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Larimer Humane Society will help celebrate the opening of the Mehaffey Dog Park

InTheNewsThe Larimer Humane Society doesn't want to forget the dogs when Mehaffey Park is dedicated Aug. 1.  The nonprofit will be co-presenting the grand opening of the Mehaffey Dog Park on the west side of the new 69-acre park in northwest Loveland with contests, giveaways, dog adoptions and pet-related vendor booths.  The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park, 3285 W. 22nd St.

"It gets people excited and lets people know about us," said Danielle Hastings, marketing and community relations manager for the Larimer Humane Society. The dog park — a city facility within the larger park of fields, play areas, trails and shelters — covers almost an acre and features shade structures and natural boulders for the dogs to climb. The east side is for shy and small dogs, and the west side is for the rest. There also is water available for the dogs to drink.

"We really hope that the Loveland residents and their furry, four-legged friends will enjoy this for years to come," said Elizabeth Anderson, parks and recreation director for the city of Loveland, adding that urban dog parks fill a niche in recreation amenities. "They need a place to have them off leash and recreate with them." Read the complete article on the Reporter Herald Website

Hope lives for dog lost in Poudre Canyon

banjoOwners of dog lost for a month in rugged Poudre Canyon continue to hold out hope for her safe return. Banjo, a 9-month-old Siberian shepherd, has been missing since June 13 when she fell into the swollen river while on a hike and was swept downstream. River rafting guides have twice reported seeing a large dog on the north side of the river since the mishap, said Banjo's owner, Donna Hill. Click here to read complete article

Backyard chicken population grows in Fort Collins

chickensUrban chickens are alive and well in Fort Collins. Since keeping chickens within city limits was legalized in 2008, Larimer Humane Society has issued 313 licenses for the birds. The agency has issued 51 licenses so far this year, nearly as many as were issued for all of 2014. The number of chicken licenses is likely to increase with the growing interest in urban agriculture, said Capt. Bill Porter, director of animal protection and control for the humane society. Click here to read the complete article.

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