Our society is at a critical point in shaping the future of animal welfare. Pets matter deeply to us, and protecting pets is vital to a healthy community. While most people mean well in their attempts to change public policy around how we care for homeless pets, some recent decisions have created regulations that are leading to unintended suffering for the very pets that people are trying to protect. We must educate colleagues, friends, family members, neighbors and policy makers so public policy results in animals receiving the care and respect they deserve.
For decades, animal advocates, veterinarians and shelter and rescue groups have worked tirelessly in Colorado to champion animal welfare. This work has led to statewide outcomes that were unimaginable only 30 years ago. But what is it that we stand for?
The Socially Conscious Animal Community is a framework that allows each of us to understand our role in creating best outcomes for pets. This concept is based on respectful treatment of animals. It’s about placing every healthy and safe animal that ends up in a shelter or rescue. It’s about transparency and leadership. It’s about thoughtful public policy. It’s about safe communities. We must work together to create the best outcomes for all animals while nurturing the human-animal bond.
Ensure every unwanted or homeless animal has a safe place to go for shelter and care
Place every healthy and safe animal
Assess the medical and behavioral needs of homeless animals and ensure these needs are thoughtfully addressed
Align shelter policy with the needs of the community
Alleviate suffering and make appropriate euthanasia decisions
Consider the health, wellness and safety of animals for each community when transferring animals
Enhance the human-animal bond through safe placements and post adoption support
Foster a culture of transparency, ethical decision making, mutual respect, continual learning and collaboration