Larimer 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.”