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Larimer Humane Society's mission to further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people.

Vision Statement

Larimer Humane Society is valued as an essential component to the high quality of life for animals and people in northern Colorado. 

Mission Statement

To further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people. 


Open Admission 
As an open door shelter, we believe all animals deserve a safe haven and to have their care and treatment guided by the Five Freedoms.

We believe that by harnessing the power and collaboration of the community, guided by our knowledge and leadership in animal welfare, we can better support animals together.

We believe that our role is to serve our community, both animals and people, with respect, dignity and compassion.

We believe that by building a foundation of trust in the communities we serve, our organization can thrive and we will be well positioned to fulfill our mission.

We value the time, thoughts and talents of the staff and people in our community, including volunteers, supporters and our partners.

We have a responsibility to think progressively, accept responsibility for our actions, ensure existing laws are enforced, and to be good stewards of the resources we have, all to improve the lives of the animals and communities we serve.

Strategic Goals

Outreach and Influence

Be an essential community resource and leader in animal welfare.

1. Provide leadership in addressing animal welfare needs and issues through effective collaboration, partnership, and advocacy.

2. Be recognized and respected as an essential community resource and expert regarding the welfare and control of the community’s animals.

Programs and Services

Expand our service offerings to strengthen the safety net for quality animal care in the communities we serve—while also providing excellent sheltering and animal protection services.

3. Expand the network of accessible, affordable communitybased services that strengthen the safety net for quality animal care.

4. Increase awareness and perceived value of our animal protection and control services and their positive impact.

5. Develop and implement a cat management program strategy based on humane principles and community needs.

6. Provide high quality animal sheltering to the Northern Colorado region using the Five Freedoms to guide decisions for individual animals and the overall shelter population.

Organizational Capacity

Enhance staff, volunteer, board and financial resources as needed to achieve our goals and to support the growth of the organization.

7. Attract, develop, and retain employees who are engaged in their work, committed to upholding the values of Larimer Humane Society, and who are motivated to perform to their potential.

8. Expand and enhance our leadership and volunteers who can support programs and initiatives, and enthusiastically communicate Larimer Humane Society’s message.

9. Develop and implement strategies to expand the revenue sources to fund current and future operations.

About Larimer Humane Society

Founded in 1969, Larimer Humane Society is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and provide the responsible care and treatment of animals.  As Northern Colorado’s largest open-admission animal care facility, we provide shelter, medical attention and care to thousands of lost, abandoned, injured, abused, ill and orphaned animals each year. 

Through our quality adoptions and lost & found services, we place more than 2,800 companion animals into new homes annually and reunite nearly 1,900 stray animals with their grateful owners. 

Larimer Humane Society is also home to the county’s only Animal Protection & Control unit. Through contractual agreements, Larimer Humane Society provides full-service animal control for Fort Collins, Loveland, and unincorporated areas of Larimer County, as well as stray-animal sheltering for Wellington, Windsor, Timnath and Berthoud.

Members of the public benefit from Larimer Humane Society’s educational programming. We offer summer camps to school-age children, as well as valuable humane education presentations, shelter tours, scout programs and fun activities for adults, teens and kids. We strive to educate our community on the proper and responsible care and treatment of all animals, including how we co-exist with wild animals.

Nonprofit Status

Larimer Humane Society is an independent, nonprofit agency. We are not a division of the Larimer County government or the cities of Loveland or Fort Collins, nor are we operated or a part of any national animal welfare organizations. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation and are governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Our Federal Employer Identification Number is 84-0611804.


Larimer Humane Society is funded by three main sources*:

  1. Individual donations and fundraising events (e.g., Top Cat & Tails Gala and the Fire Hydrant 5K Walk/Run & Pet Expo), bequests and grants. Visit our Online Donation page to learn more about how you can help. (Approximately 25% of annual budget)
  2. Fees generated from services we provide such as adoptions, holding stray animals, and pet licensing. (Approximately 34% of annual budget)
  3. Animal Protection and Control contracts maintained with Fort Collins, Loveland, and Larimer County. Each municipality contracts with Larimer Humane Society separately to enforce local animal ordinances in their respective areas, assist police and fire with animals during emergencies, as well as pick up stray and injured animals. (36% of annual budget)


*In addition to these sources, 5% of annual budget comes from interest, gains/losses.

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Ft. Collins, CO 80525

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Ft. Collins, CO 80525

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