COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Shelters are full of animals waiting to become someone's cherished pet..
For some, however, that "forever home" never comes
17,000 animals died in Colorado shelters last year.
One advocacy group says that's way too many.
"No Kill has really gained momentum in the last, really in the last few years," said Davyd Smith, Board Member and Spokesman for No Kill Colorado. "It's the idea of saving every healthy treatable animal that enters the shelter system."
That's the difference between public shelters and private.
Private No-Kill operations do not have any obligation to accept every animal brought to its doors.
It's all up to the facilities' directors.
Public operations, do have that obligation.
"Our Humane Society is called open admission. We have to take in any animal that comes through our doors," said Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO of Humane Society, Pikes Peak Region. "Unfortunately we get animals in that are dangerous or extremely ill. We use euthanasia to provide humane death for those animals."
Humane societies across the state often work with other shelters across the state including here in Colorado Springs. And they say the dog population in town, is doing pretty well, but cats get over populated..
No Kill Colorado and the humane society admit euthanasia can be necessary in medical and safety instances.
But they're hoping public and private shelters can partner even closer, to end animal killings in the state.
There was a ballot initiative to make Colorado a No Kill state, but it never met the required signatures.