Join us at Puttin' On The Leash This Saturday!

Our 22nd Annual Puttin' On The Leash fundraising event is less than a week away — join us this Saturday, April 26 where you will enjoy live and silent auctions, adoption animals roaming the floor, animal presentations and food and drink provided by more than 20 of the area's premier restaurants! Pre-registration for the event ends on Thursday 4/24 at midnight. 

Join us for our biggest fund-raising event of 2014, Puttin' On The Leash: Super Heroes on April 26, 2014. Click here to purchase your tickets today!


Summer Fun Starts With Spring Training

Great behavior doesn’t just happen - it’s taught. Whether you need to lay down a solid foundation or brush up on established skills, our reward-based methods will help you fulfill your dog’s potential. Come see for yourself why our Training Center is the leading program for dog training in the Boulder area.

Training Class Spotlight:
Puppy Prep School

This five-week training class provides instruction on basic obedience and behavioral issues, as well as offering your puppy the opportunity to flourish as they socialize with a new group of friends. Class begins on 4/30, click here to register!



Getting Started

Considering adopting a canine or feline friend? The matchmaking process begins by printing out either a Dog Adoption Questionnaire or a Cat Adoption Questionnaire. Fill in the information on page one and bring the questionnaire with you when you visit the shelter.

Placing an animal on hold

If you cannot visit our shelter right away, we offer an adoption hold program for your convenience. You may place a hold on an available animal by phone or in person during business hours. The following fees apply: 1st hold, $20.00; 2nd hold, $10.00.*

*Hold fees are non-refundable and are not applied towards the adoption fee

Our adoptions are Satisfaction Guaranteed!

While there is a person for every animal, we know that not every animal is for every person. If you adopt an animal from HSBV and discover that you are not compatible due to behavior concerns or medical issues, you may return your pet at any time and your adoption fee will be refunded.

Where do our animals come from?

The animals in our adoption center come to us in several different ways. Some are surrendered by their guardians due to compatiblity differences or living contraints. Others are found as strays and if they have not been claimed from Lost and Found within 5 days, may become eligible for adoption. We also occassionally partner with other organizations, such as the ASPCA or HSUS in helping take animals from hoarding situations or puppy mills.Most of our dogs come to us through the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin' program.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley gives homeless dogs a new leash on life

Every year, animal shelters around the country receive more dogs and cats than they can possibly find homes for in their communities.

We know what that’s like and strive every day to find homes for all of our adoptable pets. While we still have some pet overpopulation issues, our community has done a great job in eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Today, only animals that are not deemed adoptable for temperament or health reasons are euthanized.

But our role in saving pets’ lives is far from over.

Because of our successes, we have been chosen by PetSmart Charities® as one of the few shelters in the country to receive adoptable puppies and dogs through their innovative Rescue Waggin’® program.

Rescue Waggin’ is a unique shelter transport program that moves adoptable dogs from shelters with very high euthanasia to shelters like ours, where adoptable dogs have a better chance at finding a home.

Through this partnership and collaborations with local animal welfare agencies across the country, our shelter is saving the lives of puppies and dogs that would otherwise have been euthanized.

We are proud to be a part of the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program and proud that our city can serve as a role model in creating a humane community.

For more information on the Rescue Waggin’ program, you can check out the Frequently Asked Questions page or visit PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program at

Pets of the Week

Meet Salena

Salena is adorable! She loves every human she meets and was reportedly exceptional with children in her previous home. Sweet girl, will be your best buddy if you let her. Stop by the shelter today to meet this lovely girl!

Watch her video on her profile page.

Meet Sniper

Sniper is a beautiful cat, with the quirkiest little old lady meow. Her sweet head butts and chirpy greetings are sure to melt your heart. Sniper’s looking forward to relaxing in a canine-free household with her new family! Sweet kitty, come meet her today!

Sniper is currently living in a foster home. Please email or call 303-442-4030 ext 697 to arrange a meet.