Santa comes to Rifle Animal Shelter |

Santa comes to Rifle Animal Shelter

Fiona, a Dachsund that was adopted by the Rifle Animal Shelter, tells Santa she would like a family for Christmas. An anonymous donor has offered to match donations to the shelter for up to $20,000 through the month of December.
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Mail to: Rifle Animal Shelter

P.O. Box 1375

Rifle, CO 81650

RIFLE — Santa has come to the Rifle Animal Shelter this year in the form of an anonymous donor who has offered to match anyone’s donation to the shelter this month up to $20,000.

That means the nonprofit shelter has the opportunity to raise $40,000.

“This anonymous donor usually makes a donation, but this year wanted to do a match donation,” said Heather Mullen, director of the Rifle Animal Shelter.

“The person called and said they had an idea for a matching fund and gave us the challenge,” Mullen said. “It’s a really cool opportunity for us to raise some funding.”

The no-kill shelter, which sees a lot of transfers from other shelters that are full, would use the money to help boost its fostering program in which an animal stays with a foster person or family until it’s old enough to be spayed or neutered or finds a home, Mullen said.

“We really hope with the extra income, we can grow our foster program even more and help more animals,” she said. “It’s one of the goals we have for next year.”

Money is always needed to feed the animals, provide medical treatment and for day-to-day operations. The Rifle Animal Shelter this past year has helped nearly 1,400 pets find new homes or get back to their families if they were lost. The shelter has also helped spay/neuter more than 300 community-owned pets as well as paying for all the medical care of the shelter pets.

“Our on-site medical facilities are being used to their fullest potential, and we have done our absolute best to pinch every penny to save the most lives we can,” Mullen wrote in a Christmas letter from the shelter. “This additional $20,000 would be such a gift to us to help even more homeless pets in 2015. Be assured, all donations are used wisely.”

The shelter has until the end of December to raise money to be matched by the anonymous donor.

“Even a $5 or $10 donation is welcome, if that’s all they can do. They add up,” Mullen said.

Donations are tax-deductible.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done this, and it’s exciting for us,” she said. “It’s a way to make our funding go even further. Raising $40,000 would be awesome for us.”

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