It is the mission of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) 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 thousands of pet-guardian relationships in times of 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.
"We adopted our new puppy from HSBV on September 14th, two days after losing our dog in a tragic accident. Mia, who we re-named Ruby is thriving with us and is enjoying her life of adventure. Thank you for rescuing her! She is the medicine our family needed." - Lisa
"Thank you for participating in out-of-state transfers. I adopted my Great Pyrenees mix from SBV before Xmas (she was a transfer). She was severely underweight, had skin problems and tested positive for heartworm - among other issues. I have the sweetest dog is finally healthy and happy thanks to HSBV and others. You saved my dog's life and enriched the life of my family - especially during the pandemic. Thank you for all your work!" - Grateful adopter and donor.
"Dear Humane Society of Boulder, In 2005 (November 12th to be exact), I adopted a 3 year old cat from you - you named him Osiris, but I called him Sam (and eventually Mows). I had to say goodbye to him on August 3d after almost 16 years together. We lived in Boulder, Los Angeles and now Sacramento. I'm writing today to say THANK YOU for giving me the wonderful gift of him in my life - he saved me more times than I can count. He had a long, wonderful, adventurous life, and that was because of your work to connect him with me. We will adopt again eventually, and I can only hope it's as fulfilling an experience as this was. THANK YOU FOR MY BABY." - Adopter
"I saw a local news report on TV that (HSBV) was among four (shelters) in the Denver area to receive dogs evacuated from a hurricane area in hopes they could be cared for and adopted. Added to the flow of other dogs taken in locally, I'm sure you've been extra busy! THANKS FOR YOUR WORK AND DEDICATION!" - Supporter/Donor