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Please note, in order to include all of the wonderful stories that we can, your adoption story and/or photo will appear on this page for 30 days. Thank you!

Adoption Stories Submission

If you would like your adoption story to be posted, please send us a photo and/or a small paragraph about the pet(s) you have adopted from Larimer Humane Society! Please send your photos in a "jpg" file format. Please note that text submissions and pictures may be edited for space or printed in our shelter newsletter, thank you!

You may send your stories to our happy tails email - Please use "Adoption Story" in the subject field.


A Happy Tail-Waggin Reunion

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A few weeks ago, Animal Protection and Control received multiple calls for a dog running at large in the area of Prospect and Timberline. When an officer would arrive to investigate the complaint, they would never see the dog.


Never Judge a Cat By Their Profile

Sometimes when animals come into the shelter, their behavior can change. Riley came into our care because her owners said that she was afraid of dogs and did not enjoy being around them. That information didn't deter a new family from adopting Riley. At home, they introduced her to their high-energy boxers, and guess what?  Riley fit right in! Her name was changed to "Temperance" and now Temperance loves to be around her new dog pals.  She even cuddles with them! Sometimes, animals just need the right situation.                                                       

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Who Says a Dog Can't Smile?

People have been asking for an update on Bolt, and we have one for you! No longer does he have to be on a chain.  A generous donor provided fencing for a 10 x 20 dog run, a new doghouse, bed, a thick mat and toys. Working with Larimer Humane Society Animal Protection and Control and the dog's owner, a local contractor donated his time to contruct the new "digs" for Bolt. Just look at him smile!

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The Tale of Jet by Virginia Larsen Smith

My husband and I had just lost our nearly 18-year-old cat to old age, and we weren't planning to adopt another cat right away. However, our other cat, Mysty,  seemed very lonely without another cat.

One day, I was browsing for an adoptable kitten on Larimer Humane Society’s website.  When I saw Jet, it was love at first sight! We went to meet him the next day and adopted him within the hour.

He had been ill with an eye and sinus infection and although he had been treated for it at Larimer Humane Society, the infection flared up badly again once we got him home. We took him to the veterinarian right away using the free appointment we were given at Larimer Humane Society, and his ailment cleared up. His eye infections gave him a bit of a goofy cartoon character look, which was part of what we loved about him.

 Eventually, he grew like a weed; so much that he accidentally fractured his hip bone when he climbed my mother-in-law's ceiling-high Christmas tree! He had to have immediate surgery to remove the fractured ball in the joint, but he healed so well that you can't even see or feel the scar. By the way he dashes around, running over the furniture and leaping into the windowsill, you would never know he had ever been sick or injured.

Jet is energetic, protective, sweet, affectionate, and hilarious! Sometimes, he sits on the toilet seat and pokes his head into the shower to give a judgmental stare at our human love for warm water.  Afterward, he loves to roll and play on the wet floor when we're done!Jet is very good at playing, and always keeps his claws in. He has never seriously bitten, clawed, or shown any form of aggression, and I think that a lot of that comes with how kindly he was treated at Larimer Humane Society.

I was really impressed, at how gently everyone handled the kittens. I learned that shelter staff and volunteers pet the kittens all over from an early age to make them super tolerant of petting.

Jet is the only cat I've ever had who actually likes hugs! This morning, like most mornings, I woke up to find him still sleeping in my arms; he's the world's greatest teddy bear!

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A Microchip Helped Bring Meow Home

Meow was adopted from Larimer Humane Society in 2007 by a loving family.  After a couple of years, Meow went missing and has been missing for the past five years! The family had searched and searched but gave up after too much time had passed.

Just this week, a cat was brought to the shelter. The staff scanned for a microchip on the cat. When they found and one, they called the family connected to the chip.  They couldn't believe it! After five years,  Meow came home! That is the power of a microchip and of a family's love for their pet.

Fortunately, the adoption fee for all cats and dogs adopted from Larimer Humane Society includes a microchip.  Maybe one day, it will help bring your pet home!

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