FREMONT COUNTY – Odds of a second look for shelter dogs are going up in Fremont County, Colorado. The double takes are all because of a new program called Paws on Patrol.
“Using a shelter dog with one of our Community Service Officers,” said Sgt. Steve Huskey with Canon City Police Department. “Have them take the dog out for a day, get some pictures of them, get them out on Facebook, kind of help the shelter.”
Five years ago, new leadership took over the Humane Society in Fremont County with promises of improvements. There’s been a series of programs showing success, including an army of volunteers who care for the animals’ dietary requirements and take them out for a stroll along the riverwalk for some one-on-one human to dog interaction.
When a Cañon City Police Officer noticed departments across the country featuring Humane Society dogs, it prompted the idea of picking up a dog a week, to buckle up and go for a ride-along.
It’s all about recognition for animals in need of a good home, plus an opportunity for the dogs to get out and about.
Back to those volunteers, they are the eyes, ears, and voice for the shelter in the community. By spreading the good word about animals up for adoption, plus the spay and neuter program, they educate as many people as possible.
Coming soon Fremont County will have a mobile spay and neuter clinic available once a month. We’ll let you know when that happens.