American Humane Presents Upper Rio Grande Animal Society Conour Animal Shelter with Feed the Hungry Grant

WASHINGTON D.C. — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that Upper Rio Grande Animal Society Conour Animal Shelter is a recipient of American Humane’s Feed the Hungry grant. Located in Monte Vista, Colorado, the Conour Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter for dogs directly serving Rio Grande County, Saguache County and Mineral County.

“The very sad reality for shelters and rescue organizations today is that they are struggling to keep kibble in food bowls and litter in boxes,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane.  “We must take action to ensure organizations that are housing animals left by the wayside during this sweeping pandemic have the basic resources needed to ensure the safe and humane treatment of animals in their care. To stand by and do nothing during this time is unconscionable.”

Like every other business or organization in America, rescue shelters are battling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic. Thousands of animals are being left without homes and facilities are in desperate need of general supplies. In response to the overwhelming number of calls received from animal rescuers, shelters and first responders, American Humane launched the Feed the Hungry fund to feed and care for animals across the country who have been abandoned as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The fund seeks to raise much-needed resources to help shelters and rescue organizations that are not only fighting to keep the lights on, but also to keep critical supplies like food stocked.

The Upper Rio Grande Animal Society Conour Animal Shelter provides a safe environment for the shelter and care of animals in need and is dedicated to preventing the cruelty and abuse of all animals. The organization aims to nourish the relationship between companion animals and humans through education, media exposure and readily available information and assistance. The shelter provides a home to more than 300 dogs a year, including those who were abandoned, abused, neglected, lost or relinquished by their owners. The Feed the Hungry grant will provide much-needed food, toys and veterinary care to the homeless animals.

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