Longmont Humane Society (LHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. The organization was established in 1972 and was located on a former turkey farm on the outskirts of Longmont. The organization was able to save many animals, but limited facilities also resulted in frequent outbreaks of serious disease and overcrowding problems.
In 1983, LHS launched a capital campaign to raise $500,000. Building on a gift of $250,000 from the City of Longmont, individual donors gave the remaining $250,000, and construction on the shelter’s iconic “dome” began in 1984. The building was completed and officially opened its doors to the public in February 1985.
The sturdy, sprayed-concrete dome provided 14,600 square feet of space to care for lost and homeless animals. New air exchange systems helped to limit the spread of disease, and though the building initially was designed to house some 188 animals, creative use of space allowed LHS to house an average of 200 animals a day.
As the population in Longmont and the surrounding area skyrocketed through the 1980s and 1990s, it became increasingly clear that the dome’s capacity was being outpaced by the needs of the... community.
In 2005, a philanthropist and animal advocate from Long Island, New York, visited Longmont Humane Society. She was in search of a shelter that could build on her progressive sheltering vision. That year, she offered LHS a generous gift to expand its plans for a new building.
Construction on the Longmont Humane Society Allen Center began in May 2007 and was completed in August 2008. Today, the shelter features 10 separate air exchange systems to help prevent the outbreak of disease with the capacity to house over 400 animals. Our bright, expansive design is welcoming to the public, and kennels were designed to maximize animal health and happiness during their time at LHS.