The Montrose Animal Protection Agency (MAPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of companion animals through public education, and to reducing the number of homeless animals by encouraging and facilitating the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats.
MAPA is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to animal welfare. Our focus is two-fold: spay/neuter vouchers for Montrose-area residents' pets, and educational activities for the community.
As a non-profit agency, all funds are based on personal and business contributions, grants, and fundraisers. Donations are always needed! At the request of the City of Montrose, MAPA undertook a fundraising project in 2004 to raise $50,000 to help expand and improve the Montrose Animal Shelter. Through the generosity of both individuals and businesses in the city and county, MAPA successfully reached its goal!
If you need financial assistance, MAPA can help offset the cost of spaying or neutering your pet.
Benefits of Spay/Neuter
Did you know that approximately 80% of dogs that are hit by cars are unaltered males? Sterilization of your pet can be done as early as 8 weeks of age, and has the following beneficial side effects:
- Decreases escape attempts (because they’re not looking for a mate)
- Decreases chances of ovarian cancer in female dogs
- Decreases destructive behavior (chewing, scratching, etc.) out of frustration
- Decreases spraying by male cats
- Decreases fighting in cats
- Female cats won’t disturb neighbors by howling/moaning
If your annual income is $35,000 or less and you live in Montrose County or the Norwood area, you are eligible for MAPA spay/neuter assistance. Voucher amounts vary depending on the type of animal. The voucher program is dependent on grants, and is only possible if funds are available. To apply for a voucher:
1. Contact the veterinarian of your choice to schedule the spay/neuter procedure.
2. The veterinary clinic will bill MAPA for the face value of the voucher. You are responsible for paying the balance directly to the vet clinic.
City Market Cares
A community fundraising program. Sign up your Value Card and a percentage of all your purchases at City Market and King Soopers is donated to MAPA (at no cost to you)! Click here to print the sign-up card, which can be mailed or e-mailed to us (see mailing address at bottom of page). Or, you can email us your name, Value Card #, address, and phone number and we will sign you up!
Spay/Neuter Presentation for Elementary/Middle School Students
MAPA offers a 45-minute interactive presentation to local students (3rd through 6th grades) about the importance of caring for their dogs and cats. We discuss how animals help in our community, what the city shelter is, why animals end up in the shelter (and what happens to some of them there), and the benefits and importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats. The students are given the option to participate in a contest which raises money to pay for a spay/neuter operation for a Montrose animal in need.
Each year in Colorado, many thousands of puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats are killed due to pet overpopulation. MAPA is working to educate Montrose residents about this problem and about the solution of pet sterilization. We feel that our greatest influence on the community is by reaching our children at a young age, when they are forming their opinions about what animals are and how they should be treated. We also aspire to reach the parents through the students.
If you would like MAPA to give this presentation to your class, please contact Wendy at 970-249-2560 or email@example.com to schedule a convenient time. We will provide handouts for the students along with the interactive presentation.
5th Graders Raise Funds to Spay/Neuter Montrose Pets
May 2007 - After learning about the importance of spaying/neutering their pets from MAPA volunteer Kelly McConnell, Mrs. Cox's 5th grade class at Cottonwood Elementary spread the word to friends and family, and raised $176.02 to help pay for animals at the local shelter to be sterilized. The student who raised the most money, Chelsea Peterson, was awarded a MAPA t-shirt for her efforts. A yellow lab named "Blondie" benefited from the fundraiser, and went to a new adoptive home almost immediately. Two kittens, which the kids named Oreo and Tigger (pictured below with a few of the students), later visited the class to thank them for funding their spay procedures. MAPA thanks the kids for their service to the community!
Our Adult Education classes are held during the Spring and Fall in the conference room at the Montrose Animal Shelter (3383 N Townsend Ave.). Classes are announced in the Montrose Daily Press newspaper. Topics include:
- First Aid for Cats & Dogs
- Dog Behavior - Addressing Behavior Problems
- Cat Behavior - Addressing Behavior Problems
- Traveling with Pets, Dogs in Cars, & Other Safety Tips
- Caring for an Aging Pet
- Choosing a Pet
- Dog Behavior - Basic Commands
- Therapy/CCI Dogs - Certification Process, etc.
- Interactive Session with a Veterinarian
- Emergency Preparedness
Are you prepared for a... Fire? Flood? Chemical spill? Blizzard? What if you were separated from your animals during an evacuation? What if you and your animals were stranded? Click here for important information on how to prepare your animals for a disaster! (This information was provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association.)
The work we do is only possible through the generous support of the local community and several foundations. Many thanks to the following grant providers for helping us control the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Montrose County, Colorado!
- Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (2009)
- Animal Assistance Foundation (2009)
- Foundation for Protection of Animals (2008)
- (this section is in the process of being updated)
PO Box 2009
Montrose, CO 81402
For questions about the voucher program, please contact Bill at 970-240-6090.
For all other questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org