GOLDEN, Colo. — After 48 dogs were brought to the Foothills Animal Shelter (FAS) within the span of a few days, the shelter decided to ask the public for a helping hand to get the animals ready for adoption.
The dogs, which are various breeds, came from three unrelated high-volume incidents. Local animal control agency partners brought them to the shelter.
The average cost of the dogs is $30 per day, though many need surgical interventions to repair injuries and dental extractions. The shelter said the cost to care for all of the animals is climbing toward $20,000.
The shelter is now asking for help with this cost.
"This is why we’re here — to give a temporary home to animals who have lost theirs,” said FAS Executive Director Connie Howard. “We’re thankful for our incredibly generous community who help us to help them.”
All of the animals have been examined and staff said the healthy ones should become available for adoption within a few days. A couple are already ready to go to their new homes.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to add a new pet to their family while supporting the urgent needs of some of the other animals who are not yet ready for adoption,” Howard said.
Donations will help the newly rescued 48 dogs and more than 12,000 other animals that FAS helps each year. To make an online contribution, visit the FAS website here. The shelter is also asking for towels and blankets, small dog beds, small Frisco brand mesh harnesses for dogs (12-16.5 inches) and dog toys for small- to medium-sized dogs.
The FAS is located at 580 McIntyre Street in Golden. For more information, call the shelter at 303-278-7575.