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Dogs Rescued from South Korean Dog Meat Farm Get a New Leash on Life

Peggie PlayingWagging tails, affectionate licking, playful barks and enthusiastic requests for belly rubs are just some of the characteristics that we fondly think of when considering what it means to be a dog. Sadly, for dogs raised under circumstances where their five freedoms are denied these are not normal dog characteristics they will exhibit – at least not without a lot of time and patience.

The 10 dogs rescued by Humane Society International from a South Korean dog meat farm, were underweight due to malnutrition, lived in cramped, filthy kennels without a comfortable resting area, did not receive the proper medical care and attention they needed, were not permitted space to run, play and just be a dog and were denied proper socialization which caused them to become fearful of humans.

“We have taken these dogs out of a bad environment and are giving them the second chance to be normal dogs by providing them with their five freedoms” said Michelle Cline, Evaluation and Enrichment Coordinator.

When Romeo, Frodo, Peggie, Lory, Bud, Norman, Tamela, Elbert, Stevie and Ralf first arrived at Larimer Humane Society in early May they simply didn’t know what it meant to be a dog. Simple interactions such as being talked to directly, being petted or being offered a treat would cause them to cower with fright or even completely shut down with crippling fear – afraid to walk, move or even look at the humans around them.

With the help of Animal House Rescue & Grooming and Black Dog Animal Rescue all 10 of these dogs are now getting the second chance they deserve and slowly but surely learning what it means to be a dog. Our Behavior and Enrichment team began by providing them with time and space to settle into their new environment. Slowly over time we began to set a routine so they could begin to know what to expect next in this new and scary world they have found themselves in. These routines allowed us to decrease the level of stress the dogs experienced during new tasks and allowed them to build positive associations with daily tasks. With time and an incredible amount of patience from the Larimer Humane Society staff these dogs began to learn that people were there to help them, being on a leash meant getting to go outside to run and play and most importantly that they have the freedom to be dogs on a primal level. 

“These dogs have lived their whole lives without any real freedom, the only choices they had available to them was to sit or lay down in their kennel,” said Kate Gloeckner, Behavior and Evaluation Coordinator. “For these dogs everything is new and scary. What they need is time and patience. Their new families will need to take baby steps and not force anything new on them but instead allow them the time they need to become comfortable with a new way of life and to make choices for themselves. What we have done for these dogs is provide them with a foundation of positive associations to build from.”

In their sort time here in Colorado each of these dogs have made amazing progress but they still have a long way to go to becoming what we would consider a normal family dog. At the time of this publication Romeo, Lory, Norman, Tamela, Elbert and Stevie have all found their forever homes while Bud, Peggie and Ralf are patiently waiting for the perfect family to welcome them into their hearts and home. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


Larimer Humane Society Rescues 63 Chihuahuas from One Home

DSC 0120DSC 0121DSC 0194DSC 0255DSC 0584DSC 0477When a local informal breeder found themselves in over their head, Larimer Humane Society was there to help.

Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection and Control removed 63 Chihuahuas from a home in southern Larimer County and brought them to Larimer Humane Society’s shelter where staff and volunteers were ready to process, vaccinate and evaluate them before transferring many of them to various partners throughout the Front Range to find new forever homes.

Animal Protection and Control has been working with the owner to evaluate the situation and assist in providing a solution to the overwhelming circumstance they had found themselves in. Thanks to the collaboration between the owner and Animal Protection and Control these 63 Chihuahuas are now getting a new lease on life. 

Larimer Humane Society is transferring approximately 50 of the dogs to partner agencies: Longmont Humane Society, Dumb Friends League, Denver Animal Shelter, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Check back for updates!

Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

Summer heat 1The dog days of summer have officially arrived and it's important to think about what those high temperatures mean for your furry friends - especially dogs left in hot cars. Every year, countless dogs suffer from heatstroke, brain damage or death after being locked inside a car, even for a short amount of time. A vehicle acts like a greenhouse, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures quickly. In fact, temperatures inside a vehicle on an 85 degree day—with the windows slightly open—can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 20 minutes, even when parked in a shady area, temperatures inside a car can soar to a scorching 120 degrees. 

Aside from the health risks, leaving your dog in a hot car is against the law. Ordinance states, “No person shall confine any animal within a parked, enclosed vehicle if the external ambient temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.” 

Here's what you should do if you see a dog left in a hot car.

1. Try to locate and talk to the owner
2. Call Animal Protection and Control at 970-226-3647 x7
3. Get the license plate number
4. Be prepared to give description of dogs, car and location

The average response time for Animal Protection and Control for a call like this is 16 minutes, once we arrive we will not leave the scene until the dog is safe. 

Let's all have a safe and fun summer! Remember if it's 80 degrees or hotter out it's too hot for a dog to be left in a car, even if it's just for a few minutes.

Larimer Humane Society Breaks Ground on New Shelter

 Larimer Humane Society Ground Breaking 05042016 9924Larimer Humane Society broke ground on their new shelter located on County Road 30 in Loveland, Colorado on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Larimer Humane Society’s dream of building a better world for pets through a new shelter has been 10 years in the making. Over the past eight years, Larimer Humane Society has conducted research to inform new, best-practice based programming, and in 2007 they  made the first tangible step of making their dream come true by purchasing the land on County Road 30. On November 4, 2014 the residents of Larimer County made building a better world for pets their dream too by voting Yes on 200 and passing a special purpose, local sales tax that would allocate one penny for every ten dollars to fund a new shelter for homeless pets.

“A lot of people have worked for a long time to make this happen,” said Jane Sullivan, committee chair for Building a Better World for Pets capital campaign. “It’s going to become a reality and will truly be a community shelter.”

Larimer Humane Society’s current shelter is overcrowded, deteriorating and simply no longer meets the needs of the community and the animals they care for. Animal sheltering in the 21st century requires time and space to employ best practices that address the needs of an increasingly challenging population of animals. The new shelter will allow Larimer Humane Society to provide extended medical care and behavioral modification for more animals to become adoptable. The new facility will be so much more than a shelter: it will be a rehabilitation center, an education center, a dog park, a veterinarian clinic for shelter animals, a place to uphold ordinances that keep animals and the community safe and most importantly, a place for people and animals to find each other and find love.

“Every 30 seconds, a lost, homeless, abused, neglected, unwanted or abandoned animal enters our care,’ said Judy Calhoun, Executive Director of Larimer Humane Society. “We currently find nine of ten pets a caring home; but we can do better and this new shelter will allow us to do just that.”


Larimer Humane Society Takes in 10 Dogs Rescued from South Korean Dog Meat Farm

 South Korea Dog Meat Farm 2Ten dogs rescued from deplorable conditions of a South Korea dog meat farm by Humane Society International (HSI) will receive their second chance at a loving home in Colorado with the help of Larimer Humane Society. The ten dogs arriving at Larimer Humane Society are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by HIS’s Animal Rescue Team from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. These dogs have been living in filthy, cramped cages exposed to the elements and given only enough food to survive. Many suffer from disease, injury, malnutrition and were subject to terrible, daily neglect and cruelty. The breeds of the ten dogs arriving in Colorado include four Mastiffs, three Jindo mixes, two Husky mixes and one Labrador mix.

Upon arrival in Colorado, the dogs will be transported to Larimer Humane Society and two other partner agencies from the Northern Colorado Regional Animal Welfare Coalition, Animal House and Black Dog Animal Rescue, will admit the ten dogs into their care where they will receive a full medical and behavioral evaluation. Before being made available for adoption the dogs will be treated for any medical issues and begin any necessary behavior modification to help socialize the fearful and shy dogs.

“We believe every animal deserves a second chance and we pride ourselves on being an open admission shelter, taking in every animal that comes to us,” said Judy Calhoun, Executive Director of Larimer Humane Society. “It’s pretty amazing that we are able to help in a rescue like this in our current shelter, image what we will be able to accomplish in our new shelter! But at the end of the day it is collaborations like this with Humane Society International and the Northern Colorado Regional Animal Welfare Coalition that make second chances for animals in need possible.”


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