Our shelter has outlived its useful life, it’s over 38 years old. It’s clean, it smells nice, and we reunite pets and make matches here every day, but it prevents best practices that could save more lives.
We know that we can do so much more to help the animals in our community. We’re committed to placing all healthy and treatable cats and dogs by 2020. We’re close, but we simply cannot do it at our current shelter. Our kennels are too small, we are overcrowded and our floors are shifting away from our walls.
With a new shelter we will be able to offer better care, more programing and meet all of the industry standards and best practices.
Building a new shelter takes money that we, the City of Loveland, the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County don’t currently have. To raise some of the funds for a new facility, we are launching a county-wide citizens’ initiative for the November 2013 ballot to pass a one-penny-per-$10 sales tax to build a new shelter. The sales tax would not include groceries or other items currently not incurring sales tax. The tax will sunset as soon as the required dollars are raised but last no more than six years. This means if sales tax revenue comes in more quickly than anticipated, the collection for the new shelter would end earlier than the anticipated six years. We are also conducting an aggressive private capital campaign to help pay for the new shelter. (link to Capital Campaign when live)
Because this is a citizen initiative, we are out gathering signatures around Larimer County. You can read the petition language here. We hope to see you around the County and that you will sign our petition.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
1) Sign Our Petition – We must gather over 12,000 valid Larimer County registered voter signatures to place our initiative on the ballot. You can come to one of our events to sign a petition, or visit the Larimer Humane Society Shelter or Administrative Offices and sign a petition.
3) Help Us Campaign - Beginning in August once we have gathered the signature to get the initiative on the ballot we will need help talking to people about why they should vote yes.
4) Vote Yes – In November we need all Larimer County registered voters to fill out their mail ballot and vote yes for our new shelter.