Denver's own is coming to the rescue. The American Humane Association, a national group based in Denver, announced September 15 that they would be deploying their Red Star first response team which assists animals and their families during disasters. Red Star was invited to volunteer by Boulder County Animal Control and will work alongside Code 3 Associates. Code 3 Associates is also a national team of first responder for animals. They are based in Longmont, which has been one of the hardest hit areas by the flooding.
Red Star has been saving animals since the animal rescuers helped with draft horses and mules on the WWI battlefields of France and Belgium. They bring more high tech equipment to the task these days, but the heart is the same. Red Star is already on the ground and pledges to work closely with local authorities and other agencies including Boulder County Animal Control and Code 3 Associates as mentioned above, as well as other local volunteers, shelters and humane societies to find, rescue, shelter and make sure animals separated from their families get home safely. A big job needs many hands.
Many people have yet to be able to evacuate. But the rain is letting up and National Guard helicopters are back in the air. Here is a breakdown by county for those needing information on where they can take their animals. There are few people shelters allowing animals. Call ahead if possible to ensure the animal evacuation location is still accepting animals and to see what you need to bring.
Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center, 10705 Fulton St, Brighton, is open for small animals. Call to make arrangements to drop off their pets by calling 303.288.3294.
Adams County Regional Park and Fairground, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton is open for large animals. For more information on transporting large animals for safekeeping at the Adams County Regional Park, call 720.523.7101.
Commerce City residents are no longer under evacuation orders and should retrieve their animals.
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.
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/people 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.
The Left Hand Valley Courier reported " . . . many of the people who are here have nothing . . . One person came in with her [pet] bird in her hand. [A volunteer at Niwot High School] found her a birdcage . . . The school also housed and fed many dogs and cats with dogs in one hallway and cats in another. One of the dogs was accompanied by a pet mouse."
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 accepting dogs and cats and other small mammals(although apparently they even welcomed a few stray people over the weekend who needed somewhere to stay!) Call first to check if space is available 303-772-1232 ext. 221. They are located at 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. Cash donations are needed. Donate toward flood relief here. Longmont Humane Society is also helping flood victims by distributing pet food and supplies and sheltering displaced animals, but they want cash, not items.
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 may no longer have space for small animals. Please call ahead, (303) 278-7575. The location is 580 McIntyre St., Golden.
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.)
Here is another option for horses. A private barn in Wellington Colorado extends a generous offer to a limited number of horse owners needing a place for their horses since being displaced by flooding. "We have stalls and runs and also some outside turnouts and potentially a paddock. The only thing we ask is that you pay for your hay at the wholesale cost or supply your own. We will take care of the rest. We can accommodate draft horses, draft crosses and even mares with foals or horses with special needs. We cannot accommodate stallions." Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Weld County Training Center at 1104 H. St is accepting livestock and donations of hay and grain.
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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