There are lots of new and exciting things happening here at the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter. We wanted to take this time to share what’s going on and introduce you to our management team.

Shelter happenings

Starting in February, Planned Pethood Leadville and your shelter will partner to host Monthly Q&A with our professional dog trainer – cat questions are also welcome. This will occur the first Sunday of every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom until we are able to host it in person. Anyone who has adopted from the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter between January 2020 and the present receives free entry. Community members are welcome to attend.  We ask that community members give a donation to Planned Pethood Leadville for the shelter expansion fund and then the meeting link will be emailed to them.

This year we will begin partnering with national organizations such as the ASPCA, Maddie’s Fund, ASPCA Pro, PetSmart Charities, PetCo Foundation, and other nonprofits to gain access to continuing education for our staff and grant opportunities.

Beginning in March, we will have our volunteer and community service orientation online. This can be watched on YouTube in the comfort of your own home. The orientation will give viewers a tour of the shelter and cover the basics of volunteering. We are still accepting community service members for those who need to complete their hours, but due to COVID-19 restrictions are limiting our volunteers. For those who need hours, please call the animal shelter to make an appointment. 

When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we plan on having a comprehensive volunteer program, a comprehensive foster program and youth programs such as Kids and K9s or Crafts and Cats! 

Management team

Caitlin Kuczko came onto the management team at the shelter in November of 2020. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear Free Shelter Certified, and holds several other national certifications and memberships. She is a professional responder with the ASPCA and an Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team Member. She has over ten years of experience in animal sheltering/welfare and animal training and behavior.

Debbie Ruma, our long-time shelter employee, continues to serve here at the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter.

COVID-19 updates

As many of you know, Leadville/Lake County is currently in the orange high-risk level of the state health pandemic dial for COVID-19 and we will continue to be closed until the level is reduced. Our staff is still here tending to the animals and we are available by appointment only for your needs, i.e. dog license, meet and greet, surrender, etc. Please call us (719) 486-8951 to make your appointment before stopping by the shelter.

Want more updates? Find us on Facebook by searching for Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter and join the Leadville Lake County Pet Owners group. Once our policies and procedures are finalized, they will be listed on our Facebook page for public access. 

Not on Facebook?  Visit PetFinder.Com to find a list of our adoptable animals. 

Don’t like computers? Check out our front lobby windows; the left side is where we post community announcements, the door has COVID-19 related shelter information, and the right side has pictures of our adoptable animals. 

We look forward to advancing the animal shelter and offering more opportunities to our community.

Caitlin Kuczko

Debbie Ruma

Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter

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