The shelter itself consists of kennel areas for cats and dogs, an upstairs training area, visitation rooms, a large outdoor field for dogs, an outdoor water feature, memorial garden, laundry and kitchen facilities, and an isolation and holding areas for dogs and cats that are new arrivals or show signs of illness. There is a small surgery room and preparation areas which are equipped for routine spay and neuter surgeries on the shelter's adoptable animals.
Currently, the shelter has 18 semi-permanent cat kennel spaces. In the front of the shelter, there is a large room known as the "Cat Room," in which many social cats are housed together. This room includes an enclosed outdoor space that the cats are free to access when weather permits. All told, there are appropriate spaces to house approximately 60-70 cats.
At any given time, the actual number in the shelter reaches upwards of 80 or more, with additional cats and kittens in foster care homes, as well.
The dog kennels consist of four areas: an isolation wing; a holding area for stray dogs; a section for dogs that are not yet adoptable; and our new, refurbished, adoptable dog area. This new section consists of eight "real life rooms" which are designed to decrease stress levels in shelter dogs and help maintain housebreaking. These colorful rooms are fully enclosed with glass windows and doors facing the viewer's hallway. The home-like environment, equipped with dog beds, chairs for visitors and even televisions, encourages an easier transition from shelter to home.
Outdoor enclosures consist of four small permanent chain link fenced areas. A large fenced field in the back serves as a place for play and exercise, as well as an environment for visitors to meet and interact with adoptable dogs. Currently, three temporary enclosures and one semi-permanent covered kennel are set up on the front side of the shelter, to provide an adequate number of outdoor enclosures and ensure each dog gets a chance for fresh air and exercise, three times each day.
The second level at C.A.R.E. consists of five visitation rooms where visitors, volunteers, and staff can take animals to spend "one-on-one" time. For adopters this is a great opportunity to get to know their potential new family member.
We have a training room upstairs where C.A.R.E. staff conduct obedience classes, hold workshops and train shelter dogs in an off-leash environment. The training area is bright and spacious and grant funded agility equipment from the American Humane Association- Meachum Foundation Memorium. Please call 970-947-9173 for more information on C.A.R.E.'s classes.
When the occasional parrot, gerbil, snake, lizard, or ferret arrives, the shelter makes use of species-appropriate cages that have been donated over the years.
In return, the shelter is periodically used by staff and students in the college's Veterinary Technology program. The college also offers a certificate program in Animal Shelter Management, one of the fastest growing fields in animal care.
The Soggy Doggy
When you pull up to Colorado Animal Rescue, the first thing to catch your eye is the water feature, The Soggy Doggy. Complete with a swimming pond, waterfall, and an astroturf play area, The Soggy Doggy is a fun respite for C.A.R.E. shelter dogs.
The Kruidenier Garden is a memorial garden and trail dedicated to those beloved pets who are no longer with us. Enjoy a serene walk with your dog or one of ours. A perfect way to spend the afternoon, with a beautiful view of Mt. Sopris in the pergola at the end of the path. Windchimes hang in the trees as memorials to pets who have passed.
We hope this garden brings peace and comfort to all who visit
Our newest addition to CARE ~Solar Panels!
Solar Panels were donated to our shelter to help cut utility costs. Approximatly one third of the electricity is now coming from the sun rather than conventional power plants. Colorado Mountain College Students, faculty, and employees of Sunsense helped install the solar panels.
We would like to give a big thank you to our very generous
Partners & Donors
All Phase Electric Supply~ Alpine Bank~ Casey Concrete~ Colorado Mountain College~ CORE~Damon Construction~ Direct Power & Water~ Evolve Structural Design~Expert Electric~Fronius~Garfield Steel~Holy Cross Energy~Sunpower Corporation~Sunsense Solar~Valley Lumber~Wagner Rents~Yampah Builders