Last month, we had our second annual Harbor sponsored Employee Volunteer Day to support the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. We had very busy morning at the office and lunch together before we headed over to meet the hardworking team at HSBV. The HSBV’s annual fundraiser, Puttin’ On the Leash 2018, will be held soon, and after last year’s wine bottle wrapping activity, we were anxious to see what the staff had in store for us to help prepare for this year’s event. We were hoping it included puppies!
Before starting on the hard work of preparing some of the ‘royal’ table decorations, we were thrilled to meet Jade, an Italian greyhound puppy who really had a rough start to life. She was very happy to snuggle with us, and it was clear that the team at HSBV has been taking very good care of her, helping her to recover from some injuries.
After finishing our work on decorations and preparing so many bags for wine and other goodies to be used as raffle and auction items, Lindsay Scott was kind enough to give us a tour of the facility. Lindsay, who is the Director of Operations and Veterinary Services, explained all of the primary services in place to support the needs of these sweet friends. They provide behavior modification training, medical and veterinary services, which are also available to the public. As part of the intake and adoption process, they assess the animals and are then able to suggest what type of home environments would best support their needs – this is very helpful in finding a successful forever home for the cats and dogs that come to the shelter. HSBV also operates a small retail store onsite! The Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides shelter and care to more than 7,000 animals each year, with about 95% of these animals being adopted.
The last stop of the tour was the adoption area where we were able to meet some sweet dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. Walking through this area, it was hard to resist taking so many of them home with us!
Before we left for the day, we got to meet one more puppy, a very energetic Catahoula mix, who was quite an escape artist and quickly made friends with our team.
Anytime that you can spend part of your work day playing with puppies is a great day in my view!
Thank you Harbor and HSBV for a wonderful day! Looking forward to the next Harbor Employee Volunteer Day.