In case you didn’t know already, March 23rd is National Puppy Day! Here in Fort Collins, we love our furry friends. We take them for hikes, we bring them to breweries and show them off on a tour through Old Town. But today, we can spoil them a little more — and make sure no puppy is left behind.
Throughout Northern Colorado, there are shelters and organizations that work to ensure each and every puppy (or kitten, or rabbit) gets a chance at that same loving experience. No matter the age, the breed or the species, there’s a local shelter where you can find a new family member or help homeless pets in NoCo. Take a look through our picks whether you’re looking to adopt, foster, volunteer or donate!
Animal House is one of Fort Collins’ most popular shelters and the most active within the community. Throughout the year they host the Run Fur Fun 5K, fundraising comedy nights, brewery events and more! Their mission is to decrease the euthanasia rate of adoptable animals through education, collaboration and, of course, adoption! Right now, Animal House is working on a new, permanent facility where they expect to see a 20 percent increase in the number of adoptions in the first two years. You can help their mission by volunteering, donating, buying a wishlist item, attending an event and adopting a dog!
Fort Collins Cat Rescue adopts out over 2,000 cats and kittens every year. They also provide spay and neuter service for dogs and cats. With the help of over 30 staff and more than 400 volunteers, they meet their mission of preventing pet homelessness every day. Because of limited space, they have to limit how many cats they take in, but they promise never to euthanize unnecessarily or to free up space. Meet one of their cats at the shelter or at one of ten other adoption locations. And help the shelter meet its mission through donation, volunteering or attending an event!
Larimer Humane Society has been serving the people and animals of Northern Colorado since 1969 as a non-profit, independent shelter. They’re the largest open-admission animal organization in the region and rehome more than 2,800 pets each year. They also reunite nearly 1,900 animals per year and operate the county’s only Animal Protection & Control unit to keep both animals and people safe. Find out more about their volunteer and donation opportunities as well as upcoming events online.
Bounce rescues adoptable pets from high-kill shelters, places them in foster homes and hosts weekly adoption events so you can save a homeless animal and find a new family member. Operating in Denver, Fort Collins and the rest of Northern Colorado, the rescue is focused on quality veterinary care, nutrition, spay/neuter programs, training and adoptions. Find out how you can get involved and donate today!
In 2016, Humane Society of Weld County found homes for 1,182 pets and reunited 1,085 animals with their owners. Since 1961, they’ve been promoting the humane treatment of animals through care, advocacy and education throughout the region while bringing pets and people together in the community. As the only non-profit shelter serving Weld County, they welcome any and all help. Fill out their donation, volunteer and foster applications here.
All Aboard is dedicated to every animal that comes through their shelter. They promise never to discriminate based on high medical expense, age, size, breed, perceived temperament, lack of space or too much time spent in a shelter, and work tirelessly to find forever homes for orphaned animals. The shelter is always looking for new foster homes, volunteers and donations, so there are plenty of ways to help!
This Fort Collins-based shelter operates as an all-volunteer and foster home dog rescue. Because their primary focus is on dogs at risk for euthanasia, many of their animals are special needs or senior dogs looking for a home to settle down in. Learn more about the adoption process and fill out the application; then find out how you can foster an animal!
With a focus on senior dogs in Northern Colorado, Izzy’s has placed over 90 pets since they began in 2010. This non-profit organization doesn’t have a shelter facility, but places every dog they take in at an approved foster home where they stay until a permanent family comes along. There, they receive a safe haven, high-quality food, proper vet care, appropriate exercise and playtime and, most of all, lots of love in their golden years. Donate or sponsor a senior dog today!
One of Northern Colorado’s newest rescues, Save Me Scout pulls dogs from shelters that are scheduled to be put to sleep as well as dogs and puppies from puppy mill auctions when they have the funds. Help them with their goal of keeping dogs happy and healthy by fostering or donating today!
Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado is based in Fort Collins but operates throughout the state and country. Not only do they foster and rehome dalmatians and dalmatian wannabes, they provide consultation services to assist owners in keeping their dogs and ensure proper training and care are provided. In their foster homes, all available dogs are up to date on vaccinations, spaying/neutering, socialization and training. Check out their foster, volunteer and sponsor opportunities and donate today!
Duncan’s Place is a cat rescue based in Loveland and operating throughout Northern Colorado. Inspired by the story of the founder’s own cat and the cruelty and compassion she saw as a vet tech, the shelter works to rehome animals and make sure every cat and kitten is happy and healthy. Find out how you can help homeless cats too!
If we missed your favorite area shelter, let us know. And share your adoption stories with us in the comments below!