Sitting on the southside of beautiful Pueblo, Colorado, the Southern Colorado Spay and Neuter Association and No Kill Shelter is one of the areas greatest gems when it comes to the care and treatment of pets!

 

Originally opened in 1997, SoCO was established to provide a proactive approach to the increasing pet-population in our area. Seeing that the 2 existing shelters were continually over-flowing and in desperate need of help, the founders of SoCO were excited to take such a progressive step in offering low-cost sterilizations to the public. After a few short months of operations, it was also noted that another shelter was still necessary. The extra rooms and kennels that were a part of the existing veterinary clinic that SoCO purchased were quickly used to house homeless dogs and cats. With the veterinary staff on site, we were able to take in pets that would not necessarily make it in a traditional shelter setting. 

 

After 21 years of operation, SoCO still stands tall and proud! We are still offering our low-cost preventative care to the public, and our no kill shelter is still helping hundreds of unwanted pets a year!

 

2018 has been a very exciting year for us with the addition of two new programs:

The SoCO Paw Responders is a professional, select team of animal rescuers specializing in the safe capture and recovery of lost and stray pets. Since beginning in early January, we have received calls from all over our state for assistance in safely capturing lost pets-whether the team is physically a part of the rescue or just advising, we have saved dozens of lost pets this year alone! Our team has helped so much that we have received thousands of dollars in donations to assist us in purchasing tools for safe capture, including trail cams, TruCatch traps, and other necessities.

The SoCO Bottle Feeding Program was originally designed for our local city shelter, after they voiced their desire for help with one. It was created by our own Executive Director, but was ultimately declined by the city shelter. We were happy to utilize it ourselves and put the program in place in January of 2018. After only a few months of being put into place, the bottle feeding program received such recognition within our city that a grant was given in the amount of $5000.00 by a local grant funding group. Over 100 neonatal kittens have been saved so far this year alone because of this program and we are still going strong! The program recruits and trains foster families to care for neonatal kittens until they are old enough to be adopted. We will be offering bottle feeding certification classes in 2019, so if youre interested please contact us at 719-564-3776.

 

With our original mission statement at the forefront of our facility, we have added these additional programs and are leading the way in animal care in Colorado!