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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Our mission is to further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people.

Programs: When every other door in an animal's life closes, ours are open. As an open admission shelter, we never turn an animal away. During fy18, 6,346 homeless, lost, abandoned and unwanted animals came to us when they had nowhere else to turn. Our total intake for small mammals increased by 61%; we provided second chances to 677 rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters and other small mammals. 1,587 of the 2,824 lost and stray animals that found safe haven with us were reunited with their owners. We had a 23% success rate in returning lost cats to their owners, which is nearly five times the national average. Continued on schedule o. We also had an 84% success rate in returning lost dogs to their owners, which is more than two times the national average of 37. 63%. We are committed to keeping animals in homes with the families that love them; however, we are here to help people in their time of need. During fy18, 2,281 animals were surrendered to us, which was a 9. 5% increase from the prior year. In fy18, 2,822 animals were adopted. The average length of stay at our shelter is 10 days for all animals. Our dedicated animal care team provided 63,460 days of care as well as 126,460 meals. We walked 8,583 miles with our dogs, cuddled 1,219 cats, socialized 749 small mammals, and gave extra love and attention to 137 fearful, sensitive and anxious cats through our pets needing patience program. Some animals with special needs need special people; not every animal that comes to larimer humane society is ready to be adopted. In fy18, our foster volunteers provided the love and nurturing that 409 animals needed to prepare them for their new families. Because northern colorado is such a great place for pets, we are able to look beyond the borders of our county and state in order to help communities in need. We transfer animals into our shelter from communities where adoption numbers are low, quality of life is reduced and the likelihood of euthanasia is increased due to lack of time, space and resources. 735 animals were transferred in or out of our shelter to give them the best opportunity for a second chance; 509 animals were transferred into our shelter, and 226 animals were transferred out of our shelter. We work with 46 different transfer partners across the country. Thanks to the space provided to us by our new shelter in fy18, we were able to increase the number of animals we transferred into our shelter by 14%.

as humane law enforcement, it is our animal protection & control team's duty to enforce local ordinances and assist with the enforcement of state laws to keep animals and people in our community safe. In fy18, our animal protection & control team assisted the larimer county department of health with nearly 2,000 rabies exposure cases and responded to 908 animal bite cases. We also participated in 1,518 animal welfare cases. In total, we completed 18,549 calls for service with an average response time of 19 minutes. Our officers helped save the lives of 317 pets left in hot cars; our average response time for these calls was just 13 minutes.

every animal that enters our shelter gets quality food, vaccinations and medical care, a clean kennel, socialization, walks, playtime, cuddles and training, all delivered with love. Our veterinary services team save lives, heals sick animals, prevents disease and reduces pet overpopulation. In fy18, we performed 1,224 spay or neuter surgeries, 290 dental surgeries, 66 other surgeries and 168 surgeries in partnership with colorado state university. We also administered 8,007 vaccinations. Our veterinary services team now has access to a state-of-the-art clinic with an onsite x-ray machine that allowed them to complete diagnostics more quickly and conduct evaluations that are more thorough. Continued on schedule o. Our larger space also allowed us to expand our partnership with colorado state university and fort range community college to provide hands-on learning for their veterinary medicine and veterinary technician students.

these services include licensing and community relations.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so pleased with my newest family member, an older orange kitty who was originally named "Dynamite" (and he is anything but). He is the most laid back fella ever! I am thankful that, even at his age and because he's a more "common" color, he was not overlooked by the Humane Society for Larimer County and made less important than the younger cats at the shelter. Instead, you were kind enough to "show" him at Petsmart and online on Petfinders. He was JUST THE TICKET for me. Just the kind of new addition I was hoping for...a cool cat whose big and handsome. He fits into my household beautiful and there hasn't been a moment of anything but continued harmony with my other rescues (three dogs and a another, older female cat). How lucky am I? And Dynamite, who's now called Finnegan (and who knows his name already!) is pretty darn lucky as well. Thank you for the good works you do. Thank you for the excellent follow up to ensure all was going well with him. And thank you for the pre-qualification of potential "rescuers" which, I'm sure, cuts down on the mismatches. I am happy!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being cat-less for many months, I phoned and visited the Larimer (County) Humane Society (Ft. Collins, CO). After a "visitation" w/ a nice cat, I took home that wonderful feline pet, for no costs except a voluntary donation. Harley the cat is mellow, healthy, clean and affectionate. Family very pleased. Two Society associates gave me outstanding service both on phone and in person that was patient and competent. Also I was given helpful pamphlets, cat food , and the entire information of Harley's microchip and medical records including spaying, up-to-date shots and worming, and any medical procedures or medications for her over her eight yrs, along w/ a new pink collar w/ tags, and a voucher for a free visit to my local vet. Fantastic!
Also, they are on-call 24/7 to reunite lost pets w/ owners, and work w/ local law agencies to ensure safety of pets and people. What an outstanding Human Society office!

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from Larimer Humane Society almost two years ago now. I had a great experience and will definitely go back to them when I am ready for another friend! Anubis, formerly known as Sunny, has been great from the start. The behavior and enrichment group at LHS worked in close contact with Anubis during his time there and have continued to be of tremendous help after his adoption. Anubis was very timid and fearful of people, but through their hard work, he was adoptable and has come leaps and bounds from where he was before. Through their continued help, Anubis was even able to attend the Top Cat and Tails Gala with us in 2012 and walk on stage in front of everyone and then meet them afterward! The whole experience of adoption has been nothing but fun, with a large thanks to the Larimer Humane Society!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

BUDDY'S PICTURE WAS IN THE COLORADOAN…I TOOK PARTICULAR NOTICE… AND"HE" KEPT RETURNING TO MY MIND. TWO WEEKS LATER I WAS DRAWN TO THE FACILITY TO JUST "HAVE A LOOK"…IT WAS A DONE DEAL!!!! BUDDY AND I ARE TRULY A MATCH….THE FOLKS AT LARIMER HUMANE SOCIETY WERE ALL VERY NICE AND GAVE POSITIVE USER-FRIENDLY HELP.
DON'T WAIT TOO LONG …..TO CHECK OUT THE GOOD THING(S) COMING YOUR WAY.

SHIRLEY AULT

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Larimer County Humane Society provides excellent, professional, loving care to a wide range of homeless animals and helps match them with ideal owners to improve both animal and human quality of life. I adopted my dog, MacGyver, from the shelter in 2010 and he has been a perfect match for my family and has made each day happier. I credit the Larimer Humane Society for providing MacGyver with excellent foster care while he was a young pup, conducting a thorough and accurate evaluation of his temperment and needs, and helping him to be a happy, well socialized and very very loved dog.

Review from Guidestar