighted to meet you! Please stop by the Welcome Center
(1141 Manitou Ave.) on the weekends to visit them or contact Safe Place
for Pets at 719-359-0201 to arrange a meet-and-greet. One of
these delightful felines just might pick you for a new forever family
Message from the Board
though had thought about options should I become unable to care for my
animals, I never took action until my friend died unexpectedly from an
aneurysm at the age of 62. Since my friend never made any
plans for her dog, her out-of-town children thought they were doing
the right thing and had her healthy 10-year-old Yorkie euthanized,
and buried his urn with her. Many of us were stunned to learn
about this at the funeral; we felt so helpless and hurt from the loss of
such a good person as well as her wonderful dog.
I wondered at the time if people had the same thought as I used to have,
where I was arrogant enough to believe that my dogs would never get
over me should something happen to separate us.
The question is, how often does this happen and can we as an
organization do anything to help educate current owners, potential
owners, lawyers, financial planners, churches, and schools to help
reduce the chances of this situation from recurring?
During my time working with SP4P and the National Mill Breed Rescue, I
have learned that animals are much more open, loving, and forgiving than
humans. As you all know, in the right setting and with patience
and understanding, most – if not all – rehomed animals will
flourish. I have personally adopted over eight older dogs in the
last 15 years, and I’ve helped the National Mill Breed Rescue and SP4P
rehome at least nine dogs.
Hopefully with all our combined experience we can find ways to educate
people so they can plan for their animals – and the key word here is
PLAN (instead of react)!
Judi Brodil Intake Coordinator
Congratulations to all of these furry friends! They found their Forever Homes!