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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




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!


By Stephanie Ashley

November 15, 2013

Stella“We Adore Her.”
Stella’s Special Stare Lands Her a New Home
After losing their 16-year-old Himalayan to cancer, Ed and Stacey were devastated. Following weeks of mourning, Stacey began searching online for another brachycephalic (flat faced) breed to complete their family. When she came across Stella’s profile, she saw something extra special in her eyes and she immediately asked Ed if he was ready to open his heart to a new four-legged family member.

With apprehension, Stacey and Ed made the trek to Larimer Humane Society to meet Stella and see if she was the feline they’d been searching for. And the rest, as they say, is history. Stella went home with Stacey and Ed in early September and has been amusing them ever since.

She loves scratching posts and chasing the laser pointer for hours on end. She gets along with her pet brother and sister, Mazzy, a 15-year-old cat, and Mike, an 11-year-old Bulldog, and is perfectly content to sit on the windowsill and watch quietly over her family.

Although Ed was heartbroken over his loss, Stella is winning him over. She follows him everywhere and is determined to be his sidekick at all times, whether he likes it or not.

Harley and Roscoe

By Stephanie Ashley

August 8, 2013

More Than a Decade of Happy Tails  


Almost 13 years ago, Steve and Patty Grant found a loyal buddy at Larimer Humane Society. Harley turned out to be a true partner for Steve, hiking dams while he worked his first post-college job and enjoying some of the finest dog parks in Fort Collins, Denver, Lansdale and even Philadelphia. A friend to all critters, Harley got along with every animal from turtles to kittens. His brother, Roscoe joined the family in 2003 and he and Harley became insNapeparable.

Together, Harley and Roscoe traveled the country with smiles across their snouts. They explored together, rough housed, made new friends and then curled up in one big puppy pile for naps. In August 2012, Harley and his humans said goodbye to Roscoe and mourned the loss of one fourth of their family. Life wasn’t the same, but changes were constant as they welcomed a new addition to the family two short months later, a baby boy named Conor.

Harley, the gentle giant, welcomed Conor with open paws. He didn’t miss a beat - he allowed Conor to pet him and graciously slept through his crying episodes.

WindowLast month, Steve, Patty and Conor’s loyal companion, gentle protector and unwavering confidante reunited with his best friend after losing his battle with lung cancer. With more than a decade of wags, licks and tummy rubs with their two faithful furballs, the Grants have countless memories to call upon.

“We will never forget the memories we shared,” reminisces Steve and Patty. “Roscoe and Harley are now together again watching over their little brother Conor.”

Make your own Happy Tail!




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