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January 2013
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Foothills Animal Shelter 2012 At-a-GlanceYear in Review


True to our important mission, we worked diligently to provide the best care possible for each of the 7,881 animals that entered our doors in 2012. Whether taking in a lost and injured animal from a local veterinary clinic, litters of orphaned kittens, or a well-loved pet whose owner entered hospice care, we are here to serve our community.


To help prevent pet overpopulation, and certain health and behavior issues, we performed approximately 3,800 spay/neuter surgeries in the Surgical Suite at our Shelter and our Mobile Surgical Unit. We served as the Jefferson County evacuation center for pets displaced by wildfires; took in hundreds of animals from hoarding situations; adopted 4,402 pets including 650 at offsite locations; transferred in 565 animals from other shelters and placed 310 pets with breed-specific rescue groups and member organizations of the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance.


The Shelter also had several unique animals in our care, including a tarantula, a lorikeet, sugar gliders, a peacock, an alligator, and a sweet little piglet that will live a long life on a family farm in Oregon!


Even with all of these successes, 481 animals were still in our care at the start of the new year. 


One of our biggest goals for 2013 is to help more lost pets get home. Through our concentrated efforts last year, we were able to reunite 1,735 pets with their families. But some owners never came to claim thousands of pets without license tags or microchips. We will be looking to you - our friends and supporters - to encourage all community members to register their pets this year. Please help ensure that all pets have a safe and quick way to return home.

Note: This article utilizes Asilomar Accords Animal Statistics.


Visit FoothillsAnimalShelter.org to learn more about our services >>

CodyNew Year's Resolution


Out with the old and in with the new? Cody, a 10-year-old Border Collie, is awfully glad that one special adopter never made that resolution!


While his eyesight might be a bit diminished and his joints occasionally sore, this senior dog is now a well-loved companion. A pet lover (whose Border Collie had recently passed) met Cody this January and the match was instantaneous. There was not a dry eye at the Shelter! 


The saying about Shelter pets is so true: "They pick you." We welcome you to visit Foothills Animal Shelter this year and see which furry, feathered, or scaled friend chooses you! 


View our young, old, big, little - and all very special - adoptable pets >>



Sirius BlackTender care - and homemade sweaters - help heal a badly wounded cat


He was found in severe pain with large areas of raw skin. Lost and frightened, this two-year-old cat was brought to Foothills Animal Shelter where he met a devoted caregiver.


Read Sirius Black's story >>

Every time an animal in our care is adopted or reunited with its family, every time an animal receives care, medical assistance, fostering and training - it is thanks to your support throughout the year!


With our deepest gratitude,
Foothills Animal Shelter 

Featured Pet - Wallace
Wallace, Pet ID 111588
Featured Pet:
After several weeks of medical attention and nutritious food, happy-go-lucky Wallace is now looking for a forever home! Please help this exuberant guy find a family to love.

Vaccine, Microchip & Licensing Clinics

No appointment needed!

Licenses and microchips can be purchased anytime during our open hours, but vaccines are only available during clinics: 


At our Shelter:
580 McIntyre St., Golden

Wednesdays & Fridays, 3 - 4 pm


In our Community:


Saturday, Jan. 19,

Murdoch's Westminster


Saturday, Feb. 16,

Murdoch's Westminster

A Simple Fix:
Mobile Spay/Neuter
February 1:
Location TBD
February 8:
Best Friends Pet Care, Wheat Ridge
February 15: Murdoch's Westminster

Volunteer of the Month
Learn how this active outdoor enthusiast, retired researcher and vet tech applies her medical knowledge and great love for animals to her many volunteer roles.