"helping the pets of Moffat County since 2002"
Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter
Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter
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Formed in 2002, the Humane Society of Moffat County is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We have no affiliation to any regional, state, or national organization nor do we own or operate the Craig Animal Shelter. Along with other programs and services, we facilitate the adoption or transfer of impounded animals from the Shelter. All donations made to the Humane Society are tax deductible and stay in Moffat County.
Craig Animal Shelter

The Shelter is located at Bear Creek Animal Hospital. Adoption fees are $115 for all cats and dogs, a relatively low cost considering the fee includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and a feline leukemia test for cats. Occasionally, the HSMC will sponsor reduced adoption fee promotions by paying a portion of this fee. State law requires animals be spayed/neutered before leaving for their new home though an adopter can choose to pay a deposit and schedule an appointment to have the procedure done within 30 days.

There were 586 and 649 animals impounded in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Sadly, only an average of 2.5% of cats are claimed by their owners compared to 56% of dogs. Though the total cat number does include feral animals, this is still an extremely small percentage and a problem we hope to address through spay/neuter campaigns and responsible pet ownership education.

The Shelter does not euthanasia unless there are compelling reasons to do so. The euthanasia count involved animals that were in extremely poor health or had aggression issues that prevented the animal from being adopted. ‘Other’ refers to animals that pass due to existing health issues while at the Shelter.

Transfer Program
The HSMC manages and funds the transfer of unadopted pets from the Craig Animal Shelter. By coordinating with other shelters and rescue organizations, we give unadopted pets a better opportunity at finding new homes as quickly as possible. Before transfer to the new facility, the HSMC pays to have the animal made current on vaccinations and spayed or neutered. In 2013, through donations, grants and fundraisers, the HSMC spent $16,570 on the transfer of 46 dogs and 101 cats.
Dozer was a relinquished pup with a great personality! He wasn’t adopted in a timely fashion from the Craig Shelter, so the HSMC coordinated a transfer to another area animal shelter where he was quickly adopted!
When cats remain at the Shelter without being adopted, the HSMC will reach out to find transfer opportunities. Sometimes, cats such as Sam are sent to the adoption program at the Petco in Glenwood Springs.
Buster was relinquished because his family moved and weren’t able to take him. He was at the Shelter for about eight weeks. Thankfully, less than a week after the HSMC transferred him to a network shelter, he was adopted!
Community Assistance
If you or someone you know are experiencing difficulties with owning a pet, please call the HSMC before relinquishing or abandoning your friend.Through our Community Assistance Program for Moffat County residents, we help families who find themselves struggling through temporary hard times. Our ultimate goal is to help pet owners keep their beloved pet in their home. Visit the Services page on our website to learn more. In an emergency, please call us at 970-824-7235.

Emergency Medical Funding and Fostering
The HSMC Emergency Medical Fund and Fostering Program are used to help homeless pets receive needed medical attention and/or foster care. Pets are treated or fostered and then adopted locally or transferred to area shelters that afford them better adoption opportunities. Here are a few of the pets we've helped so far this year.
Truman was injured after a run in with a large, mean dog. With the help of Bear Creek Animal Hospital and the Wags and Menace Foundation, the HSMC was able to use monies from its Emergency Medical Fund to save Truman’s leg. Truman has been adopted and is healing nicely!
When Lucy arrived at the Shelter as a stray she had a badly injured eye. The HSMC was able to help Lucy and pay for her medical treatment. Luckily, Lucy didn’t have to stay at the Shelter long. She was adopted less than seven days after arriving!

Belle came to the Shelter as a stray after being hit by a car. Her right front leg was badly injured and had to have part of it amputated. The HSMC paid for that medical expense. Thankfully, Belle healed quickly and was adopted! Thanks to Bear Creek Animal Hospital for their efforts!
Please Donate - Make Your Tax-Deductible Donation Today!
Our programs and services are funded entirely by donations, fundraisers and grants.These monies help sustain our reduced adoption fee program, transfer program, and foster program; emergency medical funding; and community assistance efforts. Every dollar helps and is appreciated. Please, Become a Member and donate today!
Fundraisers and Events

Bowling Fundraiser
On August 16, 2014, in collaboration with the Bank of Colorado, the Humane Society held a Bowling Fundraiser.  The event earned nearly $3,000. Those monies were then matched by the Bank of Colorado making a total fundraiser earnings of $6,000! The event would not have been a success without all the sponsors who supported us, vendors who contributed prizes, Thunder Rolls for their efforts, and participants who came out to bowl!  Huge thanks and shout outs to the Bank of Colorado for their support and obvious compassion for the pets of Moffat County! Join us next year!

Pet Fair
A Pet Fair was hosted by Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The event was a resounding success thanks to the employees and businesses who participated. Vaccinations were given, dogs washed, city dog licenses sold, pet food deals found, and BBQ eaten! A great day was had by all!
Colorado Resources for Horse Owners, Rescues and Agencies
Ineiokj2o09q8z 2008, a noticeable rise in the number of cases of reported horse neglect and abuse prompted the creation of the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance. The Alliance’s at-risk fund assists rescues, farriers, veterinarians, animal control groups, and law enforcement with equine health care needs including gelding and end of life euthanasia. Horse owners can visit their website for other available services and assistance. Private horse owners can also find help at the Colorado Dream Catcher Therapy Center.  Along with horse rescue and therapy programs, the DCTC can assist owners by providing hay donations when they cannot afford it themselves. During times of financial hardship, rather than relinquishing a horse or compromising its care, the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank can provide aid in the form of necessary health care and feed. Visit their respective websites and discover what resources each can provide.
Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance
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Happy Trails
If you've adopted a pet from the Craig Animal Shelter, we would love to hear and see how you and your new pet are doing! Please open our Submission Form and send us your story and picture(s)! We'll post them in our Blog, and on our Facebook page!
Never Give Up Hope!
This past summer, Hope was found on Black Mountain by a kind couple who were camping in the area.They found her alone, injured and scared. She’d been shot at by other campers who said they were trying to scare her away. She was hit a number of times in the front legs and taken to the Craig Animal Shelter.

Hope turned out to be an incredibly sweet and friendly dog who’d recently had a litter of pups. She healed nicely, but was left with a slight limp. Unfortunately, being a Pitbull mix, she stayed in the Shelter for nearly seven weeks. We are so thankful for the HSMC Facebook community who took up Hope’s cause and shared her story far and wide! Her new family saw Hope’s story, recognized her for the loving dog she is, and adopted her! 

Hope is now named Nyx, which means Goddess of the Night! Her owners say she has easily become a part of their young family and acts more human than dog. Her new family includes children ages 8, 5 and 11-months all of whom enjoy playing with her. The baby is one of Nyx’s favorites! Nyx has gotten used to cars and horses and loves to snuggle with her owner mom who says she is a pleasure!

So, the moral of the story is to never, ever give up Hope...or Nyx!
Here are a few photos we've received from adopters and fosters of pets from the Craig Animal Shelter. Please go to our Website and submit yours!
Top Ten Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
  3. Your spayed female won't go into heat.
  4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.
  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
  7. It is highly cost-effective.
  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
  9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Please Donate - Make Your Tax-Deductible Donation Today!
Our programs and services are funded entirely by donations, fundraisers and grants.These monies help sustain our reduced adoption fee program, transfer program, and foster program; emergency medical funding; and community assistance efforts. Every dollar helps and is appreciated. Become a Member and donate today! 
City Market Community Rewards
City Market will make a donation to the Humane Society whenever you swipe your value card! To enroll, visit the City Market website and follow the instructions. The Humane Society of Moffat County's organization number is 10755. Every time you shop at City Market and swipe your card, the homeless pets of Moffat County benefit!

Amazon Smile
Shop at AmazonSmile for the same products, same prices and same service as their regular site. After you enroll, each time you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the HSMC!

Take Your Walk for a Dog!
Don’t just take your dog for a walk, take your walk for a dog! With the WoofTrax app for iPhone or Android, every mile you walk, WoofTrax will make a donation to the Humane Society! Download the app, select the Humane Society of Moffat County as the organization you are walking for and then take your dog for a walk! It’s healthy for you, your dog, and the Shelter! It’s ok if you don’t own a dog - you can still use the app and help! You can also use it on your treadmill rather than venturing out on a particularly cold day.
Let's do some good while searching!
Goodsearch is a search engine that you use to earn donations for the HSMC. Go to their website, enroll and select the Humane Society of Moffat County as the cause you support, and then use it for all your internet searches. You will earn one cent for each search you perform. In the upper right hand corner, you can see your donation grow as you perform your searches. Make Goodsearch your homepage and use it all the time! The dogs and cats say thanks!
We've Got a New Look!
Visit our redesigned website and find out what we’re up to, learn about our programs and services, see a list of adoptable pets at the Craig Animal Shelter, read and follow our Blog, or find informational material and links. Be sure to “like” us on our Facebook page. There you’ll get daily news and information on us as well as the pets at the Shelter.
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