The Next Normal

A reliable Safety Net for pet guardians in our community.

Helping happy and healthy relationships thrive.

Dear Humane Society of Boulder Valley family,

We set out decades ago to reduce the number of dogs and cats without homes in Boulder County while building healthy relationships between pets and people. To that end, you helped us create innovative behavior and shelter medicine programs that are now cornerstone programs of HSBV’s mission. And thanks to you, HSBV sees fewer animals from our community seeking new homes as relationship-saving resources like veterinary and behavior care are readily available. All of this is cause for celebration for how far we’ve come, together.

We will always be the safe haven for lost animals and those awaiting new homes. Right now, our neighbors are facing an unprecedented economic crisis that has caused thousands of people to lose their jobs right here in Boulder County. They are left with unimaginable decisions, like how to care for their beloved pets.

The events of 2020 have made it clear that we have the opportunity – and responsibility – to expand our mission.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley Safety Net Program is growing to meet the evolving and emerging needs of our community – whether they are facing financial hardship, the impacts of natural disaster, or seeking the incredible connection provided through pet guardianship.

  • The HSBV Food Share offers free pet food and basic supplies seven days a week. Currently, these supplies are available at our shelter facility, and larger pet items (such as crates) are available at our Community Resource Center’s Thrift Shop. Our team is also preparing to offer delivery days for those unable to visit our facility. We strive bridge gaps that result heartbreaking decisions between pet care and self care.
  • Our Veterinary team is committed to ensuring community pets have access to wellness and critical veterinary resources. Thanks to our incredible community support, HSBV is able to offer discounts and grants to families seeking pet health services for general year-round care or those facing urgent medical situations. We believe all pets should have access to healthcare, and families should not be forced to relinquish a pet due to an inability to pay.
  • The HSBV Animal Shelter provides safe, comfortable, and clean housing for shelter animals as well as community pets. HSBV extends free temporary housing for the pets of guardians who are hospitalized, displaced due to natural disaster, experiencing home loss, seeking support as victims of domestic violence, or individuals accessing mental healthcare. A critical service especially now, in COVID times. HSBV works to ensure a temporary inability to provide daily care does not result in a permanent separation.
  • The expert Training & Behavior team at HSBV leverages science, reward-based, positive-reinforcement, force-free training, both for the shelter animals in our care, and community pets. Our team extends discounts and free services to members of our community seeking to resolve behavior challenges or enrich the relationship they share with their pets. With these relationship-strengthening tools, our behavior and training programs continue to change thousands of lives by committing to and promoting positive-reinforcement methods that are relationship strengthening and are based on a foundation of trust, kindness, and freedom to make safe choices.
  • HSBV is offering adoption discounts to those seeking to add a pet to their families. Senior citizens, military veterans, low-income families, and others qualify for discounts on adoption fees. We believe everyone should have access to the love and joy pet companionship adds to our lives. 

We embrace the future, and we can’t do it without you. I welcome your questions and am so grateful for your continuing support.

HSBV is here to help! Our Emergency Safety Net and Resources are prepared to support community members in need through our current national emergency. If you are in need of support, or have further questions about these resources, please contact our team at 303-442-4030 x657.

Pet Food Share

Our Pet Food Share shelves are open outside of our building, near our Client Services entrance. The food and supplies on these shelves are free to our community and are available 7 days a week, from 11:00am-5:00pm (weather permitting).

Emergency Pet Housing

As you make pet preparedness plans in the event you are unable to provide care for your pet, we recommend identifying a caretaker for your animal. If you are unable to establish a caretaker, HSBV offers free housing for the pets of community members who are impacted by COVID-19 or are temporarily unable to provide daily care for their pets. Please contact our team for additional details about our free emergency boarding services at 303-442-4030 x657. Read more about creating an emergency preparedness plan for your pet here.

Urgent Veterinary Care

If your pet is in need of urgent veterinary care, our clinic may be able to support your needs and get your pet on the road to recovery. We are open by appointment only. Please contact our Veterinary Clinic to inquire about scheduling an appointment by calling 303-442-4030, option 2. If you are experiencing financial hardship and may have difficulty accessing care for your pet, please let our Veterinary Clinic team know. Our team can help identify Safety Net support services you may qualify for.

Animal Behavior Care

Our Training & Behavior Center offers virtual training and support services to help strengthen the pet-guardian relationships. Please visit our Training Center class calendar to learn more about these opportunities and sign up for a virtual class or consultation today!