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2014 Report to the Community

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friends & Loyal Companions, Photo: Dwight Harts Photography MISSION Foothills Animal Shelter’s mission is to provide the best care possible for every animal that enters our doors. Community, Adopt, Reunite and Educate (C.A.R.E.) are the four key principles of our organization. 2014 was another amazing year at Foothills Animal Shelter. Once again we broke our previous year’s records—ending the year with 92% of all the animals we cared for being adopted, reunited with their owners or transferred to rescues. And when we say “animals” at Foothills, we’re not just talking cats and dogs; yes, the vast majority of animals in our care are cats and dogs, but rabbits, birds, fish, turtles, lizards, mice, rats, frogs, sugar gliders, snakes, spiders, chickens, roosters, goats, geese, peacocks, pot belly pigs and guinea pigs (and, in 2014, one lost lamb), find shelter at Foothills. As I reflect on the amazing lifesaving work we accomplished this year, I can’t help but wonder, “How did we do it?” At gatherings with friends and when giving presentations to the public, I describe the work of animal sheltering as being very similar to the work of an emergency room. Like an emergency room, we never close. We never know what is going to come in the door, or how many. Some will be carried in; others may walk in. Some will be very young; others, very old. Some will have broken bones; others, a runny nose. Some need only a safe place to quickly heal; others, longer rehabilitation. The range of needs changes from one day to the next; one minute to the next. Volunteer and financial support are key to our continuing growth, our success, our life-saving work. In 2014, over 450 volunteers gave 33,036 hours. Funding from earned income (including adoptions, spay/neuter services and vaccine clinics), pet licensing and community donations were the three funding streams that supported our daily operations and allowed us to keep our doors open 365 days a year. 2014 was the first full year Foothills Animal Shelter managed the county- wide licensing program for Jefferson County, Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Westminster. Over 46,000 pets were licensed—resulting in more lost animals being brought directly home by Animal Control Officers (therefore avoiding the Shelter altogether) and raising over $750,000 that directly supported operations. In addition, in 2014 Foothills Animal Shelter was a top winner of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. As a result of our life- saving efforts and national standings (4th among 50 shelters across the country and 1st in our division), we were awarded a $50,000 ASPCA grant. The Challenge was our focus from June 1 to August 31. In just three months 2,679 dogs and cats went home through adoption, 2 Foothills Animal Shelter 2014 Report to the Community


2014 Report to the Community
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