About Us

What We’re All About

Our vision is a statewide community where all companion animals are free from hunger and thirst; free from discomfort; free from pain, injury and disease; free to express normal behavior; and free from fear and distress – the five freedoms.

Our mission is to support and enhance the five freedoms for companion animals in the state of Colorado through impactful and innovative grant making.

Our History

Louise Harrison was the granddaughter of brewer Adolph Coors and Colorado railroad pioneer Harry Collbran. Louise admired the spirit of Colorado’s pioneers and became deeply involved in the history of Colorado. Animals were also a big part of Louise’s life. 

In 1975, Coors went public and Louise’s inherited stock was worth almost twenty-two million dollars. Along with her commitment to Colorado history, she became a generous donor to animal causes. She was an early funder of the Denver Dumb Friends League and had the foresight to recognize the importance of spay and neuter programs. Louise established the Animal Assistance Foundation with the simple directive to “take care of the animals of Colorado.”

Today, AAF continues to expand its impact across the state of Colorado and has focused a significant amount of effort in helping underserved areas within the state. Honoring the commitment that Louise had to pet overpopulation, spay and neuter programs continue to be the hallmark of the foundation. By improving adoptions, preventing animal cruelty, and seeking new and innovative ways to improve the lives of animals we honor Louise’s legacy.
AAF Staff

Katie Parker
Executive Director
Rachel Gonzales
Program Director
Steph Shulman
Office Manager
Board of Directors

Martha Smith
Craig Mills
Immediate Past Chair
Rosa De la Cruz
Vice Chair
Kathy Strandberg
Dr. Tom Parks
Diane Balkin
Dr. Dean Vicksman
Dr. Julie Martin
Jayme Nielson
Donna Middlebrooks
Barbara Krause
Carolyn Fairless
Mike Duffy

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