Fort Collins Critter Events May 9th – May 16th

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In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day tomorrow, I’ve included a picture of my favorite bird of all time, the Black-capped Chicadee. I fell in love with this adorable, sweet, chubby bird when I took care of some baby ones while working at the Larimer Humane Society in WildKind, and I’ve loved them ever since. According to All About Birds, Black-capped Chicadees are almost universally considered “cute”. I completely agree!

This weekend is full of fun events around Fort Collins, not to mention a TON of animal adoption events. Who knows, your newest family member could come home with you this weekend!

Well, onto planning your busy weekend…

May is national Pet Month!

Time to celebrate all the benefits that pets bring our lives and all the ways they complete our family.

Saturday, May 10th

 International Migratory Bird Day 

Started by the Environment for the Americas, International Migratory Bird Day celebrates awareness of the huge movement of bird migration this time of year and to bring attention to what needs to be done to protect their habitat. The day serves as a call to action to conserve birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. It started in 1993 and is now hosted at more than 600 sites from Canada to Argentina. In fact, it will be celebrated at Poudre River Fest this weekend!

Poudre RiverFest! 

When: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Legacy & Lee Martinez Parks in Fort Collins, CO

This family-focused event is a blend of environmental restoration mixed with wildlife viewing, followed up by a celebration by the Poudre River in the afternoon with live music, educational activities, booths, a beer garden and food.

You can experience scientific research at a bird banding station run by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory on the West side of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and go on bird walks with biologists from Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, starting at 7am.

Animal House Rescue & Grooming Adoption Event 

When: 11 – 2 p.m.

Where: Poudre Pet & Feed Supply West location, Taft and Drake

Visit with adoptable dogs and volunteers to see if you are a family match!

All Aboard Animal Rescue and Shelter Adoption Event

When: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Pet Club at 2226 Harmony Road

Stop by to see if any of the animals are a fit for your family. Please review the adoption application online prior to a visit.

Larimer Humane Society Spring into Adoption Event 

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 6317 Kyle Avenue, Fort Collins, CO

Stop by for freebies and discounts with EVERY adoption!

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (2 events) 

Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic 

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: 2321 East Mulberry St. Unit 9

No appointment needed. All dogs must be a on a leash. Note: There is a second low cost clinic on Friday, May 16th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Foster Training 

When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: 2321 E Mulberry Ste. #1

Here’s an opportunity to learn what’s involved with helping foster abandoned cats and kittens in need. There are more specific details available here.

Sunday, May 11th Happy Mother’s Day! 

Rocky Mountain Raptor Program Annual Open House 

When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:  720 E. Vine Drive, Fort Collins CO

Animal Afternoon at the Library 

When: 3 – 4 p.m.

Where: Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Avenue, Fort Collins, CO

Hosted by Larimer Animal People Partnership who share time with their pets volunteers so kiddos can read to friendly animals.

Upcoming Races 

Sunday, May 18th – Run Fur Run 5K 

The Run Fur Fun is geared for the whole family, even your dogs! Participants will be able to run with their dog and there will be a kid’s race! Proceeds go towards Animal House Rescue & Grooming.

When: Kid’s race starts at 8:30am., 5K starts at 9 a.m.

Where: Spring Canyon Park, 2626 West Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO

Course: The race will be on a paved trail that circles around the park. Course is a mix of flat and small inclines.

Saturday, May 31st - 24th Annual Fire Hydrant 5 5K Walk/Run & Pet Expo Presented by the Larimer Humane Society

Where: Edora Park, Fort Collins

Cost: $30

The event begins with a family-and dog-friendly 5K walk/run through Edora Park and its surrounding neighborhood, followed by the pet expo featuring over 60 booth venders catering to pet lovers, athletes, families, and more.

The Pet Expo will also host the 5K top finisher and top team awards as well as the popular pet contest showcase. Bark your calendars and join us for this exciting annual event to benefit homeless animals! For more information email the development team or call (970) 530-2945. To register: http://www.larimerhumane.org/events/fire-hydrant

Photo: Eugene Beckes

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