**Update** Deacon is doing so well at our Taft Hill campus. He's still a little timid, but we're providing tons of treats and love while he adjusts to life at the shelter. In some of the recently added photos, you can see him out and about on one of his daily walks with Dog Animal Care Supervisor Shealynn.
Deacon escaped from his new owner on Oct 10, 2020. Thanks to an inspiring and herculean effort by a community in south Fort Collins, Colo., he's safe and sound with us at Animal Friends Alliance, where he will be waiting for a new family to make him theirs.
Deacon, the lucky pup shown in these photos, escaped from his new owner at a shopping center in Fort Collins after being adopted from another local animal shelter. The neighbors in the community he chose as his hideaway noticed him wandering around alone, and banded together to help. A vet from Countryside Animal Hospital, who works closely with us at Animal Friends Alliance, became involved in the efforts to help, and she reached out to our staff and other animal-loving community members to see what they could do.
Since Animal Friends Alliance doesn't own a dog trap, another kind citizen loaned their trap to the efforts to catch Deacon. When his original adopter made the difficult decision that he couldn't give Deacon the home this sweet pup needs, several people involved in the efforts to rescue Deacon asked if Animal Friends Alliance would be willing to accept Deacon once he was safe and secure, and we happily agreed!
The endeavor required persistence, compassion, and hard work from many community members who gave time, kibble, and front porch space in order to ensure that Deacon could have the best future possible. After several last-minute trap escapes and a few days of feeding him inside the trap, which had been disabled so as not to scare him, the trap was set, and the waiting began. It didn't take long - Deacon entered, began to eat, and the trap sprung!
After a night spent in a loving foster home (and getting head scratches from Mackenna while she completed her homework), Deacon was successfully transferred to Animal Friends Alliance the morning of Thursday October 22, where he has settled in nicely and made himself right at home!
Deacon is awaiting a new family to make him all theirs, and in the meantime we estimate his cost of care to be around $250 to keep his kennel clean, his blankets fluffy, and his toys squeaky and peanut-butter filled. In addition, Animal Friends Alliance is working to purchase two more traps, which can be used to help create more happy endings for dogs like Deacon.
Any money raised beyond what is needed to purchase two traps and provide care for Deacon will be used to help some of the nearly 3,500 animals that Animal Friends Alliance will shelter this year.
We are so grateful for the time, labor, and care of the community that came together to get Deacon off the street and into a new home. We thank you all, and Deacon thanks you all as well.
Animal Friends Alliance is a “limited admission, adoption guarantee shelter” for cats and dogs. This means we have to limit how many animals we take in due to space and financial restrictions, but we guarantee that every animal we take in will stay with us until they find a good home. We are 100% committed to every cat and dog that comes to us, and we do our best to make sure each one goes to the right home with an adopter who is ready to make a lifelong commitment to them. If for any reason an adopter cannot keep the animal they adopted from us, we will always take them back.
By providing subsidized spay and neuter for both dogs and cats, our spay/neuter clinic offers a proactive solution to pet homelessness. The clinic also provides preventative health care including vaccinations, deworming, heartworm testing, feline viral testing, and microchipping. For pet owners who are in a low-income bracket or receive government assistance, we offer financial assistance for spay/neuter through the Prevent A Litter Plus (PAL+) Program, and free supplemental pet food through the Kibble Supply Pet Food Pantry.
Animal Friends Alliance is an IRS 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID# 20-4969731. We operate solely on monetary and in-kind donations, fundraising, and grants. We receive no government funding.