Pueblo animal shelter is up and running for adoptions

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) is once again fully in control of animal services in Pueblo City and County.

On Friday, the organization announced it was back up and running for adoptions. The first day they were open they found new homes for a cat and a puppy.

"The cat, named Ivory, came into the shelter because her owner could no longer care for her," the humane society wrote on Facebook. "Thanks to our awesome new customer service employee, Paul, she has found a home filled with love. He adopted her because they have similar eyes. Congrats on the new addition to your family, Paul! The dog, named Jordan, is a four-month-old Havanese puppy who was a stray. After no owner came to claim him, he went up for adoption, and this cutie already found a home. We’re so happy you found the perfect new owners, Jordan!"

HSPPR previously had a contract with Pueblo, but last December city leaders declined to renew it, opting instead to partner with PAWS For Life. PAWS then took over animals services and shelter operations from HSPPR.

Less than three months into a three-year contract with PAWS, the
shelter relinquished its license following an alarming number of animal deaths and squalid conditions and untimely treatment of injuries, among other allegations.

Pueblo City Council voted 5-1 in late June in favor of a long-term deal with HSPPR. County commissioners voted in kind soon after.