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Holiday Safety Tips

Keeping your pets safe during the holidays






As humans the Holiday Season is a wonderful time of year filled good food, good company and a few extra days off of work, but for our four-legged companions the holidays can pose a very real risk to their health and safety. Here are a few tips to help make sure this holiday season is safe and happy one for both you and your pets.

Beware of Festive Decoration Hazards

Many of the festive decorations that make the Holiday season so special can be extremely dangerous for our pets. When putting up Holiday decorations think safety first! Christmas trees should be securely anchored so your pet can’t accidently tip it over. Candles should never be burned unattended or within your pets reach. Lights and wires should be safely mounted to avoid your pet getting tangled in them and avoid the risk of electrical shock if they chew on them. Avoid using tinsel, glass ornaments or decorations with long strings as they can be harmful if ingested causing serious damage to intestines and require surgery to remove. Some common holiday plants, like mistletoe and holly, are toxic to cats and dogs and should be kept out of their reach. While poinsettias get a bad rap, they are only mildly toxic to pets; they can cause drooling and mild vomiting which usually resolve on their own.

Avoid Food Dangers

Many of the delicious treats we look forward to during this time of year aren’t good for your pet and can even be toxic. Some of the most popular holiday treats contain chocolate, raisins, grapes, and macadamia nuts that can make your pet sick or even be fatal. It is also best to resist the urge to indulge your pet with leftover fat trimmings and bones which are unhealthy and dangerous for your four-legged companion.

Protect Your Pet

Whether you are travelling with your pet, leaving them with a trusted sitter or boarding facility, or hosting your friends and family at your home, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your pet safe, healthy and happy during the holiday season and every day of the year. Make sure your pet is licensed in case they accidently get lost during the hustle and bustle of the season. Make a trip to your vet for a checkup and make sure they are up to date on their vaccines so you can enjoy a worry free holiday season.

Keep Cats Safe, Keep Them Indoors

Bill PorterDear cat owners,

Last night I left the back door open as I was barbequing on the back deck and my cat got out.  My cat, like many others, is quick and opportunistic.  I started to really worry about his safety.  Why?  Because I live in Loveland, have the privilege of being Captain of Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection & Control Department which means I have inside information to what’s happening to small domestic animals.

Over the spring and summer Animal Protection and Control received more than 10 reports of domestic animals (cats and a small dog) whose remains were found in pieces.  Some of the reports even came from owners who found their beloved pet. Animal Protection and Control worked together with Loveland Police to conduct a thorough investigation.  We also partnered with animal and criminal investigative agencies. 

Due the high number of animals found and the state of the remains, we feared the worse – that the death of these animals were human caused. After many sleepless nights it was determined there was no evidence of human involvement.  Unfortunately, small animals are still falling victim to local predatory animals.  While the number of these cases seems to be increasing, we believe this has been going on for a couple years and it seems to be occurring throughout the west side of Loveland. 

I suspect that it is a wild animal, but what type?  I can only guess.  I do know everything points to more deaths to cats in Loveland unless a simple precaution is taken… Keep our cats inside.

Loveland does have an ordinance that prohibits cats from wondering around the neighborhood.  This law is there to address nuisance concerns like pooping in the neighbor kid’s sand box and killing wild birds.  However, it is often overlooked that the law is there to protect cats from cars, dogs and what we are seeing now - wild animal predation.

Fortunately, after a good search of the area I found my cat under the deck.  He was covered in cobwebs but I was still glad to see him.  I do my best to keep my cat safe and am asking that the rest of the community do the same by keeping your cats indoors.  


Bill Porter
Captain, Animal Protection and Control

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.

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