Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | December 23, 2008

Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund

Magic the Magical Kitty

Magic the Magical Kitty

As the New Year marks the beginning of tax season (or so I am told) I thought this would be a great time to remind Pet Column Readers about the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF).  This fund was established by the Colorado State Legislature to curb pet overpopulation and reduce the euthanasia of surplus unwanted pets.  The focus and success of this program makes it, in my opinion, the smartest and most positive act of a legislating body. 

Since it’s inception, a mere 6 years ago, CPOF has subsidized more than 32,000 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in underserved areas of Colorado.  Wow, think about how many homeless and unwanted puppies and kittens 32,000 surgeries have prevented (particularly when you consider that nearly 163,700 dogs and cats entered Colorado shelters last year, and more than 45,000 of these animals were euthanized…)

So how does the fund work?  It is quite easy.  On your Colorado tax return form simply enter the amount you wish to contribute (located on line 38) and the State of Colorado will forward the amount you designate (no amount is too small) to the Pet Overpopulation Fund.

Your donation will enter the collective which helps to fund local coalitions of veterinarians, humane societies, animal care and control agencies, and community groups to perform spay and neuter surgeries in underserved areas of Colorado.  Low income San Miguel and Ouray County residents benefit from this program as Second Chance Humane Society applies for and receives funding from CPOF each year.  This money supports the SCHS Spay/Neuter Voucher Programs for both counties.  All the veterinarians within both counties participate in this program with Second Chance.

CPOF also helps create and implement education programs encouraging Colorado residents to be responsible pet owners by having their pet’s spayed and neutered.  Second Chance utilizes money from this fund for this purpose, with formal classroom and media-based education, and informal promotion of spay/neuter practices at various community events.

All donations to CPOF are used to directly benefit Colorado pets as administrative services are provided through the State at no cost to the Fund.  Additionally your donation is tax deductible and most importantly – will save the lives of many pets! 

To learn more about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Voucher Program in your area contact the Second Chance Animal Helpline at 626-2273.  To learn more about CPOF visit:

To learn more about me – read on:  My name is Magic (because my rescuers decided I magically survived the rough start to life that I experienced).   I am about 4 months of age and after (also magically) finding my way to the Second Chance Shelter I await my chance to spread a little magic into the lives of my new forever family.   Could that be you?  Will you soon be humming along to my 80’s theme song:

Oh oh it’s magic
When I’m with you (Oh-o, it’s magic)
Oh oh it’s magic, just a little magic (gotta be magic)
You know it’s true
I got a hold on you               –
The Cars

 Happy New Year, Happy Saving Lives, and I hope to see you soon!


Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about  the SCHS Volunteer & Foster Care or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Pet Column questions can be sent to:

Photo by Real Life Photographs


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