Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | February 16, 2010

Animal Protection Legislation – Take Action!

Haley the Cat not Comet

Last week the Pet Column discussed the scorecard of U.S. legislators relative to their efforts at pushing animal protection laws throughout the nation and the world.  Today I want to talk about a very important piece of State legislation that passed at the Colorado state level about 8 years ago, the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund.  The focus and success of this program makes it, in my opinion, the smartest and most positive act of a legislating body. 

In 2001, the Colorado State Legislature created the Fund to provide subsidized spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in underserved areas of Colorado in an attempt to curb pet overpopulation and reduce the euthanasia of surplus unwanted pets.   As we begin the eighth year of the Fund, the Pet Overpopulation Fund has awarded over $1.4 million in grants for more than 38,400 pet sterilization surgeries in underserved areas of Colorado.  Wow, think about how many homeless and unwanted puppies and kittens 38,400 surgeries have prevented!

Last year over 38,000 of the 158,000 dogs and cats that entered Colorado shelters were euthanized. Although this is a large number of euthanasias, thanks in large part to Pet Overpopulation Fund donors, it is a significant improvement over the prior year when nearly 163,700 dogs and cats entered Colorado shelters 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.  In 2009, as a result of the state checkoff fund, 5,425 spay/neuter surgeries were performed

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 Financial Assistance 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 the Fund for this purpose, with formal 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 me, Haley a darling cat looking for a family to love, or the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program in your area contact the Second Chance Animal Helpline at 626-2273.  To learn more about CPOF visit:

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.


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