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Bill and Terri Mantia Share a Passion for Animals

Bill and Terri MantiaColorado Springs residents Bill and Terri Mantia have only good things to say about the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. "You can tell that they're dedicated to their mission," Bill says. "You get a sense that if you leave them a contribution, they will shepherd that resource appropriately."

That's why the Mantias made a commitment to leave part of their estate to the Humane Society through its Legacy Guild. They also choose to support the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region on a regular basis, and, as evidence of their true commitment, have only purchased one pet in their 26 years of married life. All of their other pets-and they've had about 20 to 25 cats and dogs over the years- have been rescued animals. At one point, Bill and Terri's compassion (and family) grew to include three dogs and 12 cats!

The Mantias have been living at their current residence in the Black Forest area of Colorado Springs since 1990. Bill believes their 15 acres with outbuildings and barns is an ideal location for animals. "We've got the space and we've got the financial means and, of course, the passion for the animals," he says.

Bill is a retired Army colonel, and his career led him to Colorado Springs in 1989. The Mantias became involved with the Humane Society shortly after that. "We acquired animals through adoption and saw the good work the organization was doing and thought they were a viable asset to the community," he says.

Bill retired from the Army in 1996 and is now CEO of a cardiology practice. Terri is an administrative assistant for a dental practice.

Although he grew up with dogs and she with cats, the Mantias don't pick favorites anymore. They now have three dogs and four cats. "We're lovers of both," Bill says.

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