April 20, 2021

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Pueblo animal shelter sees less intakes, more adoptions amid pandemic

Puebloans staying home more in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic made for a “very interesting year” at the Pueblo campus of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, according to Gale Caron, the shelter’s associate director.

Despite having to navigate constantly changing guidelines meant to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and several changes to shelter operations, Caron said the shelter saw very positive outcomes in 2020.

“Overall, what we have noticed — and this is a national trend, it’s not just specific to Pueblo — is that shelter intakes are down, which is absolutely something to celebrate,” Caron said.

“That’s the goal — we want to have less animals coming through our doors and more animals staying in their homes.”

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Intakes and adoptions

Even with fewer animals ending up at the shelter at 4600 Eagleridge Place, overall adoption numbers in 2020 went up.