Rescue Runway

A History of Fashion and Compassion

Humane Society of Fremont County logoRescue Runway began as a unique idea - to blend the thrill of a fashion event with a heartfelt cause. Doug Rae, the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Fremont County, first did a “Rescue Runway” in Rhode Island before making its way to Colorado in 2016. Over the years, we've grown into the shelter's largest fundraiser, a much-anticipated event marked on every Fremont County resident's calendar.

Every dollar raised at Rescue Runway goes directly towards animal medical expenses at the Humane Society of Fremont County. These funds are critical to our mission - to provide care and treatment to every sick or injured animal that comes our way. In the past, Rescue Runway has brought in over $30,000 annually, but with our ambitions flying high, we're aiming for a record-breaking $50,000+ this year!

Each year, we strive to add something new and exciting to Rescue Runway, always aiming to make it bigger and better. We're committed to ensuring that our event never becomes "the same song and dance", but instead a platform of continuous innovation and inspiration.

Behind The Scenes

At the heart of Rescue Runway are the passionate individuals who make it happen. From Doug Rae's inspiring leadership to the tireless volunteers who bring our event to life, we're fortunate to have a team committed to making a difference in the lives of animals. And, of course, we're ever thankful to our generous sponsors, partners, and attendees who make our mission possible.

Rescue Runway owes its signature style to our dedicated partner, Barn & Barrel. Dan and Tracy Vinton generously provide the chic clothing donned by models on our runway, creating a spectacle that beautifully intertwines fashion and animal welfare.

Other Ways To Help Us!

Every Contribution Helps

Humane Society of Fremont County needs your help! We provide vital services to animals in need in the Fremont and Custer County areas. We appreciate any help we can get, and thank you for supporting our mission to give these animals a second chance at life. Here is a list of ways people can help us:

    • Donate money online through our PayPal donation form or Venmo, or by sending a check or cash to our mailing address.
    • Sponsor a Shelter Cage and have your name or business displayed prominently on a large cage plaque for twelve calendar months.
    • Contribute needed items like postage stamps, dog and cat food, dry treats, towels, collars and leashes, and pet crates. You can also donate lightly used items that can be sold in our annual yard sale.
    • Donate a Kuranda bed through our Donate-a-Bed Program to provide clean and comfortable beds for our animals.
    • Shop at our retail shelter store and every purchase you make will benefit the animals we care for. You can find a wide variety of pet-related items, and if you adopt a cat or a dog, you will receive 10% off your entire retail purchase



The staff at the Humane Society of Fremont County were very nice and helpful, the animal cages were clean, and there are so many animals looking for a new home. Please adopt, don't shop!

Lea M Fremont County, Colorado

Outstanding experience here for sure! I originally came in looking for a specific dog from the website, upon meeting that dog, it was clear that we were not a good fit together, but Bre (who was the one helping me) took the time to get to know our situation, and said "hang on, there's someone you should meet" then she brought my boy, Drax, and he instantly jumped up in my arms and gave me a hug. Now, 2 years later, our Drax is still a perfect fit for my son and I, he loves to snuggle, wrestle, and go for rides in the car. Can't thank the Humane Society of Fremont County, and Bre enough.

Dillon E Cañon City, Colorado

Awesome shelter, staff, & cost. Felt so welcome and they were so helpful with the adoption of my little kitten, "Jubilee." Thanks for your great care while working with your shelter!

Amy W Penrose, Colorado

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