(Contest Nominee) FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER Works to Bring a Brighter Future for Colorado’s Homeless & Abused Pets

Seven Colorado charities have been nominated in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place on Facebook from March 17-31, 2014. The local community is invited to vote for a nominee and enter prize drawings. $7,500 in cash donations will be split between nominees based on the voting results. CLICK HERE for voting page

Foothills Animal Shelter (FAS) is one of the largest animal shelters and care facilities in metro Denver. In 2013, the Shelter provided a safe haven for over 9,000 animals that were lost, homeless or abused. Most significantly, 89% of those animals were either reunited with lost families or adopted by new families.

“In terms of our mission statement, which is to provide the best care possible for every animal that comes in our doors, we live and breathe it,” explains FAS executive director Heather Cameron.

FAS never turns away an animal. It takes in dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, spiders, hedgehogs, chickens and goats. Equally as impressive is the care the FAS team gives the animal once it enters the facility. The Shelter is able to offer veterinarian services that include spay and neuter procedures, microchipping, dental work, vaccinations and surgeries. For special cases, diagnostics and more extensive dental work may be available from one of the Shelter’s many generous veterinary partners within the community.

If the animal is fragile, too young or injured, they have volunteer foster “parents” who care for the animal until it’s healthy enough to be adopted into its forever home. In 2013 alone, 945 animals were helped through this life-saving program by 155 specially trained volunteers who opened their hearts and homes to provide ‘round-the-clock care.

Founded in 1976, FAS has gone through two locations – and three name changes. The original name was the Jefferson Animal Center, whose sole mission was to act as the county’s dog pound.  As their mission expanded, the organization eventually changed their name in 1994 to the Table Mountain Animal Center. After outgrowing their space, in 2010 they moved to a facility newly built just for them (and three times the size of their previous facility) and changed their name yet again. Their current name, Foothills Animal Shelter, better reflects the new location and geographic region it covers.

Cameron points out that what makes FAS unique is that they not only care for every critter that comes to their doors, they are also devoted to helping out pet owners in all ways possible.

“I think when people think of shelters, they focus on animals — and we’re certainly all about the animals– but we’re focused on people and pet owners as well,” explains Cameron. “We provide services from the beginning to the end of life for animals, and, in doing so, we’re serving the range of people whose lives are touched by those animals.”

For example, custody holds sometimes take place if an animal is brought into the facility by one of the Shelter’s animal control agency partners, due to an owner being hospitalized and having no one to watch their pet. FAS then takes that pet in for 10 days while the family figures out alternative housing for the animal. Additionally, FAS houses animals when natural disasters strike in Jefferson County. Specifically, they have assisted pet owners during wildfires. They serve as the evacuation site for pets of families forced from their homes.

Foothills Animal Shelter is 100% community supported, through the fees it receives for services such as adoptions and spay/neuter services and the pet licensing program. The Shelter also depends on individual and corporate donations and grants to fund its operations.

Foothills Animal Shelter operates with a small staff, complemented by almost 400 dedicated volunteers who perform a range of roles including foster care, dog and cat enrichment, and surgical support, to name just a few. FAS continues to look for additional animal lovers (over the age of 18) who can be matched with a wide variety of the 50+ volunteer roles.

Cameron was very excited to announce that Foothills Animal Shelter is one of only 50 shelters in the country chosen to compete in this summer’s ASPCA Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge. “We compete against one another to get more animals adopted and more animals returned to their owners than ever before.” The community is invited to help by getting the word out to friends and family about this upcoming contest.

A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go to the Shelter’s foster program to help medically fragile animals that require special medication, supplies and diets.

For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org


Vote to Give Foothills Animal Shelter a $5,000 Hand-Up

As a family owned bank focused entirely on the Front Range, Citywide Banks shares a commitment to our local community with Foothills Animal Shelter. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contest, we are proud to spotlight the great work and ongoing needs of Colorado nonprofits. The local community is invited to cast a vote on Facebook for one of seven nominated Colorado causes. Based on the 15-day vote, Citywide Banks will divide $7,500 in cash contributions among the seven charities nominated by bank employees. The charity with the most votes will receive the top $5,000 donation. Contest voters can also enter to win great prizes, including dinner for two at a top Denver restaurant. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. Full contest details are at www.CitywideBanks.com/charity/.

How to Cast Your Vote – March 17-31, 2014
The contest is open to the general public within the Denver/Boulder community (non-customers welcome to participate; no purchase necessary). The easiest way to vote is online by clicking the “Charity Contest” tab on the Citywide Banks Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/citywidebanks. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to cast a vote/entry online. One vote/entry is permitted during the 15-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users can use the sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity. There is even an added bonus prize drawing for those voters that post the contest on their own Facebook timeline.

Spread the Word about Foothills Animal Shelter
Tell your coworkers, friends, and family in Colorado to cast their vote on Facebook. Use the sharing buttons above this article, on the Facebook voting page, or throughout Citywide Banks’ social media pages to help spread the word.

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