We are deeply committed to the health and well being of every pet, not just the pets in our care. That is why we work with local shelters to help lost and abandoned animals in our community find new homes.
It isn't just our hospital. The entire family of VCA Animal Hospitals works with shelters and humane societies across the United States to promote successful pet adoptions.
Part of that work is helping you prepare for adopting a pet, because we believe that an informed owner is more likely to adopt the right pet and less likely to return the animal to the shelter. Please feel free to call or visit us for educational information and medical resources that will help you understand the ups and downs of pet adoption.
When you're ready to adopt, please consider adopting an animal from one of the shelters listed below. Together we can make sure your adopted pet has a long, healthy, and happy life.
Humane Society of the South Platte Valley
Not all sheltering organizations share our philosophy of enrichment, socialization and rehabilitation. Sadly many organizations are forced to make difficult decisions about which animals to save based on their resources and the holding capacity of their facilities.
It is the philosophy of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley to help these sheltering organizations not only in the metro area, but all over the state. Many small shelters in small towns in eastern and southern Colorado just don’t have the resources or facilities to house many dogs, that is why we jump in to help.
Our philosophy is to save as many animals as we possibly can, by providing not only behavioral but medical resources as well. We have put fantastic partnerships in place to make this happen. We transfer dogs in weekly from other shelters all over the state. We spend our resources to rehabilitate both medical and behavioral issues that other sheltering organizations might not choose to take on. We are proud of our philosophies and the work we have done in enrichment and rehabilitation from the day we opened our doors in December of 2009.
Retriever Rescue of Colorado
Believing that all Retrievers deserve a safe, loving home, the mission of Retriever Rescue of Colorado is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted retrievers and to promote public education on animal-related issues. Rescued breeds will include Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
All of our dogs are fostered prior to adoption. Our organization prides itself on providing safe and promising second chances to these dogs while they await their new homes. Our foster homes allow for social development and many times direction for learning basic commands, housebreaking and exposure to children, cats, and other dogs.
Depression rates of puppies and dogs kept for long periods of time in a shelter rapidly increase with each day as they wait for a new home. Foster homing can assist in alleviating unnecessary stress for some of our dogs who have come to us under serious circumstances.
Animal Rescue of the Rockies
Animal Rescue of the Rockies pulls homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters and places them in loving foster homes until their forever homes are found. We promote spaying and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation and encourage quality relationships between pets and their people through behavior resources and training.
Internet Miniature Pinscher Service
The IMPS mission is to improve the lives of homeless and abandoned Miniature Pinschers through rescue and the love and respect that comes with humane care, compassion and kindness.
IMPS attempts to assist Miniature Pinschers in need by providing foster care, transport, adoptive homes, veterinary care, and other services and information for the well-being of Miniature Pinschers. All Miniature Pinschers placed through IMPS will be spayed or neutered prior to placement, and have been thoroughly evaluated by a breed representative for temperament and training needs. IMPS requires reimbursement of all necessary veterinary costs (eg. the cost of the spay/neuter, microchipping, and any veterinary care required prior to placement), and in some instances, travel costs. A donation to the organization is requested with each adoption so that we may continue to care for chronically ill and/or severely injured foster dogs. In all cases, any expenses related to the adoption will be agreed upon prior to placement. While the Adoption expenses may be negotiable for some dogs, please remember that the care and upkeep of a dog, even the "King of Toys", requires some financial outlay, and if a small placement expense is beyond your means, you may wish to consider a pet which does not require as much care as the Miniature Pinscher
Big Dogs Huge Paws Rescue
We want to share with you our vision on how to address the urgent and growing need for a responsible, long term, and self sustaining Giant Breed Rescue in today’s society.
Big Dogs Huge Paws was founded on the core philosophy is that every "BIG" dog deserves a chance. Our goal is to make sure that every dog receives only the best of care, food, and training. We will also ensure that they are properly evaluated (medically and behaviorally) and placed according to their special needs. Our medical officer and veterinarian team will provide first aid training to all foster volunteers and health seminars about the latest developments in animal medicine. We work actively with professional behaviorists who train each foster home how to handle introductions, properly evaluate dogs, work through specific behavioral issues, etc. Foster families undergo quarterly training sessions in order to maintain everyone's skills and abilities and ensure that the entire foster team is on the same page and has the tools they need for success. We will be working toward a special therapy dog training program as we identify dogs that would be good candidates and other potential partnerships. Eventually, our goal is to secure an actual facility where we can work with special behavioral or medical cases to give them the optimal chance of success!
The dogs we have chosen to focus our rescue efforts on include, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Mastiffs (All Types), Irish Wolfhounds, and Scottish Deerhounds. There is a huge need due to the fact that most of these breeds do not have any legitimate rescue options and there are always more dogs in need than any one organization can help.
We will be taking a unique approach to public awareness and reaching outside of the box in our efforts. Community outreach and public relations are extremely important to Big Dogs Huge Paws. We believe that through being proactive and serving as a resource to the public as well as working together with the rest of the rescue community, we can decrease the number of dogs needing rescue in the first place and ensure that no gentle giant in need is forgotten or left behind.
We are hard at work setting up an on-line store for all pet owners across the country! It will be a place that anyone can go to purchase everything they need such as feeders, beds, collars, gentle leaders, leashes, pet grass, cleaning supplies, grooming supplies, dog food, etc. 100% of net profits will go straight to the rescue to help the giant breeds in need. We feel there will be tremendous support for the store from customers due to the knowledge that all profits will be going to charity. We anticipate the store growing quickly and our goal is to eventually have freestanding stores as well, so stayed tuned!
We have created and are utilizing a forum environment as part our website to make communication more efficient as well as provide a very complete and useful resource for volunteers and the general public to access information on all aspects of the rescue. Volunteers will have a private area of the forum they can access and post in for internal rescue communications as well as a Foster Blog.
We have done a lot of research by talking with different local and national rescues and studying their organizational strengths and weaknesses. We have coupled that with our own first hand rescue experience and have decided the best way to protect the new rescue from the vulnerabilities and political issues that so many rescues suffer from is to build the management structure more like a true business.
Our leadership team consists of an upper tier of corporate officers, including a CEO/Chief Executive Officer, COO/Chief Operating Officer, CFO/Chief Financial Officer, CAO/Chief Administrative Officer and CMO/Chief Medical Officer. Then there is a Senior Management Team including Accounting Director, Operations Director, Retail Director, Information's Technology Director, Fundraising Director, Human Resource Director, Marketing Director, Media Director, Community Outreach Director, and Foster Director. Each member of our team is appointed by the officers based on their skills and abilities - rather than voted into office due to their popularity or the lack of other qualified candidates willing to run. Our primary goal with the organizational structure is to build a cohesive and respectful team of professionals who we can trust to "oversee" the daily operations and put together teams of volunteers to carry out the actual day to day activities. This strategy not only gets more volunteers involved, but removes the tremendous burden directors often experience in non-profit organizations. The directors "delegate" responsibilities which enables them to truly make a difference and not get bogged down with doing everything themselves. Our goal was to create a very positive and efficient working environment based on trust and merit to enable change and progress as we grow!
The Giving Paw
The Giving Paw Inc. has been organized and is operated exclusively for a charitable purpose. The goal of the organization is to provide assistance to animals in need included but not limited to medical services, pet supplies and educational resources for the people who love them. We network with animal rescues/organizations and individuals (seniors, veterans, medically ill) who need help with their animals. We promote responsible pet ownership and require that animals are spayed or neutered. We can provide educational resources and assistance to for this service. We advocate for all animals by providing educational resources that aim to increase the quality of treatment of animals. Resources include but are not limited to; factory farming, vegetarianism, specific breed legislation, benefits of spaying & neutering, end of puppy mills and basic care of animals.
Colorado Greyhound Adoption
Colorado Greyhound Adoption is a non-profit organization 501(c)3 devoted to placement and adoption of greyhounds. We are 100% volunteer-run, and available dogs are fostered in individual homes. Based in the metropolitan Denver area, our volunteer base continues to grow, as more and more greyhound enthusiasts become involved. Colorado Greyhound Adoption is the largest of the groups in terms of the number of adoptions with 383 adoptions our last fiscal year. Our group is racing neutral and receives no track funding or support.
There are several greyhound adoption organizations in Colorado. A few factors distinguish the groups. Basically, those include the adoption process itself, sponsorship and group support. We have a tremendous support network to provide answers to questions and assistance during and after the adoption process.
Another distinguishing factor is whether the dogs are adopted directly from the racing kennels or whether they are adopted from foster homes. We use the foster home approach. Our group has some good relationships with several racing kennels. When the kennels have dogs ready for retirement, they contact us, and we schedule a temperament/cat testing session and add the dogs to our list. When we have a foster home available, we schedule a vet appointment, transport the dog(s) to the vet appointment and when the vet procedures are complete, the foster parent picks up the dog from the vet. The advantage you receive as an adopter from the foster home method is that the foster parent gets a chance to teach the dog about things like stairs, windows, house training etc. that they have never had experience with in the past.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to send us a message. We are always more than happy to answer your questions and want you to be an informed adopter. You are invited to join our e-group. You can get feedback and answers to questions from over 400 families that share interest and knowledge of greyhounds via the e-group.
Colorado Greyhound Adoption also accepts MasterCard and Visa for donations, adoptions, membership and merchandise sales. If you would like to make a donation using your credit card, please visit our online store
Summit Dog Recue
Our mission is to save dogs in Colorado and neighboring states from kill shelters. We focus on "mountain dogs"--dogs who thrive at elevation and are as comfortable hiking above treeline as playing in a creek. Dogs with altitude!
Divine Feline and The Feline Fix
Mission: To promote the health and welfare of all cats by providing quality and accessible spay/neuter services.
Vision: A Colorado where all cats are cared for and valued.
Mile High Weimaraner Rescue
The purpose of Mile High Weimaraner Rescue is to find loving, permanent homes for unwanted or abandoned purebred Weimaraners, by preparing prospective families for responsible dog ownership through education and support and by helping companions through training and behavior modification.