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Humane Society of the South Platte Valley


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HSSPV’s Mission:
To be a leader in saving lives and serving communities by providing innovative care for animals, finding loving homes for animals, and reuniting families.


WHO WE ARE:
The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley (HSSPV) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to serve the communities of south Denver. Our humane society offers shelter, care, and compassion for lost, stray, and unwanted animals, until they are reclaimed by their families or adopted into a new home.


WHAT WE DO:
At the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, we are committed to strengthening the bond between pets and people and being the community’s animal welfare resource. Our philosophy is that a humane society should serve the community by taking in lost, stray, and abandoned animals and providing those animals with the best care during their stay at our shelter. We provide enrichment programs for the animals in our care, including a social play group environment for both dogs and cats. These enrichment programs are based on the latest research in animal behavior and animal neuroscience. A great team of volunteers makes sure our dogs get walked at least two, and often three, times a day. Our animals don’t have time limits for placement, and we often spend many months rehabilitating an animal, so they learn to trust humans and overcome their fears and anxieties. Our goal is to give these animals a second chance for a new beginning with a new family.


OUR PHILOSOPHY:
Not all sheltering organizations share our philosophy of enrichment, socialization, and rehabilitation. Sadly, many organizations are forced to make difficult decisions about which animals to save, based on their resources and the holding capacity of their facilities. It is the philosophy of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley to help these sheltering organizations, not only in the metro area but all over the state. Many small shelters in small towns in eastern and southern Colorado don’t have the resources or facilities to house many dogs; that is why we jump in to help. Our philosophy is to save as many animals as we possibly can by providing both behavioral and medical resources as well. We have established fantastic partnerships to make this happen. We transfer dogs in weekly from other shelters all over the state. We spend our resources to rehabilitate both medical and behavioral issues that other sheltering organizations might not choose to take on. We are proud of our philosophies and the work we have done in enrichment and rehabilitation from the day we opened our doors in December of 2009.
Humane Society of the South Platte Valley
2129 West Chenango Ave
Littleton, CO 80120
303-703-2938

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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