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HSBV staffers carry puppies to greet the audience during the fundraiser’s live program. (Photo courtesy Humane Society of Boulder Valley.)

Puttin’ on the Leash

Sports reporter Kami Carmann of Fox31 Denver with Lily the puppy at Puttin’ on the Leash. She has three dogs at home. (Photo courtesy Humane Society of Boulder Valley.)
Sports reporter Kami Carmann of Fox31 Denver with Lily the puppy at Puttin’ on the Leash. She has three dogs at home. (Photo courtesy Humane Society of Boulder Valley.)

Shelters can be heart-wrenching places, especially those without community support. Fortunately, Boulder County rallies around the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV), allowing it to be a true safety net for abandoned, lost, abused and unwanted pets. HSBV is an open-admissions shelter, meaning it accepts any animal that comes through its doors.

But it costs a lot to support the many needy pets that make their way to it. That’s why the shelter’s annual “Puttin’ on the Leash” fundraiser is so important. Our community resoundingly contributed to the cause on April 16, when more than 1,000 animal lovers attended the gala fundraiser at the Coors Events Center on the CU campus.

The first Puttin’ on the Leash in 1992 raised $50,000. This year’s event raised a whopping $350,000, which goes to shelter, food, supplies, medicine and more, and supports the shelters many programs for pets and guardians. “It’s amazing,” says Lindsay Scott, HSBV development manager. “We’re very lucky to be in this community that values the lives of companion animals so much.”

Way to toss a well-deserved bone, Boulder County!

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