Animal Rescue of the Rockies focuses on rescuing pets at risk from euthanasia in overcrowded shelters. We place the pets in pre-qualified loving foster homes and ensure each pet is spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before adopting them into forever homes. We promote spaying and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation and encourage quality relationships between pets and their people through behavior resources and training.
History of Animal Rescue of the Rockies
Animal Rescue of the Rockies (ARR) was founded in 2003 in Breckenridge, Colorado. Karen Martiny, the organization's founder, wanted to do something to honor her handicapped dog, Buffy, a former shelter dog. Buffy was a small Scottie Terrier-Poodle mix who became paralyzed in her hindquarters at age five from a ruptured spinal cord disc. Surgery didn't fix the problem, so Buffy used a doggie wheelchair cart for the last 9 ½ years of her life. Buffy's determination and cheerful demeanor inspired everyone who met her. When Karen needed to do a community service project for a workshop she was attending, she realized helping other shelter pets would be the perfect way to honor her little trooper, Buffy, and ARR was born as a result.
Gathering three friends to help with the endeavor, Karen traveled to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah to attend their workshop, "How to Start an Animal Sanctuary." The group came away armed with over 700 pages of information on how to start and operate a no-kill sanctuary. But more than that, they returned home with the determination to make their newly formed rescue group a success.
Animal Rescue of the Rockies received 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2009. The first couple of years were spent coordinating fosters and adoptions and raising funds for operations. After much research and hard work, the Animal Rescue of the Rockies' Thrift Shop opened in Breckenridge in March 2007. The shop has proven to be a big success, thanks to many dedicated volunteers.
In 2009, ARR's Cat Casita opened at the High Paw Pet Supply store at 503 US Hwy. 285 in Fairplay, Colorado, providing a cage-free kitty playroom where adoptable cats enjoy living while they wait for their forever homes. Kerrie Lynn is ARR's Cat Casita manager. We also opened our Animal Rescue of the Rockies Cat Cottage in 2019 at the Just Cats store located at 7150 Leetsdale Dr., Suite 402, Denver, Colorado.
ARR expanded its operations to Colorado's Front Range area in 2010, greatly expanding its volunteer and foster home base. The organization's primary focus is to take in pets from overcrowded shelters where they may not have a good chance of adoption. In addition to helping local Colorado shelters, we also assist shelters in nearby states when the need is great. When pets are pulled from shelters, they're placed in qualified foster homes until loving forever homes are found.
ARR holds regular adoption events at several PetSmart and Petco stores in Denver and Loveland. These have proven to be highly successful, and hundreds of lucky pets have found wonderful homes this way. Adoptable pets are also listed on ARR's website, www.arrcolorado.org, and on several national online pet lists.
ARR's Board of Directors consists of four individuals from varying backgrounds, all of whom are very "hands on" in ARR's operations. Karen Martiny is Board President and Executive Director, Kelly Rushing is Secretary and Dog Division Director, Michael Wright is Treasurer, and Kristin Parsons is a Board Member and Cat Division Coordinator. Our Advisory Board members are Rina Larson and Sasha Galbraith.
ARR is proud to be part of the national no-kill movement and is a partner in Best Friends Animal Society's No More Homeless Pets network.
"A.R.R. is a GREAT Rescue group!! I am a PROUD Foster and Volunteer for this group and enjoy being a part of a rescue with integrity, respect, and great values!! Thank you to all involved with A.R.R. and lets keep striving to make a difference for thousands and thousands of more animals to come!!"
"I love being a foster for ARR! What a great group of volunteers saving lives! Please join us and share with friends!"
Meghan Chancy Ledington
"This is the rescue I am working with, they depend entirely on foster homes for their rescues, if anyone is interested in fostering or adopting get in touch with them, or me. You will be glad you did, they are awesome!"
"A plea to save two doggies is what brought me and my husband into ARR as well! That was November of 2010, and we have been doing it ever since, because as you know, there is no end to the lives that have to be saved!! It is true when is it said that the doggies save us!!
ARR has such terrific people, with loving hearts, who have become great friends, and we have met great people in the adopters we have met!! What a great life experience it has been!!
I can't tell you what Joy it has brought to my life, and still is!!"
"A plea to save a dog from euthanasia is what brought me first to ARR, and I now am a dedicated supporter of this organization for life. Everyone here has a heart of gold and it comes through in every kind and encouraging email. Day in and day out, you guys are always positive. The goal of every rescue is to help the animals but the people of ARR are really who make this rescue so great. Thank you again everyone!!"
"I've only been with you wonderful people for a few months but I can't imagine not being associated with ARR now. Years ago when I set up my online banking account, one of my security questions was "what is your dream job", my answer was animal care and it has come true in a great way. All who know me, know that I love animals and make them my priority even over people sometimes because they can't speak for themselves."