HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION RECEIVES TOP AWARD FROM NATIONAL ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION
By: Patti Strand Date: 01/16/2012 Category: | Shelter Issues |
So many organizations and agencies in this country, peopled by the caring and the extraordinary, work hard every day to serve animals in need. Most of the time, their high standards and remarkable dedication are obscured by more sensational headlines. But today, a headline belongs to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (Humane Society of PPR) and deservedly so. On October 6, 2006, the Humane Society of PPR received the highest rating ever given by the National Animal Control Association (NACA).
The Humane Society of PPR has served three counties in Colorado since 1949 and cares for an average of 23,000 animals per year. Wanting to know how it could improve, the agency requested an evaluation of its services, facilities and operations by the NACA, whose mission is to help its member organizations function effectively and professionally. Since 1978, it has performed 50 such evaluations, including the one at the Humane Society of PPR.
The NACA Study Team spent more than 50 hours performing an extensive assessment all aspects of the agency’s operations, including animal control services, impoundment, adoptions, lost-pet reclamations, sanitation, disease control, animal care, euthanasia and safety procedures. The NACA Study Team’s report concluded that the agency “is performing at an exceptional level.” The report further stated: “The agency offers several innovative programs and services which have greatly benefited the animals and citizens within the region it serves.”
Dr. Wes Metzler, Executive Director of the Humane Society of PPR, expressed pleasure with the NACA rating, but revealed his agency’s depth of commitment when he said: “The recognition . . . makes us want to work even harder as we move forward with our programs and services for animals in need.”
Animal-control and shelter work can be rewarding, heart-wrenching, draining and so meaningful. The Humane Society of PPR not only serves animals in need but also serves as an example of the best that animal welfare professionals can reach for, and the NAIA extends its respect, admiration and congratulations to the heroic individuals of the Humane Society of PPR.
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