It is the mission of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to protect and enhance the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people. We were founded more than a century ago in 1902, yet this mission holds true today as we counter animal neglect and cruelty and partner with other animal welfare organizations, sharing our mutual mission of saving more animals' lives.


The Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides shelter and care to more than 8,000 animals each year and is a national leader in animal welfare. Our success rates are enhanced by our behavior modification program, which helps shelter dogs and cats overcome behavior problems, and our foster program, which makes it possible for us to help more animals by providing individualized care to those with special needs.

Our successful adoption programs allow us the ability to open our doors to thousands of animals facing euthanasia due to overcrowding or lack of resources in other shelters throughout our region. The transfer program also enables us to offer a greater variety of animals to our adoption clients. We partner with 55 regional animal welfare agencies to transfer animals to our facility.

Along with our shelter, foster program and adoption services, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley operates a full-service veterinary clinic, the Sonnyside Retail Store and a Thrift and Gift Shop. Our reward-based, positive reinforcement training and behavioral courses touch the lives of more than 4,000 clients each year. All of these services are open to the public.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is a private, nonprofit organization that relies on donations from our generous supporters. We are not operated or funded by any national humane groups or governmental agencies and must rely on contributions to bring our services to the community.


There are plenty of ways to help out at Doggie Dash 25!

Can’t make it on September 6th? No problem! You can register as a virtual participant and help us raise funds for the animals.

Prefer to relax at home with your favorite feline? You can still help us fundraise and be eligible for all incentives! Register as a Catnapper, and enjoy saving lives all while sleeping through the 5K.
Couch Pooch
Do you and your cute canine companion prefer to hang out on the couch? You can still help us fundraise and be eligible for all our incentives! Register as a Couch Pooch, and enjoy saving lives all while enjoying a sleepy Saturday morning.

The top fundraiser in each category will be eligible for a special prize!

Love the CU Buffs? We have a brand new opportunity for you!

CU Tailgater
Practice your CU cheer and help fundraise for the animals! Did you know that the September 6th CU Buffs game is away? That means you have plenty of time to join us at Doggie Dash 25! The top fundraising CU Tailgater will receive a special CU Prize!


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Want to Lend a Helping Hand at the Event?


We have a large variety of volunteer positions, everything from pancake flippers to registration takers to race marshals. You'll receive an event t-shirt and get to enjoy the pancake breakfast that morning! Click here to get more information about volunteering!

Contact Us

If you have questions about the event, please contact Lisa Borgmann at for more information!