As one of our core values, Responsible Stewardship, AMVS prides itself on being highly involved in the Longmont, CO community and its surrounding areas. AMVS supports and participates in many local community events throughout the year. As a member of 1% for the Planet, AMVS has partnered with many local non-profit organizations to help serve the community at large.
Community Outreach Partnerships:
When there are domestic violence cases in Longmont, there can often be animals involved. Aspen Meadow partners with LEVI to hold affected animals in safe-keeping for victims of domestic violence. Members of the AMVS staff have completed a training course in order to better understand domestic violence situations and assist the victims. Some victims won’t leave their abusive situation and stay in a shelter because they can’t take their pets and they are afraid for the lives of the animals. AMVS helps to eliminate that worry for them.
The AMVS emergency department, Animal Emergency and Critical Care, provides presentations covering obtaining vitals and triage of injured animals. AMVS also donates first aid bags designed for canine handlers, which contain bandage materials, thermometers, and the medications necessary to help treat police dogs in the field. AMVS began offering these classes in 2011 to local EMS teams. Following the overwhelmingly positive response, AMVS decided to extend these classes to local police department canine units so they could perform basic emergency care for their K-9 companions, as well as injured pets encountered on the job.
The AMVS emergency department, Animal Emergency and Critical Care, provides a series of presentations for several local search and rescue organizations. These presentations cover obtaining vitals and triage of animals involved in a car accident or suffering from smoke inhalation or heat stroke. AMVS also donated 18 different size oxygen masks to Longmont EMS in order for emergency personnel to offer life saving treatments for animals trapped behind fire lines. Smoke inhalation during a fire can be fatal for animals. Oxygen masks offer immediate treatment for smoke inhalation, helping to minimize the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Immediate treatment will increase the chances of survival for these rescued animals.
Longmont Pet Store Adoption Centers
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists partners with local Longmont, CO pet store adoption centers to provide veterinary care for shelter animals that have not been adopted yet. This is particularly helpful in cases where animals require overnight monitoring. Aspen Meadow’s 24-hour facility ensures that these critters get the care they need so they can be successfully adopted into their forever homes.
Aspen Meadow sponsors a booth at each ArtWalk event in Longmont, CO throughout the summer. This allows different members of the AMVS staff to interact with the community face-to-face, and we always have treats for our canine visitors! We love to support this local event because it celebrates the unique contributions of the Longmont community, and we are proud to be a member of that community. Check our Events Calendar for the next event, and be sure to stop by our booth to say hello!
Environmental Preservation Partnerships:
In addition to community outreach projects, Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists is committed to reducing its environmental footprint, both locally and globally. AMVS was the first PACE-certified veterinary hospital in the state of Colorado, and we maintain an active involvement with many environmental preservation efforts. We would like to recognize our partnership with the organizations listed below:
Upon opening our doors in 2004, we have been actively engaged in working to reduce our environmental footprint. AMVS has received consultation from Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) a voluntary, non-regulatory program which offers free pollution prevention education and technical assistance to Boulder County businesses. As a result, AMVS is the first PACE-certified veterinary hospital in the state of Colorado.
Through a partnership with Community Wind Energy, AMVS is able to purchase 100% wind power electricity through wind credits. AMVS chooses to pay a premium on our building’s electricity so that it either comes from wind power, or the added cost goes directly into funding wind powered electrical projects. Dedication to providing the highest quality of care to patients and clients is the top priority for Aspen Meadow, but living up to this commitment requires specific resources that are often not environmentally friendly. But in choosing to power as much of our facility as possible with clean wind energy, Aspen Meadow is reducing its carbon footprint in the community.
1% for the Planet is an organization set up to connect businesses to nonprofits focused in environmental sustainability. Environmentally-conscious businesses have the opportunity to register to become members of 1% for the Planet. Similarly, nonprofits register to become members, as well. As part of their membership agreement, AMVS has agreed to donate 1% of their annual sales to nonprofits that are members. Member businesses can make a single donation to one organization, or can make separate donations to a number of organizations; AMVS has done both. Working together, these organizations pledge to help better the Planet.
As part of AMVS’s 1% for the Planet membership, we have worked extensively on restoration projects with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV). WRV sponsors, organizes, and completes outdoor restoration projects around Colorado. AMVS not only donates annual sales profits to their efforts, AMVS staff members volunteer at the restoration projects themselves. We have helped repair an erosion scar at Red Rocks, create better habitats for wildlife in St. Vrain Lafarge, and restore the shoreline at Pella Crossing. AMVS is extremely proud to support the outstanding work of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers; to date, AMVS has donated over $12,000 to their cause.
Leave No Trace is a non-profit based out of Boulder, CO. Through teams of educators that travel throughout the country, Leave No Trace has focused their efforts on reintroducing children to the outdoors. Leave No Trace hopes to develop conservational leaders of the future through promoting responsible outdoors involvement. Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists (AMVS) has donated $6,700 to Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. In conjunction with 1% for the Planet, AMVS has chosen to support Leave No Trace in their efforts to educate the community on how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. With the donation, Leave No Trace hopes to incorporate another team into their organization to help answer the 2,500 training requests received annually.
The mission of the Mountain Area Land Trust is to save: scenic vistas, open spaces, wildlife habitat, ranch and historic lands, for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations. In conjunction with 1% for the Planet, AMVS has chosen to support the Mountain Area Land Trust to help preserve our beautiful community for generations to come. MALT was the beneficiary of an AMVS 1% for the Planet donation in 2013, and we are excited to continue to support their outstanding community outreach efforts.
In conjunction with 1% for the Planet, AMVS has also chosen to support Thorne Nature Experience. Formerly Thorne Ecological Institute, Thorne Nature Experience was founded in Boulder, CO in 1954 by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II and is currently celebrating 59 years of connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences. During the past five decades, Thorne has connected more than 200,000 children, teens, and adults to nature and become a nationally recognized leader in the field of environmental education. Today, Thorne’s Summer Camp, In-School Program, and Field Trips reach more than 7,000 Boulder County and Front Range youth each year.
eTown is another of the beneficiaries of AMVS donations as part of the 1% for the Planet program. eTown is a weekly radio broadcast heard from coast to coast on NPR, public and commercial stations. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today’s top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. AMVS believes in eTown’s mission, to build community through music. AMVS has even implemented music in the treatment of our patients by providing calming music during recovery, which has shown to lead to better recovery outcomes.