“There is nothing better than placing the animals we rescue with their new adoptive families – their new forever home. Adopting is the best way to find a new pet.” (The Humane Society)
The Humane Society, a group that aims to stop cruelty to animals, emphasizes that there are 6 to 8 million animals ending up in shelters each year, half of which will probably not be adopted. Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own, meaning shelters and rescue groups are full of wonderful, family-ready pets.
There are many reasons why you want to adopt shelter animals, but one of the best would be the fact that you are ‘saving’ their lives and hope. All animals at shelter are in need of a second chance – they have been lost, given up or abandoned. In other words, you are giving them a new life in a loving home if you decide to adopt shelter animals.
There are various animal shelters located in Colorado, and this week, Colorado Times would like to introduce couple of them near our community.
- “Compassion Always” Dumb Friends League
2080 S Quebec St, Denver, CO 80231
Throughout the metro Denver community, the Dumb Friends League is a familiar name. They are very well-known for their spay/neuter clinic that opened in Denver in 2017 and also have their own solutions-veterinary hospital. Dumb Friends League also has a program called ‘The Colorado Humane Society,’ which is to prevent and investigate animal neglect and mistreatment, and promote animal welfare state-wide.
At the moment, Dumb Friends League is located at various areas throughout Colorado, including Denver, Castle Rock, Franktown, and Alamosa.
If you visit Dumb Friends League’s online website https://www.ddfl.org, you can easily view adoptable pets that are waiting for their new forever home. Located near Aurora, Denver Dumb Friends League is almost always available for adoptions. For adoption process, you need to fill out their specific survey regarding what type, gender, and size of your new family you are looking for.
Ways to adopt are by making in-person visit to the nearest Dumb Friends League around your area. They offer same day in-person adoptions by asking you to enter their online queue. It opens at 10 am daily and closes when their capacity to help adopters has been reached.
Secondly, you can make an appointment at their Leslie A. Malone Center and schedule an appointment to reserve a time to meet with an adoption counselor and pets available for adoption at the time of your appointment. You can also make donations through their online website. More information their program ‘Colorado Humane Society & SPCA’ can be found at https://coloradohumane.org/.
- “Adopt, open your home to a forever friend today” Aurora Animal Shelter
15750 E 32nd Ave, Aurora, CO 80011
The Aurora Animal Shelter was built in 1983 to house lost pets and facilitate adoptions. Over the years, this shelter has been a strong advocate against animal abuse and educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
Currently, they are vigorously helping homeless animals in need to find them new forever homes. Due to the high credibility of Aurora Animal Shelter, most of their animals are getting adopted within 24 hours after being made available on the website.
For a tip, the best days to check their website for available pets are Thursday and Saturday. They also provide a few useful tips to keep in mind when selecting the right pet for you and your family at https://www.auroragov.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1881137/File/Residents/Animal%20Services/Aurora%20Animal%20Shelter/Other/Dog%20Adoption%20Flow%20Chart.pdf.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Aurora Animal Shelter is closed to the public at the moment. They strongly encourage adopters to view their available pets online and to meet with an animal, you have to schedule a visit. Appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at (303) 326-8280. Their online website is https://www.auroragov.org/residents/animal_services/aurora_animal_shelter.
- “Next Virtual Adoption Event Coming up on 3/13!” Colorado Puppy Rescue
10021 E ILiff Ave, Aurora, CO 80247
Colorado Puppy Rescue is a licensed, no-kill, non-profit rescue specializing in very young puppies and their mothers. At this time of the year, many animal shelters are experiencing a significant increase in families wanting to adopt recently. However, Colorado Puppy Rescue’s mission is to deplete the supply of homeless animals but also to find ‘trustworthy forever home’ for shelter dogs.
They are also partnered with veterinarians with all specialties, veterinary technicians, dog trainers, shelters and rescues. Their puppies come from rural shelters and rescues in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. Puppies transferred to Colorado Puppy Rescue were not bred for profit – they were a mistake and unwanted from the start. They find them on the side of the road and in boxes.
Due to COVID-19, they are currently doing ‘Virtual Adoptions and Contracts’ at this time. They schedule every pickup times for puppies and you must be willing to adopt without an in-person visit with the puppy first. Colorado Puppy Rescue’s next virtual adoption event is going to be held on March 13th, starting at 9 am.
You can visit their online website https://www.coloradopuppy.org/ for more specific information about adoption and also can make a donation for shelter dogs through this page.
- “Adopt, Don’t Shop” Rocky Mountain Dog Rescue
Non-profit Organization, Thorton
Adoption is not such a complicated process if you have an access to trustworthy organizations and reliable pet counselors. As soon as you click their online website https://www.rmpuppyrescue.org, you can meet all available dogs and cats at the Rocky Mountain Dog Rescue and how this organization has been helping homeless dogs in need.
Established in 2010, Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue is a group of hardworking fosters and volunteers who work to save the lives of unwanted dogs and puppies around the Colorado area. They focus on the younger animals that are often exposed to disease and experience lack of socialization, killing their chances at becoming balanced adult dogs. They also have ‘Spay It Forward’ program, providing subsidized spay neuter surgeries to end pet overpopulation.Check their new COVID-19 update through their website and keep their rules in mind before you adopt! You can also make a donation through their website for shelter dogs and cats. For more information, you can also check their YouTube channel Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue.