Philosophy and Policies
Larimer Humane Society is proud to be part of the Socially Conscious Sheltering movement and operates in accordance with its primary tenets.
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS SHELTERS INCLUDE:
ENSURING EVERY UNWANTED OR HOMELESS PET HAS A SAFE PLACE TO GO FOR SHELTER AND CARE
ASSESSING THE MEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL NEEDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS AND ENSURING THESE NEEDS ARE THOUGHTFULLY ADDRESSED
PLACING EVERY HEALTHY AND SAFE ANIMAL
ALIGNING POLICY WITH THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY
ALLEVIATING SUFFERING AND MAKING APPROPRIATE EUTHANASIA DECISIONS
CONSIDERING THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF EACH ANIMAL AND EACH COMMUNITY WHEN TRANSFERRING ANIMALS BETWEEN COMMUNITIES
ENHANCING THE HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND THROUGH THOUGHTFUL PLACEMENTS AND POST ADOPTION SUPPORT
FOSTERING A CULTURE OF TRANSPARENCY, ETHICAL DECISION MAKING, MUTUAL RESPECT, CONTINUAL LEARNING, AND COLLABORATION
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Larimer Humane Society Policies and Statements
You may have heard the terms like ‘open admission’ and ‘no-kill’ in references to shelter or rescue models. In most cases, open-admission shelters accept all animals in need of shelter whether as a result of neglect, abandonment, abuse, or simply an individual’s inability to maintain ownership of their pet. Open admission shelters do not turn away animals based upon their breed type, those who may be injured, ill, very old, or those that have temperament or aggression problems.
Organizations that follow the no-kill model, along with limited admission and adoption guarantee models, may choose to restrict the types of animals they take based on the animals’ viability for adoption, the number of animals currently in the organization’s care, and/or the discretionary criteria. These organizations may decide not to take in elderly, very ill, aggressive, seriously injured animals, or a breed type that may be considered too dangerous, costly to care for, or challenging to adopt. These organizations may prioritize certain criteria as well, such as breed-specific rescues, or rescues specifically for elderly animals.
Open-admission shelters are the place for any animal in need of shelter, medical attention, and/or protection. As a result, open-admission shelters sometimes face the need to humanely euthanize animals in their care. At Larimer Humane Society, euthanasia is carried out only in specific situations. It is sometimes the most compassionate act in order to end an animal’s suffering resultant from an insurmountable injury or illness. Additionally, because no animal is turned away, we sometimes see animals who are unsafe – either to people or other pets – and who cannot be responsibly placed for adoption. While behavior intervention efforts are part of our day-to-day protocol, and we work closely with partner agencies to exercise other options, not every animal can be rehabilitated. Dogs and cats at Larimer Humane Society are never euthanized for reasons involving the length of time they have been in our care, or in response to the shelter population. Animals will remain in our adoption center as long as it takes to find them a loving home, provided their health and temperament remain positive.
Larimer Humane Society is fortunate for the partnership of shelters and rescue groups that utilize a variety of intake models – including those like limited admission and adoption guarantee – which provides a robust network of options for animals who come into our care. We commonly transfer animals in and out of our shelter as a way to ensure animals are receiving the best options and resources possible for their unique needs.