On eve of gun rally, Longmont Humane Society emphasizes independence from ‘causes‘

If you go

What: ‘Rally For Our Rights

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hover Street and Nelson Road, Longmont

The Longmont Humane Society said it accepts donations from many sources and is not influenced by any “causes,” in a statement sent to people threatening to pull donations from the nonprofit after a pro-gun rights group announced a plan to fundraise for the nonprofit.

In the statement, the humane society says it is not affiliated with the Rally for Our Rights, a group that is holding a rally in support of gun rights in Longmont Saturday.

Liz Smokowski, CEO of the local humane society, said no one from the gun-rights group had spoken to the animal shelter about organizing donations.

“Basically, we accept donations from people from all walks of life, regardless of what their causes are,” Smokowski said, adding that many different types of people love animals.

Rally organizers had posted on the that they would accept donations and cash to donate to the humane society at the event, which will take place at the intersection of Hover Street and Nelson Road from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The shelter‘s statement said they were not aware of the plan to fundraise at the rally until it was mentioned in a .

“Please be aware that the day-to-day activities of Longmont Humane Society are in no way influenced by the ‘causes‘ of our donors,” the shelter‘s statement says.

“The focus of our work is the health and welfare of the animals we care for and meeting their basic needs each and every day. Longmont Humane Society is grateful for donations that will help us care, serve and educate to improve the lives of companion animals.”