Practicing excellence in animal care, education, and advocacy to connect pets to their people.
Colorado Animal Rescue, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to sheltering homeless animals and providing support for the pet-owning public. A local veterinarian, who saw a need in this community for humane animal services, founded the organization in 1991. For many years, the rescue and placement of abandoned, stray and surrendered animals was done out of the homes of C.A.R.E. Board members and other animal-loving volunteers.
In 1999, the dream of building a permanent facility to house and adopt homeless animals became a reality. Since that time C.A.R.E. has become a valued member of the community. Both the City of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County have entered into agreements with C.A.R.E. to safely shelter and hold local animals. In addition we take in surrendered pets, stray pets, and animals living in overcrowded or underserved shelters.
Colorado Animal Rescue is part of the Socially Conscious Sheltering movement.
Quality of life and a commitment to the Five Freedoms guide our standards of animal care.
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
2. Freedom from Discomfort
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury, or Disease
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress
While residents of our shelter, animals receive veterinary attention, nutrition, enrichment, and affection.
Features of our shelter include the Soggy Doggy, a park that includes a pond for swimming, Real-Life Rooms that emulate a home environment for adoptable dogs, a communal Cat Room that offers an outdoor "Catio." Our community programs include a Pet Food Bank, Spay/Neuter Voucher Program, and Vaccine Clinics.
"Colorado Animal rescue is by far the best animal rescue organization that I have had the pleasure to work with. I Have helped them with numerous animals and I am amazed with the level of care that they provide for their charges. I have personally adopted 3 dogs from CARE. I just wish they could teach them not to be such big bed hogs before they adopt them. CARE is the GREATEST!"
-Rocky Mease, DVM
"Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E) truly epitomizes its name. The wonderful people here not only consistently provide excellent CARE for the animals, but also really care about them. As a volunteer at C.A.R.E. with the cats, whom I love dearly, I have added a dimension and purpose to my life that I never could have visualized."
"Colorado Animal Rescue is more than just a safe place for homeless animals, more than their best chance to either find their way back to their owners or have a second opportunity for a wonderful life in a new home. It is a team of people who truly love and cherish every single animal that comes through their doors, who will do anything possible to save or re-start a life, and who live and breathe the goal of finding a great home for every single one of the animals in their care. I have been extremely proud to have been a CARE volunteer and foster for 7 years now, and I love and admire the CARE team more with every visit, with every dog that I work with. This is a very, very special place."