Archive | April, 2013

5 Options for Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Vaccinations in Fort Collins

It’s Springtime and that means babies- baby animals! Who doesn’t love baby animals? They are so cute! Kittens, and puppies, and bunnies- oh my!

So you just brought home your new pet- what’s next?

kittensPhoto by London looks

Benefits of spay/neuter

Unless you adopted your new puppy, kitten, or small animal from a shelter, your pet will need to be spayed/neutered. Spaying/neutering has many benefits for you and your pet including:

Your pet may live a longer life!
Spaying and neutering your pet greatly reduces the chance of breast cancer, uterine cancer, and testicular cancer.

Fewer behavior problems
Unaltered pets are more likely to display undesirable behavior such as aggression, and urination and marking inside your home!

Reducing the homeless pet population
Many families have good intentions when allowing their pet to have a litter, but every littler only adds to the pet overpopulation problem. Every litter born is, unfortunately, a death sentence for healthy, adoptable pets already in shelters.

The good news is spaying and neutering is good for your pet good for your pet and your family, and there are plenty low cost options in and around Fort Collins!

Low cost spay/neuter options

01. Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, Fort Collins, CO

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Cat spay/neuter $39 – $59
Dog spay/neuter $84 – $134

02. Larimer Humane Society, various locations across Northern Colorado

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Cat spay/neuter $35 – $55
Dog spay/neuter $55 – 75

03. Denkai Sanctuary, Eaton, CO

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Cat spay/neuter $25 – $40
Dog spay/neuter $55 – $80

04. Boulder Humane Society, Boulder, CO

Low Cost Spay/Neuter for Small Animals

Rabbit, guinea pig, or rat spay/neuter $60 – $90

Benefits of vaccinations

In addition to spaying/neutering your pet, it’s important to make sure your new pet is up-to-date on vaccinations. Not only is it the law, it keeps your pet healthy.

Pet vaccinations aren’t just for the benefit of your pet- they are also required for human health and safety. Did you know rabies have been found in foxes, skunks, and raccoons in Larimer County? Keep your pets and your family safe by vaccinating your pet today!

Low cost vaccinations

01. Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, Fort Collins, CO

Low-cost Vaccination Clinics

Upcoming dates:  Saturday, April 20th and Saturday, May 4th (no appointment required)

Tuesday, April 23rd (appointment required)

Rabies $14
Distemper $12

The Dog Protection Act Passed!

Good news for Colorado dogs- on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 the Colorado senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 226, dubbed the “Dog Protection Act”!

According to Senate Bill 226, dogs are one of the most beloved and popular animals in the United States, and approximately 46 million households contain at least one dog with Colorado listed as one of the most dog friendly states in the country.

The bill further states that in the last 5 years law enforcement officers shot more than 30 dogs- most with no history of aggression and no display of aggression at the time they were shot.

More than 30 dogs shot in the last 5 years? This statistic is heartbreaking! My dogs are my furry family. I worry about my dogs- especially because of the prejudice and myths surrounding “pit bulls”. Some people judge my dogs on the basis of their appearance and not their behavior. I’ve seen people shake their heads disapprovingly as I walk my dogs in my neighborhood. Other people just cross the street.

You might be surprised to read more about the dogs involved in the 30+ dog shootings that have occurred over the last 5 years- I was. The shootings involve a variety of breeds and mix breed dogs, dogs that were confined in their homes and yards, and dogs that displayed no outward signs of aggression at the time of the shooting.

The “Dog Protection Act” specifically names 9 dogs shot in Colorado by law enforcement professionals. Eight of the dogs named in the bill died as a result of the shooting.

One of these dogs is Chloe, a mixed breed therapy dog. Chloe was tasered, collared, and shot 5 times in November 2012 by Commerce City law enforcement after escaping the garage where he was confined. As a therapy dog Chloe would have had an excellent temperament and displayed extraordinary patience and friendliness with people.

Another dog listed in the bill is Ziggy, a blue heeler-border collie mixed breed dog shot and killed in January by Adams County law enforcement responding to a call at the wrong address. Ziggy and his family were not causing any nuisance or public safety risks when police showed up at their door.

Ziggy, fatally shot by Adam's County law enforcement responding to a call at the wrong address.

Ziggy, fatally shot by Adam’s County law enforcement responding to a call at the wrong address. Photo by Jeff Fisher.

These are just a few of the tragic stories of beloved family pets shot by Colorado law enforcement officers in situations that could very well have ended differently.

I choose to believe the law enforcement officers involved in the shootings felt threatened when they pulled out their guns and fired but this is the very reason officers need training to determine when a dog is actually a threat to public and personal safety.

The Dog Protection Act requires local law enforcement agencies to train and enact policies and procedures to prepare officers to safely and humanely deal with dogs they encounter in the line of duty.

There’s plenty of work ahead for Colorado law enforcement agencies and passing this bill is a step in the right direction. While it remains to be seen if Colorado will see a reduction in officer-related shootings of family pets, I remain hopeful we’ll look back in 5 years time with drastically reduced statistics of dog shootings by law enforcement. Thanks, Colorado senate!

6 Events for Animals Around Fort Collins

April is a busy month with many great events supporting pets and pet owners in our community. Check out these fun events happening in April across northern Colorado!

01. Homeward Bound
Thursday, April 4th
6:00p @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building

It’s Longmont Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year and there’s plenty of fine liquor and craft brew tasting, delicious local food, and live bluegrass!

Our friends at Longmont Humane Society have a variety of great programs that support animals not just in Longmont, but around the country.

02. CSU Veterinary Hospital Open House
Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 66:00p on Friday, 9:30a on Saturday @ CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital will be giving tours, offering police dog demonstrations, and seminars on raising backyard chickens, equine sports medicine, diet and nutrition for cats, and more at their annual Open House.

03. Fort Collins Cat Rescue Kitten Shower
Sunday, April 7th

2:00p @ Fort Collins Cat Rescue

What is a Kitten Shower? It’s just like a baby shower but these babies are cute furry little kittens! Stop by and support the Fort Collins Cat Rescue by bringing a shower gift, playing shower games, and maybe even win a prize!

Go ahead and bring the kids, too, there will be activities and games especially for them!

04. Choice Comedy Night Presents….. Sit, Stay, Speakeasy!
Saturday, April 13th
6:30p @ The Lincoln Center

Join Animal House Rescue and Grooming for a taste of the roaring 20′s for a night of jazz, comedy, prizes, and plenty of good news about Animal House’s success in our community!

05. Spring Into Adoption
Saturday, April 20th
9:00a @ Larimer Humane Society

Larimer Humane Society Spring Into Adoption even offers adoption specials, free activities for kids, and food and entertainment!

06. Bunny Tune-up Class
Saturday, April 20th

10:00a @ Colorado House Rabbit Society Bunny Barn

If you’re a bunny parent attending a Bunny tune-up class is worth your time (and worth the jaunt to Broomfield)! The Bunny Tune-up will teach you how to handle your rabbit comfortably and safely, provide grooming tips, and information on the health of your bunny.

Fort Collins Animal Events

Hightail it to one or more of these awesome April events! And follow Tails of Fort Collins on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on events in our community!