I’m one of those weird animal people. If you’re walking down the street in the company of something furry on four legs, you better believe I’m going to make you stop and let me kiss its face. I’ve never been able to understand people who “just don’t like animals.” I’m sorry, who are you?
Because I love critters of all shapes and sizes, except for critters of the snake shape and size – I realize reptiles deserve love just as much as the next of God’s children, but I can’t bury my face in your scales — I’m pretty down with organizations like Safe Place for Pets
. Safe Place serves to place animals of terminally ill patients in new homes around the Pikes Peak region.
In a recent press release, the organization stated that “after 17 years of operating as a ‘virtual’ organization, Safe Place has a home of its own at last, in downtown Manitou Springs.”
“The non-profit organization helps all types of animals” – even snakes? You are better folk than I – "as long as they are pets of terminally ill patients, fostering the pets and finding new homes for the bereaved animals. The animal shelter in Manitou will primarily shelter cats, with dogs and other pets still fostered in volunteers’ homes.”
According to its website, Safe Place was “founded by a Hospice nurse in 1996" and claims to put 90 percent of all funds directly toward the animals.
In celebration of the opening of its new home, Safe Place will be hosting an event Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1141 Manitou Ave. Visitors will get to meet some of Safe Place’s furry friends, as well as enjoy “Halloween photos with the Great Pumpkin, a yard sale, and tours of the new facility.”