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Larimer Humane Society's mission to further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people.

Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Pet

Summer heat 1Ahhh, summer in Colorado! Is there anything better? Maybe enjoying all our community has to offer with your favorite fourlegged 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.

Warning signs of overheating:

• Heavy panting, rapid or difficult breathing
• Excessive drooling
• Elevated heart rate or body temperature
• Pale or dark red gums
• Diarrhea and/or vomiting
• Collapsing, weakness, convulsions

Easy ways to keep your pet safe this summer:

• Never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day –the temperature in an enclosed car can rise to dangerous levels within minutes
• Don’t walk or run with your pet on hot pavement
• Keep your pet out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and make sure they have access to shade to escape the heat
• Make sure to provide plenty of fresh drinking water to prevent dehydration
• Remember certain animals like flat faced breeds (pugs, boxers, etc.), overweight, and older pets are more susceptible to the heat

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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