Resources For Pet Owners
ARR’s focus is on pulling at-risk dogs and cats from shelters. Rather than accepting owner surrenders, we offer the following resources to help you do everything possible to keep your pet with you, regardless of whether you’re moving, experiencing financial difficulties, or having behavior-related issues with your pet.
Adopting a pet should be a lifelong commitment. Animal Rescue of the Rockies believes that every pet deserves a happy, loving home. When difficult circumstances arise, we encourage you to research every avenue possible before surrendering your furry family member. Losing a home is a traumatic experience for a pet, with potential lifelong consequences.
Please consider that your pet depends on you completely for its safety, happiness, and health, just as a young child would. Pets are not disposable or replaceable items – they’re living, feeling, loving beings who deserve our best.
Please scroll down to access the many resources available to help you keep your pet with you.
Pet Food Assistance
If Your Pet is Having Behavioral Issues
Did you know the number one reason that pets are turned in to shelters is for behavior reasons? Many of these pets never make it out alive, and it’s not even their fault! Just as parents wouldn’t “get rid” of a child for behaving badly, why should a pet owner do this to their pet? Usually it’s because pet owners don’t know what to do and feel frustrated and helpless. Or sometimes they just don’t want to put in the time and effort involved to let their pet know what’s expected of him in their home. To help in these situations, here are some training resources that will quite possibly save your pet’s life – and make life easier for him and for you!
Assistance for Finding Pet Friendly Living Situations
Here is a list of pet-friendly housing websites in the Denver metro area. You should also check with your local shelter, as they often keep similar pet-friendly housing lists available to help you find a new home for your entire family, including your pets!
No Kill Animal Shelters
If you simply cannot find a way to keep your pet with you, please be sure you find a no-kill rescue group or shelter to accept your pet. This will ensure the safety of your pet and enable him or her to find a new, loving forever home.
http://www.petfinder.com (Note: Not all shelters listed are no-kill – do your research first! Some shelters call themselves no-kill but still euthanize pets they consider “unadoptable” such as those with behavior or medical issues or senior pets.)
If You’re Having Trouble Affording Your Pet
Colorado organizations offering pet assistance to pet owners in need.
Ark-Valley Humane Society: Buena Vista (pet food) www.ark-valley.org
The Cartwright Foundation: Denver/Front Range region (veterinary care assistance) www.gingerslegacy.com
Cat Care Society: Lakewood (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care) www.catcaresociety.org
Colorado State University Companion Care Fund: Fort Collins (veterinary care assistance) www.cvmbs.colostate.edu
Colorado State University Pets Forever Program: Larimer County (various services for low-income or disabled pet-owners) csuvth.colostate.edu
Every Creature Counts: Fort Lupton (spay/neuter assistance) www.everycreaturecounts.org
The Feline Fix: Denver (spay/neuter assistance) www.thefelinefix.org
For Pets’ Sake Humane Society: Cortez (assistance for emergency veterinary care, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance) www.forpetssakehs.org
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic: Fort Collins (assistance with pet food, spay/neuter, vaccinations and financial assistance for sugeries) www.fccrsnc.org
Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter: Aspen (spay/neuter assistance) www.dogsaspen.com
Good Samaritan Pet Center: Denver (spay/neuter assistance) www.goodsamaritanpetcenter.org
MaxFund: Denver (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance) www.maxfund.org
PetAid Colorado: Provides a safety net for all of Colorado’s animals through our four programs that address an array of animal health and welfare issues. www.petaidcolorado.org
Pikes Peak Pet Pantry: Colorado Springs (pet food/litter, pet supplies, pet prescription diet assistance, and grooming assistance) www.peakpetpantry.org
SpayToday, Lakewood, CO (low-cost spay/neuter) spay2day.org
National Organizations Offering Assistance for Pets in Need
Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance
The Big Hearts Fund (financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease): bigheartsfund.org
The Binky Foundation: binkyfoundation.org
Brown Dog Foundation (prescription medications): browndogfoundation.org
Canine Cancer Awareness: caninecancerawareness.org
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer-specific): themagicbulletfund.org
The Mosby Fund: themosbyfoundation.org
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation: onyxandbreezy.org
Paws 4 A Cure: paws4acure.org
Pet Food Bank: www.petco.com
The Pet Fund: thepetfund.com
Pets of the Homeless (pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless):www.petsofthehomeless.org
RedRover Relief: redrover.org
Rose’s Fund: rosesfund.org
Shakespeare Animal Fund: www.shakespeareanimalfund.org
Top Dog Foundation “Bentley Grant”: topdogfoundation.org
Help-A-Pet provides nationwide financial assistance for owners unable to afford medical care.
Trio Animal Foundation helps shelters, rescues and individuals pay medical bills of homeless pets.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (cats only) is for owners who cannot afford necessary, life-saving veterinary care.
Humane Society of the United States listing provides both national and state-by-state listing of various organizations, funds, etc. for low/no-cost veterinary care.
Care Credit offers payment plans for individuals who need help with various types of bills, including veterinary care.
Tails of Hope Foundation provides education and financial assistance to qualifying pet owners whose pets are suffering from treatable, life-threatening diseases.