Caring and Giving
One Couple’s Legacy to the Humane Society
Robert and Jan Knight’s love of animals and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) have complemented each other for many years.
“The Humane Society has done so much, not just in Colorado Springs, but throughout the wider area,” Jan says.
She points to the Humane Society’s mobile van that rescues dogs in outlying communities as just one of the many exceptional services it provides.
“They do wonders,” Jan says. “It must be one of the best humane societies in the U.S.A.!”
Lifelong animal lovers, Jan, 77, and Bob, 73, first adopted a dog from the Humane Society over 40 years ago.
“There was one little springer spaniel in the back, just hiding,” recalls Bob.
With their young daughter, Bob and Jan took home the dog, named Buttons—the first of many dogs and cats they adopted and rescued.
Their frequent visits to HSPPR have given the Knights a front-row seat into the facility’s expansion over the years.
“It’s grown so much,” says Jan, adding that she is pleased to see the development of indoor kennels and an up-to-date surgical area, among other improvements.
The Knights have earmarked a percentage of their estate to ensure that the Humane Society continues to serve the animals that need it.
“We don’t have a lot of time to volunteer, so we included the Humane Society in our trust,” Bob says. “It was easy.”
Thanks to the community’s support, HSPPR has recently undergone a major renovation and expansion project to improve the care of the animals, operate more efficiently, and offer the public a more responsive and comprehensive customer experience.
If you wish to see these changes up close, please join us for a monthly lunch and tour with President/CEO Jan McHugh-Smith.For more details on tours or the many ways you can make a future gift to HSPPR, contact Randy Harrelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 302-8737.