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Larimer Humane Society's mission to further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people.

A Labor of Love

Foster Volunteers Saved the Lives of FIve Abanonded Puppies

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When a litter of five day-old puppies found themselves abandoned by their mother in early December, Larimer Humane Society was there when they needed us the most. The future of five Border Collie mix puppies was uncertain when their mother stopped feeding them. Concerned and unsure how to care for these puppies at just five days old, the owner turned to us. When the puppies were surrendered to us our dedicated staff and foster volunteers jumped into action to provide these puppies with a second chance.

Our shelter was the best place for these puppies to find a second chance but also put them at risk of disease. Just like human babies, puppies are incredibly susceptible to disease, which can spread quickly in a shelter environment. Lucky for these puppies Larimer Humane Society has a team of dedicated and compassionate Foster Care Volunteers who were ready and able to open their hearts and homes to these puppies in their time of need. Within just two hours of the puppies entering our shelter they were placed with loving temporary foster families who were willing to do whatever it took to help these puppies thrive. 

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Keep Your Pets Entertained During the Cold Months

night ball tennis eyes 75346Now that the summer months are long gone, your dog is probably spending more time indoors. This often means more time in the trash, chewing on furniture, and ripping up the carpet as well. But it doesn't have to! 

Here are some tips to keeping your pooch mentally stimulated when they have to spend more time inside. 
 
 
 
  • Invest in some enrichment toys. These can be found commercially and usually are some type of food dispenser. This will give your dog something to do and keep him out of trouble. You can also recycle milk jugs and boxes and create your own puzzle toys. 
  • Play hide-and-seek. Dogs are really good at sniffing out food, but almost never get a chance to do it. Start by hiding some treats in a really easy spot (i.e. under a piece of paper, half under the rug, etc). Make the treats progressively harder to find as you dog gets better and better at using that nose of his. 
  • Spend some time training! Positive reinforcement training is a great way to build the relationship between you and your dog. Training games can also wear him out, and a tired dog is a good dog!
  • Set up play dates with other dogs. If your dog enjoys spending time with other dogs, set aside some time to let them hang out together. Be sure to use caution if going to a dog park. 
Just because your dog is spending more time indoors doesn't mean his life has to be any less interesting. Keeping him busy will be fun for both of you! It will also go a long way in keeping your home safe from destruction. 

Temporary Foster Homes Save Lives

pibal kittensEvery animal that comes through the doors of Larimer Humane Society deserves a second chance. As an open admission shelter, we pride ourselves on welcoming every animal into our shelter regardless of age, health or temperament. We do our best to provide the highest quality care and protect the most vulnerable animals in our shelter. For animals that are too young to be placed up for adoption, recovering from surgery or illness, or are exhibiting behavioral issues, the best thing for them is to heal, grow or learn in a home environment until they are ready for adoption. That’s where our dedicated and compassionate Foster Care Volunteers come in.

Each year, our Foster Care Volunteers provide loving temporary homes to more than 500 animals and donated more than 17,000 hours of service for the care of these animals. Our foster parents are not only providing live-saving medical care, around the clock nurturing, and crucial behavioral training, they are truly providing life-saving care by opening their hearts and homes to pets that need it most.

If you’re interested in opening your heart and home to a shelter pet until they are physically and emotionally ready for adoption, click here. 

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Cold Weather Tips

Cold weather safety tips

SnowPets need protection from the cold weather just as much as they need protection from the heat of the summer. Here are a few tips to help keep your pet as healthy as possible through the Colorado winter!

Beware of antifreeze – it tastes sweet to animals, but even a small amount can be deadly. Clean up even the smallest spills immediately and keep the product away from pets.

Check the paws – snow and ice can lead to injuries such as cracked or bleeding paws. Check them often for signs of injury. Trimming excess fur between the toes can help prevent ice ball accumulation, which can lead to sudden lameness on a walk. Also make sure to wipe the paws after walks to get rid of any deicers or other potentially toxic chemicals that your pet might ingest. Please consider using a pet-safe deicer to help protect your pets and any others that might be walking in your neighborhood.

Bang on your car – cats may crawl under the hood of a car with a warm engine. To prevent injury to the cat, bang on the hood of the car and make noise before starting your car.

Provide shelter – we don’t recommend leaving pets outside for long periods of time, but if you must leave your pets outside during the cold weather make sure they have adequate shelter and fresh, non-frozen water. The shelter should be appropriate for the type of animal; remember to consider the pet’s age and overall condition before placing an animal outside. Always make sure to check with your local municipality to determine if there are specific requirements for sheltering your type of animal.

Know your pet – make adjustments as needed for your pet; for example, dogs with short fur may need a sweater or arthritic animals may need help walking on the snow and ice. Always check with your veterinarian if you have specific questions!

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.

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6317 Kyle Ave.
Ft. Collins, CO 80525

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5137 S. College Ave.
Ft. Collins, CO 80525

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