Larimer Humane Society endorses a thoughtful approach to giving pets as gifts. Since the recipient will be responsible for the animal’s lifelong care, all members of the household should be in agreement about their desire and readiness to adopt a new pet. The selection of an ideal pet is a very personal decision, which can make it challenging to choose the right animal companion for someone else without their input. As alternatives to gifting a pet, we recommend gift certificates for future adoption, sponsoring adoptable animals via a financial donation, and involvement in animal care through volunteer service.
The best gift that a homeless animal can receive is the promise of an owner who is prepared for the commitment of pet ownership. We recognize that even in households in which everyone wants a pet and is committed to its care, a small percentage of adoptions do not work out. In these cases, Larimer Humane Society will accept the animal back through our doors and do everything we can to make their stay as comfortable as possible.