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Our Mission

Our goal is to raise the standards of care for our Colorado Companion animals. The public drives the pet industry. We are not here to judge but provide factual data, and education. Colorado PACFA, our regulatory agency, requires very minimal standards of care for our dogs and cats. 

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 of donations for rescue work.  Are these organizations doing benevolent work?   In many cases proper veterinary care and proper handling of rescue animals may not always be provided.  Disclosure must include reporting when dogs and cats are exposed to sickness.  Transparency in the industry is a must when it comes to sickness. 


 Two years of violations were part of the disclosure provision that was recently approved on the pet store consumer protection bill.   “CONSUMER PROTECTION” should be afforded to the industry as a whole.

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


We believe 

rescues, shelters, and transporters violations must be disclosed to our consumers just like the pet store bill. This is all currently being discussed. 


 With the passing of Bill HB-1160 , "Standards of Care for Dogs and Cats."   This is a great starting point for transparency as it  

addresses dogs sitting in boarding mentally suffering and not being properly socialized. 


The passing of HB-1102 and HB-1160 will provide a legal  foundation to begin work on Colorado's retail rescue issues.  Both bills help to add regulatory provisions for PACFA under the Department of Ag. 


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. 

The information is publically available. 


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, and our communities.  We want to support  our consumers and our companion animals .  We are a compassionate group of business owners and animal lovers.  We are a community of stakeholders working on common sense approaches in canine living.  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.   Let's work for a better tomorrow in our state for our consumers and our companion animals. 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.


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. Many with little to no veterinary or medical care.  They generally do not work with our local shelter or collaborate with other rescues as rescue began as a support to our local doggies needing support in our shelters.

 Their prices fluctuate based on puppies breed. They bring outrageously high volumes of puppies and dogs in from out of state providing little veterinary care or proper DIEASE protocol.  Spay and neuter is not provided prior to adoption.  A  follow  up appointment to schedule a spay and or neuter appointment is not scheduled or followed up on.   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 process of moving volumes of animals is being called “Retail Rescue.”   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. Rescues that do big volume are now becoming shelters or boarding facilities or both. 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.  Benevolence matters. Giving back matters.  

 Our retail rescue industry is increasing in Colorado.


Retail Rescuer is harming our great community of small Colorado rescues that do amazing community and partnership work. 

 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, complaints with PACFA , complaints with the BBB,  animal control , and our court system. 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. 

 

 Big Business

We believe the breeders and 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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Our Recent Work



TABTO 1st Stakeholders Meeting

* several of these rescues have closed

*TABTO.ORG closed their 501c3 and does advocacy and a little fundraising in Colorado 

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Address

7020 Arbutus St.

Arvada, CO  80004

Contact

(303) 944-8381
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