Carlito the Courageous

When Carlito was born, he was the tiny runt of the litter. But that didn’t stop his owner, Cayla, from providing him with a loving and happy home in Colorado Springs. After some extra nursing and lots of cuddles, Carlito developed into a playful, energetic, and social kitten with a big appetite. But one day, out of the blue, he stopped eating and became lethargic. Once he began vomiting, Cayla knew that something was wrong.

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Honor a Loved One this Valentine’s Day

Jeff and his dog, Buddy, have been the best of friends for over 12 years. One of the things they loved to do most was head to the mountains on the weekends to drive around on ATVs while Buddy played and romped in the empty fields. “Those were the happiest days for us,” says Jeff. Unfortunately, Jeff was in a bad accident that left him disabled. Buddy became a major part of Jeff’s recovery, particularly when it came to helping him stay dedicated to his physical therapy.

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Join PetAid’s Sustainer Society

You can continue to save the lives of vulnerable pets in need by joining the Sustainer Society, PetAid’s monthly giving club that makes affordable yet quality medical care accessible to patients who are all out of options and have nowhere else to turn. Monthly giving is an easy, efficient, and tax-deductible way to make a long-lasting impact by helping PetAid and its programs prevent the suffering of sick and injured animals who are helpless and hurting.

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Become a PetAid Ambassador Without Spending a Dollar

As a nonprofit deeply committed to keeping pets and people together, PetAid Colorado enriches communities by partnering with local veterinarians to provide a healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets. Veterinarians throughout the state have been particularly helpful in their efforts to increase awareness of PetAid by making referrals when clients are on fixed incomes and cannot afford treatment for their pets.

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Lucky Luna Lives On!

Hugo speaks lovingly of how Luna came into his life four years ago when he was first diagnosed with a chronic depression that was beginning to spiral out of control. “When I adopted Luna,” says Hugo, “she helped me in ways that I never thought an animal could. Luna has brightened days that I thought were dark and hopeless by bringing so much love into my life.” One night while Hugo was at home, he heard hissing and cries of pain coming from outside. Luna had been in the front yard when she was viciously attacked by a passing stray cat who punctured one of her hind legs.

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Thank You to All Colorado Gives Day Participants

For its eighth year running, Community First Foundation and FirstBank presented Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 5. This was an especially exciting time for PetAid as this annual statewide movement celebrates and encourages philanthropy through online giving. While philanthropy offers many tax advantages, the main reason for giving on this special day is to benefit underprivileged pets by preventing their needless pain and suffering.

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PetAid Colorado Receives Grant for Establishment of PetSmart Charities® Compassion Fund

PetAid Colorado is pleased to announce its receipt of a new $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to reduce pet homelessness by making veterinary care accessible for animals who are at risk of entering the shelter system. The PetSmart Charities grant supports a shared commitment with PetAid in avoiding the needless abandonment of beloved pets—especially when a medical intervention is the pathway to healing the animal and avoiding relinquishment.

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Ralph Carr Chili Cook-Off

This month, the Ralph Carr Chili cook-off took place in downtown Denver’s Judicial Center. Its contestants went all out in an attempt to win the coveted championship title, and included influential government officials such as the Attorney General and Office of the State Court Administrator.

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Eli the Cat Survives Cancer Scare

When Stephanie found Eli six years ago, he was a scared stray cat hiding under a neighborhood dumpster. After many attempts at bribery with different cans of tuna and cat food, she was able to win the stray’s trust before giving him a brand new home. “Eli has brought me so much joy over the years with his goofball personality!” says Stephanie. “So I became concerned when he started growing a bump on his head. After about a month of watching him and noticing it wasn’t going away, I decided it was time for him to be seen by a veterinarian.”

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OIive Fights Against Overwhelming Odds

Olive’s owner, Susan, began to notice something was very wrong when the usually energetic terrier became extremely lethargic and disoriented due to low oxygen levels in her brain. Olive’s symptoms became increasingly worse to the point where she could no longer walk. “It was terrible to see her like that,” says Susan with tears in her eyes, “she would stand up and was so listless, that even a gust of wind could easily knock her over.”

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Ralph 18 Legacy Campaign

PetAid Colorado CEO, Ralph Johnson, will retire at the end of 2017 after 18 years of steadfast leadership and direction. To commemorate his tremendous contributions to PetAid’s growth and development throughout the years, PetAid is honoring him by creating the Ralph 18 Legacy Campaign—a matching gift campaign to raise a total of $360,000 in support of veterinary subsidies for vulnerable pets who are most in need.

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Brownie and Phil

Brownie, a 13-year-old dachshund, is the only family Phil has left after inheriting her from his son who unexpectedly passed away. The two formed a close bond as they mourned together during this extremely difficult time. When Brownie was diagnosed with a tumor in her stomach, Phil was at a loss for options on how to treat her, but couldn’t bear to abandon her during her greatest time of need.

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