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Happy Tail: Moe


Here's a Happy Tail for you from Emily E: This is a photo of our dog Moe (aka Rusty) We love him and he's doing great! Thanks Larimer Humane Society for bringing us together!

Brandy was Flooded with Love

Brandy and ScotchyA little over a year ago, the Welch family were looking for a companion for their 10-year-old former shelter rabbit, Scotchy (pictured left, white rabbit). Since Scotchy was a senior pet and very much used to being the head rabbit of the household, the Welches decided to find a young, female rabbit who had a history of living with other rabbits. At the end of October 2013, they saw a rabbit on the Larimer Humane Society website and swiftly went in to see her. When they arrived at the shelter, the rabbit of interest had already found a new home, but they took a few minutes to meet the other rabbits.

As a result of the flooding in Larimer County in September 2013, Larimer Humane Society was evacuating animals from the flood zone and discovered 111 rabbits in a single residence. All were rescued and brought to safety at Larimer Humane Society. After medical examinations, the rabbits were put up for adoption.

The Welches were drawn to one of the evacuees, a little brown bunny that was named Simone at the time. As a result of what Simone had already been through in her short life, she was very leery of people. The Welches took a chance on her and decided to give her the love and patience she deserved.

One year later, Simone who was renamed Brandy, is often carried around the apartment, runs up to strangers looking for lots of attention, and is still very much enamored with her best friend Scotchy. She comes when she is called, knows many tricks and loves giving kisses. She is very gentle to her old pal Scotchy and loves to play chase with former shelter pet Mushroom, the cat.

The Welches say, "We love her very much and she now has an entire apartment to run in and shag rugs to roll around on and a very loving family."

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Touchdown! Peyton and Estes Win Big at the Super Adoption Event

053In 2013, the Berry family lost their beloved cat, Tyson, and began their search for another Tabby cat to adopt into their home. She searched for over a year and then Teresa Berry said she “fell in love” when she saw Adelson’s picture on the Larimer Humane Society website. After reading that he would be waiting for his new home at the August Super Adoption Event, the Berry family knew this would be the perfect time to adopt him.

They headed to Poudre Pet & Feed Supply and swiftly adopted Adelson. Minutes later, they also adopted Poe at the request of their oldest son. Adelson was renamed Peyton – after all, he is an orange Tabby AND a Broncos fan – and Poe was renamed Estes after the Berry family’s favorite vacation spot. Peyton and Estes were instant best friends and quickly accepted their humans into their family.

They are both affectionate and sweet and have been a perfect match for the Berry’s.  









Never Judge a Cat By Their Profile

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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.                                                       



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!

Jet with his proud owner


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