Pet Health

Reason #2 Not to Miss Puttin' On The Leash This Year!

Our 22nd Annual Puttin' On The Leash fundraising event is so close, you can almost taste it — join us Saturday, April 26 to peruse more than 20 local restaurants, caterers and food providers joining us at this year's event! Meet the chefs from some of your favorite restaurants and enjoy dozens of different flavors at Puttin' On The Leash!

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!



Our Veterinarians


Jennifer Bolser, DVM, CVA
Chief Clinic Veterinarian

Colorado State University, 2004
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bolser joined the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in 2005 after completing a one-year internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Outside of HSBV, Dr. Bolser has a passion for volunteer MASH-style spay and neuter campaigns abroad. In addition to improving animal lives in other countries, her areas of interest include emergency medicine, surgery, ophthalmology and acupuncture. Locally, you will find her cheering for her alma mater - the CU Buffs - and hiking with her husband and their two retrievers.



Nellie Damrauer, DVM, CVA
University of California, Davis, 2003
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Damrauer joined the HSBV team in 2003 after completing her DVM at the University of California at Davis. She is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the animals that she treats and has special interests in the areas of soft tissue surgery, pain management and acupuncture. When she is not working, she spends her time caring for her family of children, dogs and cats, as well as the various foster animals that come through her home.


Lesli Groshong, DVM
Chief Shelter Veterinarian

Colorado State University, 1992
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Groshong is a native Coloradoan who joined the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in 1994 and now manages the health of the animals in the shelter. To share the successes of HSBV and because of her strong belief in nurturing the skills of new colleagues, she has mentored hundreds of veterinary students in spay/neuter techniques and shelter medicine. Dr. Groshong speaks nationally on shelter medicine topics and is a member of the Shelter Medicine Organizing Committee to create a boarded specialty for veterinarians. Her free time is spent keeping up with the activities of her husband and children who all love to ski and spend time outdoors. Her animal family includes horses, peacocks and shelter adoptees.


Cristina Gutierrez, DVM, CVA
Colorado State University, 2005
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Gutierrez joined the Humane Society of Boulder Valley as a veterinary technician in 1998, before attending veterinary school. She is a co-founder of VIDAS (International Veterinarians Dedicated to Animal Health), an organization that provides free veterinary care in Mexico. She also volunteers as a foster parent for shelter animals. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, pain management and acupuncture. Dr. Gutierrez is married with two daughters and has two dogs and cats adopted from HSBV.


Allison Kean, DVM
Colorado State University, 2008
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Kean earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University and received a BA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where she majored in psychology with a concentration in animal behavior. After veterinary school, she practiced small animal medicine in Denver. She joined the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in 2012. Her areas of interest include internal and emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, cardiology and oncology. She spends her free time hiking 14ers and the foothills and volunteering in Central America. She shares her home with three shelter dogs: Mattie, Nilla and Tilly.


Caitlin Malarkey, DVM
The Ohio State University, 2013
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine 
HSBV Shelter Medicine Intern 2013 / 2014

Dr. Malarkey received her BS in Biology from Saint Vincent College and a Masters of Agriculture from West Virginia University prior to attending veterinary school.  Her interests include animal forensics, behavior, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery.  A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Malarkey moved to Colorado to complete her one-year shelter medicine internship with the Humane Society Boulder Valley with her two cats, Fiona and Murphy, and her greyhound Connor.  Caitlin enjoys theater, cooking, Pilates, and is thrilled to join the team at HSBV!