It is the mission of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to protect and enhance the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley (formerly the Boulder County Humane Society) was formed in 1902 by a small group of spirited Boulder citizens "to promote the growth of sentiment favorable to the protection, care of, kindness to, and fair play towards animals; to secure the enforcement of laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals; to rescue lost and injured pets; to establish shelters for unwanted and stray animals."
In 1931 HSBV received a generous bequest from Mrs. Kate Harbeck, who resided for many years in Boulder. With this legacy, land was purchased on Arapahoe Road, a shelter, boarding facility and pet cemetery were established and remained until 1973. HSBV incorporated in 1932, Miss Anna Belle Morris was elected president and served for 25 years until her death.
In 1973, HSBV built a facility at 2323 55th St. The building was approximately 11,000 square feet, on 2.8 acres, and the original cemetery was relocated to the new site. In 1982, HSBV built an addition to house a spay and neuter clinic to sterilize adopted animals. The Denver Foundation provided funding for the Irene Rothgerber Puppy House, which was added on in 1985 to provide additional caging for puppies and other small animals.
In 1990, the Board of Directors set a goal to end the euthanasia of adoptable animals by 1996, and this goal was accomplished through our strategic New Leash on Life program. We have maintained this goal to date. HSBV was given a free lease for a Veterinary Clinic on Pearl Street in September 1990, and operating support from the Animal Assistance Foundation (AAF). HSBV moved the shelter clinic operations to Pearl Street and began offering subsidized spay and neuter surgeries for public animals. The AAF operated the clinic for 20 years, and in 1990 consolidated all operations into a new hospital, the Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital in Denver. The AAF provided grants to HSBV to support subsidized spay and neuter. In 2000, they signed the building over to our organization in support of the Capital Campaign for the new facility where the clinic and shelter will once again be under one roof.
In 1997, HSBV embarked on two new supporting businesses, a Thrift and Gift Shop and Pet Supply and Training Center. Both businesses support the mission by raising vital funds and providing community service. The board authorized a capital campaign to build a new facility. The community rallied and raised 5.8 million dollars to build a 29,700 square foot facility on the foot print that surrounded the original building. September 17, 2001 the animals moved into the new building and we were open for business. The Veterinary Clinic moved to 2323 55th Street and the Clinic on Pearl Street was sold.
In 2007 the Training & Behavior Center was erected above the Clinic on the second floor. This space serves to enhance the rehabilitation of shelter animals and offer animal training classes to the public.
Today, HSBV is involved in a long-range plan to expand our services to further accomplish our mission and meet the evolving needs of our community. We serve 6,500 shelter animals annually and provide service support for thousands of pets and guardians through our community safety net program. Our Safety Net program is critical in supporting pet-guardian relationships through hardship, such as housing displacement, temporary illness, and financial hardship. At a time when they are needed most, relationships between pets and people are kept intact through our supportive Safety Net resources made possible by our community. All of these efforts build and strengthen happy and healthy relationships between pets and people, saving and changing lives.
"I am just writing to tell you that my husband and I rescued a puppy 12 years ago this July from HSBV. His name at the time was Eggplant. He came up with his four or five other siblings from New Mexico with a hope of having a better life. I just wanted to let you know, that this puppy just turned 12 years old and is still acting like he is 6. I hope his siblings are going just as strong. Thanks for all that you do and finding these previous fur babies new forever homes. Eggplant's new name was change to Jaxon and he is so loved." - Beth M
"Just a quick note to say thank you for our precious boy, Sagan! We adopted from you in November of 2018 and he has been such a wonderful addition to our family. He gets along with everyone he meets (human and canine), loves playing with his two doggie brothers, learning new tricks, hiking, camping, and, as we learned on one of our latest trips, swimming! He is just perfect and we adore him! Thank you to all of the wonderful people who made this happen for us and for so many other deserving pets and families!" - Branka (2019)
"This is probably the best day of my life. This is Waffles, a 6 month old blue heeler mix that I adopted from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley today. She's very sweet and mellow but she was a stray in Denver so she's still nervous around other dogs. She's the best dog I could've hoped for and I urge other people to adopt from shelters because there are plenty of other animals who need homes." - Lauren (2018)
"Thank you for matching us up with Summit. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and we can't imagine life without her. Thank you for all you do and all of your help!" - Greta and Clark (2017)
"We brought home a new family member this weekend. Panther Parsnip (formerly known as Bagheera) is a wonderful boy with piercing green eyes, beautiful silky black fur, a chatty disposition, a love for any available lap and a fascination for watching the toilet flush. He is settling in nicely. So glad we were able to adopt him." - Emily (2016)