PetAid Colorado was created as the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, in 2002 to support education, scholarship, and service programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado.
The name was changed in 2012 to PetAid Colorado to better reflect the mission and goals of the organization. The involvement of veterinarians makes PetAid Colorado unique, allowing it to make the broadest impact on animal health and to offer services and insights that no other group can. In short, PetAid Colorado exists to make Colorado a better place for animals and people.
PetAid Colorado is headquartered at the Harrison Center for Animals, where animal lovers of all ages and animal health professionals alike can broaden their understanding of veterinary medicine and celebrate the human-animal bond, and where animal-related organizations can more effectively share both ideas and resources.
Today, PetAid Colorado provides a safety net for all of Colorado’s animals. With diverse programs that seek to address an array of animal health and welfare issues, PetAid Colorado serves as a consensus builder and a visionary organization ready to lead in the future.
PetAid Colorado as a whole has grown considerably in a short amount of time. In January 2007, PetAid Colorado (then CVMF) merged with PetAid Animal Hospital (named Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital at that time), the largest not-for-profit veterinary hospital in Colorado.
After that merger, Animal Assistance Foundation, the owner of the 22,000 square-foot facility, gifted the building to CVMF.
The Harrison Center for Animals provides office space, storage capacity, clinical facilities, classroom and conference room space, and a permanent home for all PetAid Colorado programs.
PetAid Colorado is partnering with the veterinary associations and other organizations in supporting public outreach and educational programs in animal health and welfare.