Shelter receives grant to care for dogs during county repairs

The Roice-Hurst Humane Society in  the Grand Valley will use a grant to help pay for housing dogs from Mesa County Animal Services while that agency repairs its facility.

The Roice-Hurst Humane Society received a Rachael Ray Save Them All grant from the Best Friends Animal Society and has committed to transferring at least 200 dogs from Mesa County Animal Services.

“This grant allowed us to partner with Mesa County Animal Services during a critical time when their resources were limited and their space was reduced by more than half,” said Anna Stout, executive director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. “We felt it was our responsibility to step up and take in as many dogs as possible from them since these dogs come straight from our community. Our goal is to find loving homes for the 200 dogs that are being transferred from animal services to our facility and make sure they can continue doing the amazing work they do without the fear of having to go back to the days of euthanizing for space.”

The grant will offset the cost of caring for those dogs as well as spaying and neutering and other medical services.

Mesa County Animal Services has not euthanized a healthy, adoptable pet since 2009 thanks in part to transfer agreements with shelters like Roice-Hurst.

The Best Friends Animal Society is a national welfare organization dedicated to ending euthanizing dogs and cats in shelters. Since 1984, the group has helped to reduce the number of animals euthanized in U.S. shelters from 17 million a year to 4 million a year.

The Roice-Hurst Humane Society operates an animal shelter and adoption center and offers services and resources designed to keep pets in their homes.