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Our Mission

Our standards of care for our Colorado Companion animals needs to be increased.  The public drives the pet industry. We are not here to judge but provide factual data.  Our mission is to educate, inform, and support our animal loving communities.  It starts with accountability.  We support and collaborate with innovative individuals on ways to support our rescue animals and the individuals that love them in and out of Colorado. Colorado  PACFA our regulatory agency require very minimal standards of care for our dogs and cats in Colorado. Companion animals are considered property by law.

Sad but true.  In a very politically and emotionally driven climate in animal welfare , we try to apply common sense in our work. Right is right and wrong is wrong. The industry is very complicated.  

Benevolent nonprofit organizations

 receive thousands of dollars in donations for rescue work.  Are these organizations doing benevolent work?  Fosters and support staff must be treated with respect. In many cases proper veterinary care and proper handling of rescue animals may not always be provided when donations are donated.  Let's define rescue today?


 Currently violations are not available online as they once were with PACFA.  A matrix of violations for all shelters and rescues should be made available to our consumers and the industry.  


We are always available to help in providing the most accurate and current data provided in the industry, based on USDA, PACFA, Colorado State, and the IRS.  Facts are simply facts. 

Lot's of information is publically available. We are here as a community and industry support system.

We collaborate and work with other like minded agencies and individuals for a better tomorrow for our communities and our companion animals.  A voice for the voiceless. 
Working with our legislators, PACFA, legal support, private investagators, and other like minded organizations.  We are a compassionate community group of business owners and animal lovers.  More legislation does not equal change.  Accountability equals change. 


In 2017-2019  73,900 puppies came into Colorado many were sick based on the states records bringing revenues of over  65 million dollars.  The top 15 licensed rescues/shelters with PACFA account for 73% of the puppies that come into Colorado from other States.  Colorado does not have a lemon law to protect our consumers if they adopt or purchase a puppy or dog that is sick or has behavioral issues.

As pet stores close some rescues are taking on the same business model.

During Covid19, 10 rescues brought (11,004 ) puppies into Colorado.  More than any shelter or pet store. We also have unregulated back yard breeders that account for thousands of puppies being sold in Colorado.  Many of these puppies are not being spayed and neutered and the purchase price  can be 1,000 dollars plus requiring a spay and neuter deposit. Article 80, title 35 of the PACFA 35-80-106.4 requires spay and neuter prior to adoption. 

Is PACFA monitoring the large spay and neuter deposits and following up to see that puppies and dogs are being altered? Let's change the licensing requirements to reflect the true nature of retail business and rescue models. Let’s call a retail business model a retail establishment, not rescue. If pet stores have to disclose violations then nonprofits should have the same disclosure mandate. Let’s talk.

RETAIL RESCUE

Retail Rescue may be defined as the practice of procuring puppies and dogs, usually for little or no cost from shelters, owner surrenders, auctions or brokers for  resale. Rescue work began as a support to our local doggies needing support in our local shelters.

 Retail rescues bring outrageously high volumes of puppies and dogs in from out of state providing little veterinary care or proper DISEASE protocol.  Many have complaints from veterinarians, local animal control, consumers, the industry, BBB,  PACFA, and in some cases the court system. 

   Transporting high volumes of dogs and puppies into our State has caused many cases of cross contamination and disease where puppies and dogs become ill and many die. This new trend of flying and transporting puppies, dogs , and cats is happening in large volumes nationally. Many transporters do not realize a health certificate means nothing. Many transporters are bringing puppies and dogs from under served areas and do very little research. Colorado is one of the biggest states for dog and cat ownership and importation.  This new model is not at all rescue, it is puppy trafficking. The incoming puppies and dogs are constantly moved from one place to the next place rarely having much stability and lot’s of stress.  It is heartbreaking. Sadly way to many rescue dogs go from a shelter to another boarding facility.  Sustainability for these boarding facilities and new pop up shelters will be rough, long term.  


 We have (13) licensed pet stores but only 9 of those pet stores sell puppies in Colorado. Two years ago we had 21 Pet Stores.   Retail rescues are replacing the pet store model in Colorado.   Hidden behind the halo of being a non profit and calling themselves rescues you will find people and animals suffering. The majority of our Rescues and Shelters are doing amazing work.  As with any industry you will always have a few bad apples.

RESCUE

What is Rescue?

Rescue : saving a dog from danger or a distressing situation. An act of freeing from freedom of suffering.   Confinement of hard to place dogs in our Colorado boarding facilities for long periods of times mentally suffering is not rescue or humane. Bringing dogs from one bad situation to another is heartbreaking for everyone involved. In the rescue world there is a standard Rescuer’s Creed that, when rescuing any dog or cat from a bad situation, we are making a commitment to right the wrongs of past abuses this animal has experienced. 

 We are hearing and being sent horrible information on how some rescues treat their fosters?

Community volunteers are the backbone of rescue. What has happened to our rescuing world we ask?

 

 Big Business

We believe the breeders and the breeding industry need to set better standards.  Internet sales of our companion dogs is a national issue we hope to see discussed more. 

“Regrettably, puppy mills(commercial breeders) continue to flourish. Without a doubt, the number one vehicle and the stimulus for the continuing sale of these puppies is the internet. E-commerce has become the principal marketplace for the sale of puppies from large commercial dog breeders. It has allowed breeders to avoid the stigma of marketing dogs through pet stores, which have been so widely criticized. In addition, for many years, internet sales of puppies have been ignored by USDA and currently are only given minimal oversight and thus are allowed to operate.


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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.

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7020 Arbutus St.

Arvada, CO  80004

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