The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF) is a specific charitable fund established in 2001 by the Colorado State Legislature. The Fund exists to work with animal care and control organizations (including pet rescues), veterinarians and local communities to curb pet overpopulation in Colorado and to educate the public about the importance of controlling pet overpopulation.
The Fund has two primary revenue sources: (1) taxpayer donations to the Pet Overpopulation Fund checkoff on the state income tax form and (2) proceeds from the sale of Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet license plates. Checkoff funds are used primarily for spay/neuter of dogs and cats with income-qualified owners. License plate funds are dedicated to spay/neuter and veterinary medical care costs of pet animals in the custody of animal care and control agencies. Both the checkoff and license plate grant programs support overpopulation education initiatives. Grants will generally be made to areas where there are limited animal sheltering or rescue options, veterinary services, and economic resources.
Who sits on the Board of the Pet Overpopulation Fund?
The members of the board of the Pet Overpopulation Fund include representatives from the following organizations: an animal rescue organization, Animal Assistance Foundation, Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Colorado's western slope, and one member at large representative. All board members serve without compensation and donate their time in support of CPOF. They are appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.