The Foothills Animal Shelter is one of the biggest, most popular shelters in Golden, Colorado. They're an open admission facility, meaning they never turn away an animal, and because of this, they care for over 9,200 orphaned creatures (cats, kittens, puppies, dogs, the whole shebang). They offer a variety of services including pet adoption, pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and lost and found pets.
Safe Harbor Lab Rescue is another organization committed to helping the dogs of Golden. They place around 250 Labrador Retrievers into happy forever families each year! The rescue is run on donations from Lab-lovers in the area and has no physical shelter. All rescued pooches spend their time with actual foster families while they receive any medical and behavioral rehabilitation. Then, each dog is carefully placed into a family that can love them for the rest of their days!
Even though you have to keep your pooch leashed, you and your bud can hike around over 14,000 acres of meadows, forests, and peaks. Additionally, The Apex Trail is a popular pick, too. It's about 5 miles and will take roughly four hours for you and your pup to complete it. Watch out, though! This hike is not for the faint-of-paw, it's a steep uphill climb. Don't forget about The Frazer Meadow Trail, another 5-mile hike that's located in the Golden Canyon State Park, as well.
Bring blankets, chairs, pillows, snacks, and your pooch, to enjoy either concerts or movies. You both can peruse local vendors for food and shopping, bring your own picnic dinners, or just enjoy the beautiful weather with your best friend.