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Humane Society of Fremont County wins national award for low death rate

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 15:31:25-04

CANON CITY, Colo. – An animal shelter in Fremont County is one of two shelters nationwide to win an award that recognizes its work to find new homes for animals without euthanizing them.

The Daily Record reports the Humane Society of Fremont County received the Henry Bergh Achievement Award from the No Kill Advocacy Center. The award is named after ASPCA founder Henry Bergh.

The humane society’s Executive Director Doug Rae said he was surprised when he learned of the award, given the shelter’s small budget and high rate of animals coming in.

"We don't have enough money, we're getting twice the national average for intakes and we're still saving 99 percent of the animals," Rae told the Daily Record.

The shelter’s live release rate so far in 2017 is 99.4 percent and the shelter euthanized its first dog for the year in September, the newspaper reports.