You’re invited to the Animal Shelter Baby Shower April 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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By Robson Reyes | Humane Society of Pagosa Springs

Be sure to attend our first Animal Shelter Baby Shower to support your local Humane Society and the upcoming puppy and kitten season on April 2 at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association clubhouse from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Every spring, our shelter is overwhelmed with kittens and puppies in need of care until they are ready for adoption. Each precious life in our care receives an examination. Kittens are weighed, scanned for ringworm, tested for FELV, vaccinated and dewormed. We keep a careful chart of their weight progress and re-vaccinate as they continue in our care. 

Every year, we see the heartbreak of puppies who lose their lives to parvovirus by not being properly vaccinated, so each puppy is tested prior to entering the shelter and then quarantined until a second test is performed. Puppies then follow much the same routine with a series of three DA2PP vaccination to protect them from distemper and parvo, and are dewormed. 

The average time in the shelter for newborns is around three months of constant monitoring and care, and bottle feeding when a foster home is not available. We are always looking for caring people to foster these tender charges, so if you have an interest, please contact the shelter to apply. 

As you can imagine, this care comes at a substantial cost, which is far from offset by our low adoption fees. So, this is where you come in. We need your support to help provide the critical funding that pays for medical services, food and shelter to help these babies in need. 

Our Animal Shelter Baby Shower will be full of games you can enjoy with your friends and family, as well as auction items you can bid on, including weekend passes to the 2022 Durango Wine Experience. The winner of these passes will enjoy a three-day event in downtown Durango, which includes educational seminars, wine dinners, unique tastings and much more. There will be hundreds of wineries from around the globe, Colorado artisan spirits and Durango craft beers. You definitely want to bid on those passes. For our animal lovers, we will have multiple baskets for your pets to enjoy as well as the opportunity to name a litter of pups and kittens that come into the shelter this spring. 

Visit our website, www.hspagosa.org, for details on the event. You can purchase a ticket to attend, buy shower gifts online through the Amazon on our site or buying from our registry at our local Chow Down. You can also make a monetary donation to help cover veterinary costs. 

Light refreshments will be served at the event and there will also be great items for the silent auction. Come and see your friends, bring a buddy and enjoy an afternoon of fun. The kittens and puppies will thank you.

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs is a local, private nonprofit organization that operates the only animal shelter in Archuleta County. Your local humane society does not receive funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, ASPCA or any other national animal welfare organizations. Private donations, grants and thrift store revenues cover only a portion of animal shelter operating expenses. The remainder of shelter costs must be met through fundraising events.

Funds raised through our events directly benefit the homeless dogs and cats in our community. Board members and volunteers donate their time and talents to handle fundraising efforts by the organization and new volunteers are always welcome. 

For more information about donating, please contact the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs administration office at (970) 264-5549 or email us at hsadmin@humanesociety.biz. 

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.