The goal of Longmont Humane Society is simply to improve the lives of companion animals in the community. Whether it’s sheltering lost or homeless animals, providing low-cost veterinary care, or offering behavior training, the shelter offers passionate care for the 4,000 animals that come through their facility every year.
Founded in 1972 on a former turkey farm on the outskirts of Longmont, Colorado, Longmont Humane Society has come a long way over the years. Like most animal shelters across the country, there were more animals that needed their help than they could accommodate, and the consequences were often heartbreaking. “Limited facilities resulted in frequent outbreaks of serious disease and overcrowding,” explained Carrie Brackenridge, the shelter’s Communication and Outreach Manager.
Finally in 1985, the nonprofit was able to move into a 14,600 square foot facility. But the needs of the community kept growing and soon more space was needed. Thanks to several generous donations, in 2008, the shelter was able to construct their current facility, which is a 58,000 square foot structure complete with technology to help prevent the outbreak and spread of disease.
Longmont Humane Society now offers a comprehensive suite of animal health and welfare services, including Lost & Found services, adoptions, low cost-veterinary services, dog training and behavioral support programs, and humane education seminars. It is an open admission shelter, which means they don’t turn any animals away based on breed, age or health condition as long as space allows.
What makes their organization really unique, and is an indication of how far they’ve come, is that they have an overall 94.6% live release rate, well above the national average. Brackenridge credits multiple factors for this impressive figure. “We are fortunate to have a nationally renowned Training and Behavior Modification team which works with shelter dogs on behaviors and issues that might otherwise prevent them from being adopted. The existence of this program allows the nonprofit to provide second chances to animals who might not have otherwise had that opportunity,” she says. The program also offers training and behavioral support to adopters, in most cases free of charge, for the lifetime of the dog.
Additionally, Longmont Humane Society boasts a vital volunteer program through which 500 volunteers come into the shelter on a weekly basis to walk, socialize and train shelter dogs, as well as spend time visiting and socializing with shelter cats all in an effort to provide a better quality of life to the animals while they await their forever homes. “Our volunteer programs significantly impact our ability to keep our shelter animals happy and healthy, and happy and healthy shelter animals are more adoptable shelter animals. It’s a win win!”
Longmont Humane Society also offers free educational programs to the public related to animal care and welfare. Recent program topics included ways to provide dogs with entertainment and enrichment, cat behavior issues, and best practices for nurturing a multi-cat household.
Another unique aspect to Longmont Humane Society is the development of its own Thrift Store to help raise funds. The store accepts and sells a variety of gently used items.
Brackenridge says financial donations are needed to help the organization pay off the remaining balance on the loan on the facility. But volunteers are integral to the success of their organization. Volunteer dog walkers are in short supply now and foster families for very young or injured animals are a huge help. Additionally, donated items to their Thrift Store are always welcome as well. Longmont Humane Society hosts monthly adult volunteer orientations and quarterly orientations for teens.
If Longmont Humane Society Wins Charity Contest
A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward their Now & Forever Campaign, which seeks to raise the $2.2 million debt remaining on their facility.
How to Give Longmont Humane Society a Hand-Up
- “LIKE” THE CHARITY’S FACEBOOK PAGE during the contest (charity nominee with biggest % increase in Facebook followers will receive an extra $500 donation from Citywide Banks)
- VOTE FOR THEM on contest voting page at www.CitywideBanks.com/contest
- POST A COMMENT about the charity on the Citywide Banks Facebook page
- SHARE posts about this contest with your family, friends, and coworkers
About the Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest
Family owned, Colorado focused, Citywide Banks proudly supports over 150 Colorado charities each year. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contests, seven Colorado causes are nominated by our employees to be showcased through social media and in our branches. Then, we ask the community to vote on Facebook for the most worthy. Based on final vote standings, Citywide Banks splits $8,000 in donations. The charity with the most votes receives the top $5,000 donation. Contest voters can also enter to win great prizes, including dinner for two at a top Denver restaurant. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. More contest details are at CitywideBanks.com/contest/
How to Cast Your Vote – April 10-30, 2015
The contest is open to the general public within Colorado (non-customers welcome to participate; no purchase necessary). The easiest way to vote is to go to the Citywide Banks Facebook page and by clicking the “Charity Contest” tab. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to submit a vote/entry online. One vote/entry per person is permitted during the 21-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users can use the sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity. There is an added bonus prize drawing for those voters that post the contest on their own Facebook timeline.