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 is very friendly & eager to assist you to see if you are a good fit for the pet you are wishing to take home with you. They also conveniently list the pets they have available on an adoption page, so if you're looking for a specific pet, it makes it much easier to find. I just recently adopted a pet from them. She was my 2nd adoption from the Humane Society.

Laura C Fremont County, Colorado

Found a pup near the Abbey and when I took her to the Humane Society of Fremont County to check for a chip they instantly remembered someone who called in about a dog with the same description. The woman immediately contacted the family so the dog could be returned. The staff were very professional and friendly during the whole process.

Stephanie R Cañon City, Colorado

I recently adopted a dog from Humane Society of Fremont County. It has been a great experience and I have no regrets. My dog Ruby is part of the family now.

Tod C Florence, Colorado

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