The fate of the Colorado Humane Society and operation of the Englewood-owned animal shelter remain uncertain, Deputy City Manager Mike Flaherty …
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The fate of the Colorado Humane Society and operation of the
Englewood-owned animal shelter remain uncertain, Deputy City
Manager Mike Flaherty reported to the city council July 13.
The uncertainty came about when, as a result of legal action by
the state attorney general, the judge prohibited the previous
society management from further association with the organization.
The judge also appointed a custodian to oversee operations while
conducting a full evaluation of the society in order to find an
individual or organization to take it over. The custodian, Rick
Block of the Waverton Group, put out a request for proposals to
take over the shelter. However, he recently extended the proposal
deadline from June 30 to July 20. Flaherty said indications are
there may not be a decision on the proposals until September.
However, since he appointed to the post, the custodian has
worked with staff members so the society can continue to operate
the city-owned animal shelter of South Platte River Drive where
they care for abandoned or lost animals and arrange adoptions.
“The process is continuing but no one is sure just how this will
be decided,” Flaherty said. “There are a number of possible options
and I wanted to brief you on what we know about those
Currently, a man named Nick Fisher has expressed interest in
operating a privately owned animal shelter that will be accessible
to the public in western Arapahoe County. Fisher, the former
executive director fo the Table Mountain Animal Center, suggested
he isn’t interested in taking over the society because of the legal
and financial liabilities. However, he would like governmental
entities to join together to build the shelter he would
Additionally, current society employees Shelby Davis and Susan
Fredinburg had prepared a proposal to take over the society and
continue to run the shelter. However, they do not have the money to
cover an estimated $200,000 in society liabilities. Also, the
business plan in the proposal would continue operation of the
Englewood shelter and require establishing a contract with
Englewood Littleton, Arapahoe County. Centennial, Lone Tree,
Sheridan and Cherry Hills Village to shelter lost and stray
Flaherty said the current shelter is small and often at capacity
with Englewood and Littleton animals. Additionally, he said
Centennial has indicated they won’t be part of any agreement using
the Englewood shelter.
Denver Dumb Friends League’s tentative proposal would pay off
the liabilities, take over the Colorado Humane Society Name but
league officials indicated there is no desire to continue to
operate the existing shelter or to provide lost and stay animals
services for area communities.
The other options included the city operating the shelter on its
own but Flaherty said that would cost more than the currently
$50,000 a year Englewood pays the humane society for its
He noted Littleton and Arapahoe County are considering the
possibility of establishing a regional animal shelter, establishing
contracts with area governments for the animal services and hiring
someone to operate it.
Flaherty said Englewood and Littleton own land over by the South
Platte River that originally was earmarked for the humane society
to build a new shelter. Agreements could be reached to use that
land if agencies joined forces to build a new regional shelter.
Councilman Wayne Oakley said he didn’t think anyone wants the
city to run its own shelter. He said none of the options are all
that great but clearly something must be done.
Councilman John Moore agreed and noted the biggest stumbling
block to a new regional shelter is it will cost an estimated $3
million to $5 million to build it.
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