Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter kicked off its aggressive spay/neuter campaign in October 2007. Since that time, our campaign has resulted in the neutering of over 15,000 dogs and cats. Pitkin County is fortunate to have a nearly zero- percent euthanasia rate and has not euthanized an adoptable dog or cat in more than twenty years. We took our campaign to other counties throughout Colorado’s Western Slope, partnering with vets in the Roaring Fork Valley, New Castle and as far away as Meeker, Craig, Grand Junction and Rangely, to provide these services. In 2011 FAAS expanded our campaign and continue to help address the spay/neuter and rescue needs of the “Four Corners” region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. The exceptionally high volume of homeless pets – including at least 500 feral cats in 90 distinct colonies – located near Cortez and on the adjacent Indian Reservation Lands has resulted in one of Colorado’s highest euthanasia rates. In February 2013 our program expanded to the Navajo Nation lands of northern Arizona where, unfortunately, hundreds of stray, neglected spay/neuter certificates to area residents, supporting spay/neuter clinics on Reservation Lands, rescuing stray dogs and assisting with the sterilization of entire feral cat colonies. We have recently expanded our program to Merced, California--one of the poorest counties in California with an overwhelming population of unwanted dogs and cats due to the lack of neutering in the area.
Our program targets low-income families who could not otherwise afford to neuter their pets.
We are grateful to you, our supporters, for enabling us to aggressively fight pet overpopulation and help to end the killing of adoptable pets. If you would like to donate to our programs, please call the shelter at 970.544.9247. We will be able to process online credit card donations in the near future. We are so sorry for the temporary inconvenience. Contributions can also be mailed to us at Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 985, Aspen, Colorado 81612. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our EIN is 84-1564816. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
More about the importance of neutering your pets...
In the United States, pet overpopulation results in the unnecessary killing of millions of loving, adoptable dogs and cats every year. There is ongoing discussion about how many kittens one cat and her offspring can produce over a seven-year period. Some say approximately 420,000 kittens while others argue that, in reality, that number is closer to 200,000. A female dog and her offspring can produce well over 100,000 dogs. Regardless of what the “real” numbers are, we can all agree that is far too many dogs and cats that would be brought into a country where we kill over three million homeless pets per year. The importance of neutering our pets cannot be underestimated. It is vitally important in curbing pet overpopulation, not only in our valley but in our country. FAAS hopes to target surrounding areas and help reduce the euthanasia rates of Colorado’s Western Slope shelters.
There are numerous misconceptions about spaying and neutering pets. The procedure actually helps pets live longer, healthier lives. It can greatly reduce health problems such as testicular cancer and prostate disease in male pets and practically eliminates the possibility of ovarian and breast cancer in female pets. Neutered cats are less likely to spray or stray and it reduces aggressiveness and the urge to roam in dogs.