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Pueblo’s move to a no-kill animal control operation will borrow lessons from Cañon City

After a controversial transition from Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region to PAWS for Life, Animal Services Pueblo has changed it mentality to a no-kill operation. (Kevin Malella for PULP)

The transition to no-kill animal services “went better than anyone could have hoped for,” said PAWS For Life’s Linda Mitchell in February. Mitchell heads the organization, which was contracted for the next three years by both Pueblo city and county governments in early January to handle animal control and shelter services.

Mitchell added that PAWS now operates two shelters – the newly added city-county animal services shelter off Eagleridge Boulevard west of Interstate 25 in north Pueblo, and the PAWS shelter off Pueblo Boulevard due north of the Pueblo City Park and Zoo in west Pueblo. The west Pueblo facility has been a no-kill shelter for more than 40 years.

Although the first-month no-kill transition in Pueblo, from Mitchell’s perspective, was going smoothly, you need to drive only about 40 miles west on U.S. 50 to see a top-notch, nationally recognized no-kill government-contracted animal shelter, which has been in operation for about five years now.

In 2017, the Cañon City-based Humane Society of Fremont County was one of two no-kill shelters in the United States to win the Henry Bergh Achievement Award handed out by the Oakland, Calif.-based No Kill Advocacy Center...

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