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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

They’re cute, they’re cuddly and they always do what they’re told… kinda. There’s a reason they’re known as man’s best friend. If you’re a dog lover, you know there’s nothing better than coming home to a furry companion who loves you more than life itself.

Dogs are the best, and this month you can celebrate them even more, because October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! This month-long celebration seeks to commemorate all the shelter and rescue dogs who are still out there looking for a home. If you want to celebrate our favorite canine friends this month, check out these fun furry tips!

Adopt a shelter dog.
Of course the most obvious way to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is to adopt a dog! In fact, adopting a shelter dog has actually been proven to be really good for you. According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a recent poll suggested that people who adopt a dog from a shelter are more likely to have an overall positive feeling about the experience than people who purchase from a pet store.

If you’re in the market for a new furry companion, help save a life by adopting from a local shelter or rescue group. And don’t forget: old dogs and big dogs need love too!

Volunteer with a shelter.
If you don’t have the capacity to take in a new furry roommate right now, fear not! You can still celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by volunteering or donating to your local animal shelter. Contact and ask if they have a donation wish list, marketing materials they would like shared in the community or any immediate needs they may have.

Volunteers are always useful to have around taking care of the pooches and helping out employees. Check it out and see how much fun you can have celebrating this month.

Share the news.
When it comes to helping out your community shelter, friends and family are an invaluable resource. Be sure to share the news about Adopt a Shelter Dog month with your contacts on social media, work or school.

If you want to be even more involved, go bigger by hosting a pooch party for some of your fellow dog lovers, and use it to raise money or needs items for a shelter or canine rescue group. The more people who know about Adopt a Shelter Dog month, the more furry friends will be saved and adopted into loving homes.

Spay or neuter your dog.
Finally, don’t forget about the importance of spaying or neutering the dog you currently have or your newly adopted puppy this month. Spaying and neutering prevent the possibility of unexpected—and potentially unwanted—puppies in the future, lowering the number of animals who end up in shelters in the first place. In fact, according to American Humane, spayed and neutered animals have even been shown to lead longer, healthier lives than their counterparts.

If you’re a dog lover or animal lover of any kind, go big this October by celebrating National Adopt a Shelter Dog month. You get to enjoy the love of our furry companions, all the while making an impact on a homeless animal’s life. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, so be a force for good and adopt today.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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