BEST FUR BABIES CHRISTMAS GIFT

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

They were Bringing Them Home for the Holidays at the shelter, and animal lovers nationwide were delighted with a photo that went viral. During December, donations covered adoption fees for the cats and dogs 5 and older. That helped send 185 dogs to forever homes and emptied the kennels at HSPPR for the first time. Empty kennels, so workers and volunteers jumped in instead, waving a holiday salute out open doors. The special donations helped 193 cats find homes as well. And the year's adoption rate was pushed to an exciting 10,500.

— LINDA NAVARRO