Longmont Humane Society

Longmont, Colorado

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About Longmont Humane Society

Longmont Humane Society originally was part of Boulder County Humane Society. In 1972, the Longmont branch broke away to become a society in its own right.

They began life humbly in an old turkey shed on the edge of town. The challenges were long and hard. Inadequate facilities, over-crowding, and disease led to high euthanasia rates during the 1970s.

Things turned around in the mid-1980s due to the hard work and determination of the staff who helped raise $250,000 toward a new, improved facility. With extra funding from the Longmont City Council, they were able to start work on the new shelter in 1984.

In 2008, the society received a jaw-dropping donation of $5 million. This blessing enabled them to build a new state-of-the-art facility that could meet the demands of the ever-increasing numbers of animals in their care.  

Today, despite previous hardships, the society has not only survived but been able to maintain exceptionally high success rates with low admission-to-adoption waiting times.

Each year more than 4,000 animals are admitted to the shelter, over 2,000 of which go on to find loving forever homes. Nearly 80 staff members and 800 volunteers work their socks off to give their animals the care and respect they deserve.

Contact Info

9595 Nelson Rd Ste G
(303) 772-1232
Website: www.longmonthumane.org

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Adoption Process

All animals available for adoption have a pet biography and photo on the shelter’s website. There's even information on their social ability with both dogs and cats, which is great to know if you already have a menagerie at home!

If you're interested in meeting any of the furry friends you spotted online, call Longmont Humane Society directly to schedule a visit. A helpful staff member will be only too happy to talk you through the adoption process and answer any questions you may have.

Animals can be placed on hold with a non-refundable, non-transferable $20 fee. This fee doesn't count toward your final adoption costs but does go toward helping more animals in need.

If you're considering adopting a dog and have another one at home, Longmont Humane Society recommends you bring them along when you come in for your appointment. A doggy meet-and-greet will be arranged to make sure that your new bud will get along with everyone else in your family, too!

When adopting dogs and cats, you'll also need to bring a leash, collar, and carrier (also for small mammals) to take them home safely. The shelter has a retail store where you can purchase anything you may need for a successful first day.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Longmont Humane Society vary according to each animal's age, behavior, demand, and health. All individual adoption fees are listed on the website under each pet's biography. In general, the starting prices for each pet are as follows:

•   Dogs: From $60

•   Cats: From $25

•    Other small mammals: From $15

The shelter also runs a Seniors (age 55+) for Seniors (ages 8+) program, where a 50% reduction in adoption fees is offered. A $15 rabies vaccine will also be required and applied to the final adoption fee.

Your adoption fee covers the following services:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Deworming
  • Microchipping
  • Distemper/parvo vaccination
  • Bordetella vaccination for dogs
  • FVRCP vaccination for cats
  • Complementary post-adoption veterinary visit
  • Bag of Science Diet dog or cat food
  • One month free pet insurance
  • 25% off their dog training classes
  • Complementary post-adoption behavioral support form their team of specialists

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Longmont Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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