Schomp helps animal shelter go mobile

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What did one puppy at the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley say to the other puppy?

ROAD TRIP!

Ralph Schomp Honda is providing a huge boost to the center, building an “adoption-mobile” to take the pets to the people. Staff will chauffeur them to two or three adoption events every weekend through the fall at a variety of festivals, farmers markets, malls and retail outlets.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley,” said Leslie Maisonneuve, facilities coordinator. “The partnership will help us reach out to even more folks in our community, and, in turn, allow us to find more homes for animals in need. … As you can only imagine, we were just overwhelmed by their generosity and passion for helping the animals in our community.”

Schomp is also kicking in $15,000 to help sponsor community activities at HSSPV, such as training classes and lecture series on topics like animal welfare.

“We are really looking forward to the partnership,” said Jay Andre, Schomp’s general manager. “This is a very unique opportunity that fits in well with our commitment to give back to our community. I have to say, I’m really excited about building the adoption vehicle. It will be a fun project for us, and we really believe that it will help the humane society find homes for so many more wayward animals.”

Maisonneuve has been working hard to stabilize the facility since she took the helm last October. The partnership with Schomp helps fulfill her goals of getting the community more involved and making the shelter more efficient.

Littleton and Englewood each provided $100,000 to kick-start HSSPV in 2009, and agreed to pay $50,000 a year for animal-sheltering services. Both councils gave the shelter an extra $41,000 for 2012 — for a total of $91,000 each. Littleton City Manager Michael Penny warned he expected it to be the last time.

Since then, Mayor Debbie Brinkman has been working with surrounding communities to explore options for housing lost or abandoned animals throughout the south metro region.

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