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Fort Collins lies about an hour north of one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States: Denver, Colorado! With two animal shelters located in Fort Collins, many homeless cats and dogs have found a temporary home in these parts. All of the animals in these two shelters are looking for permanent homes, and if you are ready to commit to a pet, we recommend visiting All Aboard Animal Rescue or Animal House Rescue.

All Aboard Animal Rescue’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for both pets and people by matching families to animals in need of permanent homes. This rescue doesn’t discriminate against any breed, size, age, temperament, or state of health. To help meet their goals of taking in every animal in need, All Aboard Animal Rescue has foster families who take in pets while they wait for a new family. As a non-profit, expenses at the rescue are paid for by donations, adoption fees, and fundraising efforts.

Animal House Rescue works hard to decrease the euthanasia rate of adoptable animals by working with other shelters who are unable to care for more pets. The shelter also believes that all animals deserve a second-chance at finding a family to love them, so the staff works hard to find homes for all the animals that come through the doors of Animal House. With foster parents, Animal House is able to care for more animals than it would otherwise be able to house. The shelter is funded by donations, fundraising, and adoption fees.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Fort Collins

  • Admission FREE!
    Month March
    Duration 8:30 a.m. to TBD

    #1 Run Fur Fun 5k


    Join hundreds of runners and walkers every March for the Run Fur Fun 5k in Fort Collins, Colorado. Each year, the 5k takes place in March at New Belgium Brewery. 

    Bring your pets on a 5k walk/run and finish off the morning with a free post-race beer at New Belgium Brewery. Pancakes from Snooze an A.M. Eatery will be provided as well. The 5k starts at 10:30 a.m. and the kid’s race begins at 11.

    Kids race for free, but adult early-bird registration costs $25. Late registration is $30 per person. Team registrations start at $20.

    All proceeds from the event go to support Animal House Rescue and Grooming.

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  • Admission $55.00
    Month April
    Duration 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    #2 Choice City Comedy Night


    Each April, join Animal House Rescue for a comedy night with your dog. Every year, there is a new theme, and you are encouraged to dress up your dog accordingly!

    Enjoy a four-course meal, participate in a silent auction, take pictures in the photo booth, and win other fun prizes during the many fun games played throughout the night. Adoptable dogs will also be on site looking for homes.

    Seating is limited to 300, so purchase your tickets early. Tickets are $55, and full tables of 10 are $500. You must also pre-select your dinner choice.

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  • Admission $10.00
    Month April
    Duration 7:30 a.m. to TBD

    #3 Fast and Furriest


    Colorado State University hosts more than 500 runners and their pooches each year to compete in the Fast and Furriest 5k in April. Check-in for the race at Water Plaza on CSU’s campus between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on race day. During check-in, you will get your timing chip, so be sure you stop by!

    The race starts at 9 a.m. and takes runners through the campus. The awards ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a youth race at 11 for children under the age of 13. The youth race is free.

    Registration costs just $10 and gets you a goodie bag if you pre-register for the event. Proceeds from the race go to Compassion Care Fund to help members of the community pay for medical procedures they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford for their pets.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June

    #4 Fire Hydrant & Paws on the Promenade Festival


    Larimer County Humane Society hosts the Fire Hydrant and Paws on Promenade Festival each year in June to raise money to continue caring for homeless pets in the area. Join in with over 1,000 other participants to raise money for the shelter.

    Leash up your dog for a 5k walk/run and expo where you can browse more than 70 vendors, enter dog contests, and watch a variety of demonstrations. It is also a kid-friendly event, and there will be activities and a race for children.

    Stay tuned for pricing and further event details.

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  • Admission $50.00
    Month May
    Duration 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    #5 Furry Scurry


    Hustle on down to Furry Scurry with your good pups each May for this fun event. Taking place every spring in Washington Park, this 2-mile walk benefits the Dumb Friends League.

    Registration begins at 7 a.m. the morning of the race, and the 2-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. After the race, there will be refreshments, dog contests, demonstrations, and a flea market full of pet products and services for you to browse. Everything is expected to wrap up around noon.

    Registration costs $50 per person and goes to Dumb Friends League to help care and raise awareness for homeless pets in the Denver area.

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