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MaxFund Animal Shelter and over 80 other organizations actively opposed House Bill 21-1160 as it made its way through the Colorado Legislature in early 2021. 

Over 70 organizations joined MaxFund in working to keep this bill from passing. Ultimately, organizations in support of the bill allowed it to be ammended in ways that gutted its original intent, and for the most part left Colorado animal rescues and shelters to continue operating as if the bill had never been put forward. Socially Concious Shelters and the organizations who support that model want citizens of Colorado to believe that this bill, when passed, made Colorado a "Socially Conscious Sheltering State". It did not. While the words "Socially Conscious Sheltering remain in the Legislative Declaration (language of the bill), our ammendments had these words REMOVED from the law. When this bill is made into law, NOWHERE will the words "Socially Conscious Sheltering" be added to the Colorado Revised Statues. Their model they worked to impose on Colorado shelters and rescues will NOT be named in the actual law. Colorado is, therefore, NOT a Socially Conscious Sheltering State.

View Organizations That Helped Oppose HB 21-1160

In this bill: It was NOT clear how the definition of “Healthy” animals would be standardized or defined: 

  • Is a blind dog or cat with a treatable medical condition “healthy” enough to be saved? THIS BILL IS UNCLEAR AND DOES NOT ANSWER THESE TYPES OF QUESTIONS.

  • In the original bill: There was NOT a clear definition of what constituted a “safe” animal: 

  • Would a cat scratch that breaks the skin mean that the cat cannot be saved? Are animals with the potential to be safe allowed to receive treatment? THIS BILL AS PROPOSED BY ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF IT WAS UNCLEAR. IT DID NOT ANSWER THESE TYPES OF QUESTIONS.

In this bill: There was NO indication of who will have the authority to give direction on these vague definitions.

  • Additional problems opponents saw with this bill:

  • Section 2 of this bill contradicted itself, making it impossible to understand the true intent of the bill, or its full potential impact on Colorado shelters.

  • Put PACFA licensed shelters, rescues and their staff in potential jeopardy of revocation or legal ramifications if unclear, new rules were not followed.

  • Notes attached to this bill indicated the State anticipateed additional revenue from fines for violations of the legislation, which could have put underfunded and/or rural shelters at increased risk of added financial strain and/or closure.

  • Stakeholders such as MaxFund Animal Adoption Center and over 50 other PACFA organizations opposing this bill were NOT consulted in the process of introducing this bill.

  • The short title of Section 2 of this bill is “Colorado Socially Conscious Sheltering Act”. Organizations who support this bill publicly indicated their goal through legislation was to make Colorado a “Socially Conscious Sheltering state”, signifying a potential threat to the No Kill movement and other sheltering models in Colorado. 

Download this FACT SHEET here.

Read the bill here.

Contact us at for more information on how MaxFund and a coalition of PACFA organizations worked to defeat HB 21-1160 for Colorado shelters and rescues. 





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Please donate items for our auction such as:

New or Slightly Used Items Jewelry
Sports Memorabilia Etc.

This is MaxFund’s major fundraiser for the year, and we need your continued support.

Call 720-266-6081 or email for more information.

LET THE HOWLING BEGIN!~Woofers and Purrs


An update on the MaxFund Dog Shelter:

By Julie Malone - March 23, 2020

As of Monday, March 23 we are closing the dog adoption center to the public to adhere to CDC recommendations, and protect the health of the community & our staff. We have found temporary foster homes for most of our pups to relieve the demand on our team, so that we can practice social distancing.
The cat shelter will remain open as we process more temporary foster applications & pick-ups the next few days.
Keep an eye on this page for more updates.

A note to the MaxFund Community about MaxFund and Coronavirus

from MaxFund Executive Director Nanci Suro

MaxFund Executive Director Nanci Suro

During these challenging times, we are grateful for the steadfast support of the MaxFund community. We are all interconnected, and we will all get through this together.
I want to let you know of some of the things that we are doing to deal with coronavirus/COVID-19 issues.

What we’re doing at the shelter.
One, the continued welfare of the dogs and cats in our care is always our top priority. We’re making sure we have the staffing and supplies we need. The animals depend on us to give them the care they need every single day regardless of what’s going on with the humans around them. The two things we are doing to make sure we’re prepared are (1) making sure there’s full kennel staff coverage, supplemented by the wonderful work of volunteers who have been trained to assist on days when we don’t have enough staff coverage; and (2) actively seeking temporary foster homes to the extent possible. 
Two, our mission depends on the continued health and safety of our staff and volunteers. But kennel work and veterinary work can’t be done “remotely.” We are encouraging everyone who serves MaxFund – staff and volunteers – to stay home if they don’t feel well. And, although we are a non-profit with a lean budget, we’re providing sick leave benefits to our staff, in order to reduce the financial burden that an absence from work would otherwise cause. For work that can be done from home, we’ve authorized telecommuting.
Three, we’re complying with “best practices” directives and recommendations. We’re always conscious about sanitary hygiene practices in a shelter environment, but we’ve upped our practices in that regard. We have asked everyone in the shelter to maintain social distancing to the extent practicable. We have cancelled all events and face-to-face meetings, including new volunteer orientations, for the time being. Please note, the cancellations INCLUDE the annual open public meeting that we scheduled for March 28, 2020. We will reschedule that open public meeting at a later date.
And finally, while both the shelter and the vet clinic remain open at this time, we are, for now, limiting shelter intakes and transfers. We will always stand by our commitment to take back a dog or cat you’ve adopted from MaxFund if you must relinquish one. But we hope that you’ll work with us to ensure that this can be done in an orderly way to limit the burdens that could otherwise affect our shelter animals. Email us at to discuss further. 

What you can do to help.

MaxFund relies on the generosity of our community. We could not exist if not for the support of the individuals and businesses who believe, as we do, in the MaxFund mission. We hope you’ll find it in your hearts to continue to support MaxFund. Like others, our expenses are rising, and our fundraising activities have had to be curtailed.
Support doesn’t just mean dollars, although dollars are, of course, critical. Help us out by bringing by your donations. In particular, any and all donations of dog food and cat food (unopened and unexpired, please) are extremely welcome. Our shelter animals have food supplies. But your dog food/cat food donations will be used to support our low-income food program. 
Also welcome are the “extras” that we may not have an adequate budget for. If you’re able to bring in jarred meat baby food (chicken, turkey), those are appreciated by our picky animals. Check our Amazon wish list for other things we can use. If you’re isolation-shopping, we’re happy to be included!

About your own safety and that of your own companion animals.

The World Health Organization has stated that there’s no evidence that coronavirus transmission can happen between you and your companion animals. The ASPCA has a number of good suggestions for keeping you and your pets safe during this time here. They include following basic hygiene practices, making sure you have a supply of pet foods, medicines, cat litter, etc., designating a caregiver just in case, and creating a “dossier” of info a caregiver may need. 

The current circumstances are a challenge for us. They’re challenging for you. But we will continue our important work for the homeless dogs and cats in our care. And we know we can depend on your continued support. We are in this together. Thank you.

Nanci Suro, MaxFund Executive Director 


By Scott Hafeman DVM PhD

By Scott Hafeman DVM PhD
There has been a lot of information in the news about the newly emerged coronavirus that is causing illness in China and around the world. This month I will answer many of the common questions that I have been hearing concerning this virus. As always feel free to stop by the clinic with any further questions or concerns that you might have.

Are cats and dogs at risk of contracting the 2019 novel coronavirus? There is currently no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected with the 2019-nCoV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Are other types of pets (rats, ferrets, turtles, etc.) at risk from the 2019-nCoV? While public health officials believe that 2019-nCoV probably originally emerged from an animal source, it now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. There is no reason to think that any animals or pets in 6the United States are at risk of contracting 2019-nCoV or are a source for infection. However, as a precaution, the CDC recommends that people traveling to China avoid contact with both live and dead animals while there. The practice of selling/consuming wildlife that may carry the virus has
been implicated as the source of the current novel coronavirus outbreak in China. As such, the CDC does not advise acquiring an exotic pet at this time as it is unknown which species might be viral carriers. Any time a new pet is acquired, regardless of species, it should be quarantined away
from your other pets until a veterinarian confirms that it is free of disease. Always wash your hands after handling pets—there are many common diseases that may be spread from pets to people. If you have any questions about the health of your exotic pet, contact your veterinarian.

Can humans pass the 2019 novel coronavirus to their pets? And can pets pass it to humans? At present, there is no evidence that people can spread 2019- nCoV to their pets or vice versa. However, there are other diseases that can be spread from people to pets and pets to people. It's always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets, especially those that do not belong to you. Other ways to avoid spreading disease between pets and people include making sure that your pets are up to date on their vaccinations and receive regular parasite control. Additionally, it is not a good idea to feed raw food to cats and dogs as this can put both pets and their owners at risk for common bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.

Are face masks made for dogs a useful protection against coronavirus or other illnesses? Veterinarians do not recommend face masks for dogs. While pictures of Chinese dogs wearing face masks are showing up online, there’s no scientific evidence that these masks protect dogs from either infectious diseases or air pollutants. Dogs’ faces have a lot more variation than human faces do, meaning that a face mask designed to fit one type or breed of dog is unlikely to fit most others. Additional- ly, we cannot explain to a dog why we are putting something potentially scary and uncomfortable on their face. A dog who has not been carefully trained to wear a face mask may panic, harming themselves. This is especially true for brachycephalic dogs (those with short muzzles or “flat faces”) who may already have difficulty breathing due to their conformation.

Do coronaviruses ever effect pets? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in several species of domestic and wild animals including cattle, horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, camels, bats, and humans. The type of disease caused by coronaviruses depends on the strain of coronavirus and the species of animal affected. In humans, coronaviruses typically cause mild respiratory infections. In cows and pigs they may cause diarrhea, while in chickens they can cause upper respiratory disease.

What are the symptoms of a pet with coronavirus? Canine coronavirus (CCoV) typically affects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. Most dogs with CCoV do not show any clinical signs, but some dogs, particularly young puppies, may become seriously ill. The most common symptom of CCoV is diarrhea, which may be accompanied by lethargy and decreased appetite. Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is often asymptomatic, but can cause mild diarrhea, especially in young kittens. Rarely, a mutation of the virus can cause a disease called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which causes a severe inflammatory reaction in the abdomen, kidney, or brain. While a typical FCoV infection is mild, FIP is almost always fatal. It’s important to remember that there are many causes of diarrhea in dogs and cats. If a pet has diarrhea that does not resolve within twenty-four hours, is bloody, or is associated with significant lethargy or loss of appetite, it is important to see a veterinarian right away so that appropriate diagnosis and treatment can occur.

What is the treatment for coronaviruses in pets? There is no specific treatment for coronaviruses in dogs or cats. Mild clinical signs are unlikely to require therapy. Supportive care including replacement of lost fluids, nutritional support, and anti-nausea medication may be used for more severe cases. Rarely, hospitalization is necessary. Antibiotics are NOT effective against viruses and, therefore, will not help treat coronavirus infections.