"Some of my best friends never say a word to me"

 Our Mission

To improve our “Standards of Care” for some of our best friends. 

We advocate for the "QUALITY OF LIFE" and care for all our companion animals.  House Bill HB21-1160 required an enrichment plan be offered for animals that sit in boarding facilities. A great start.  Thousands of puppies and dogs came into Colorado during Covid, mostly puppies from rescues.  A DISEASE task force was developed in 2022 and is currently developing a plan.  Large importations of puppies and dogs being trafficked into Colorado is being discussed. We must support our benevolent community based rescue industry. 

 Community need is how rescue began.  

We believe organizations that do large volumes of importations should be licensed as retail organizations.


 We have expanded our work into cruelty and neglect cases within our local communities. Currently companion animals are considered property by law. The legal rulings are slow to change. Our pets by most individuals standards are viewed as part of our families.  Laws must be changed by people.  


We believe it is wise to do a little research on any animal related service or purchases in Colorado.  Make sure they are a licensed agency. Purchasing puppies or dogs over the internet and or advertised on craigslist is not advised. 

Always check with your BBB. 

 

PAFCA  

the “Pet Animal Care Facility Act,” is a licensing and regulatory agency providing records and licensing information. 


DO not always trust online reviews.  Rescuing an animal is always about giving them a better quality of life.  Freedom from pain and suffering is the creed of a true rescuer.  Putting dogs and puppies in boarding facilities or shuffling them from place to place like rag dolls is not rescue. Volume , how many dogs or puppies a rescue rescues does not mean they are  meeting the needs of the animals or our consumers. 


You can always count on your local municipal animal shelters to find an amazing companion animal that has been completely vetted and evaluated for behavioral issues. 


 All shelters and rescues should be held to the same regulatory standards as “Pet Stores.” Currently that is not the case, rescues have minimal oversight. Lot's of paper pushing.  Regulatory records currently are not available from our Department of Agriculture,  “PACFA “ the Pet Animal Care Facility Act.   


 Congress ruled in 2021 that the USDA will restore records for companion animals, Colorado should follow suit.  PACFA should be providing on-line access to violation records.

 We have more violations in the non profit rescue world than any other group. We must do better. 


Based on 2022's numbers in Colorado : We have 9 pet stores, 154 shelters based on PACFA's definition of a shelter ( so this number  includes our large municipal shelters) and shelters-boarding and training facilities that board dogs. We have 101 Small pet rescues (foster based), 78 Large pet rescues, 14 sanctuaries, 153 small breeders, 26 large scale breeders, 8 wholesalers, and 164 wholesalers including fish, mammals, and reptiles. Many large rescues today now hold rescue dogs in boarding facilities. We have 570 board and train facilities.


Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." 

 

We support responsible licensed breeders and hobby breeders. 


All violators should be held accountable. 20 percent of the irresponsible licensees cause 80 per cent of the problems in the industry. The Commissioner of Agriculture and her staff should be tougher on trafficking doggies, animal cruelty, and violators. Colorado must protect our companions and consumers, it is time! Consistency in regulatory practices is a must. We would like to see stronger enforcement. 


   Our companion animals are part of our families.  Let's look to factual data.  Education, dedication, and leadership are key.


      ...Our ambassador mascot “Petey”                 

         check out our "Canine Community Group"on facebook and our partners National Canine Advocacy, Inc. 

www.canineadvocacy.org​

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We are advocates at  TABTO.org.  We are not activist. We are guardians and protectors. Our dogs were created by God to be man’s best friend, our companions.  We are solution based, focusing on accountability and transparency in the industry.  A voice of reason based on factual data.  Bringing like minded individuals together that are solution driven. Facts are facts. Truth is truth.