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.