Evergreen Animal Protective League

HELP US SAY YES. Since 1981, EAPL has rescued animals not just if they are "cute" or "adoptable", but anywhere an animal is in need, even those needing expensive vet care. We simply say, "Yes, send them to EAPL." To keep saying YES, we need your continued support! Please donate to EAPL today.

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Official Name
Evergreen Animal Protective League​​​​​​​
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Headquarters Address
28650 Cavan Lane
Evergreen, CO 80439
Colorado Location
1260 Bergen Parkway
EAPL Cat Adoption Center
Evergreen, CO 80439
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2517
Evergreen, CO 80437
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) is to help abandoned, lost, suffering, and needy animals through rescue, shelter, education, reunion of lost pets with their owners, veterinary care, adoption services, spaying and neutering, and assisting the needy to help keep their pets.

Organization History

About the EAPL

The Evergreen Animal Protective League was organized in April, 1981, to aid lost, abandoned and suffering animals through rescue, shelter and education. The League has provided a better life for over thousands of cats, dogs and other pets and has helped thousands more pets remain in the homes of low income families. Some facts:

•We are totally volunteer except for 3 part-time Thrift Shop employees. The majority of our members work during the day and do their volunteer work in the evenings and on weekends.
•We are not supported by taxes. All funding comes from donations from the public, and from fund raising activities. We do not make money from adoption fees. Adoption fees do not even cover the cost of advertising the pet, let alone vet care, etc.
•Because we must raise our own funds to operate, we depend upon the Evergreen and mountain communities as well as the Front Range communities for contributions and for volunteer assistance. We also depend upon our generous donors in other communities around Colorado and other states for their support.
•We are a non-profit organization recognized for tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. Our tax exempt number is 74-2204391. If you are contemplating donating to us you may use this number.
•We rescue and shelter (if space is available) abandoned pets.
•We adopt pets not claimed by anyone to new homes.
•We reunite lost pets with their owners through lost and found records and microchipping.
•We assist financially with spay/neutering of pets, and we educate pet owners about spay/neutering whenever possible.
•We assist financially with owners in financial difficulties to help keep their pets in their homes and provide needed vet care.
•We educate adults wherever possible about proper care of pets.
•We provide educational programs in the elementary schools.
•We provide pet registration tags for pets.
•We conduct fund raising activities to finance our programs.
•We are a good source for information on pet behavior problems, but we are not a replacement for a veterinarian.
•We help animals in any way that we possibly can.


EAPL Chosen as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year at the 2018 Honoree Celebration by Evergreen Chamber of Commerce!!

A FEW 2018 Kitty Reports:

Daja - " Daja has adjusted very quickly and was purring within a few minutes. She is such a brave little soul as she explores the house. She clearly wants a fountain water dish (see photos), so I'll be shopping later today!! Yes, she's already running the household. :-) I adore her.

Thank you for everything you do!"

Later - "Daja is the best cat ever!! Her new name is Mei Li, which is Chinese for Beautiful. She is the most thoughtful and considerate cat I've ever shared life with and seems to enjoy being an "only child" for now. She's gained a little weight, so I'm keeping an eye on that to make sure it's healthy weight. She purrs and chats constantly and is now part owner of this home, as it should be. :-)

I cannot believe how blessed I am to have found her at EAPL, so please keep me posted on fundraisers. Thanks to ALL of you for everything you do!"

Sherlock - First report "He is doing great so far. He seems to be adapting well and is very happy with getting lots of attention." Later "Sherlock now Sergio is doing wonderful. He is very happy and has become a loved member of our family very quickly. He is healthy as can be and just a ball of snuggles and joy! Thanks for checking in."

Frosty - " Hello! We're so happy to have Frosty as part of our family. He's adjusted nicely. He loves sunbeams and my daughters room best. He's very snuggly and social. We're still working through early morning meows (he thinks we all should be up when he's ready). He's happy and loves his new home. Thanks for all your help!"

Tara Reid - " Sorry it took so long to respond...... Tara Reid's name is now Molly and we call her Miss Molly. She is adorable and everyone who meets her falls in love. She is healthy and sprinting around--lots of energy and love.

You do such a good job for EAPL and the animals! You made our adoption easy and delightful."

Some Feedback from Folks in 2018 on the Dog Side:

Wonderful organization!! Very responsive and helpful folks that want the best for the animals. We started as fosters for a Pittie (originally from Roswell) who had kennel cough and they quickly made arrangements for her to see a vet. It soon turned into a foster fail and we ended up permanently adopting her!!! She is a total sweetheart and treasured member of our family. We support EAPL and when the time is right we will turn to them for our next foster or adopt. Thanks EAPL!!!!!

Awesome organization! Found my puppy with EAPL 3 years ago. Great adoption experience! I now foster with EAPL and love everything about it. They are so supportive and compassionate. All the volunteers are wonderful to work with and it so nice to be helping save animals lives!

I have fostered with EAPL for 2 years. Great bunch of people to work with. I live quite a distance from Evergreen but that makes no difference to animal lovers. My husband and I recently became foster failures when we adopted our sweet Daisi. Due to local regulations we are unable to foster currently (3 dog limit) but when we can get back in the game, we'll gladly come back to EAPL! If you're looking to adopt or maybe do some volunteer work, EAPL is an outstanding bunch to work with! Love them all!!!

We had such a great experience with EAPL! Our little Willow is such an amazing part of the family, and we've since learned that NOT all rescue experiences are the same! We're so grateful for the work that you do, and that you do it well! Would recommend EAPL to anyone!

I adopted my 4 year old Pom mix almost a year ago from the and they were amazing to work with! Poor little guy had pretty bad heartworms and they took care of everything for me all I had to do was get him to the appointments. This such a great group! Thank you!

Evergreen Animal Protection League helped me fund my 14 yr old terrier's overdue dental procedure. They were kind and responsive, and I couldn't have done it without them. Thank you!

While trying to save our puppy's life who we adopted from another shelter, we ran out of money for anymore extensive testing and treatment. Our biggest thanks goes out to Evergreen Animal Protective League. EAPL was able to help us afford the huge amount of tests through financial assistance and also introduced us to Dr. Allison at Look Out Mountain Animal Hospital. Dr. Allison got Mabel's tests run ASAP and was the only one who thought to look at Mabel's pancreas. She was right on the money, and was Mabel's best shot at coming through all of this. Sadly, Mabel passed on while on fluids in her office, but EAPL was finally able to give us answers and help her not suffer anymore.

Date: Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 4:09 PM
Subject: thank you!!!!

thank you so much for teaming up with kittredge to share charlie's surgery bill - EAPL is more than awesome! charlie is down for the count but i know the rest is what he needs and can't wait to be in the woods with him again. took him snowshoeing at FOUR AM tuesday since i knew he could not get out much once this surgery was done. here is a pic of his drama - he decided he will only wear the collar if he can wear it 'his way' - he is so precious to us. with love, nancy and dave (and 'cowboy') :)

Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:20:34 PM
To: EAPLevergreen
Subject: RE: XXX XXX application

Thank you so much Cathleen. You are an ANGEL!!!!! I cannot tell you how much you have done to save a man's heart.
I called dear XXX this morning at 8:45 a.m. Normally he is awake. He never sleeps well. When I called, he was all groggy. I was worried. "XXX, are you okay?" " yeah, I am just trying to wake up. I don't know why I slept so good." Then"Hey, you know what? Little Pete (Kong) curled up and slept with me so sweet all night. We just cuddled and cuddled. He is so sweet. I love him so. He is so cute." Then" I sure slept hard last night". then "I gotta go! Pete needs to go potty! I gotta go! bye". lol.
I have talked with XXX several times today to be sure he got to the vet for microchipping and heartworm prevention. Every time he keeps telling me everything Pete is doing and how much he loves him. He keeps saying "He is so cute. He just comes and sits on my lap for cuddling. I just love him." J
Pete and XXX visited the bank and a couple of stores together today and Pete was the perfect gentleman.
One thing I did not expect or even dream: XXX is a little socially awkward and people sometimes misunderstand him. (Aren't we all? lol) Since little Pete (Kong) is so gregarious and well behaved, he helps XXX chat with people. People think the best of him because Pete is so sweet. Of course it helps that XXX hasn't stopped smiling for two days too.
A veteran rep already checked on them and loved little Pete too. Tomorrow I will pick them up to see how they are doing and take him to work.
Pete is now registered as XXX's emotional support animal and will receive his vest and ID cards next week.
I hope to get the dog carrier attached to XXX's bike next week so they can tool around town together. XXX and Pete can go to the vet hospital support group together starting next week too. He will be the hit of the party.
Little Pete's tail hasn't stopped wagging!
Bless you!! XXX

August 2017 email:
I know your message was way back in June but wanted to let you know we have gotten the documents AND we are totally enjoying and in love with Rosie our rescue dog. She could not be a better fit for my husband - veteran with anxiety. She couldn't be a better fit for me! She has settled in, we can tell by some behaviors she has been abused, but she is doing good trusting us as we work her through. Thanks for doing what you are doing! For rescuing, finding a foster and allowing us to have her in our life. B...

August 14, 2017 email:

Just wanted to send you a few photos from Charlie's (now Elliott's) first few days home. He's loving his new brothers, yard, and home. He's the sweetest, most gentile pup I've ever been around. He fits right in!! We've spent the past few days at the park, walking to school, playing tug of war, and cuddling. He's already been acquainted with his fur cousins and it was love at first sight.
He follows me everywhere and always greets me (and my boys) with the biggest kisses. Everyone he meets absolutely adores him!!

We already love him more than words can say. Thank you for fostering him so that we could have the opportunity to adopt him.

I'll keep in touch!

June 9, 2016 Letter:
Dear EAPL,

I'm writing to thank you for this little guy that you rescued from a kill shelter. His name at the time I adopted him from EAPL was "BJ". We named him "Bailey". He had been lost and hit by a car.

Well, a few months ago, if it had not been for his barking, my husband would not have made it!

My husband, Jerry was having trouble sleeping, felt achy, and had gone out into our living room, away from our bedroom. Baily heard him struggling to breathe and started barking. I went out and found Jerry on the floor struggling to breathe. I called 911. They got him to St. Anthony's and he went into cardiac arrest in the trauma unit only 6 minutes after arriving. The doctors got him back and he was diagnosed with a bilateral pulmonary embolism. The doctors said that only about 10% of people survive this. Jerry is doing great now!

Jerry and I keep thinking about who really rescued who! We adore this little dog and he is such a wonderful addition to our family. I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful work that you do!

Patch's Amazing Adventures--May 19, 2015

by Dylan
2nd Grade
Dedicated to my cute alley cats Patch and Jack.

Chapter 1

Patch is my cat. He is a black Norwegian Forrest Cat. He is fluffy with bald spots over his yellow eyes. He has pieces missing from his ears and is missing some teeth. But I love him anyway.

When he started, I think he was in a house as a kitten with a happy home. After some time I think he ran away. When they found him they were so mad that they abandon him. After they did that he had to run like crazy. Nothing made him happy, especially all the animals that wanted to eat him, like a fox, mountain lion, bobcat, and owl. Because of that, he had to run for his life…literally! Only one thing made him even a touch happy, all of the field mice. Some hiding spots were terrible! One of his better spots was in empty trash cans. I bet he had to hide day and night. He loves fried chicken so maybe he cut open trash bags for food. As an alley cat, he might have gotten sick, like suffering from hypothermia.

Chapter 2 - Help!!!!!!

Since Patch remembered having a home, he tried back at this old house. They did not let him back in because they did not want him anymore because of what happened. Life for him was like…hide in the trash, oh wait, get out, wait, back in the trash. He slept in lots and lots and lots of danger of being eaten by other animals. Why? Because he slept in the alleys, of course. The other animals took advantage of him while he was sleeping and tried to kill him. Run Patch run!

Chapter 3 - Shush

Shush, I am tired from all of that running Patch thinks. Where in the heck is a place to live? Run, run, run, run, pant, pant, pant, pant goes the cat. What a terrible life, Patch thinks to himself. Will I ever find somewhere to live? Little did he know, the answer was…yes.

Chapter 4 - Safe and Sound

The next day he looked in a window filled with…cat food! He ran in the shop (where there was a kitty pen) where he was put up for adoption. I am so happy, Patch thought. A little while after he was put up for adoption, we saw him and thought he needed to be adopted. He loved us, so we brought him home. At our house, Patch had his psycho age (attacking all the family members in fear), war age (fighting with my other cat of his place in the family), training age (I trained him to be loving and not fight), and lots more. So if you see an alley cat, bring them to Chow Down EAPL cat room for adoption, or into your home for lovingness.

Moral of the story: Adopt alley cats.

And from our dog adopters:

7/2015 From our foster home re one of our harder to place mamma doggies - Just a heads up that Kira is enjoying a trial slumber party tonight. My neighbor's brother in law saw her in my yard and loved her brindle coat. Him and his wife are falling in love with her and sending picture updates along the way. Update 8/2015 they finalized their adoption and she has a forever home!

We had a re homing request come in which we try to help with as many as we can - Even though I found a great home for Dash through your posting and assistance, I am unable to give her up. She has been a part of our family since she was 8 weeks old. We love her and when push came to shove I just couldn't part with her. My kids and I LOVE this little girl. We had a small mutt until a few years back. She was my ex husbands dog when I met him and when I got rid of him (the ex) the girls and I kept the dog, She lived a VERY long and active life. According to adoption records she was at least 18.5 years old when we had to put her down. Fortunately she went from being just a bit slow and deaf to not being able to get up literally in the blink of an eye. The vet had warned me that if she doesn't get sick eventually her nervous system will just fail. That's what happened. We remember all of the joy she brought us for so many years (she was mine for 15 years of her life) and this little girl Dash reminds us so much of her that we just have to keep her. My cats aren't fond of her but we have set up the house so that they have room in the house to get away from the dog. The strain between them seems to be lessening over the past few weeks. We actually found the dog sleeping next to the cat one day. I am hopeful that they will soon be friends. The cats didn't like us when we adopted them and now they are attention hounds always looking for treats and pets. We are hoping that the dog will grow on them like we did. Cathleen, I sent in an adoption application and left you a voice mail. We finalized the adoption to her new home!

Once upon a puppy time in EAPL, there was two brothers, each adopted to a family home. Then unfortunately one puppy was returned. We contacted the owner of the one brother and by a miracle they wanted to meet his returned brother...This was a note sent in by their adopter "Duke and Darwin are happy to be together again, and we're happy to have them! We'll keep them both. Thank you so much for your help."

Thanks, Cathleen! Princess is wonderful! Getting spoiled rotten at work. Leaning the walking/leash and fetch already. Such a cuddle bug as nap time, sleeps sound at night in her room aka kennel. I got her organic puppy food she loves and snacking on carrots for treats. We are so in love, my boy and husband adore her. On a hourly potty schedule. Loves to run and romp around in the courtyard. We are so blessed and my senior residents at work are besides themselves. Thank you so much for such a precious blessing/addition to our family at home and work!

An even greater testament to our success is when young adults with their young families come to adoption events to adopt their first pet and tell us, our parents adopted our family pets from EAPL and we want to adopt our family pets from EAPL. We are so honored to be a family tradition within our community.

Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:21 AM
Subject: Thank you!


My family is new to Evergreen. Our dear cat, Hamilton escaped our new home here on Monday late in the afternoon. He is strictly an indoor cat, so we were especially worried about him here in our new mountain environment. I had a couple fliers posted in our neighborhood and an ad on Craigslist, but it was his microchip that led the clinic to the foster home in Kansas City where we adopted him five years ago. I was so relieved to receive an email last night from his foster mom that he was safe and sound. We were not sleeping much, worrying about him and had the doors cracked open in case he wandered back home at night.

We picked him up, safe and sound, this morning at Evergreen Family Vet Hospital. When I asked who I could thank for bringing him in, they said it was an EAPL volunteer that brought him safely to their care. I asked to cover the costs that the EAPL would have been charged, so EAPL will not incur any charges for the routine tests and care he received. I would also very much like to thank the volunteer who took the time to rescue him. Would it be possible for me to send a card or email to that person? I think I also have a neighbor to thank for calling EAPL which I would like to do as well.

Our family is so grateful to have our Hamilton back home!

Thanks for what you do,

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