I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t imagine my life without a dog. More specifically, I couldn’t imagine my life without a shelter dog. I’ve had my current pup for over seven years and have been a huge proponent of pet adoption from animal shelters every since my first dog. I’m sure you all have a similar story, either one of your own or a friend with a rescued pet.
When you make the choice to bring a new dog or cat into your life, adoption or rescue is one of the best choices you can make. Not only are you saving the life of a cat or dog, but also sometimes they can save your life.
Pet adoption in Boulder County is not that difficult since there are several great animal shelters in the area; however, if you want to expand your search for something specific, you may need to look outside of Boulder, but not too far. Here are a few of the shelters that come highly recommended.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
This pet shelter is the largest animal shelter in Boulder and it has adoptions for dogs, cats and small mammals. They keep their adoption page extremely up to date and add new animals with some frequency. They also have a thrift shop that benefits the shelter if you aren’t necessarily ready to adopt a pet, but want to help contribute to the shelter. They are also a no kill shelter and try to save as many animals as they can from euthanasia at other clinics that don’t have the space.
Foothills Animal Shelter
Located in Golden, Foothills Animal Shelter provides shelter for animals that are still looking for their forever home. They have both cats and dogs as well as an assortment of small mammals such as rabbits, birds and guinea pigs. They also offer many services that your new pet will need after adoption, such as spay and neuter services, vaccinations and licensing. Their location just beyond our bubble helps expand the search for those pursuing pet adoption in Boulder, and only with a short drive (so you don’t stay outside the bubble for too long).
Dumb Friends League
This animal shelter has a rather large facility in South Denver on Quebec Street and offers both dogs and cats. They also have a Pet Care-avan that offers mobile adoptions as well. Because the facility is rather large, you have the ability to bring your existing pets in to make sure that they will get along with the newest member of your family.
Maxfund Animal Adoption Center
This is a 100% no kill shelter in Denver, that has a fairly intense screening process to make certain that you and any perspective new pet are a good fit. While they don’t have a lot of space to introduce your pet to a new sibling, they have a lot of space outside and will gladly let you take your dog out for a short walk to get a feel for their personality outside of the shelter. They also have a very affordable animal clinic for folks who are looking for a vet that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Online Breed Rescue Organizations
While all of these pet adoption centers listed above have physical locations, there are a number of pet rescue organizations that are breed specific if you are looking for a certain breed. Summit Dog Rescue is also a great resource for active Boulderites, because they offer dog breeds that are well suited for high altitude living.
However you end up adopting your new dog or cat, make sure that you’re prepared for the responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Dogs and cats make great companions, but they’re also animals that need care, discipline and love. Once you do fall in love with your new pet, you’ll be so glad that you took the time to search locations for pet adoption in Boulder and the surrounding area.