Animal Friends Alliance sets new community dog and cat adoption records two years in a row
New shelter planned for 2022 to support growing community
Animal Friends Alliance has broken records for dog adoptions and community cat assistance for two consecutive years, despite ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Animal Friends Alliance will expand with a new shelter building on its Taft Hill campus to increase its ability to help even more homeless animals and pet families in northern Colorado. .
Animal Friends Alliance found homes for 1,132 dogs in 2021, breaking the previous record of 1,080 dog adoptions set in 2020. We are proud to have been able to reunite more homeless dogs with loving families than ever before. Despite concerns about “pandemic pets,” Animal Friends Alliance has not seen a significant increase in the number of pets returned to its shelter in the past two years. “We have found that our community is full of families eager to commit to a new four-legged family member, and we are privileged to be part of this special experience,” Swanty said.
Community cats also had a banner year at Animal Friends Alliance. The organization’s Community Cat Program uses a trap-neuter-vaccinate-return process to help keep the local feral and ownerless cat population under control. The program also brings in friendly community cats and kittens for adoption. In 2021, the program helped 1,124 felines, breaking the previous year’s record of 813 cats helped. “As more cat sitters in the community learn about our program, the demand for help has steadily grown,” Swanty said. “Spaying and neutering community cats not only prevents homeless pets, but also protects native wildlife and keeps pets healthier by reducing community cat populations. We want to continue to serve our community to the best of our resources. ”
To meet the needs of a growing community, Animal Friends Alliance is expanding in 2022 with the construction of a new shelter as part of its Bringing Paws Together fundraising campaign. This change will unify the shelter’s adoption services into one location. The expansion of the organization’s Taft Hill campus will include a new 5,025 square foot building that will house 11 cat colony rooms, community spaces and a new lobby. The project will also include upgrading the existing dog shelter. Animal Friends Alliance’s Mulberry campus will remain home to the organization’s community pet resource programs, including its spay/neuter clinic, Kibble Supply Pet Food Pantry and community cat program. “We are excited about this expansion for many reasons,” Swanty said. “Of course, this beautiful shelter will create a welcoming space for families looking to adopt the perfect cat or dog family member, and we will also have more space to expand our other vital community programs.”
Construction of the new shelter is expected to begin this spring. The project is estimated at $2.95 million. Animal Friends Alliance has currently raised nearly $2 million and is seeking pledges through March 2022. “We hope the community is as excited about this project as we are,” Swanty said. “This organization has done amazing things for our community over the past 15 years while operating out of facilities that were not built for this job. If we can serve over 12,000 animals each year with less than ideal spaces, just imagine what we can do for the animals and the community in this new space.
For more information about the new shelter, please visit BringingPawsTogether.org.