PetAid Colorado

PetAid Colorado weaves a safety net of programs to benefit pets in need. Collaborating with veterinarians and community partners, and thanks to donor support, we deliver an array of unique programs and fulfill a vast need to provide veterinary care for animals of vulnerable populations, exclusively. We believe that all animals, regardless of their owner's financial status, deserve the veterinary care needed to prevent animal suffering and relinquishment.

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Organizational Overview

PetAid Colorado
191 Yuma Street
Denver, CO 80223
(5/12/2012)Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation
To provide a healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets throughout the state of Colorado.

PetAid Colorado was created as the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, in 2002 to support education, scholarship, and service programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. The name was changed in May 2012 to PetAid Colorado to better reflect the mission and goals of the organization.

PetAid Colorado is the healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets.

We look forward to strengthening our safety net programs and expanding the level of help we can provide to pets and people in need. We hope you will join us by supporting the programs of PetAid Colorado.

Executive Director Statement

Our donors are the lifeblood of all we do. And, they make even more of a difference in the lives of those we serve as we work together to make Colorado a better place for animals and people.

People are stepping up and making a difference in the lives of vulnerable populations who would normally not have access to veterinary care for the pets they love so much. PetAid Colorado has unique programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. I hope you will take a moment to check out our website at to find out how you can become involved. Please join me and the hundreds of PetAid supporters in making a commitment to the animals and people of Colorado.

Background Statement

PetAid Animal Hospital, formerly Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital, is Colorado's largest, comprehensive, non-profit veterinary hospital. The hospital grew out of the vision of Louise Collbran Harrison, granddaughter of Adolph Coors, who founded the Coors brewing empire. Knowing that thousands of pets were being euthanized each year at animal shelters, Ms. Harrison wanted to save the lives of as many of these animals as possible. Wisely identifying an important solution, Ms. Harrison began to support spay/neuter programs. She also took care of dozens of cats in her home and made sure that none of them went to a new home without being spayed or neutered.

In 1976, Ms. Harrison opened a spay/neuter clinic, Queen City, in a low-income Denver neighborhood. The following year another clinic opened on Denver's Capitol Hill, and a third clinic later opened in Boulder. The clinics were a response to an estimated 86,000 unwanted dogs and cats euthanized each year in Denver's animal shelters. In 1999, the number of euthanized pets in the Denver area was less than 14,000--a remarkable decrease due in large part to the more than 210,000 surgeries Harrison Memorial had performed.

By the mid-1980s, the clinics had outgrown their facilities and were unable to adequately address another growing animal welfare need in the Denver metro community--veterinary care for pets with fixed or low-income guardians. In 1990, all three clinics were consolidated into a large, modern veterinary hospital called Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital, designed to serve the changing needs of the animals and their owners in the greater Denver community. Harrison Memorial provided veterinary services to animals who otherwise might not receive such needed medical care.

In addition Harrison Memorial served as a teaching hospital to fourth year veterinary students from across the country and collaborated with private veterinary practices in the Denver Metro area in the Vet Partner Program wherein necessary medical procedures that are not affordable at one's veterinarian may be referred to Harrison Memorial for a reduced fee. Once the animal is well, the client may resume services with his/her regular veterinarian.

Then in January 2007, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) and Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital joined together to create the CVMF Harrison Center for Animals. Joining forces positively impacted their ability to increase services. They believed that bringing together members of the veterinary community with those who had supported Harrison Memorial over the past 16 years would make the hospital a stronger force for serving animals in need.

On May 13, 2012, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) changed its name to PetAid Colorado. The Board of Directors undertook this process with both trepidation and excitement, and with the utmost care and respect for the organization's history and its founders. Key stakeholders and constituents made it clear that clarity and simplicity are paramount in expressing who the organization is and what it does. The new name has minimal impact on the way the staff and board go about their work - but makes it easier to explain it to friends, donors, and the communities it serves. At the same time, the new identify maintains the distinctiveness it brings as the safety net for underprivileged pets throughout Colorado.

Board Chair/President Statement

PetAid Colorado Board of Directors hereby fully endorses the effort by PetAid in raising resources through grants, corporate sponsors and individual donors to assist in the fulfillment of its mission.

The PetAid Board of Directors continues to support PetAid development of innovative programs that continue to make Colorado a better place for animals and people.

Impact Statement

PetAid Colorado, in 2015 helped:
- 8,223 sick and injured animals with medical care
- 4,592 pet owners from vulnerable populations

Needs Statement

PetAid Colorado is dedicated to preserving human-animal bonds. This means working with our state's disadvantaged communities, providing veterinary care for beloved pets in desperate circumstances.

Following are some facts from the United States Census that highlight why PetAid's services are so vital to the community:
- The estimated Denver metro population consists of 250,000 households with an average of 2.5 persons per household.
- There are estimated to be at least 177,000 pet-owning households.

Using the estimated poverty level of 18.4% for Colorado, at least 32,600 pet-owning households are living in poverty in the Denver metro area. The need is great, and PetAid understands that cost is often an obstacle to having a pet cared for medically, especially when families struggle to meet basic daily needs.

PetAid seeks to alleviate this obstacle by targeting vulnerable populations and neighborhoods in Colorado and providing discounts for veterinary services to these populations.

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