Archive | May, 2013

Be Kind To Animals Week: 20 Ways To Be Kind

It’s Be Kind To Animals Week! This week, May 5 – May 11, is a week to recognize and celebrate kindness towards animals.

Every act of kindness is an act of love not just for the animals but for everyone. It’s not just good for animals, it’s good for you! Acts of kindness make us happier, boost healthy hormones in our bodies, and inspires more kindness. Why not make yourself feel great and help animals? Yeah!

AHA Be Kind To AnimalsPhoto via American Humane Association

20 Ways to be kind to animals

01. Adopt a shelter pet from one of Fort Collins awesome shelters, Larimer Humane Society, Fort Collins Cat Rescue, or Animal House Rescue and Grooming!

02. Train your pet using positive reinforcement of desirable behavior and don’t punish for undesirable behavior.

03. Work with your veterinarian, behavior specialist, or trainer to address unwanted behavior before giving up your pet.

04. Spay/neuter your pets.

05. Educate your child in the proper way to approach, handle, and train your family pet.

06. Teach your child compassion and respect towards animals and all life!

07. Take your dog to the dog park!

08. Take your dog for a walk.

09. Register for the 1st Run Fur Fun, the 5K walk/run on May 19, 2013, benefiting Animal House Rescue and Grooming.

10. Register for the 23rd Fire Hydrant 5, the 5K walk/run and pet expo on June 8, 2013, benefiting Larimer Humane Society.

11. Get your pet licensed in Larimer County.

12. Donate your time to a local animal welfare organization.

13. Donate money or other material resources to a local animal welfare organization.

14. Sign the citizen’s initiative to let voter’s decide on a small tax increase to help Larimer Humane Society build a new shelter.

15. Report mistreatment of animals to Animal Protection and Control.

16. Educate yourself about the needs and challenges of different species and breeds before bringing a new pet into your home.

17. Hug your dog!

18. Pet your cat!

19. Love your pet unconditionally, the same way they love you!

20. Spread the word about Be Kind To Animals Week!

What other ideas do you have to be kind to animals? How will you be kind to animals today and every day?

AHA Be Kind To Animals CatPhoto via American Humane Association

Kill vs no kill- what does it really mean?

It’s no secret I love animals! As an animal supporter, I used to believe that “kill” shelters were bad and “no-kill” shelters were good. That is, until I attended a No More Homeless Pets conference hosted by Best Friends Animal Society.

I was volunteering for Colorado House Rabbit Society at the time and Best Friends invited local shelters and animal welfare organizations to come together and discuss how each of these organizations can do their part towards creating a society of no more homeless pets. What I learned at the conference surprised me.

The first thing I learned was other countries have laws that prohibit the euthanasia of healthy companion animals. Entire countries such as India and Italy are no kill. Though of course there are exceptions and significant challenges addressing animal populations in these areas.

The second thing I learned was the difference between open admission and limited admission shelters. Open admission shelters are often referred to as “kill” shelters and limited admission shelters are referred to as “no-kill”. Of course it’s not really all that simple, is it?

Maggie was transferred to Animal House Rescue and Grooming after being on the euthanasia list at an out-of-state shelter.

Maggie was transferred to Animal House Rescue and Grooming after being placed on the euthanasia list at an out-of-state shelter.

Open admission and limited admission shelters in Fort Collins

An open admission shelter, such as Larimer Humane Society, does not turn away any homeless animal. Limited admission shelters, such as Animal House Rescue and Grooming and Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Clinic, only take in animals they can help, considering space and funding limitations and other factors before taking in homeless pets.

Both open admission shelters and limited admission shelters play an important role in helping animals in need in our community, and all three of Fort Collins animal shelters collaborate to help the maximum number of homeless pets.

Larimer Humane Society is an open admission shelter but does that make it a “kill” shelter? Not really.

While attending volunteer orientation at Larimer Humane Society (LHS) I learned LHS does not put a time limit on animal adoptions which mean healthy, adoptable animals are not euthanized because they’ve been at the shelter too long.

Larimer Humane Society places over 3,500 animals in new homes annually- that’s 3,500 lives saved each year!

To use the term “no-kill” to define Larimer Humane Society is arguably inaccurate and unfair. LHS is an open admission shelter, turning no animal away, working with injured and sick animals, collaborating with other shelters, and saving the lives of many animals in our community.

By the way, you can help Larimer Humane Society save more animals by signing the citizen initiative to help LHS build a new, bigger shelter, and voting yes on the tax if it gets on the ballot.

Is a no-kill community possible?

To create a truly no-kill society all shelters would need to have adequate space, proper animal care regulations, volunteers, and sufficient funding and still that wouldn’t be enough.

Spay/neuter programs are essential to ending homeless pet and every responsible owner should spay/neuter their pets. Check out these low cost spay/neuter options in and around Fort Collins.

Shutting down puppy mills and ending the sale of animals in pet stores would also go a long way toward creating a no-kill community.

Adoption is another important factor in ending the euthanasia of healthy, homeless pets. Adoption is a great option for anyone wanting to bring a new pet into their home.

Creating a no-kill community, meaning every healthy, adoptable pet is given the opportunity to find a forever home, is truly a community effort. We can all help promote this goal by being responsible pet owners and supporting all our local animal shelters.

Do you support a no-kill community? What are you willing to do to help?

4 Reasons to license your pet in Fort Collins

According to Larimer Humane Society there is an estimated 70,000 unlicensed cats in Larimer County. Wow, that’s a lot of cats!

Larimer Humane Society issues and maintains pet licenses in our community. There are many benefits to licensing your pet, not only for you and your family, but also for the community.

Larimer County Pet Licenses

Licenses are issued for cats and dogs over 4 months of age and requires current vaccination records.

Fees are:
  • $12 – dogs and cats under 1 year or age (spayed/neutered or intact)
  • $12 – dogs and cats over 1 year altered (spayed or neutered)
  • $35 – dogs and cats over 1 year, not altered (intact – not spayed or neutered)
  • $5 – owner over age 62; animal is either under 1 year, or is over 1 year and is altered

So why should you license your pet? Pet licensing is important for a many reasons.

4 Reasons to license your pet

01. It’s the law

Vaccination and licensing of cats and dogs is required by law for residents of Fort Collins, Loveland, and the town of Wellington. Residents of unincorporated Larimer County and Timnath are required by law to vaccinate and license dogs.

02. It reunites lost pets with their families

Every year just under 2,500 licensed pets are reunited with their families- that’s a little less than half the 5,000 stray animals brought to Larimer Humane Society. Pet licensing significantly increases the chance of bringing lost pets home.

03. It promotes public health and safety

Licensing helps enforce mandatory vaccinations by ensuring all licensed pets maintain current vaccinations.

Current vaccinations protect the public by reducing the spread of rabies in our community. Did you know rabies have been found in squirrels, skunks, raccoons, and foxes in Larimer County?

04. It saves lives!

Revenue generated by pet license fees helps Larimer Humane Society continue to help animals in our community. Larimer Humane Society does not receive government funding and relies on pet licensing fees, among other fundraising, fees and contracts, to operate.

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Be a responsible pet owner and a considerate citizen!

Those 70,000 unlicensed cats could generate  $84,000 annual revenue that would help an awful lot of animals in our community! Would you donate $5 – $35 per year to help animals? Then why not license your pet?

You can buy or renew your pet license through participating veterinarians, in person at Larimer Humane Society or other participating locations, by phone or mail, or online.

Questions about pet licensing? Contact Larimer Humane Society.