Teller County Regional Animal Shelter
Who are we?
TCRAS is based in Divide, Colorado. TCRAS is a 501c3 non-profit, limited access shelter serving communities throughout the Pikes Peak region. We do not receive state or federal funding, but rely on the support of donors, fundraising events, grants, individuals, and corporate donors.
Our mission is “Forever improving the lives of animals in our community”.
We fulfill this mission by caring for the region’s lost, abused, neglected or relinquished companion pets until a suitable home is found. The shelter also helps to reunite lost pets with their owners through our on-line lost and found database.
What is TCRAS?
Every year, over 800 lost, abandoned, neglected, or homeless dogs and cats get assistance from TCRAS.
Our mission is
“Fostering Hope and New Beginnings.”
As a limited admission shelter, we give each companion pet that enters our doors the time, medical attention and training necessary to find a new leash on life. We do not euthanize for time or space and cared for 882 companion pets in 2020 with a save rate of 98.8% based on Asilomar data.
Want to get in touch with TCRAS? Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments! We look forward to hearing from you.
Important info – what we are about, how you can help –
“We are passionate about pets – they matter deeply to us, as a community. Protecting pets and their good health is vital to any healthy community.
The recent issues we’ve seen in the news do several things. It highlights:
• the importance of spay and neuter programs.
• the importance of strong foster and adoption programs.
• the essential need for community engagement.
• the need to educate our communities about sheltering.
Across the nation, in animal welfare, needs far outpace the resources we have. Our shelter is a small, rural shelter that serves about 1,000 pets a year. It costs the shelter a little over a half million dollars to operate. And we still struggle every year, with increasing costs and more dire cases, just to stay on budget.
It’s easy to demonize shelters who are forced into making difficult decisions with pets. Animal welfare is hard. And heartbreaking. And joyful, and beautiful, and amazing. Be assured that NO ONE gets into this line of work to see pets hurt or suffer. We are in the business of saving lives, we are in the business of compassion. Shelters are stronger when we work together. Shelters are stronger when we have the full support of our communities.
The ‘kill’ vs ‘no-kill’ language is divisive, hurtful, outdated, and misunderstood.
• What does ‘limited admissions’ mean? (formally known as ‘no-kill’) We are able to select animals we feel maximize our organization’s unique skills. We sometimes have a waiting list. Because we are a rural shelter, we do not have breed bans. We’re able to concentrate on special needs and work with tough cases, that other shelters may not have the resources to care for. And we’re able to transfer pets from shelters with high euthanasia rates when we have the space available. We do not euthanize animals due to lack of space or time. However, there are some cases in which an animal is too sick, too injured, or too dangerous for our community and we have to make the hard decision to euthanize. It is a very rare occurrence for us. Less than 1%.
• What does ‘open admissions’ mean? (formally known as ‘kill’) Open admission animal shelters are required to accept all pets that arrive at their doors, regardless of age, health, color, breed, temperament, “adoptability,” available resources, or the ability of the finder or owner to pay for their stay. In every case, shelters strive to relieve suffering, always keeping in mind the needs of the animals first. In some cases, this may lead to euthanasia. I cannot speak to every shelter in the state, but in most cases, open-admissions shelters DO NOT euthanize healthy animals, nor use euthanasia as a form of population control. There generally is no set time limit for how long a pet can remain in the shelter’s care. The goal is to find a loving home for every adoptable animal that comes through the doors.
Address: 308 Weaverville Road
Mailing: PO Box 904
Divide, CO 80814
Phone: (719) 686-7707
Fax: (719) 686-7428
Weekdays: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Sundays: 11 am to 3 pm