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  • Writer's pictureSusan Houser

Eagle County, CO

Eagle County is in a mountainous area of Colorado west of Denver, and has about 52,000 people. The county government provides animal control and sheltering through Eagle County Animal Services (ECAS). An ECAS representative told me that, in addition to serving the unincorporated county, the shelter has contracts to provide animal services to all the municipalities within Eagle County. The towns within the county include Avon (population 6000), Basalt (4000), Eagle (7000), Gypsum (6000) and Vail (5000). The representative said that ECAS takes in owner surrenders when they have room.

The Eagle Valley Humane Society (EVHS), a private non-profit, is also located in Eagle County. A representative of EVHS told me that they take in owner surrenders with no conditions. EVHS has several programs, including a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats and free obedience classes and counseling for adopters. ECAS and EVHS are independent organizations and, although they both serve Eagle County, they do not have a public-private partnership.

In 2010, ECAS reported an intake of 590 animals and a live release rate of 97% (scroll down in the link). The rate was 95% if a modified live release rate is calculated including the categories of owner-requested euthanasia and died or lost in shelter care in with euthanasia. EVHS reported a 97% live release rate and a 96% modified live release rate for 2010, with intake of 203. For 2011, ECAS again reported a 97% live release rate and a 95% modified live release rate, with intake of 583. EVHS in 2011 reported a 98% live release rate and a 97% modified live release rate, with intake of 231.

Eagle County is one of a group of communities in the area west of Denver that report to Maddie’s Fund and the Asilomar Accords as part of the Northwestern Colorado Coalition. Other members of the coalition are Garfield, Pitkin, and Summit counties and the cities of Aspen, Rifle and Glenwood Springs. The coalition reported an overall 97% live release rate in 2010 and 98% in 2011 (see pages 1-2 in the links).

Both ECAS and EVHS report their statistics yearly to the state of Colorado. In 2012, ECAS took in 708 animals and EVHS took in 155. ECAS’s live release rate was 91%, and the EVHS live release rate was 99%. For 2013, ECAS took in 513 animals with a live release rate of 91%. The  live release rate including shelter deaths as part of the euthanasia category was 90%. EVHS took in 204 animals including 136 strays and owner surrenders, 76 transfers from within the state, and 10 transfers from out of state. EVHS had a 99.5% live release rate (97% including shelter deaths).

Eagle County, CO, was originally listed by this blog on May 7, 2013, based on its 2012 statistics. This post is a revision and update with 2013 statistics.

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