Updated September 14, 11:00 CST Portions of Colorado are flooding after torrential rain this week. Boulder got a year's worth of rain just today, September 12. The towns of Jamestown and Lyle are cut off. Some places have boil orders. It is unwise to travel in many areas. Everywhere that had wildfires is now particularly vulnerable to mudslides during flooding. As always, when people are in trouble, so are their animals.
Here is the information you need if you must evacuate your animals. Check, if possible, it there is still room for your animals and that the location has not closed.
Adams County Animal Shelter accepting pets from evacuated and Commerce City residents. 303-288-3294 (tweeted by Adams County)
If you were evacuated and had to leave your animal at home, please contact our Boulder Animal Control Call Center at 303-413-7730 to place an Animal Evacuation request. Please give them a good description of the animal(s), location of leashes or crates, access into the house, and a current contact phone number.
The YMCA in Boulder and the evacuation shelter in Longmont do not accept animals. It appears no people shelters accept animals. (Longmont evacuation shelter is said to have suggested you leave your animals in your vehicle. That is unacceptable.) Here are better options.
Evacuees may take their smaller pets to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, located at 2323 55th Street. After they close, residents can contact dispatch at 303-441-3333 with a pet evacuation emergency. They are asking for cash donations only and are not in need of volunteers.
Boulder is supporting emergency animal shelters at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot High School, and LifeBridge Church, 10345 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO. If you can bring a crate from your home to contain the animal, that would be appreciated. All facilities are in need of new and unopened cat and dog food. Cat food is the specific request. Animal airline or wire crates are also needed and must be new or great condition.
Should you need assistance with large animals such as livestock, you can also contact the Boulder Animal Control Call Center at 303-413-7730 to place an Animal Evacuation request. The requests will be processed as personnel becomes available. The Boulder County Fairground was accepting large animals, but is now closed due to flooding at the fairgrounds.
Longmont Humane Society is open to south side residents only (north side is cut off and a location will be established there - see above for LifeBridge Church) and accepting dogs and cats and other small mammals. Call first to check if space is available 303-772-1232 ext. 221. They are located at 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. Although in the evacuation zone, they are remaining at the location to bring animals. Cash donations are needed. Donate toward flood relief here.
Longmont Humane Society is helping flood victims by distributing pet food and supplies and sheltering displaced animals.
For animal evacuation assistance or for more information please call Longmont Animal Control at 303-651-8500 or (303) 651-8595. Call if you have household pets needing rescue from an evacuated home.
If anyone who has been displaced by the Colorado flooding and has a dog or dogs that they would like to stay at an overnight boarding facility, Daily Wag Doggie Daycare would like to donate 10 kennels for up to 1 month. The owner must have proof of vaccinations. They can be faxed from their vet. Dogs must not be aggressive towards other dogs or humans. Any displaced flood victim will need to fill out all the necessary forms and abide by all rules applicable to Daily Wag. Please contact us directly by calling 303-307-1638. Visit us on the web for more info at www.dailywag.com
Thank you to Daily Wag and to all those businesses, rescues and volunteers who are helping out in this disaster.
Commerce City announced an evacuation for large animals in the Irondale neighborhood in anticipation for a larger neighborhood evacuation. Animals should be taken to Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock , 500 Fairgrounds Road
Twisted Trail Ranch is opening their doors to animals needing a warm, safe place due to evacuations and/or rescues. If you know of anyone in need, please contact either Nancy 303-249-0363, Ann 720-480-6072, or Brooke 303-931-5708. We do have a couple trailers available if livestock can be transported or led to a safe pick up location. There is a furnished cat room, and place for dogs, goats, etc.
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Avenue Service Rd. Golden, CO 80401, is open for large animal evacuations as needed. . If you need assistance with evacuating your animal(s) please contact a Jefferson County Animal Control Officer directly at 303-271-5070 (press 0 to bypass the message).
Foothills Animal Shelter is open for evacuation of small animals. The location is 580 McIntyre St. Golden, CO, 80401
Larimer Humane Society is monitoring the flooding situation in Larimer County. If you are in a flooding area and need assistance with your animals, please call (970) 226-3647 and press 7 to reach Animal Protection and Control. At this time, they are only able to serve members of Larimer County. (There is a volunteer form on their website.)
Those with displaced animals in the Firestone area should contact Community Service Officer Michelle Powers at (303) 419-8747.
City of Greeley tweeted: N. 11th Ave. and H St. shelter for evacuated animals (photo of goats)
There are many sad stories of people and animals in danger. The rapid flooding meant people left their animals behind at Shady Lane Mobile Home Park in Lyons. According to the Denver Post:
"Flooding rapidly made it impossible for vehicles to reach trailers. And water levels reaching up to electrical tranformers raised the potential for major electrical trouble, South Adams Fire Capt. Cole Mondragon said as he supervised the evacuation of more than 50 residents from Shady Lane Mobile Home Park .
People left fast, leaving pets barking and cats meowing inside some trailers."
NBC reported from Boulder:
"We went to a cliff above my dad's house and it was just completely flooded," the teen said. "It was like a river over my house. We could hear the dogs barking on the second floor. It was really scary."
Horse owners were responding to the disaster. "Horse owners just south of 88th [Commerce City] worked into the night trying to move animals from dozens of flooded small pastures in the evacuation zone."
Ancient Treasures Alpaca Ranch safely evacuated their 60 alpacas.
An article on what to bring when you evacuate mentions cell phone chargers, but not animals. This writer understands there are times when it is not possible to take your animals. You may not be home. Your life may be in danger. You may be physically unable to manage the evacuation. But if you have time to hunt for a cell phone charger, you likely have time for something far more important - saving a living being you share your life with.
FaceBook pages to monitor are
- "Colorado Floods & Severe Weather" with information on the flood disaster
- "Colorado Disaster Wildfire / Flood Lost & Found Pets" with information on animals in the disaster
- "Colorado Lost & Found Pets" is an established page for those missing animals.
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