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Dumb Friends League Hosts Ground Breaking Event for New Shelter in Alamosa

On Friday, June 19, the Dumb Friends League is hosting a ground breaking ceremony to kick-off construction of its new animal shelter in Alamosa County, CO.

The San Luis Valley Animal Center ground breaking event will take place at 1 p.m. at 701 Airport Road in Alamosa, CO. Speakers will include Dumb Friends League President and CEO Dr. Apryl Steele, Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen and Alamosa Mayor Mr. Ty Coleman.

“There are currently three state-licensed animal shelters operating in the area that cared for approximately 1,600 dogs combined in 2018, none were able to aid cats,” said Dr. Apryl Steele. “The Dumb Friends League San Luis Valley Animal Center will care for an anticipated 2,500 pets per year, including 800 cats.”

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) awarded a $250,000 grant to the San Luis Valley Animal Center. The ASPCA’s investment will support construction of the new facility and care for lost, stray, abandoned and unwanted pets.

Alamosa County and the City of Alamosa generously donated a parcel of land for the new facility.
Other supporters for the planning, construction and operation of the San Luis Valley Animal Center include Alpine Veterinary Hospital, Animal Arts, Animal Assistance Foundation, Cats Alive, Dell’s Insurance Agency, Inc., Henry Roath, Monte Vista Animal Hospital, Petsmart Charities and Valley Humane League.

Future plans for the new shelter include providing community programs such as low-cost spay and neuter services, behavior support, subsidized veterinary care and humane education classes.

To ensure the community is adequately supported while the San Luis Valley Animal Center is built, the League is currently operating the Valley Humane League shelter in Alamosa.

Anyone wishing to support to the San Luis Valley Animal Center can donate at

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