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Cold Weather Welfare Tips

border collie 1149417 960 720Colorado winters can be as dangerous as they are beautiful. While our snowy winter days make for great skiing and snowboarding they pose a real risk to our four-legged companions. When it comes to cold weather, do you know when it is safe for a pet to be outside and when you should call Animal Protection & Control for a welfare check?

Every animal is an individual and a cold winter day poses different risks to different animals. If you see your neighbor’s pet outside this winter, here are a few things to keep in mind to determine if the pet is safe and help you know when you should give us a call.

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Important Information on Rabies

Keep them safe from rabiesRabies is on the rise in our community and we each need to take steps to keep ourselves, our family, pets, and community safe. There have been 22 confirmed cases of rabies in skunks and three cases in bats. In addition to wildlife, we are continuing to see multiple cases of humans and pets exposed to the disease in Northern Colorado.

Here is some important information you need to know regarding rabies exposure for people and pets.

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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Prep NowNot only is it wildfire season, June is National Pet Preparedness Month! The best thing you can do to protect your pet during an emergency is have a plan ready now. Should the unthinkable happen, here are a few tips to help keep your four-legged family members safe in the midst of an emergency.

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Dog Park Safety

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Our new shelter provides us with the space, efficiency and flexibility to not only better serve the animals in our care but also the opportunity to offer a beautiful new public dog park to our community. At Larimer Humane Society we have a responsibility to our community to help keep the animals and people in Northern Colorado safe, including at our own dog park. We want to make sure that playtime at our dog park is a safe and stress-free experience for all visitors whether they have two legs or four. We'd like to take a moment to familiarize you with the rules for our dog park and provide you with some of our top tips for a safe trip to the dog park. 

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Tips for running with your pet

040 1We hope you and your canine companion are just as excited for Fire Hydrant 5K as we are! Before you grab your sneakers and your leash here are a few things you should keep in mind when running with your dog.

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Animal Protection & Control: We Are Their Voice

Larimer Humane Society October 2017 765For nearly 37 years, Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection and Control team have protected people and animals in northern Colorado. Over the years Animal Protection and Control have evolved from a simple contract with the city and county to assist with picking up strays to a team whose days include following up on animal bites, park patrols, animal cruelty, neglect and welfare investigations, court hearings and much more.

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A Better Shelter for Homeless Pets

Making a Difference for Fearful Animals

Shelters can be a stressful environment for animals. New noises, new smells, and the “not knowing” can cause behavior issues presented by shy or fearful animals to worsen. When it came to the design of our new shelter, we put the needs of the animals in our care first. Our new shelter has allowed us to strengthen our commitment to healthier, happier pets. We are proud to see the environmental enrichment features of our new shelter truly benefiting the animals in our care. Here are two stories of how the design of our new shelter made a difference for homeless animals in need.

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Rabies Safety

APC with racoonSo far in 2018, there have been 13 confirmed cases of rabies positive skunks in Larimer County. As pet owners and community members, we should always be vigilant around wildlife and take steps to keep both pets and our community safe from diseases like rabies. Read more for our top 10 rabies safety tips. 

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The Great Rat Rescue

DSC 0357 CopyFor more than 80 rats that were heartlessly abandoned in the freezing cold, the thoughtful and informed actions of two good Samaritans made the difference between life and death. 

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New Law on Pets in Hot Cars

Never Leave Your Pet In A Hot CarColorado recently passed a law protecting people from criminal or civil liability if they break a window to remove an animal in distress from a hot car. What does this mean and what should you do next time you find an animal left in the car on a hot day?

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4th of July Safety Tips

Keep Your Pet Safe this 4th of JulyWhat's not to love about the 4th of July? As humans we get to enjoy an extra day off work, barbecues, time at the lake, fun in the sun and fireworks! But for our furry friends the 4th of July is often the most stressful day of the year for them. In fact, more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.

Before you head out to that barbecue or out to enjoy the fireworks make sure you check out these tips to keep your four-legged companion safe this 4th of July weekend:

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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Pet

Dog in pool link imageAhhh, summer in Colorado! Is there anything better? Maybe enjoying all our community has to offer with your favorite four-legged companion. But before you rush out to enjoy barbeques, hikes and camping trips, we want to remind you that our beautiful Colorado sunshine poses a very real risk to your pet.

Here are some important warning signs your pet might exhibit if they are overheating and simple steps you can take to keep your pet safe and healthy this summer.

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Rio's Journey to a Happy, Healthy Life

Rio BeforeRio with familyWhen we first met Rio our hearts broke for her. She wasn't able to walk or even stand on her own due to being nearly 90 lbs overweight for her breed, weighing almost 170 lbs.  

Our staff and volunteers were determined to give Rio a second chance at a happy, healthy life. For years, Rio's hypothyroidism went undiagnosed and untreated causing her to gain so much weight it started to impact her quality of life and was putting her health at risk. Our veterinarian staff quickly put Rio on a special diet and started treating her hypothyroidism. Once Rio's medical needs were addressed she spent a month and a half in loving foster homes to help her lose some weight.

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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.

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.

Larimer Humane Society Breaks Ground on New Shelter

 Larimer Humane Society Ground Breaking 05042016 9924Larimer 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 a better shelter for homeless pets 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 a new shelter 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, capital campaign committee chair. “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.”


Larimer Humane Society Takes in 10 Dogs Rescued from South Korean Dog Meat Farm

 South Korea Dog Meat Farm 2Ten dogs rescued from deplorable conditions of a South Korea dog meat farm by Humane Society International (HSI) will receive their second chance at a loving home in Colorado with the help of Larimer Humane Society. The ten dogs arriving at Larimer Humane Society are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by HIS’s Animal Rescue Team from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. These dogs have been living in filthy, cramped cages exposed to the elements and given only enough food to survive. Many suffer from disease, injury, malnutrition and were subject to terrible, daily neglect and cruelty. The breeds of the ten dogs arriving in Colorado include four Mastiffs, three Jindo mixes, two Husky mixes and one Labrador mix.

Upon arrival in Colorado, the dogs will be transported to Larimer Humane Society and two other partner agencies from the Northern Colorado Regional Animal Welfare Coalition, Animal House and Black Dog Animal Rescue, will admit the ten dogs into their care where they will receive a full medical and behavioral evaluation. Before being made available for adoption the dogs will be treated for any medical issues and begin any necessary behavior modification to help socialize the fearful and shy dogs.

“We believe every animal deserves a second chance and we pride ourselves on being an open admission shelter, taking in every animal that comes to us,” said Judy Calhoun, Executive Director of Larimer Humane Society. “It’s pretty amazing that we are able to help in a rescue like this in our current shelter, image what we will be able to accomplish in our new shelter! But at the end of the day it is collaborations like this with Humane Society International and the Northern Colorado Regional Animal Welfare Coalition that make second chances for animals in need possible.”


Larimer Humane Society to take trip to 'South Pawcific'

2015 TCT South Pawcific COLOR GRADIENT WHITE OUTLINEThe Larimer Humane Society wants to add a little bit of the Pacific to its love of paws Saturday during the 17th annual Top Cat & Tails Gala.

To do this, the nonprofit came up with this year's theme of South Pawcific for a tropical getaway and evening in paradise. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions and live tropical music from Fort Collins band Toco Bay.

"We try to do something fun and different every year," said Danielle Hastings, marketing and community relations manager for the Larimer Humane Society. "We take something popular, spin it and make it our own special event."

Click here to read the complete article from the Loveland Reporter Herald

Dogs surrendered by no-kill rescue find new home

635788073668969064 BounceThree of the four dogs surrendered to Larimer Humane Society by a no-kill animal rescue this week have found a temporary home with a new animal rescue.

The animals, which were surrendered by All Aboard Animal Rescue's medical director, Dr. Eric Boehmer, earlier this week, were transferred to Bounce Rescue Friday. Bounce was formed by All Aboard Animal Rescue's former executive director, Ashley Dinger, after her Sept. 10 departure from the organization.

Click here to read the complete article from the Coloradoan

Strife at no-kill rescue leads to surrender of animals

B9318963802Z.1 20150924094249 000 GSBC19RUU.1 0Four dogs from a Fort Collins no-kill dog rescue are in limbo after being surrendered to the Larimer Humane Society this week following the departure of three of the rescue’s four staff members.

Eric Boehmer, medical director of All Aboard Animal Rescue and veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Colorado, asked Animal Protection and Control to pick up three adult dogs and one puppy from his veterinary practice on Monday.

Boehmer, who is the rescue’s only remaining staff member, signed owner surrender paperwork for the animals Tuesday, making them eligible for Larimer Humane’s adoption process.

As of Wednesday, all four dogs were undergoing the behavioral and medical evaluations standard at Larimer Humane Society before an animal can be put up for adoption.

Humane Society spokeswoman Danielle Hastings said shelter staff believe the dogs will pass the evaluations. Though the Humane Society is not officially designated a no-kill rescue, the shelter had a live release rate of 87 percent of the 2,447 animals it took in last year.

Click here to read the complete article from the Coloradoan

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.

2 cats in protective custody at Larimer Humane Society..Crews rescue man in fire

20150616 17RHAfirew 1 500A man was trapped during an apartment fire in central Loveland just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to Loveland Fire Rescue Authority officials.

The man's upstairs neighbor, Jeremy Kern, reported smelling smoke and hearing the fire alarm around 12:30 a.m. in his apartment building at 529 E. 13th St. He called 911 and was able to speak with the trapped man through his bedroom window in the apartment.

Read the complete story on the Loveland Reporter-Herald Website

Larimer Humane Society takes in Merced County cats

sedonaThree cats at the Loveland PetSmart that came from Merced County are up for adoption of the five cats brought there from the Larimer Humane Society.

A total of 31 cats arrived in mid-April at the Larimer Humane Society animal shelter from the Merced County, Calif., shelter to address overcrowding there.

One of the cats at PetSmart is Clove, a 2-year-old female domestic shorthair brown tiger sitting in a cage in the adoption area where eight cats, including two kittens, are looking for their forever homes. The other two cats from Merced County are Biscuit and Marmalade.

Read the complete story on the Loveland Reporter-Herald Website

Tornado, hail can't ruffle these birds' feathers! Larimer Humane Society houses parrots thought to be killed in Berthoud storm

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Bill Eyl was sure the tornado that destroyed his home near Berthoud took his two parrots, too. His daughter Jennifer said each of the family members had a different vision of how the parrots died and how they would find them.

Yet somehow, they survived.

Bill Eyl and his wife Lorraine were on the second floor of their house on Blue Mountain Avenue when one of the tornadoes was spotted near Berthoud that Thursday, and they saw a debris cloud get close to them. It also was getting dark and had started to hail. They grabbed their 3-year-old puppy Duffy and ran down the stairs.

Read complete story on Loveland Reporter Herald Website

Bolt Update

Bolt: A Community United


Great news! Bolt’s story has a happy ending! Thanks to the concern and kindness of some great organizations, as of December 5, 2014, Bolt will no longer have to be on a chain when he is outside. A generous donor provided fencing for a 10 x 20 dog run, a new doghouse, bed, a thick mat and toys. Working with Larimer Humane Society Animal Protection and Control and the dog’s owner, a local contractor donated his time to construct the new “digs” for Bolt. Meanwhile, Bolt himself was away getting neutered – a gift of Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay Neuter Clinic. Once Bolt recuperates, more photos will be added. Thanks to all of you for your concern for this dog. Your commitment to the welfare of animals in our community is truly amazing!


Miss Kitty

A Long Term Resident Finds a New Home

Over the past week, one of our longest term residents found her forever home. Miss Kitty had called the shelter "home" for 120 days before she was adopted last week! She is a very friendly cat, but just kept getting overlooked. That all changed when one of our volunteers was assisting in our cat room and fell in love with Miss Kitty. The two bonded instantly, and finally after some convincing meowing, Miss Kitty charmed her way into the hearts and laps of her new family. 

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Animal Protection and Control Follow Up on Pit Bull in Larimer County

Animal Protection and Control Follow Up on Pit Bull in Larimer County


An officer with Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Control and Protection unit revisited a residence in unincorporated Larimer County Thursday to ensure that proper improvements had been made for the care and shelter of a pit bull discovered tied to a tree with inadequate shelter for the current weather conditions.

According to Bill Porter, Director of Animal Protection and Control, the owner has been extremely compliant throughout the investigation and has built a shelter for the dog. Straw and blankets for bedding were provided by Larimer Humane Society to better protect the dog from the elements. As well, the owner is continuing to make improvements to the dog’s situation and is working Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Clinic to provide vaccines and sterilization for this particular dog as well as their other unaltered dogs on the property.

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Aussie came to Larimer Humane Society as a puppy, surrendered by a breeder due to a birth defect called “megaesophagus”. The ailment makes it difficult for animals to eat and digest their food, which often presents additional medical complications.

Knowing that this condition could be treatable with surgery, Larimer Humane Society’s veterinary staff knew just where to turn. Skilled surgeons at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital were able to correct Aussie’s condition in order to help him eat and digest more naturally.

A little bigger and after having made a full recovery, Aussie’s adoptive family reports that he has a new issue -- a serious case of the wiggles! This joyful pup finds it almost impossible to keep still.

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At only one week old, this precious Pit Bull mix puppy arrived  at  our shelter from Cheyenne with his eight littermates – all orphans. His mother did not survive the births. He was immediately placed with one of Larimer Humane Society’s skilled foster families.

With our generous and patient volunteers providing more than 21,000 hours of foster care in their homes, Larimer Humane Society was able to give 524 animals the unique care they needed last year--whether it was to help a pet recover from surgery or illness, increase socialization, or as in Howard’s case--receive round-the-clock care to grow big and strong enough for adoption. 

Howard managed not only to grow big and strong, he also decided he rather liked life with them. His zeal for life and puppy charm convinced them that he was there to stay. These days, you’re most likely to find Howard at the dog park with the family he adopted. 

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At just two months old, Yazzi’s owner left her in the care of a friend and never came back to get her. Consequently, this sweet Domestic Shorthair ended up at Larimer Humane Society in search of a second chance.

Fortunately for Yazzi, that didn’t take too long. Just a few days after she landed on the adoption floor, the sweet girl had found her perfect match. 

Today this feline is content with life’s simple pleasures. Her favorite toy is a narrow strip of leather she plays with at 3 a.m.!  Her favorite game is watching her owner put things away and then sneaking around to “unpack” them later! Her greatest happiness is sitting on her cat tree gazing at the world outside.

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Some animals that arrive in our care are simply misunderstood. Such was the case with Dexter, a Leopard Gecko. His owner surrendered him not knowing how to properly care for a gecko. He came to Larimer Humane Society malnourished and completely unable to open his eyes.

A veterinary examination revealed that remnants of previous sheds had built up around his eyes, toes, and tail. It’s likely that he wasn’t eating because he simply couldn’t see his food! Fortunately while in the care of Larimer Humane Society, Dexter was hand-fed until his eyes recovered and he regained his strength.

Today Dexter is in the care of a lizard-loving owner who knows just what he needs to thrive: temperature-controlled environment, hydration and nutritious food. 

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Bernardo was surrendered to Larimer Humane Society by an owner who was moving. Upon examination, we discovered that he was a carrier of the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which can weaken his immune system and make Bernardo more susceptible to infection. While there is no cure, many FIV carriers can live happy, healthy lives with a vigilant owner.

Fortunately for Bernardo, he found the perfect match – a local veterinarian happened to be looking for a CFO (Chief Feline Officer)!  Bernardo is on duty most days at the veterinary clinic, professionally dressed in his necktie. He welcomes patients, entertains staff, and in turn, his health and happiness are closely monitored. 


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Say hello to this African Pygmy Hedgehog quickly! One minute he is all smiles and the next you’ll find him curled into a spiky pouch.

Pierre was surrendered to Larimer Humane Society by his previous owner; apparently hedgehogs weren’t allowed in the lease agreement. Behavioral evaluations revealed that he was a bit under socialized and very sensitive about his face. Fortunately, a little time in a loving, hedgehog-friendly foster home was just the cure Pierre needed.  

Pierre is the perfect roommate. He curls up and keeps to himself most of the day, but spends just enough time training on his wheel and zipping through play tubes that his energy has inspired his owner to undertake a running program as well! 


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This striking fellow had a rough start in life. At just a few months old, he was brought to our shelter with a broken leg after being hit by a car. Fortunately, through Colorado State University’s Saving Animals in Shelters Through Teaching (SAST) program, Ember’s badly damaged limb was amputated giving him a new lease on life.

His unique story and fetching looks landed him a spot on the “catwalk” – at the Top Cat & Tails Gala Adoptable Pet Parade – where he was spotted by his new family. Now adjusted to life with three legs, he’s living the “kitty dream,” complete with laser pointers, cozy places to sleep and endless adventures inside the kitchen cabinets! 

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Sometimes we take for granted what a scary world it can be for homeless pets. Dogs like Paqi serve to remind us. Found wandering along a county road, Paqi’s earliest moments in our care showed her true fear; she was hiding in the back of her kennel, unresponsive to the offering of treats.

Upon evaluation, our team noted that Paqi was shy, fearful and in need of confidence building. She was placed with one of our most skilled foster care volunteers to help provide socialization and build Paqi’s trust.

While Paqi made notable strides with her foster family, she was still a bit timid when she returned to the shelter for adoption. That shyness was just the attribute that her new adopters were drawn to – they felt it was reflective of intelligence.  

Sure enough, Paqi is a bright gal. Her typical routine involves a long session of Frisbee followed by some well-earned cuddle time.  

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Of all the animals Larimer Humane Society cares for throughout the year, approximately half come to us as strays – even the unlikeliest of species! Solange is a perfect example of this situation.

The adorable Lionhead Rabbit was only a year old when she came to our shelter. As is our policy, staff checked her description against lost report files that owners complete after a pet goes missing, but she didn’t seem to fit any of the profiles. We kept her safe and comfortable throughout her five-day stray holding period before checking the lost reports once more and then finally routing her for adoption.

A little more than one week in adoptions was all that Solange needed to win over her new adopters. She is now living happily with her new family.

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Laffy & Taffy

Laffy & Taffy

Laffy  Taffy

Surrendered to Larimer Humane Society, this pair of Pekin Ducks quickly won over the hearts of our staff members and volunteers. Laffy and Taffy were some of the friendliest, most social ducks we’d ever met!

On a visit to the shelter, it was clear their new family was enamored as well, and it didn’t take long for them to decide Laffy and Taffy were just what their barnyard was missing.

Laffy and Taffy have settled in quite nicely to their new home. They are not shy about notifying their owners when it’s time to be let out of their pen –typically at the crack of dawn. However, they come back to the pen when they’re called in for the night.  As well, they protect the rest of the duck flock, and we hear their eggs make some of the best chocolate chip cookies!

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This shy guy has spent a fair amount of time at Larimer Humane Society. Arriving once as a stray, Smokey made a return appearance as a surrender when his owner lost his home to the 2013 flood.

It was clear that Smokey preferred the shadows, and his introverted tendencies did little in the way of making a case for potential adopters. Finally, from beneath a desk in one of our Larimer Humane Society staff offices, Smokey began to blossom.

His new adopters report that Smokey still shows his shy side from time to time, but is also quite playful. One of his favorite games is tossing and chasing squeaky mice. He also likes to play fetch with shoelaces. After all of that activity, a good old belly rub is just what he needs to settle in for a nap. 

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This fun-loving Yellow Labrador retriever is a ray of sunshine and a ball of energy – a little too much energy for her previous owner, however. She arrived at Larimer Humane Society at the age of three in search of a home that would embrace her vibrant spirit.

Upon examination, it was also discovered that Jazzy suffered from an eye condition known as entropion. Fortunately, Larimer Humane Society was able to coordinate surgery for Jazzy in order to correct this ailment that can cause permanent damage in some cases.

Ironically, Jazzy’s eyes were the feature that first hooked her adopters. Today, her eyesight comes in quite handy in spotting any table scraps that may need attention. And as for her energy? Jazzy’s family has her to thank for making introductions with all of their neighbors. She is affectionately known as “the most walked dog in the neighborhood.” 

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Beast and Cleopatra - The Shelter Bond

Beast and Cleopatra - The Shelter Bond

Something amazing and awesome has happened. Two of our dogs have bonded. Beast (A263479) and Cleopatra (A349232) have found love in the shelter and they need to go to a home together! They need to go to a home without any kids under the age of 12 and the adoption fee is $50 for the both of them because they are miserable when they are apart. Cleo does have a deformity in her front right leg, but it doesn't really affect her. Check out the pictures below and add them both to your family.




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Tortoiseshell Cats- Why They Are Special

Why the Tortoiseshell Cat is So Special

If you have walked into the shelter recently, you may have seen a tortoiseshell cat or two. These are very special cats that some people may overlook when adopting. Tortoiseshell cats, or "torties" are cats named for their distinctive coloring – a combination of patches of black, brown, amber, red, cinnamon and chocolate. Torties are almost exclusively female; with the occasional and very rare male tortoiseshell cat that is the result of a genetic mutation.

To go along with their distinct markings, torties also have their own personality that has been called “tortitude.” Torties tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and they can be very possessive of their human. They will stick by your side through thick and thin and love you forever.  On top of being loyal, they are usually very talkative and make their presence and needs known with anything from a hiss to a meow to a strong purr.

Torties make great cats, good cuddle buddies and even some days, a great conversation.

Adopt yourself a new tortie friend today!


Karla Kitty
Luna Misty
Toothless Miss Kitty

Mosquito Spraying Fort Collins

mosquito-spraying-ftc.jpgThe Larimer County Department of Health and Environment intends to spray a high-risk area of southeastern Fort Collins, including property in both the city and in unincorporated Larimer County, to reduce West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes. The spraying will take place on Friday evening, August 15, and Monday evening August 18, weather permitting, between sunset and midnight.  (If weather prevents spraying on those days, the back-up dates are Monday Aug 18 and Wednesday August 20).

  The area to be sprayed is bordered by Harmony Rd on the north, Carpenter on the south, Lemay, on the west and I-25 on the east.

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Abbie's Story

July 2, 2014

Abbie resized for webAbbie came to us as a stray in June 2014 with such a severe degloving injury that she needed to have her tail amputated.  Only a 2-month-old kitten at the time of her injury, Abbie had a very slim chance of survival.

Abbie was brought to us just in time. Thanks to support from Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation, we were able to amputate her tail and nurse her back to full health. She was soon adopted into a new forever home where she is loved and cared for every day by a staff member of Larimer Humane Society.

We Made a Bet (and Lost)

June 27, 2014

We dared our ingenious graphic designer John Metcalf of Perfect Square to come up with an amazing design to showcase our theme for the 16th Annual Top Cat & Tails Gala, “Around the World for 80 Strays.” We bet him that he couldn’t live up to the masterful theme designs from the last few years. If you attended Catsino Royale or Soiree of the Sphinx, you know what we mean. Well, we lost that bet. This year’s design is a homerun. Just looking at it takes us on a whimsical voyage to a magical place where anything you can imagine can be achieved. We’re imagining an evening in which animals find homes, crucial funds are raised for homeless pets and our guests are thrilled by the entertainment throughout the event.

2014 TCT Design

Perfect Square did it again. With this masterful design and creative theme, our gala committee is well on their way to planning an adventurous evening full of surprises around every corner.

With nearly 300 live and silent auction items to explore, guests will be sure to go home with a great souvenir. From stunning jewelry, to one-of-a-kind art, to all-inclusive fantasy vacations, there’s something for everyone in the auctions taking place throughout the evening. Volunteer “inventors” will wow the crowd with more than 10 amazing live auction items, including first right of refusal on an adorable animal up for adoption.

Are you as excited as we are? It’s hard not to be. Stay tuned to www.LarimerHumane.org for ticket information or contact us at (970) 530-2945 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Online registration opens July 15!

Happy Tails: Lisa and Bella

Sunshine on my Shoulders

by Kathryn McAllister

June 25, 2014

Lisa and BellaNone of us ever tire of hearing the “Happy Tails” stories, when caring individuals give their hearts and open their homes to pets from Larimer Humane Society. Lisa recently shared her story about Bella, a Yorkshire terrier mix she adopted in early spring.
After adopting Bella, Lisa wrote to say, “She is such a sweet little dog. There isn't a shy, scared bone in her body. She is a loving, happy, active, playful bundle of fun. The day we brought her home, she was so excited. She not only had a new home, but her own kitty, too.”
Lisa and her husband took photos of Bella entertaining her new friend, Stormy, an 18-pound kitty, who is bigger than she!
Lisa said that Bella also loves her stretchy duck toy that squeaks and is perfecting the fine art of walking on a leash.  She also enjoys romps in the back yard, which allows her to keep a sharp eye on the squirrels!  
However, what Bella loves the most, of course, is her new family and home.
Lisa added, “Bella has brought so much sunshine into our lives, and we are truly grateful to the Larimer Humane Society for allowing us to adopt and love this little tiny ball of fun.”
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Kitty Cash

Get Your Kitty Cash through June 30th

Discounted Adoption Prices to Find Felines Homes

June 5, 2014

Kitty Cash

To celebrate "Adopt a Shelter Cat Month," Larimer Humane Society will be reducing adoption prices to help felines find homes! We will be providing a special "friends and family discount" through June 30th with Kitty Cash! Kitty cash is good for half off the adoption of an adult cat one year or older, $1.00 off an ID tag, AND one month of free pet health insurance at the time of adoption not including license or insurance. View our adoptable cats and visit our shelter or administrative office to pick up kitty cash and and find your new companion today.

Tips for Dog Bite Prevention

Celebrate Dog Bite Prevention Week

Safety Tips for Your Two- and Four-legged Family Members

May 28, 2014

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In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week in May, we thought it appropriate to share with you some vital information to keep your two- and four-legged family safe. This information was compiled from research findings about dog bites in Colorado provided by the Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs (CLSD).

Who is Most Likely to Experience a Dog Bite?
Children under the age of 14 were found most likely to get bitten by a dog with nine and 10-year-old boys topping the list. Take action to ensure your child’s safety by always supervising your children when around dogs and teaching them how to treat animals properly. Kids can act in ways that are unpredictable to pets and can scare them into aggression.

Which Dogs are Most Likely to Bite?
Any dog can bite given the right (or wrong!) circumstances. Likelihood of a specific breed biting more often than another is directly related to the number of dogs with that breed in a population. The most common circumstances involving a dog bite are: dogs running at large, humans interfering in dog fighting or play, and food, toy or property guarding,

Prevention Tips
1) Always supervise children around dogs.
2) Take advantage of behavioral resources to ensure your dog’s exercise, socialization and behavioral needs are met.
3) Don’t judge a dog by his/her “cover.” Any dog can bite.
4) Keep dogs leashed when in public and always provide proper supervision and housing for your dog when enclosed in a yard.

Pet Emergency Preparation

Pet Emergency!

Three Easy Steps to Keep Your Pets Safe

May 13, 2014

Emergency TrailerNorthern Colorado is two-for-two with catastrophic natural disasters Grouped photos for blogoccurring in 2012 and 2013. Follow these steps to make sure you and your four-legged family members are safe should a natural disaster occur in the months and years ahead. Additional resources are available at www.ReadyColorado.com such as checklists and brochures to assist you in preparing for disasters.

  1. Let emergency officials know you have pets

    The APCA provides free rescue alert stickers for you to put on your door or window to alert emergency professionals that there are pets in the home if you are unable to get to them. Order your free sticker today (link to: https://www.aspca.org/form/free-pet-safety-pack) and be sure to provide your contact information and your veterinarian’s contact information to ensure your pet’s safety.

  2. Arrange for a temporary home for pets if disasters strike

    Think carefully about to whom you would entrust your pet’s safety and designate a caregiver that can step in and help if you are unable to get to your pet. This should be someone with a different schedule from your own so they can assist when you are unable to. Give them a set of keys and show them where you keep all the pet supplies.

    It is also recommended to think of a “foster parent” that can take in your pet should something happen to you. Discuss this responsibility with them and ask if they would be willing to take over ownership of your pet.

    If all else fails, Larimer Humane Society provides temporary boarding for animals displaced by disasters. You might also contact local boarding facilities, friends and relatives to see if they would be willing to take in your pet temporarily if you are evacuated from your home. The important thing is to think ahead and have a plan in place.

  3. Stock your Emergency Kit now

    Just as you should have an emergency kit prepared should you have to evacuate your home quickly, you should also have one ready for your pet. Include food, medications, garbage bags, disposable litter box, litter, extra leashes and collars, and anything else that your pet will need if moved to a temporary shelter.


Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness







His Best Friend Turned on Him

Sparky's Story is Hard to Watch

April 17, 2014

Sparky beforeA few weeks ago, we received a disturbing video. We watched with knots in our stomachs as Sparky’s owner slammed him against a fence and punched him in the face. It’s hard to imagine how someone could treat their devoted buddy this way. It’s even harder to imagine Sparky trusting people again after his best friend turned on him like that. But he does.Sparky after

Animal Control to the Rescue
We took action immediately. We were determined to rescue Sparky from the home before it could happen again. Officers Downs and Denogean took the case, welcoming the adorable pup into our shelter with open arms and charging his owner with animal cruelty.

Meet Sparky, Be Inspired
We were amazed by Sparky’s happy-go-lucky, trusting nature right from the start. He’s an 11-month-old Chihuahua with a glass-half-full attitude, a goofy jokester that wants nothing more than to make you smile. You’d never believe the past this resilient pooch has endured.

Waiting for His Second Chance
On April 15th, it was time to find Sparky a new family. One that lets him know he’s a “good boy” and throws tennis balls instead of punches. He was put up for adoption and is currently waiting for his second chance. View his profile and share it with your friends - we hope to have him resting easy in his new home by nightfall.

You can help us rescue more animals like Sparky from situations that are scary and unfair. Make a gift of any amount today and provide second chances to the deserving animals in our care.






Icicle's Story

April 4, 2014

Icicle before for web

When Icicle was brought
into the shelter, his eyes
and nose were crusted
shut due to his severe illness.

A Good Samaritan brought Icicle to us in mid-December after discovering this 2-month-old stray kitten wandering and sick. He had a severe upper respiratory infection causing his tiny eyes and nose to be crusted shut. Thanks to support from Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation, we were able to provide him with the medication he needed and give our foster volunteers all the necessary supplies to help nurse him back to health.

After receiving T.L.C. for two months in his foster home, Icicle was ready to head back to the shelter in search of his forever home. He became available for adoption on Valentine’s Day and very quickly found his second chance at love on February 15th. Icicle is now a playful, sweet, healthy kitten.

Icicle after for web





Happy Tail: Gauge

'I knew he was the one'

By Kathryn McAllister

March 20, 2014

GaugeWhen Angie Vesely and her boyfriend were looking to add a new dog to their family, they had a pretty good idea what kind of dog would fit well.

“I checked the Humane Society website all the time,” said Angie. “When I saw Duke, I knew he was the one.”

That evening, Angie left work an hour early to rush over to the Larimer Humane Society shelter before it closed. Her other dog, a Border collie mix, Jake, was already with her, as she and her colleagues are allowed to bring their dogs to work.

When she introduced her dog Jake to Duke, he initially “seemed to care less, and Duke just wanted to play,” said Angie. However, once she adopted Duke and brought him home, “the two dogs have been best friends ever since.”

Angie and her boyfriend decided to change Duke’s name to “Gauge.” She said, “He is by far the best dog I’ve ever had – Don’t tell Jake! He’s been awesome at my work. He's learned a bunch of new tricks and even was taught how to ‘sit pretty’ by a little girl at my work.” She added that Gauge seems to be one of the favorite dogs that accompany their pet parents to her workplace.

Inevitably, everyone always asks, “What kind of dog is he?” Angie decided it would be fun to find out more about Gauge’s lineage, and she bought a DNA testing kit at her work. “I knew he was a Husky, but you could definitely tell he was mixed with something else.” The test results came back and identified Gauge as a Husky/Pit Bull mix.

Angie said she is “so thankful” to Larimer Humane Society for bringing her and Gauge together. “Thank you, for all you do!”




Happy Tail: Sammy

A  Second Chance for Sammy

February 24, 2014

Sammy giving Hug2


They say life begins at retirement and that is certainly true for Sammy the cat. This 14-year-old feline was surrendered to the shelter after his long-time owners developed an allergy to him. Staff and volunteers felt badly for Sammy, this mature and well-mannered cat went from resting easy in his home to being shuffled through a shelter, hoping for a second chance at love.

That's exactly what Sammy got. He joined a loving family with another feline, Kitteh a 2-year-old Ragdoll and a canine, Jasmine a Rough Collie/Chow mix. His new owners let us know that Sammy is now named Mr. President and loves to lay around the house and cuddle. His favorite thing to do is give hugs to his humans.



Happy Tail: Tyler & Coogie

A  Special Halloween Treat
By Kathryn McAllister

February 17, 2014

coogieWith the leaves changing, a crispness in the air, and Halloween around the corner, an incredibly cuddly and fluffy cat was intent on giving one family a sweet surprise treat.

Tyler explained how his parents encountered a medium-hair, gray tiger-striped cat when they were outside calling for one of their cats to come home. Tyler said that to their surprise this sweet and friendly stray fellow came bounding towards them. These cat lovers couldn’t turn their backs on this fluffy guy with the palest of green eyes. They decided to give him food and care for the night with the plan of taking him to the Larimer Humane Society shelter the next day.

Tyler's parents decided to surprise him with a visit that night. Tyler said that when they brought “Coogie” over to his place, “he acted as though he had been there all along. He investigated each room and then plopped up on a chair in the living room and groomed himself.” Tyler said he had long wanted a cat and now he finally had a place of his own that he could share with a furry friend.

Tyler said that Coogie looked underweight, was not neutered, and did not have a microchip. Clearly, he had been neglected and needed a loving home. After a week with the gentle and caring staff of  Larimer Humane Society, no one came to claim Coogie, so Tyler carried out his plan of adopting him. “I decided to call him ‘Coogie’ (aka ‘Coogers’) as he has very large paws, in addition to massive amounts of fluff around his neck, like a lion.”

On the drive to his new home, Coogie was not about to let the cardboard cat carrier stop him from reuniting with his new pet dad. He broke out, had a look around, and then decided to cuddle in Tyler’s lap and purred all the way home.

Tyler said that Coogie is as sweet as he is fluffy. He never bites or scratches or messes with his upholstered furniture. “You could not ask for a sweeter creature. He loves to cuddle and roll over on his back so I can pet him,” said Tyler. Commenting on Coogie’s purring abilities, Tyler noted that “he did come with a touch-start motor, as well.”


Code LAL: Llamas At Large

A High-speed Llama Chase with a Happy Ending 

January 31, 2014

Llamas at large

On January 29th, the residents of Spring Glade Road in Loveland made a call to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department to report 10 escaped llamas roaming the neighborhood. The sheriff’s department quickly notified Larimer Humane Society and Animal Control officer Jason Downs was up to the challenge and headed out to round up the livestock and find their owner.


Officer Downs ran through snowy fields herding the llamas for nearly an hour before finally corralling the pack of critters into an enclosure with the help of several concerned community members. Tired and hungry, the llamas began grazing to their hearts’ content while Officer Downs went to work trying to solve the mystery of where these animals came from.


The owner of the pasture offered to let the llamas sit tight on his property until the owners could be contacted. With help from the brand inspector, the owners were finally identified.


After a fence had been accidentally knocked down on their property, the llamas took the opportunity to seek adventure elsewhere. The owners were relieved to have found every member of their missing herd.


The llamas are now safe and sound in their pasture, and the residents of Spring Glade Road are grateful that the animals are back home.


We wanted you to know we appreciated his efforts very much,” said one of the residents about Officer Downs. “He certainly went beyond the call of duty to get control of those pesky critters.”

A Cold-Blooded Rescue on New Year's Day

January 15, 2014

Wendy with Billie

On New Year’s Day, Larimer Humane Society Animal Protection & Control received an interesting phone call. On the other end of the line was an alarmed community member in need of help. Our animal control dispatcher listened as the story unfolded. The caller’s roommate had been gone from the home for more than two weeks and she assumed she had taken her pet, a 6-foot-long redtailed boa, along with her. The caller explained that she had just seen the boa loose in her home. This abandoned critter had been in the apartment for several weeks unbeknownst to her.

Thankfully, she called Larimer Humane Society. Animal control officer Wendy Batts jumped in the van and headed to assist the caller and bring the animal to safety. She found the cold and hungry snake coiled up behind the oven in search of warmth and food.

The snake was brought to the shelter and cared for by Larimer Humane Society staff and volunteers for the next week. After it was formally relinquished by the former owner, it became available for adoption. Wendy, the animal control officer who rescued the snake, felt compelled to take it in to ensure it received a loving home. Billie is now the newest part of Wendy’s family and is rehabilitating from this traumatic experience very well.

Oh Baby it’s Cold Outside! Indoor Enrichment Tips for your Dog!

By Jen Weller, Behavior & Enrichment Coordinator

December 12, 2013

MaryUnless your dog is a Husky or Malamute, if we have another cold front like we did last week, it’s going to be too cold outside for your dog to spend a lot of time outdoors comfortably.  Keep your dogs from going stir crazy with a few simple toys and games.  

Treat or Toy Hunt

Put your dog in a confined area of the house.  Next, hide small pieces of food treats throughout your house.  If you are doing this for the first time, hide the treats in easy to find places and more difficult areas when they become good at hunting down the treats.  Once the treats are hidden away, release your dog from it’s confined area and encourage them to “find it”.  You can help them by moving towards a few treats and pointing to them.  With practice, your dog will quickly become an expert on using their nose to find treats.  This will stimulate your dogs natural hunting and searching skills.

Hide and Seek

This game is similar to the treat hunt game but instead of teaching your dog to hunt for their favorite treats or toys, they hunt for you!  If you have a helper have them keep the dog in one spot as you go and hide, again the first few times make it easy.  Once you are in your hiding spot, call their name and then reward them with treats or praise when they find you.  Increase the difficulty of your hiding spot as your dog catches on.  This is also a fun way to work on getting your dog to come when they are called.

Clicker Train New Behaviors

Clicker training is a fun way to teach your dog new behaviors.  Practice basic behaviors like Sit, Stay and Come or teach a new trick like Roll Over or Shake.  You don’t necessarily need a clicker, you can use a word like “good” just keep it consistent.  Ten minutes of training and mental stimulation, equals 45 minutes of physical exercise! To learn more about clicker training visit: www.clickertraining.com.

Tug of War

Playing Tug with your dog is a great way to help them release some energy and fulfill their natural urges to grab and pull on things with their mouths.  It can also be a way for you to teach them how to “get it” and “let go,” all while getting in a good exercise. Try to teach your dog not to grab the toy until you say so. Do this by rewarding them for staying while you leave the toy on the ground. Once they have that down, move on to the next cue word “get it!” This will teach them that they are allowed to grab the toy. Now you can initiate the game. Next, your dog must learn how to let go. Let go of the toy and say “let go.” Once your dog releases the toy, reward them immediately.

Busy Box

Find a variety of different sized boxes, place your dog’s favorite treat of toy in it, fold the box lid down.  Let your dog experiment with the box by sniffing, moving, pawing and moving the box around.  This is the first step of doing scent work with your dog too!

Reason #12 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We turn pain into playtime

Constance video

We all love Constance. Sweet, adorable, trusting, brave Constance. Transferred to Larimer Humane Society from one of our placement partners after being abandoned at the shelter overnight, Constance spent eight months in foster care through her multiple surgeries and recovery process. She debuted her new legs and unmatched spirit at the 15th Annual Top Cat & Tails Gala in October and there wasn’t a single guest that didn’t fall in love.   

Last month, Constance finally went home. Larimer Humane Society foster care volunteer, Jody Deschenes stepped forward to take in this special pup. Jody met Constance when she dropped by the shelter for a foster care appointment. She saw Constance curled up in her kennel and asked if she could hold her. “She just looked so sweet and like she needed a little hug...or maybe I did,” remembers Jody.

Jody renamed Constance Wabi-sabi, Wabi for short, which is a Japanese term meaning “beautiful imperfections.” The perfect name for a dog whose spirit shines brightly through her abnormalities.

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Reason #11 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We build families and create memories


When Harvey Wallbanger came to the shelter as a stray, he came in with something else, too – Iris Melanoma. Larimer Humane Society worked with the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to determine a course of action. In order to control the spread of cancer, CSU removed Harvey’s eye.

After spending two weeks recuperating in foster care, Harvey was ready for adoption. His special situation piqued the interest of a family with similar circumstances: they had also battled cancer, one family-member worked in the optometry field, and a member of the family had also lost an eye. They weren’t looking for a cat, but Harvey found them. And they became his family.

Within just a month of Harvey’s adoption, he went missing. His family searched everywhere, they filed a lost report with Larimer Humane Society, and they walked the streets calling his name, hoping he’d return. With the help of Harvey’s license and microchip, he was found and returned to his loving family just two days later.

Harvey has taught his family a number of things in their short time together, but the most important lesson is to remember the feelings of joy and peace when the whole family is together. Of course there will be challenges and struggles, but as long as Harvey’s home, they’ll get through it together.

You can support building families and creating memories by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Harvey their second chances at love.

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Reason #10 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We’re determined to find animals homes


With more than 430 volunteers at Larimer Humane Society, it is inevitable and fairly common that an animal at the shelter will capture their hearts at some point.  More often than not, the animal that has caught their eye and stolen their heart will be adopted before their next scheduled shift.

Triskit’s “squishy face” and “sad puppy dog eyes” grabbed the attention of one of Larimer Humane Society’s long-time volunteers, but she already had three dogs at home and wasn’t looking to add another to the pack. Over the course of six months, Triskit was adopted and returned three times – it seemed that she just couldn’t find her perfect fit. Perhaps it was a sign (or three!), but we knew Triskit was a wonderful pet and refused to give up on finding her a home. After round three on the adoption floor, our loyal volunteer took Triskit home where she gets along great with the other dogs.

These days Triskit spends her afternoons lounging on her favorite ottoman, and she can always find a nice sunny spot for a quick nap. Her perfect day includes a ride around the neighborhood, windows down and the wind in her fur!

You can support finding homes for shelter pets by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Triskit their second chances at love.

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Reason #9 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We take in every animal regardless of age, breed or medical history


Native to warmer environments, degus are a trendy pet in Florida. However, it’s uncommon for them to appear in Northern Colorado. In the past five years, Larimer Humane Society has cared for only a few of these small mammals.

Like other animals, degus are known to bond to one another. In an effort to keep sweet Raj and Fluffball as happy as can be, the pair was adopted together to a young mother and her two daughters. This diurnal duo can now be found actively burrowing and nesting the day away. A fun fact: one goji berry a day keeps the degu doctor away!

You can support exotic pets by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Raj and Fluffball their second chances at love.

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Reason #8 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We provide lifesaving veterinary care to our shelter pets


Lucky was surrendered to Larimer Humane Society with a leg so broken that the bone was visible through her soft fur. In unfortunate situations like hers, the only option is to amputate.

Fortunately, the loss of Lucky’s leg didn’t affect her personality one bit. When a young family arrived at Larimer Humane Society looking for a new companion, Lucky’s gentle character and even temperament immediately won them over. Like Lucky, the family had encountered their own battles over the last few months. They too knew the struggles of surgery and the long road of recovery.

“We think that when they removed her leg, her heart grew another chamber to make room for more love,” says her new parents. Lucky’s courage has helped her family heal.

You can support emergency vet care for our shelter pets by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Lucky their second chance at love.

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Reason #7 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We give pets the happy ending to their story


Determining the gender of a newly hatched chick is more than a delicate matter – it’s downright difficult. It’s not uncommon to take a rooster home when you think you’ve purchased a chicken.

A victim of this unfortunate mistake, Rootie’s family surrendered him to Larimer Humane Society as they resided within Wellington city limits, and Rootie and his rooster buddies are only permitted in unincorporated Larimer County.

Luckily, Rootie’s story is a happy one. After spending just one month at Larimer Humane Society, Rootie was adopted and now lives an exciting life with dogs, cats, and other animals near the foothills of Northern Colorado.

You can support happy endings by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Rootie their second chance at love.

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Reason #6 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We reunite pets with their owners


If you happen to be a lost pet, you’d be lucky to be lost in Larimer County. 78% of dogs that arrive as strays to Larimer Humane Society are returned to their owners, and 18% of cats are returned to their original families. The national averages are much lower, at 50% for dogs and a mere 5% for cats.

In 2011, Rocky went missing from his family home in Loveland. After filing lost reports with Larimer Humane Society and hanging flyers in their neighborhood proved unsuccessful, Rocky’s family thought they would never see him again. Then, one day in the spring of 2013, the family received the unexpected call they had been hoping for – Rocky had been found! We’ll never know what happened to Rocky during his lost years. Found in Timnath, he was five pounds heavier and his fur unkempt; but because of his microchip, Rocky had his ticket home.

You can support reuniting lost pets with their owners by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Rocky their second chance at love.


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Reason #5 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We turn “abandoned” into “adopted”


When Papi arrived at Larimer Humane Society, his nickname may as well have been Petrified Papi. A building full of animals is not the ideal place for a scared little dog, and Papi was so shy he wouldn’t leave his kennel.

Papi’s early days with us were difficult ones. Staff and foster volunteers worked hard to win him over. Papi was adopted once but quickly returned; he was just too terrified for his new owners. His original foster family offered to host him until someone came forward again with interest. Finally, someone did.

When an interested adopter saw Papi’s photo on our website, his foster family arranged a special meet and greet. Although getting him out of his kennel for that first visit was a challenge, Papi quickly warmed up to his potential adopter. It seems he has found his purpose in life, his reason for second and third chances. He now follows his new owner everywhere, taking special care to watch over her as they sit together on the patio.

When discussing his past, Papi’s loving owner just shakes her head, “I just can’t believe any of it. Around here, we call him Perfect Papi.”

You can support the behavioral training that turns abandoned into adopted by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Papi their second (or third) chance at love.



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Reason #4 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We help to erase bad memories


This French Bulldog mix found her way to Larimer Humane Society after she was attacked by a much larger dog. She had wounds all over her face and neck, her shoulder needed to be placed in a cast, and she had to have some teeth removed. Daisy was in pain, and she was terrified.

Daisy has the face that more than just a mother can love. She immediately won the hearts of Larimer Humane Society staff, and eventually went home with a staff member. These days Daisy holds high-court over Larimer Humane Society’s administrative office, greeting guests and visitors with her warm, toothy smile.

You can support erasing bad memories by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Kristin and Jamie their second chance at love.


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Reason #3 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We keep best buddies together

JaimeKristinLarimer Humane Society cares for nearly 50 parakeets each year. Surprisingly, many pet parakeets come to the shelter as strays. This sweet pair of parakeets was surrendered to our shelter when their original owner could no longer care for them. Parakeets bond to their buddies, so when two birds arrive at the shelter together we do our very best to ensure they find new homes together. Such was the case with Kristin (left) and Jamie (right). They were adopted together and now live in the mountains of Colorado with other pet birds!

You can support keeping best buddies together by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Kristin and Jamie their second chance at love.


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Reason #2 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We foster animals until they are ready for adoption

George LottiHave you ever wondered why Larimer Humane Society spays and neuters every adoptable dog and cat?

Each spring, our shelter staff prepares for the busy “kitten season,” the spring and summer months when we see a dramatic increase in kittens. Frequently, when we receive kittens like George and Lottie, they are too young for adoption. Some even require hand-feeding and around-the-clock care to survive.

Thanks to the generosity of more than 100 foster families, Larimer Humane Society has skilled and compassionate resources to care for growing kittens, especially in their first few weeks. George and Lottie have both found loving homes, and are thriving now because of the team effort put forth by Larimer Humane Society’s foster volunteers, veterinary staff, and foster coordinator.

You can support foster care by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like George and Lottie their second chance at love.


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Reason #1 to support Larimer Humane Society on Colorado Gives Day:

We help you find the perfect match


Think you can’t find purebred animals at a shelter? Lebron is proof that you’re wrong. There is a common misperception that shelter animals are damaged goods and they all have health and/or behavioral issues. The reality is that “designer breeds” that people spend high dollar for through breeders and pet stores, can also be found at Larimer Humane Society.

Whether you’re looking for a purebred Golden Retriever or a popular mixed breed like a Morkie or Labradoodle like Lebron, you can find your perfect pet at Larimer Humane Society. And they come with that special thing that only shelter pets have - the unwavering dedication and undying love for their human that comes from receiving their second chance.

You can support perfect matches by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and give homeless animals like Lebron their second chance at love.

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It’s that Time of Year: Tips for a Safe Holiday Season with Your Pet

By Jen Weller, Behavior & Enrichment Coordinator

November 26, 2013

min pinHolidays are a blast for everyone, even your dog. Here are some tips for keeping your dog happy and healthy during the best and busiest times of the year.

A Walk A Day Keeps the Vet Away!

Holiday stress can affect you and your pets.  Pets can get anxious and stressed by schedule changes, visitors and all the hustle and bustle, try to maintain a consistent exercise schedule.  Remember a tired dog is a good dog!

Clear the Area

Watch out for counter surfers and food bandits!  Keep a watchful eye for plates and cocktails left at dog level or on the counters.  If a dog wants something he’ll find a way to get it. 

Safe Havens

During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s a good idea to provide a safe haven for your pet.  This can be his kennel, a room or a quiet corner of the house.  Make sure he has plenty of things to make him feel comfortable such as food, water, a soft bed and a few toys.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Winter is here - make sure your dog has a nice warm jacket or blanket to keep him warm and cozy and some booties to keep his paws safe.  Don’t leave your pets outside for an extended period of time, let them enjoy the holidays with their families too.

No Puppy Kisses Under the Mistletoe

Season’s eatings shouldn't include holiday greenery such as holly, mistletoe,  lilies, or amaryllis. While commonly used to deck the halls, they can make your pet sick. If you usually use these plants to decorate your home, keep them in an area that’s safely out of reach. Or consider bouquets made out of non-irritating roses, daisies, marigolds, or orchids.

Dogs and Kids:  Not Always a Good Combination

Holiday gatherings can be over-stimulating for dogs and kids, so never leave a dog alone with a little one!  Interactions between dogs and kids should always be supervised by a dog-savvy adult.

Traveling with Fido

If Fido is lucky enough to join you for the holiday journey, be sure he is comfortable with travel. Illness, injury, age or temperament are factors that may play a role in deciding if your pet can handle the overall trip. Also, check to be sure all pet identification tags are up-to-date. Having your pet implanted with a microchip is always a smart option. It will improve your chances of getting your animal friend back if they become lost.

Train Polite Greeting Behaviors

Practice polite greetings before the guests arrive. Ignore a dog that is jumping on you, wait for him to have all four paws on the floor, then reward with a treat or praise!  Practice “sits” and “stays” by the door for a few minutes everyday to reinforce polite behaviors. 

The winter holidays should be fun for the whole family, including your pets.  With a few precautions you can keep your pets safe and away from the vet!

Dieting Your Dog for a Longer, Healthier Life

By Gayle Rodcay

October 31, 2013

We love our canine companions. But sometimes we love them to death. That sounds harsh, but often we can’t resist those imploring brown eyes begging for just one more Beggin’ Strip or Pup-peroni.  Or you get in the habit of adding table scraps to his regular dog food because he just picks at it otherwise. Your dog won’t love you more than he already does just because you like to spoil him. But you could be shortening his life with you if you do it on a consistent basis.

Dog obesity is a common problem and growing. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 40 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. However, another survey found that only 17 percent of owners think their dog is overweight. That’s a pretty big discrepancy. Either owners don’t recognize that their dog has added some extra pounds or they’re in denial. Either way, not taking steps to control a pet’s weight can seriously affect his health.

Is Your Dog Overweight?

If you make regular visits to your veterinarian, he or she will alert you if your friend is packing on some extra pounds. But there are a few things you can look at to see if your dog is at a healthy weight. When you run your hands along the sides of his chest, you should be able to feel his ribs. And when you look at him from the side, his belly should be tucked up. If you think your dog is overweight, especially if the weight gain was sudden, a visit to your vet is in order to rule out any medical condition as the cause.

Taking Action

If your pooch is getting pudgy, you can’t ignore it. Obesity in dogs carries many of the same health risks as it does in humans. It can lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, lowered immunity, and even some types of cancer. You need to make some diet and lifestyle changes to help him live a longer, healthier life.
The first step should be to talk to your veterinarian about a safe and healthy diet plan, but there are a few basic things you can do on your own:

Three Quick Steps to a Healthier Pet

  • Cut back on the treats. Instead of giving him a whole jerky stick, cut it in fourths and ration it out through the day.
  • Cut out the table scraps. If you’re feeding a quality dog food, he’s getting all the nutrients he needs, and you’re just adding calories. If you just have to add something to his food, add a small amount of canned green beans. Dogs generally like them, and they don’t add many calories.
  • Get up off the couch. An overweight dog, as well as an older dog, tends to be more sedentary, which exacerbates the weight problem. Regular walks will do you both good. Don’t do a 5K immediately—just take baby steps at first.

The bottom line is, you are responsible for your dog’s health. It’s easier to instill good diet habits early, rather than try to explain to him later why his food bowl seems a bit short on food or he’s no longer getting extra goodies.

Beat the Heat: Avoid These 8 Pet Pitfalls of Hot Weather

By Stephanie Ashley

August 14, 2013


As the weather becomes warmer, most people are excited to head outdoors for some much needed exercise and fun in the sun with their pets in tow. It’s important to remember that pets depend on their humans to make sure they have everything they need to brave the climate. They can’t apply sunscreen, wear a hat or make sure they have plenty of water on hand. Be sure to avoid these hot weather hazards and you’ll ensure Fido finds comfort throughout the hot summer months.

  1. Pestered Pets
    At the start of warmer weather be sure to take your furry family members in for a check-up. Your vet can test your pets for heartworms and get them started on a flea or tick regimen so your buddies can beat the bugs.Beat_the_heat
  2. Treacherous Travel
    Never put an animal in the open bed of a truck while the vehicle is moving. Even if you’re only going a short distance, dogs may jump or fall out and become lost or seriously injured. Keep animals in crates or inside the car for travel.
  3. Hot Dogs
    We don’t mean the grilled kind. Pets can become overheated and dehydrated quickly in warmer months. If pets are spending time outside, be sure they have ample drinking water and shade at all times.
  4. Paw Pain
    Limit walks on hot pavement to save your four-legged friends from burned paws. Try to head to the park or grassy areas for lengthy outdoor activities.
  5. Tasty Toxins
    If you plan to put any fertilizers or pesticides in your yard, be sure your pets don’t have access to them. These chemicals may be poisonous to animals and often have a taste or smell that is appetizing to animals.
  6. Pyrotechnic Panic
    Fireworks may be great entertainment for most of the family, but the four-legged kind don’t see the appeal. The loud noise scares animals and often triggers an escape. Leave the pets at home and make sure they have a safe place in the center of the house to curl up if they hear fireworks in the neighborhood. Soothing music also helps drown out scary noises.
  7. Food Faux Pas
    Your well-intentioned neighbors will likely fall prey to the canine “hungry eyes” and provide scraps from the table to your pooch. To ward off belly aches, be sure to keep pets away from the table or ask friends to abstain from feeding your pets.Beat_the_heat_3
  8. Car Captivity
    Never leave your dog alone in a car during the warmer months. Even if the temperature outside isn’t record-breaking, the inside of the car can be much hotter and can quickly harm your pet’s health.

Source: www.ASPCA.org

Fort Collins 5K Events: Why Fire Hydrant 5 is a Local Favorite

By Christina Tedesco

May 13, 2013

FH5_GraphicThis year, Larimer Humane Society will be hosting our 23rd Annual Fire Hydrant 5, 5K Walk/Run and Pet Expo at Edora Park on Saturday, June 8th. This important Fort Collins event is the community’s largest outdoor fundraiser for homeless pets in northern Colorado. We’d love for you to join us as we lace up our running shoes, leash-up Fido, and raise money and awareness for the stray, orphaned, and injured animals we care for!

While many Fort Collins 5K walk/runs ask you to leave your pooch at home, the Fire Hydrant 5 encourages you to bring your furry friends along.  This year we are expecting over 850 participants and 600 dogs with the hopes of raising more than $72,000 for the animals in need.

Not only is Fire Hydrant 5 one of the most affordable Fort Collins races, but we also like to think it’s one of the most fun! Along with this Fort Collins 5K is a Pet Expo, featuring fun activities for the whole family including the Second Chance Dog Show with contests like the Skippy Scarfdown, Frankfurter Face Flop, and Doggie Dopplegangers, plus Fido photos, paw painting, and over 60 pet- and family-friendly vendor booths.

How to get involved:

Pre-registration for the event will run through June 6th, and is $30.00 for all ages. Event day registration will open at 7:30am at Edora Park and is $35.00. Register online or by calling (970) 530-2945 to request a registration packet be mailed to you. The first 850 registered participants for this Fort Collins 5K will receive a commemorative event t-shirt, plus a goodie bag filled with coupons and gifts from our sponsors.

If you have co-workers or friends also interested in participating in Fire Hydrant 5, consider forming a team! Individuals registering on a team receive a $5.00 discount on their registration fee, bringing the total cost to participate down to just $25.00 per person. Teams must consist of 5 or more (human) participants, and can work together to earn great prizes and awards for categories including Largest Team, Highest Pledge-Raising Team, and Best Dressed Team.

Raise Pledges to Help the Animals!

Unlike many other Colorado races, the Fire Hydrant 5 offers participants the opportunity to raise pledges and earn great prizes. Ask your friends, family, or colleagues to support your fundraising efforts, and you’ll be rewarded with gifts ranging from a carabiner flashlight to commemorative Fire Hydrant 5 logo wear. Each Fire Hydrant 5 participant will have access to their own customizable fundraising webpage for the event where you can collect donations, email friends and family, and post photos and stories of the animals that have inspired your life!

We know there are many events in Fort Collins this summer, and we hope you’ll consider adding Larimer Humane Society’s Fire Hydrant 5 to your list to attend!

Pet-proofing Your Yard

By Gayle Rodcay

April 15, 2013


Longer days and warmer temperatures mean people are getting anxious to start on their lawns, flowerbeds and gardens. That often involves pesticides, fertilizers and other gardening products. These may be beneficial to your plants and trees, but not so beneficial to your pets. If you already have a cat or dog or are planning to adopt a shelter cat or dog, make sure you “pet-proof” your yard.


Some fertilizers that seem safe for your pets, may not only be harmful but can actually attract them. Two such cases are bloodmeal, and bonemeal, which are used as organic fertilizer. Animals often find them tasty but if they eat enough it can cause GI problems or worse. Fertilizers containing organophosphates or carbamates are harmful to cats and dogs. Check all product labels to make sure they are pet-safe.

Many fertilizers are basic gastrointestinal irritants. However, some are often combined with dangerous chemicals and compounds called organophosphates or carbamates, which can be harmful to pets.

Insecticides and Pesticides

Products used to control pests and weeds should not be used around your pets or at least should be used carefully. Keep them safely stored and make sure you let the application dry according to instructions before you let Rover out to romp. The same goes for insect and rodent baits. They can be toxic to your pet.

Insect Pests

If you find any harmful insect or spider nests you may need to remove it if it poses a threat to your pet. Wasp or poisonous spider bites are just as painful for your dog as they are for you.

Miscellaneous Chemicals

If your springtime work includes cleaning out the garage, keep a close eye on your animals. Most garages have harsh cleaners, paint products, antifreeze, insulation and other harmful substances.

It’s all mostly common sense—if you wouldn’t want your child around it, it’s probably not safe for your pet either. Both kids and pets require your constant vigilance to keep them safe. But remember, your dog and cat can get into places that children can’t, so check the yard with a pet’s eye view.

Springtime Can Be Hazardous to your Pet’s Health

By Gayle Rodcay

April 8, 2013

Spring is here and that means more focus on outside activities. It can also mean more opportunities for your pets to get into things that can be harmful. From certain plants to fertilizers to household cleaners, many items around your home can be toxic or even fatal. Your best defense is to arm yourself with knowledge so you can keep your pet safe and healthy all summer long. In this post, we’ll focus on dangerous plants. In a future post we’ll talk about other common backyard dangers.

Spring means plants sprouting up all over and although they may look and smell pretty, they can be tempting for your pet to taste. And not all are pet friendly. Here a few of the more common dangerous plants. You can find a more complete list, with pictures, on the ASPCA website:

  • Lilies and daffodils are common this time of year, but they can be toxic to dogs and cats if ingested. Pets can experience vomiting and lethargy and eventually kidney failure.
  • Grapes cause lethargy, vomiting and possible kidney failure when a dog eats enough. Watch out for grapevines in the yard or on hikes.
  • Mushrooms and toadstools tend to pop up in yards along with the spring rains. Some are highly toxic to cats and dogs so it’s easiest to avoid them all. Keep a close eye on your yard to catch these plants before your pet does.
  • Azaleas are a common ornamental landscaping shrub. In addition to stomach upset and drooling, this plant can cause lack of coordination, paralysis and even death if your pet eats its leaves.
  • Castor bean can burn your pet’s mouth, and its seeds can be fatal if swallowed.

So do a thorough search of your yard and areas where your pet has access. Now that you know what plants can harm your pet, avoid planting them where your pet (or other pets) can get to them. Or better yet, don’t plant them at all.

So You’ve Decided to Rescue a Kitten, Now What?

By Gayle Rodcay

March 15, 2013


It’s that time again! The annual kitten explosion is beginning. With mating season on the horizon, now is an excellent time to rescue a kitten from your local animal shelter. Larimer Humane Society typically has dozens of kittens for adoption in the spring time. If it’s been awhile since you’ve shared your home with a cat, you might need some kitty training yourself. Here’s a quick refresher about what you need to have ready when you bring your new adoptee home.

What’s for Dinner?

Use food and water bowls that are stable enough that your kitty can’t knock them over. Buy a high-quality kitten food. Kittens under a year old require up to three times the calories as adult cats. Your vet can recommend a good brand of kitten food that provides adequate calories and nutrients. Make sure the dog can’t get to the cat food, or he’ll start packing on pounds while the kitten goes hungry.

I Gotta Go!

Provide a convenient litter box so your new pet can relieve herself. Make sure the box is shallow enough to allow a tiny kitten to crawl into. Fill it with kitten litter and make sure you get a scoop so you can keep the litter clean. Cats will often refuse to use a dirty litter box so save yourself some extra clean-up by keeping the box fresh.

Idle Claws are the Devil’s Handy Work 

There’s nothing more playful and fun to watch than a little kitten. Provide plenty of toys that encourage interaction. Feather toys, balls and windup toys bring hours of fun for you and your feline. A carpeted cat tower provides a place to climb, a place to perch and a place to sharpen her claws. Strategically placed scratching posts provide not only fun and nail trimming services, they can be lifesavers for your drapes and couch cushions and a great resource for training kitty what’s appropriate to scratch or not.

Stay Healthy

Schedule a checkup so your vet can check overall health, check for internal parasites and vaccinate your kitten against dangerous feline diseases. This is a good time to ask any cat health or behavior questions and ask the vet or technician to show you how to trim your kitty’s nails.

Congratulations on your decision to add a lovable furball to your family. You are in for a lifetime of laughter and love!

Dog Training: How Old Is Too Old?

By Gayle Rodcay

February 27, 2013


In a previous post, I discussed the benefits of adopting an older dog from an animal shelter. But one reason some people are reluctant to choose a mature dog over a puppy comes from believing in the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” You’ll be pleased to know that’s just not true. 

Barring physical limitations, an adult dog can be trained to do anything a younger one can. They may learn at a slower rate, but they remain eager and able to learn their entire lives. And continuing to learn new things keeps your dog’s mind and body fit.

If you’re new to dog training, you might want to use a professional trainer or take your dog to an obedience class. This will help you assess how much the dog already knows and you can learn proper training techniques. In general, methods are the same for any age dog, although it’s harder to gain and keep a young pup’s attention, so it can be frustrating. Older dogs have had years of experience learning to please their owners and will concentrate on you to determine what you want.

Whether you’re teaching basic manners or complex tasks or tricks, here are a few things to keep in mind during your training sessions:

  • Patience and consistency are imperative. Use unique commands and hand signals for each desired behavior.
  • Reward desired behavior with a treat, or praise, or both. The only punishment should be a firm “No” and withholding the reward.
  • Commands should be short—one or two words, and never repeat a command when your dog doesn’t obey. For a command such as sit, you can gently help your pet into the position and immediately reward. 
  • Start slowly with basic obedience skills until you gain your dog’s trust.

Remember, learning is a lifelong experience. So if you decide to make a home for an older dog, make lessons and learning a priority in your new friend’s life, and you will have a happy, bright and alert companion for many years.

Benefits of Adopting a Mature Dog

By Gayle Rodcay

February 7, 2013


Your family has decided it’s time to add a dog. Being very conscientious, you head to the local animal shelter. Your kids immediately drag you over to the puppy area—right past Bennie, a 6-year-old Pomeranian mix whose owner had to move into a nursing home and Sally, the greyhound, retired from racing at the ripe age of 4. Both perfectly wonderful dogs, but, as is so often the case, the draw of the puppy wins out and you walk out with a squirmy, four-pound bundle of cute. Although it’s hard to resist the charm of youth, there are reasons to think twice about passing up that brown-eyed cocker just because she has a few years of experience behind her.

No Surprises

They told you the pup was mostly schnauzer. Apparently they meant the giant type. With an older dog, you know “who he’s going to be when he grows up.” You’re not going to be surprised six months down the line when he outgrows his dog house. You also have very few clues about a puppy’s grown-up personality, whereas you can tell with a short interaction whether an older dog has the personality you’re looking for.

Are You Up to Raising a Pup?

There’s no denying it, puppies are a heckuva lot of fun, but they’re also a heckuva lot of work. They need constant supervision because if it’s bad for them, they will find it--and either eat it or roll in it. You’ll need to spend weeks housebreaking your pup--and cleaning up accidents. They expend boundless energy, and so will you just trying to keep up with them. An older dog is finished with the “go, go, go” stage. Been there, done that. Not that an older dog doesn’t need exercise, but you don’t need to take him on five-mile jog every morning--unless you both want to. And he’s probably already leash trained.

Babies and Puppies and Bites, Oh, No!

If you have a child under the age of three, a puppy is probably not a good choice. Young children don’t know how to properly handle, play with or discipline a puppy--but they will try. They can seriously injure a young pup without meaning to. And puppies naturally bite and scratch while roughhousing, and those tiny teeth hurt! A more mature dog is past the teething stage. These dogs often bond tightly with a young child and make excellent companions.

Learning the Rules

An older dog typically has some basic obedience and knows how to mind his manners. With a puppy, you start at square one, and it takes a lot of time and effort. And frustration. Puppies are easily distracted, whereas an older dog is calmer and will focus more easily on you and the task at hand. He has years of experience reading humans and can quickly figure out what you’re asking. With puppies, you’re teaching HOW to learn as well as what. 

That Feel-Good Feeling

One of the biggest benefits of adopting a more mature dog is the good feeling you’ll get. You’ll find so much satisfaction knowing that you’re giving this dog, who’s gone through so much, a new chance at happiness. Most older dogs crave love and are quick to respond and return that love. They’ll be part of the family in no time!

Keep Pets Safe & Warm This Winter

By Molly Ward

January 4, 2013

As the temperature drops and snowflakes begin to fall, our pets—like us—will be seeking refuge from winter’s chill.  While we can easily put on warm jackets and hats to stay toasty, please remember that our pets rely on us to make sure they are not left out in the cold.
There are many simple things you can do to make sure your cat or dog stays safe and cozy this winter season.  Here are a few great tips to keep in mind:

- If your dog spends time outdoors, make sure he has access to a doghouse with a raised floor where he can stay warm, dry and protected from the elements. Older dogs and pooches with short coats get chilled faster than younger dogs and long-haired canines, so it’s a good idea to limit their exposure and bring them in sooner from the cold. If the temperature dips below 20°F, it is recommended that pets not be left outside.  Be sure to bring pets indoors at night when the temperature is often at its coldest.

- Did you know that antifreeze and windshield de-icer are both sweet-tasting?  Sadly, they’re also highly toxic to pets, so check your driveway and garage floor regularly for drips.  Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet ingests these chemicals.

- Monitor outside water bowls frequently to ensure that water hasn’t frozen and that your pet has fresh drinking water available at all times.  To prevent your pet’s tongue from sticking to a frozen metal water bowl, consider choosing plastic or ceramic bowls instead for outside use.

- During the winter season, regularly check the underside of your pet’s feet for ice-melter, which can irritate or burn the pads of the feet and can be poisonous if ingested.

- Brush your pet’s coat regularly to keep skin moisturized in the cold winter air.

- Finally, keep in mind that outdoor cats may curl up under cars to in order to escape the cold and soak up the heat of a car engine.  Before starting your vehicle when heading off to work, tap on the hood and check inside the tires to make sure that a feline has not taken refuge overnight.

The weather outside may be frightful, but by following these tips for winter safety, the season can remain delightful for you and your animal companion.  For other great safety and behavior training tips, be sure to check our website at www.larimerhumane.org.

Who's the Boss?

Ali Rules the Roost

January 2, 2013


After losing his two beloved cats, Scott decided to head to Larimer Humane Society to see if he could find a feline that fit well with his lifestyle. He was looking for a loving cat that liked to be held. Within seconds of standing near her cage, Ali came up to the front bars and started “talking” to Scott, telling him that she was the one.

“During my visit, she crawled all over me purring like a motorboat,” Scott remembers.

And the rest is history. Scott took Ali home and she immediately let the other pets know that she was the boss. She loves being held and can get a little feisty if you aren’t showing her the attention she deserves.

Give for Anubis on Colorado Gives Day


Brought in to Larimer Humane Society as a stray, this Labrador Retriever/Great Dane mix was 80 pounds of aggression. Just getting him into a kennel required the assistance of several staff members. But Larimer Humane Society employees saw a glimmer of hope in the eyes of Anubis; and so his training began.

As aggression is often a result of fear, the staff had to teach him not to be scared. First he was given time to assimilate in the kennel away from other dogs. Then treats were introduced to help lure him to the front of his kennel. Staff soon began sitting in the kennel with him, touching his paws, petting him, even wrapping him in blankets. Finally Anubis graduated to spending time in staff offices, all with the goal of teaching him that people are good, and the right people will keep him safe. 

These days, Anubis is personality-plus with loving new owners. He’s a comedian, full of curiosity, and loves being around his people. 

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to work with fearful animals like Anubis to allow their true personality to shine through.

Give for Herbert on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Herbert, a Blue-Fronted Amazon, was abandoned outside of a local pet store. He was confined to a tiny bird cage with only sunflower seeds to eat; providing little more nutritional value than that of candy for humans. Herbert was underweight and so distressed that he plucked out nearly all of the feathers on his chest and back. Overgrown nails rendered him unable to stand, and further examination revealed that Herbert was blind in one eye with the other nearing a similar fate. 

No doubt about it, poor Herbert was in rough shape. But to the amazement of the WildKind Department staff, this forlorn creature exhibited the most loving personality. Slowly, through a healthy diet and human compassion, Herbert began gaining weight.  He stopped pulling out his feathers and actually grew a few back. Eventually he regained vision in one eye, and has even recovered the ability to stand and walk. Herbert loves to snuggle and confidently joins in conversation with “hello!” every chance he gets. Herbert has gotten a second chance with an equally loving adoptive family. 

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to give animals like Herbert their second chance.

Give for Arwen on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Arwen arrived at Larimer Humane Society with torn ligaments in her hind leg.  It was determined that surgery would be necessary to repair her damaged limb, and she was sent to Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Arwin’s was one of 14 surgeries performed for Larimer Humane Society animals through our partnership with CSU and the Saving Animals in Shelters through Teaching program (SAST). The program provides surgeries for shelter animals in exchange for the education it provides to veterinary students. 

Although Arwen’s surgery was difficult, requiring pins to hold her knee together and several weeks of immobilization, she’s now a dog on the move. Her new owner laughs every time she gets “the crazies” and sprints around the house.

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to partner with CSU and other animal-welfare organizations that strengthen our mission and bring us closer to our goals.

Give for Cleo, Juno, and Largo on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Cleo and Juno’s (dog) family was evacuated from their home due to the High Park Fire. While the family stayed with relatives, the two 100-pound Great Pyrenees’ joined more than 650 dogs, cats, chickens, and other animals that were evacuated to Larimer Humane Society throughout the disaster.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, staff and volunteers fed, cleaned, and provided enrichment for the displaced animals. Every cat had plenty of play time, and every dog was walked three times per day – many days also enjoying time in a cool kiddy pool before heading in. There were 2,400 volunteer hours logged during the four weeks that the fire raged, with typical month averaging closer to 400. 

Cleo and Juno were lucky enough to see their family every day too. It was on one of their last visits that the family met little Largo, a tiny kitten with a sweet personality. Once the evacuation orders were lifted, it was decided that Largo would be going home too.   

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to coordinate all animal care during emergencies in our community and tirelessly serve those that need us most.

Give for Sully and Precious on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Have you ever heard the saying ‘There’s a lid for every pot?’ Every day at Larimer Humane Society this saying proves true. Severely overweight, Sully (right) was adopted from Larimer Humane Society in 2010. Since then, Sully has shed a few pounds, and his owner has become a regular visitor to the shelter’s cat adoption room. 

Precious (left) was born with two severely deformed front legs. Her right leg had stopped growing at the elbow, and her left leg is abnormal from her shoulder down. She bears weight only on her tiny right leg. Her new owner saw Precious in the cat room and knew immediately that Sully would love her as his new sister. As for her name, “she was too ‘precious’ to leave behind!”

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to take in all animals, regardless of age, behavior, breed, or health condition.

Give for Montag on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Named after the hero firefighter in Ray Bradbury’s novel, Farenheit 451, Montag was adopted as wildfires across Colorado were raging. He was sent to a foster home while Larimer Humane Society shifted into emergency response mode and took in over 630 evacuated animals. Cynthia, owner of The Eclectic Reader, a used bookstore, was looking high and low to find a cat ambassador for the shop and with the click of her mouse, she discovered Montag. 

Bookstore ambassador? Monty was tailor-made for the position! He politely greets all customers, even the ones who prefer Sci-fi.  He’s never shy to recommend his favorite, Dewey the Library Cat. He provides silly, post-worthy antics for the bookstore’s Facebook page and he brings a warm, fuzzy moment to every store visitor.

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to be a leader during natural disasters while upholding the high level of care provided all year long to our adoptable animals.

Give for “Rehabilitation to Release” on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


This abandoned baby was the first Snipe to find himself at Larimer Humane Society.  Arriving at just five weeks old, the WildKind department staff gave this bird a mirror for company, a ‘sibling’ to teach this baby proper Snipe behavior. 

Wilson’s Snipe is an elusive shorebird found in Colorado. Their most prominent feature is the long beak they use to forage through mud for insects. At 10 weeks old, this little snipe was released near a Larimer County shoreline, now bigger and stronger, to resume life in the wild.

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to rehabilitate wildlife and release them back into their natural habitat.

Give for Injured and Orphaned Wildlife on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


This 3-week-old baby squirrel arrived at Larimer Humane Society with his six siblings after strong winds blew their nest out of a tree. Beyond treatment of minor scrapes and bruises, these tiny creatures just needed food and time to mature and grow strong. 

Larimer Humane Society’s WildKind department receives about 160 baby squirrels in any given year, and an additional 70 adult squirrels who typically arrive injured.  Adults are released to their natural habitats once they are strong enough to survive on their own, and babies are released at approximately three months of age.

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to help injured and orphaned wildlife until they are strong enough to survive on their own.

Give for Jazmine on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Jazmine was extremely nervous when she arrived at the shelter. It was clear she needed some extra care. A plea went out to all of Larimer Humane Society’s foster volunteers for someone experienced in caring for chinchillas. Finally, one was found.

With a regular schedule and a little extra attention, Jazmine now displays all of the silly and adorable antics chinchillas are known for. As pets, chinchillas are energetic, attentive and smart. Jazmine loves taking dust baths, and her favorite snacks are raisins and Chex mix according to her foster, now adoptive, family!

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to provide shelter for fearful animals like Jazmine until they can be placed in permanent homes.

Give for Sheba and her kittens on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Sheba and her tiny three-week-old kittens were found by rescue workers fighting the High Park fire. They were transported to Larimer Humane Society in the hopes that an owner would come to claim them.  After 10 days without anyone to claim them, the family of four headed to a foster home. 

While with a foster volunteer, the mother cat and kittens gained strength and maturity.  Once the kittens had their spay/neuter surgeries, the whole group went to the adoption floor.  One by one, each of the kittens, then finally Sheba, was matched with a loving family and taken to a safe new home.

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to rescue animals like Sheba and her kittens from harm’s way and find them loving homes.

Give for Tarzan on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


Tarzan and his littermates were transferred to Larimer Humane Society from a shelter in New Mexico where finding enough homes for animals can be a challenge. He was one of approximately 150 animals transferred in from other shelters last year. In turn, Larimer Humane transfers roughly 250 animals to other shelters and breed rescues annually. 

Larimer Humane Society partners with other animal shelters and rescue groups with the common goal of providing animals with high-level care and the best opportunities for successful adoptions. When one shelter has trouble adopting out a specific pet, another shelter might have the perfect owner. Breed rescues can often accommodate an owner looking for a specific breed faster than a shelter. And when a natural disaster strikes -- be it hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, or fires, this network of animal welfare groups works as a team to transfer, heal, and place affected animals. 

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to take in transferred animals like Tarzan and find them homes.

Give for Echo on Colorado Gives Day

Heidi Muller Photography


At just four months old, little Echo was surrendered to Larimer Humane Society with a broken hind leg. Injured and frightened, Echo’s evaluation indicated that the best option for her would be amputation.

Echo was transported to Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital for the procedure, and then recovered with the help of a loving foster family.  It didn’t take long for the otherwise healthy puppy to adapt to her new life as a “tripawd.”

Echo has now officially joined the Larimer Humane Society family, as her adoptive parents are both staff members. Echo comes to work most days, charming everyone with her sweet personality.

You can support our lifesaving work by donating on Colorado Gives Day. Help us continue to save lives and find homeless animals like Echo their perfect families.

A shelter dog rescued this family.

Written by Amanda Andrews

August 16, 2012


"A shelter dog rescued this family." That is the welcome mat that we have outside our front door! We adopted Nico  from the Larimer Humane Society this past January. On a whim one day, after we had decided to wait until the summer to add to our family, I took a few "wrong turns" and ended up at the shelter. We looked at four different dogs that day, and nothing really felt right. About ten minutes before closing, we were headed out the door and spotted an extremely handsome dog. I knew right away that he was the one for us.
8 months later, Nico has truly made our little family whole! We do everything together and wouldn't have it any other way. He is the best dog and loved by everyone who knows him. Nico loves going to doggie daycare and the dogpark during the day and snuggling up with "mom and dad" at night. A smart boy - he sits, shakes, rolls over, crawls, speaks (and whispers). He loves to swim, chase other dogs, and play with his toys.  Nico: the perfect dog. Knowing that we decided against the full-bred from a pricey breader, and chose to come to the humane society makes having Nico that much better. I always thought that there had to be something "wrong" with a shelter dog, because who could ever give up a member of their family? I realize that I couldn't have been more wrong, and every dog that I will own from now on will be from a shelter. Nico is now a very permanent part of our family, and I am so thankful that I made that "wrong turn" to find him.

After Three Evacuations, Finally Going Home

June 25, 2012


It has been one of the most challenging months in his life. Michael Sronce, a resident of the lower Poudre Canyon, has been evacuated from his home three times in the past month - once during the Hewlett fire and now twice from the unpredictable High Park fire.

Today, he is finally able to return home. Michael was happy to pick up his two beloved dogs, Boomer, a 150 lb Doberman, and Fiona, a Pit Bull Terrier/Whippet mix from the Larimer Humane Society shelter. Staff and volunteers have been watching over them for the past 15 days, since just after the fire began.

Michael took a moment to share his appreciation with us. “I hope people understand how incredible it is to not have to worry about your dogs when you get displaced by a fire. You took my worries away and that really helped me a lot."

He added, "I am counting my blessings because I have a house to go home to."

A Caretaker's Nightmare

June 22, 2012


For the past twelve years, Helen Mawhiney has loved and cared for five Arabian horses and their owner's home. The owner studies equine diseases that affect humans at the University of Zurich.

When Helen was told the High Park fire was closing in on her property, she had to evacuate immediately, and was forced to leave without the beloved horses. Upon arriving at the evacuation center at The Ranch, Helen asked a Larimer Humane Society representative if we could please retrieve these horses that she was responsible for.

Our Animal Protection and Control officers worked closely with the sheriff’s posse and fire teams to extract all five horses. Helen was thrilled to tell the owner that the horses were safe at The Ranch. She had a joyful reunion, and Helen can visit regularly until she can go back home.

A Night at the Movies

June 21, 2012

Samantha_for_webIt was just another typical night at the movies for John Scandrett until an immediate evacuation order had a [literal] roadblock between him and his family. The High Park wildfire was gaining speed and heading towards his home. His wife had about 15 minutes to evacuate 7 kids, their visiting nephew, and as many pets and belongings as their car could carry.

Thankfully, most of his family made it out of the fire zone safely. His wife, kids, nephew, two dogs, and cat were out of harm's way, but a few more four-legged family members had to be left behind. When permitted to go into the area with a fire escort, Larimer Humane Society made two different trips to John's property to retrieve his other pets, including a canary, chickens, and a hamster.

All the furry evacuees have been cared for by Larimer Humane Society since that night. Daily walks, feedings, and playtime have provided these special guests with a "home away from home" until they can get back to their daily routines.

John and his family have finally been given the green light to return to their home in the Poudre canyon. Despite the fire's valiant effort to destroy everything in its path, their home is still intact!

Repeat Evacuees: Olive and Ling

June 20, 2012

OliveandLing2Clay and Timalynn Matthews were enjoying their secluded home in the foothills northwest of Fort Collins after moving here recently from Florida. Their kids and dogs loved it here, they were expecting their third child… life was good.

Then on June 10, just one day after the High Park fire began, they were notified that the fire was closing in on their home, they were in danger and needed to evacuate. They gathered a few things, scooped up their two sons and two dogs. They borrowed a horse trailer and begged the man at the checkpoint to let the trailer through despite the emergency road closure. 

They were relieved to learn at the evacuation center that Larimer Humane Society would care for Olive and Ling, their 12- and 4-year-old border collies, free of charge, until they could get back in their home.

The next week brought stress in several different forms. As if a growing wildfire wasn't enough, they also traveled to visit Clay’s mom who had open heart surgery and were preparing for their youngest son Kamper’s tonsillectomy.

On June 17th they were joyful when they heard the news―they could return home. They picked up Olive and Ling and were happy to see their home intact. However, weather was not on their side and with record-breaking heat and 50 mph winds, the fire took some unexpected turns. They were home only a few hours when they were given another evacuation notice. Clay called Larimer Humane Society and staff was there with an open door at midnight when he dropped Olive and Ling off for their second stay.

On June 20 they were told they could return home, but tomorrow is Kamper’s surgery. They have elected to wait until Friday to pick up Olive and Ling and return home. Until then, Larimer Humane Society staff and volunteers will continue providing a safe haven for their loveable, tail-wagging border collies.

“We are so grateful to Larimer Humane Society for loving our dogs and providing them great care," Matthews said, "I want everyone to know what an amazing job you have done in taking care of our family.”

Rescued from the High Park Fire

June 13, 2012


When the fire raged through their wooded community, Mark and Marsha Benjamin escaped, but had to leave their horses behind. She’d raised her seven horses from the moment each was born.

“My children will grow up and each live their own lives" she said,  "but these horses are my responsibility forever.”
Working closely with the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse, Larimer Humane Society coordinated the rescue of her horses and she was reunited with them yesterday.

If you need animals retrieved from your property, call Larimer Humane Society dispatch at 970-226-3647 ext. 7 to provide contact information and descriptions of animals.

If you were separated from your animal and are trying to find it, visit out Lost and Found page to fill out a lost report and view the photos of animals that have been picked up.

If you need shelter for pets, small mammals and small farm animals, call Larimer Humane Society dispatch at 970-226-3647 ext. 7 for to find the best location to provide temporary care for your animal. Larimer Humane Society will provide the most up-to-date information on the animal facilities with space and resources to take in different types of animals.

At this time, large animals, livestock, horses and barnyard fowl are being cared for at The Ranch. Larimer Humane Society is taking in pets and small mammals as space allows. Several other animal facilities are available to house pets when the shelter is full. Larimer Humane Society will direct pet owners to the appropriate location based on their needs.

Volunteer Spotlight: State of the Community and Loveland Honors Award Nominees


Dede Kraxberger

Dede Kraxberger has been a dedicated member of the Larimer Humane Society Client Services department for eight years. In addition to helping the shelter run smoothly by cleaning supplies and preparing visitation rooms, Dede has an uncanny ability to help adopters find their perfect companions. In her “spare” time, she helps with fundraisers and leads shelter tours and orientations. With a hand in various departments at Larimer Humane Society, Dede exemplifies the meaning of community.


Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson fosters animals that are too young, sick, injured or under-socialized as a volunteer for Larimer Humane Society. She gives them the exercise, attention and love they need to become healthy animals so they can be put up for adoption. In the past four years, Amy has taken in over 22 groups of foster animals, adding up to over 60 animals total! Not only that, she also advocates on behalf of Larimer Humane Society, telling friends and community members about the organization and the wonderful pets we have for adoption.


Dean Wonsbeck

From animal care technician, to community outreach team member, to pet photographer, Dean Wonsbeck wears many hats as a volunteer for Larimer Humane Society. Dean’s ten-year tenure with Larimer Humane Society equips him with the much-needed expertise to speak on behalf of the organization and help inform the public about current news, resources and events. No matter what his current task, his passion for helping animals find homes is always inspirational to staff, volunteers and community members alike.


Donna Sam

Donna Sam is known as a true “Renaissance” volunteer at Larimer Humane Society. She steps in where ever she is most needed to help various departments run smoothly. Her breadth of knowledge is unmatched by most and her ability to work independently to knock out pressing tasks is appreciated across the organization. Donna walks dogs, socializes kittens, assists with database upkeep and mailings, and even distributes rabies tags and pet licenses to her fellow community members.

Why Bother Microchipping Your Pet?

May 21, 2012

Dog Reunites with Owners after Four Years

Maddie, formerly Daisy, has been missed by her original family for four, long years. Due to an impending move, Maddie's current owner brought her to Larimer Humane Society so we could find her another loving home. With one little scan of her microchip, we had her estranged owners from four years ago on the phone to give them surprising news. They traveled up from Denver the next day to reclaim her!

Microchipping your pet is important because it provides a painless, permanent form of identification. The inert microchip inserted under your pet’s skin is encoded with a number that is registered in a national database and can be traced back to you, 24-hours a day.

Happy Tail: Duchess, A Royal Sweetheart

May 11, 2012

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer


Judy Butcher and her granddaughter came to Larimer Humane Society one Wednesday in late January to see which dogs were in need of a home. When Judy saw Dutchess, a brown and white Pit bull mix, she was impressed by the dog’s quiet nature.

“When we got to her pen she just looked up at me with those big sad eyes and uttered one low ‘woof,’” Judy said.

A few days later Judy and her husband returned to Larimer Humane Society and adopted Dutchess, whose name is now spelled without the “t.”

Duchess has grown to love playing fetch with Frisbees, balls and sticks. She’s also become friends with two black labs that belong to Judy’s son. Together, the dogs go on walks, spend time playing at the dog park and run around Judy’s closed-in pasture.

Shortly after being adopted, Duchess joined her new family on a 10 day road trip to the West coast. Judy said she loved every minute of it. The well-traveled pooch looked out the window or slept while on the road, and she enjoyed exploring motel rooms. Duchess loved meeting new people on her trip, even though she has a tendency to be shy around men.

This softhearted dog sleeps by the foot of Judy’s bed each night and rarely barks. She only gives a “woof” or two if she’s announcing the arrival of company or expressing her need to go outside.

Duchess likes eating snow, ice cubes and other frozen treats.  She also enjoys it when Judy cleans her with baby wipes. Judy guesses that it brings her back to her days as a puppy being cleaned by her mom.

“We have already grown to love her and am so glad she came to live with us,” Judy said of her new family member.

A Win for Colorado's Animals!

April 12, 2012

Reprinted from the Dumb Friends League Website

Thanks to thousands of animal-loving constituents who made their voices heard, we and our legislative partners at the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies are celebrating Gov. Hickenlooper’s signature of House Bill 1125.

When it becomes law on Sept. 1, 2012, the legislation will prevent animals seized in cruelty cases from waiting in legal limbo for long periods of time and ensure a fair hearing process in those cases. It will also reduce expenses for agencies that care for the animals, and it clearly identifies impound hearings as criminal in nature to reflect the seriousness of the proceedings.

We are grateful to Rep. Robert Ramirez (R-Westminster) and Sen. Pat Steadman (D-Denver) for their dedicated sponsorship of this important legislation.

View the final draft of HB-1125.

Happy Tail: Juneau, A Blue-Eyed Beauty

April 3, 2012

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

juneauEmily Kretschmar and her husband went to Larimer Humane Society in July of 2011 to find a fuzzy companion. They began by visiting the dog room, where Emily took her time carefully looking into each kennel. As soon as Emily’s eyes met the bright blue gaze of a Husky named Juneau, she knew she’d found the pet for her.

“We have always loved Huskies, and she was this petite little blue-eyed thing that I felt instantly connected with,” Emily said. After visiting with Juneau, Emily admitted defeat to her well-mannered personality and adorable looks. “She had already snuck her way into my heart, and we hadn't even left the shelter!” Emily said.

Juneau’s name hasn’t changed since leaving the shelter, although Emily admits that she’ll respond to anything. True to her sled dog roots, Juneau can’t get enough snow. She begs to go outside the day the first flakes fall. She also enjoys going on walks as well as riding in the car with the windows rolled down and the wind in her fur.

Juneau has become a loving and affectionate part of Emily’s family. She snuggles with Emily and her husband each night and wakes them with a kiss each morning. Juneau is also great at cheering up her adoptive parents.

“When we are having a bad day, she knows just what kind of silly move to pull that will get us laughing,” Emily said. “We love her so much and are so thankful to Larimer Humane Society for helping us find her. I can't imagine our lives without her!”

Happy Tail: Misty, A Priceless Poodle

March 6, 2012

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

MistyAfter losing her Golden Retriever in 2006, Marianne Mitchell decided she wanted her next furry friend to be a Poodle. She contacted a breeder but was no longer interested in a purebred Poodle puppy after realizing how much it would cost. Instead Marianne began checking Larimer Humane Society’s website regularly to see which dogs were available for adoption.

In late June of 2006 Marianne noticed a Standard Poodle on the adoption list and rushed to Larimer Humane Society to adopt Mystique, or Misty for short.

“Adopting Misty from a shelter was a good idea on so many levels,” Marianne said. “She had perfect manners, was people friendly, had all her shots and was spayed and micro-chipped. A Poodle puppy from the breeder would have cost ten times more and would have needed training.”

Misty’s smarts and loveable personality even landed her a job as a Pet Partner through the Delta Society in Marianne’s current hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Misty was trained to become a therapy dog, and now she and Marianne help children learn to read through the Read to a Dog program in Tucson. “She gets so excited when it’s time to head for a school or library to meet the kids,” Marianne said of Misty.

When she isn’t at work, Misty enjoys chasing lizards in the backyard and being groomed by Marianne. Misty is a friendly hostess, too, and will offer her favorite Teddy bear to visitors. She loves eating snow peas from the garden and Marianne’s homemade biscuits.

Marianne would like to thank Misty’s previous owner, who had to give Misty up due to health problems, for loving and caring for such a great dog. Every year on the day Misty was adopted, Marianne celebrates by offering a donation to the Larimer Humane Society.

“Misty is complete joy,” Marianne said. “She makes us laugh, gives us comfort and inspires us every day.” Misty even has her own blog, themystique-misty.blogspot.com, so kids from the Read to a Dog program can see what she’s up to.

Happy Tail: Miles, Making a House a Home

February 7, 2012

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

MilesLauren Seidl and her boyfriend Ryan Haunfelder went to Larimer Humane Society in September of 2011 in search of a companion to help make their family complete. The couple had moved to Colorado from Wisconsin just a month before, and they wanted a feline friend to help them feel more at home.

After having already visited with two kittens and feeling unsure, Ryan suggested looking at one of the three kittens in the lobby. When Lauren went to choose her last kitten to visit with for the day, the only one left sleeping in the cage was a deep gray tabby named Tic-Tac.

“As soon as we had her in the room I knew she was the kitten for us,” Lauren said. “She started purring when I picked her up and I immediately felt a connection.”

Now Tic-Tac goes by the name of Miles, and she’s the center of Lauren and Ryan’s make-shift family. Miles always has to be in the middle of all the action, even if that means perching on Lauren or Ryan’s shoulders to see what’s happening.

When she isn’t cuddling or sleeping, Miles loves to play. Her favorite game, surprisingly, is fetch. She lets Lauren or Ryan know she wants to play by bringing one of them her toy mouse and anxiously waiting for it to be tossed. “I’ve never had a cat that played fetch,” Lauren said. “She’ll retrieve anything from a paper ball to a twisty tie. It’s hilarious to watch her prance up to me with a toy in her mouth.”

Lauren and Ryan are thankful to have found such an affectionate and playful kitten. “Our lives wouldn’t be the same without Miles,” Lauren said. “She really turned our house into a home.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Kelly Little, Getting Off the Couch

January 17, 2012

By Kelly Little, Animal Care Volunteer

It all started with a New Year’s Resolution:  last year’s!  Prior to 2011, I had always been what I like to call an “arm chair donor”.  That is to say that I did a lot of check writing to my favorite charitable causes, but I had never actually gotten down in the trenches and volunteered my time.  Please don’t get me wrong, writing checks to reputable charitable causes is NOT a bad thing, but I was ready for something more.  My passion is helping animals, so my first thought was to volunteer at a local animal shelter.  Larimer Humane Society was my shelter of choice as I work in Fort Collins, but live in Windsor, so Larimer Humane Society would be a convenient detour on my way home from work (and get me off of I-25 at least one day per week).

The process of becoming a volunteer was pretty easy.  After completing an application, I registered for the first available volunteer orientation.  It was on a Saturday, only lasted a few hours, and taught me a lot about Larimer Humane Society and how it operates.  By this point I had to decide which volunteer areas interested me as there are quite a few choices.  I chose the Animal Care position, mostly because it seemed like there was a lot of need for volunteers in this area.  I really wanted to help out wherever Larimer Humane Society needed help most and if it involved getting a little bit dirty, so be it!  The next steps were to meet my new supervisor for an informal interview and stop by the administrative offices to get my new volunteer t-shirt.  Then I was ready to go!  The whole process took about two weeks total to complete.

I have to admit that my first few shifts as an Animal Care volunteer were a bit daunting.  There seemed to be so much to learn, not only about how to care for the animals, but how to get around the building, where stuff is stored, and what rooms were for what purpose.  My supervisor was great, though, as she would give me only a few new tasks each week and then have me do something that I had already been trained to do, like walking the adoptable dogs.

I am now starting my 2nd year volunteering at the shelter.  I volunteer two hours per week which is very easy to fit into my schedule.  These days, there are a lot of cats and kittens at the shelter so often my shift will consist entirely of feeding the adoptable cats or the stray cats.  Other things that I like to help out with are laundry and dishes(call me crazy, but I actually LIKE doing laundry and dishes), filling Kong toys with kibble and peanut butter for the dogs, and restocking shelves.  My supervisor did go over how to feed the dogs and puppies, but I have yet to do that by myself.  It’s one of those tasks that I am not so familiar with, so it’s easy to brush it off and do something that I am more comfortable with.  Also, I have spent less time recently walking dogs or playing with the cats & kittens.  This is primarily done by the Animal Enrichment volunteers.

And that’s how I got started volunteering at Larimer Humane Society.  Every week is different.  Some shifts are great and some are frustrating (I am thinking specifically of my shift around the 4th of July; the shelter was PACKED and it was crazy and chaotic!).  But the bottom line is, I’m actually doing something to help out the homeless animals in my community and that makes me feel pretty dang good.  Every time I’ve had a fleeting thought about quitting, I think of the animals.  They don’t get to just “quit”.  And they can use every bit of help that they can get.  So I’m in this for the long haul.

Happy Tail: Leila, One Cuddly Companion

January 3, 2012

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

LeilaWhen Elizabeth McMullin visited the Larimer Humane Society in early October 2011, she didn’t expect to leave with a soft-hearted Pit Bull named Raspberry. Despite the dog’s calm demeanor, Liz wanted to continue looking for the perfect companion before setting up a visitation. But her boyfriend, Lucas Pickering, insisted they give the dog a chance. Liz and Lucas instantly fell in love with Raspberry’s relaxed yet playful personality, and the rest is history.

Today Raspberry goes by the name of Leila, and she is still just as sweet as when Liz and Lucas first met her. When it’s bed time, Leila likes to sleep on the bed with her head nuzzled into the crook of Liz’s neck. She also enjoys chewing on whatever she can find, which Liz finds amusing at times.

Leila’s favorite game is tug of war, but she also likes to pretend she’s a cat. While Leila doesn’t quite have the dexterity of her feline friends, she still loves to test her skills by walking on top of everything.

Liz is glad she took a chance on Leila and brought her into her home. “Leila has connected my boyfriend and I in a way we didn’t have before,” she said. “We love to take care of her; she brings us absolute joy.”

A New Year

January 1, 2012

By Judy Calhoun, Executive Director

judycalhounI normally love the start of a new year: new ideas, new opportunities, a new start. Unfortunately, in Loveland, the new year isn’t as bright as we had originally hoped, at least in terms of the animal control field services we will be offering to the residents in 2012. As part of the City of Loveland’s plan to prevent a possible $33.5 million deficit in its general fund over the next 10 years, the City has elected to reduce its contract with us by 20 percent or $90,000.

The decision to reduce public services and programs based on budget constraints is never an easy one. We certainly don’t fault the City staff or elected officials for the reduction, but as a non-profit organization, we are reliant on the revenue we receive from the contracts we have with the municipalities to perform all necessary animal control services.  As contract revenue is reduced, services must be scaled back accordingly.

We recognize that the change in animal control field service will have a significant impact on the residents of Loveland. We would like to apologize in advance for any delay that you may experience in calls that you make to our Animal Protection & Control department this year, and ask for your understanding and patience as we respond to calls throughout the city.

We will have one officer responding to calls five days a week: Sunday-Thursday from 10-6. There is a lot of territory to cover, and with an estimated 66,859 animals residing in Loveland, the task at hand will not be easy. All of our other services, including our shelter, will be available seven days a week.

Please, if you see a lost, stray or abandoned animal in distress (and you feel safe doing so), will you consider bringing it into the shelter? Our shelter is located at 6317 Kyle Avenue, just off of Trilby between College and Lemay.

And, if you see our Loveland officer responding to a call, will you offer a simple wave or smile?

A little goes a long way, and that’s what we’re hoping to do for Loveland.

Together, we can make a difference for animals in our community.

Happy Tail: Nikita and Lulu

December 6, 2011

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

Nikita_and_Lulu_3In Late August 2009, Sally Sutton went to the Larimer Humane Society in search of a cat. She found a beautiful young Blue-Point Snowshoe named Snow. After seeing how much of a “people cat” Snow was, Sally had to adopt her.

After just one day of having Snow in her home, Sally realized her new cat was so social that she needed a cat companion. Two days after Snow’s adoption, Sally found a fluffy, 14-week-old tabby at Larimer Humane Society named Boots and brought her home.

Snow and Boots, who now go by Nikita and Lulu, have been inseparable since the day they were brought together. “They immediately became best friends who hang out together about 90 percent of the time,” Sally said of her adopted kitties. “They love to watch birds at the feeder and they play hide and seek all over the house.”

These best buds love to spend time with each other, but they also have their own respectful hobbies. Nikita is an avid shoe collector. She earned the nickname “Imelda” after Imelda Carlos, a First Lady of the Philippines who was estimated to have had around 3,000 pairs of shoes.

Lulu is more into birds than shoes. Like any true bird-watcher, Lulu loves to practice her bird calls. According to Sally, Lulu’s practice has paid off; she’s become a very talented chirper.

Nikita and Lulu’s fuzzy friendship keeps them busy all day. “They get into a lot of mischief,” Sally said, “but they are a delight to have around.”

Happy Tail: MacGyver, A K-9 Unit

November 1, 2011

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

MacGyver2Bryony Fuller and Jon Wardell went to Larimer Humane Society in April of 2010 in search of a pet that could keep up with their active lifestyle. They found an athletic-looking litter of Cattle Dog-Labrador mix puppies and knew that was the breed for them. Rather than picking the strongest pup of the litter, Bryony and Jon chose the sweet-heart of the bunch, Vlad, who now goes by MacGyver.

“MacGyver was playful, smart and very sweet,” Bryony said, “All he wanted to do was play and cuddle, and when we looked at him we just knew he was our dog.”

Over a year later, MacGyver is still a happy-go-lucky dog who loves to snuggle. “Even though he is 55 pounds, he will find a way to curl up in your lap if you let him,” Bryony said. This loving dog even helps with the dishes; he enjoys licking them clean as they’re loaded into the dishwasher. MacGyver knows his manners, too, and will thank Bryony and Jon for feeding him by giving them a loving nudge or lick after he eats.

When he’s not out hiking or chasing rabbits, MacGyver enjoys showing off his tricks. His favorite is “stick ‘em up,” in which he stands on his hind legs and holds his front paws high above his head.

Bryony and Jon are incredibly happy to have made MacGyver part of their lives. “MacGyver is our ‘K-9 unit,’” Bryony said. “He is a true part of our family, and his kind heart and eagerness to please makes everyone happier just to be around him. He is also our running buddy, hunting partner and campsite scout.”

Happy Tail: The Sound of (Dove) Music

October 4, 2011

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

doveLast year Jennifer Ernst visited Larimer Humane Society in hopes of adopting a pet that could bring music into her home. She left with two Ringneck Doves, knowing that she would enjoy their personalities and variety of songs.

Today Jennifer and her family are still enjoying the sounds of the doves, especially the laughing sounds they make when they’re active. The member of Jennifer’s family who enjoys the lively noises most is their kitten, Stubby, who was born without eyes.

“Stubby is attracted to the sound and activity of the doves and will sit by their cage, just listening,” Jennifer said. Rather than fearing the curious kitten, the doves seem to enjoy Stubby’s attention. Whenever Stubby sticks her arm into the cage, Jennifer said the doves playfully peck at her paw.

While she never meant to breed the doves, Jennifer’s musical pets began to lay eggs shortly after they were adopted. So far the doves have hatched six baby birds, five of which Jennifer helped find new homes. The latest addition to the dove family has yet to leave the nest.

“Birds give me so much pleasure throughout the day with their songs and activities,” Jennifer said. “The doves have such a peaceful song and laughter that when I am having a rough day I can get peace from their sounds.”

Everything's Gonna Be All Right

August 31, 2012

By Molly Ward, Volunteer and Humane Education Program Coordinator

082711_CoryBitler_MarleyThat is the tune that Marley – named after the legendary “Bob” – is singing now that she’s found her lasting home with Cory Bitler. For those of you who check out our adoptable animals regularly, you may recognize Marley—whose name was formerly Carly—as the two-year-old female pit bull mix who came to Larimer Humane Society this past spring after being found as a stray.

Carly was one of 10 dogs featured in the first-ever Take A Bow Wow Expo & Pet Fashion Show adoption event at the Outlets at Loveland in early May. Decked out in her rhinestone-studded “Princess” shirt and expertly groomed by Mitzi Jones of Tail Waggin’ Mobile Grooming, Carly strutted down the catwalk like a supermodel, winning over the heart of Bitler with her physical beauty and sporty yet sassy attitude.

As soon as the fashion show was over, Bitler inquired about adopting Carly and couldn’t wait to bring her into his family.

This past weekend, Bitler and Marley stopped by Larimer Humane Society’s community outreach booth at the Corn Roast Festival in Loveland to give us an update on how things have been going since Bitler became Marley’s proud owner.

Bitler reports that Marley has settled in very well to her new dog and human “pack,” and in true “Goofball” fashion (Carly’s Meet Your Match “Canine-ality” while she was at the shelter), she loves to be silly and playful every chance she gets. Bitler also mentioned that Carly is still very much a princess and loves to be the center of attention.

Congratulations to Bitler and Marley for finding each other and building a lasting bond. Their story reminds us of the joy and fulfillment that can come from adopting a shelter animal!

Happy Tail: Buddy, Dressed to the Nines

September 6, 2011

Written by Lauren Seidl, Community Relations Volunteer

Buddy_005In late February of 2008, Ann and Dick Clarke came to the Larimer Humane Society and left with Jinx, a dog that quickly nuzzled his way into the heart of their family.

Jinx was a three-year-old ebony bi Aussie who had been picked up as a stray in Northern Colorado. Ann and Dick already had an Aussie at home and wanted another, so they adopted Jinx and brought him to live with them in the countryside.

Jinx was renamed Buddy because of his desire to constantly be around his new family. Buddy especially enjoys playing with Ann’s seven-year-old granddaughter.  “He loves wearing costumes, so he is the perfect tea party buddy for my granddaughter,” Ann said. Buddy’s favorite costumes involve some sort of headwear, anything from tiaras to reindeer antlers.

When he isn’t being a gracious tea party guest, Buddy is out running. He loves to race around the yard with his Aussie friend, Mini-Moose, but he enjoys running with Ann as well. Together, the two have raced in over thirty 5K events.

“He loves the 5K runs, especially the Fire Hydrant 5. He loves the excitement and is friendly with all the dogs, kids and runners,” Anne said. Buddy often gives barks of encouragement before each race, and if there’s food at the end, he puts on his most adorable face in hopes of receiving a snack.

Buddy was classified by Larimer Humane Society as a “Busy Bee” in the shelter’s Meet Your Match program, and his personality hasn’t changed. He is a handy assistant to Dick when he does chores on the land, is a trusty protector and playmate to Anne and Dick’s granddaughter, and is a snuggly companion to Ann when she takes time to relax.

“My family is so appreciative of what Larimer Humane Society does to pair the perfect pet with the perfect family,” Ann said, “In our case it truly was a perfect match!”

“We are Family” Super Adoption Event

July 9, 2011

By Marcie Willms, Community Relations Manager


Get up everybody and sing! Larimer Humane Society is joining forces with Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Animal House Rescue and Grooming for our first joint super adoption event! Join us on Saturday, July 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Poudre Pet and Feed’s north (622 North College Avenue, Fort Collins) and south store (6204 South College Avenue) locations in Fort Collins. 

Healthy cats and dogs of virtually every size, age, color and personality from the three organizations will be available for adoption.  Adoption fees for dogs age one year and over will be discounted to $50; puppies can be adopted at their regular adoption fees.  Adult cats age one year and over will have their adoption fees waived entirely; kittens will be available for $50.  For more information , contact our Community Relations team by calling 970-226-3647 ext. 142.

Keep Your Pets Safe This July 4th

June 27, 2011

By Marcie Willms, Community Relations Manager

Oooh… Awww… Ohhh… Fireworks typically elicit joyous responses from people both young and old, but for many of our canine friends, fireworks can mean an entirely different story.  Every year around the Fourth of July holiday, animal shelters like Larimer Humane Society see a surge of lost dogs brought into the shelter by one of our Animal Protection and Control officers or a good-natured neighbor.
Frightened by the booms, bangs and bright lights that accompany fireworks, many tragically terrified dogs will break free of their outdoor leash or jump a high fence looking for a safe haven.  Many will travel in the fright of night, later to be found miles from their homes, exhausted and disoriented.
Fortunately, Independence Day doesn’t have to bring panic to your pet.  If you take the necessary precautions and plan accordingly, your dog can have a calmer, more relaxing holiday.

Consider the following tips:

If heading off to a July 4th Celebration, keep your pets a home, inside, shielded from loud noises.  When leaving your pet indoors, it’s often helpful to leave a television or radio on at a normal volume to help drown out the noise of the explosive fireworks and keep your pet company.

Once inside, consider crating or kenneling your dog to create a special den-like area where your pet feels safe and secure.  If you don’t already use a crate, be sure to remove any items from the room that your dog could destroy or be that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.  Dogs have a tendency to become destructive when frightened.

Do not leave your pet outside unattended, even if on a leash or in a high-fenced yard.  With their acute hearing, loud noises have a tendency to upset dogs, causing many to act erratically out of fear.  Even dogs who are normally happy and accustomed to being in their yards may try to escape by jumping over or digging under the fence; or worse, become entangled in their chain risking serious injury or even death.

If you know that you’ll be gone for an extended period of time – either at a morning parade, afternoon barbeque, evening fireworks celebration or combination of the three -- consider hiring a pet-sitter or invite a friend a family member to stay with your pet.  Dogs have a tendency to react less severely to loud noises and bright flashes of light when with their owners or people with they love and trust.

Visit with your veterinarian prior to July 4th if your pet experiences severe anxiety or fear of loud noises. 

Do not leave your pet in the car.  Cars heat very quickly with the temperature reaching 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even in shaded areas.  With the ability to dispel heat only through panting and the paws of their feet, dogs can overheat very quickly inside a car, causing heat stroke, heat exhaustion or even death.  Partially opened windows are not sufficient enough to keep your dog cool during the hot summer months.

License your pet!  A license is your pet’s ticket home.  Available for purchase online at www.larimerhumane.org via phone at 970-226-3647 or in person at Larimer Humane Society’s administrative offices, at a cost of only $10 if your pet is spayed or neutered, or $27 if your pet is intact, licenses are the most inexpensive way to ensure your pet is reunited with you quickly and safely should they escape during the Fourth of July holiday (or anytime throughout the year.)  It is the law to license your dog or cat if living in Loveland, Fort Collins or Wellington so be sure and purchase and/or renew your pet’s license today.  (If your pet is micro-chipped, please be sure to update your pet’s chip information to ensure the correct information is stored in the company’s database.  Licenses are still required on all micro-chipped animals.)

Check the lost and found section on our website.  Our website syncs with our animal shelter database every 10 minutes so once a lost animal is processed into our system, you’ll be sure to see information on the animal online.  Owners hoping be reunited with their lost pets are encouraged to visit the shelter and bring in a photo of their pet to help with the identification process.

Thank you for helping us make this Independence Day a safe and secure one for all our furry four-legged friends.

Join us for "Take a Bow Wow"

April 30, 2011

By Marcie Willms, Community Relations Manager


Saturday, May 7th (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

This Saturday, May 7th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Larimer Humane Society will be out at the Outlets of Loveland for the 1st annual "Take a Bow Wow" event.  We will have 10 of our amazing adoptable dogs available for adoption right after they strut their way down the "catwalk" modeling the latest doggie fashions from PetSense, an store from the Outlets at Castle Rock.

This week, the dogs made their TV debut to promote the big event and we received some fabulous television coverage. On Wednesday, our dogs visited Denver 2 and Fox 31 to model the fashions they will be wearing at "Take a Bow Wow."

To view the coverage, click below:

http://www.kdvr.com/news/gooddaycolorado/  - click on Take a Bow Wow

http://www.kwgn.com/news/daybreak/ - click on Take a Bow Wow beneath the video on the front page to view


Shelter Alum Spices Up a Life

April 23, 2011

By Marcie Willms, Community Relations Manager

nutmeg.jpgA little over a month ago, Claire Cummings, her boyfriend Jason Richardson and father John Cummings of Loveland were traveling down County Road 13 when they noticed a beautiful amber- and tan-colored pit bull terrier tied to a sign post.  Left out in the middle of the country with no shelter, people or water nearby, the trio immediately pulled their car over to greet the young pup.  “Nutmeg,” as the dog would soon be known at the shelter, bowed her head in submission, tucked her tail between her legs and shook with fear.  Scared and cold, with night falling quickly upon them, Claire and her family knew they couldn’t leave Nutmeg, clearly abandoned, to fend for herself. 
They called Larimer Humane Society.

 “Nutmeg” was extremely fortunate.  Thanks to the support of Claire and her family (who also paid the adoption fees), this perfect pooch, now known as Ginger, is celebrating a wonderful life with new owners Ellen Fisher and Todd Wikelski, going for daily runs, chasing tennis balls and making her presence known to the squirrels, deer, cats, and other critters that live in her new neighborhood.

As they say in the movie, “Love Actually,” love is indeed, all around.

The support we receive from the residents of northern Colorado is phenomenal, and as a not-for-profit organization, we could not conduct the life-saving work we do without the community’s support.

Each year, nearly 12,000 animals are entrusted to Larimer Humane Society, both wild and domestic.  In fiscal year 2010, the shelter opened its doors to 8,857 stray, abandoned, lost and surrendered companion animals, and happily returned 2,135 lost animals to their grateful owners and adopted 3,535 animals into loving new homes.
This Valentine’s Day, we are inviting you to share your love for that perfect pooch, cute kitty, or even favorite fish with the gift of a 'Paw-lentine for Pets,' and help support shelter animals, like Ginger, in their quest to find a compassionate home.
Now through February 14th, visit our homepage and connect to our Paw-lentines for Pets site where you can register, enter a Paw-lentine message for the special pet in your life, and make your donation to Larimer Humane Society.
Don't have a pet?  Through our “14 Days of Love” Adoption Promotion you, too, can find a pet that captures your heart.  Alternatively, you can donate on behalf of a favorite pet from your past, a friend or family member's companion, or like Claire and her family, donate simply to support one of the homeless, ill, injured, or abused animals still awaiting a home and family to love.
For every 'Paw-lentine for Pets' received, a personalized Paw-lentine heart will be created and displayed in our shelter lobby (6317 Kyle Avenue, Fort Collins) through February 18, 2011.
For more information on honoring a pet you love through Larimer Humane Society’s Paw-lentines for Pets program and/or information on what you should do if you find a lost or abandoned pet in your travels, please contact our development team or visit our "Lost and Found" section.

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