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Rifle Animal Shelter

Rifle Animal Shelter provides warmth, comfort, medical care, food and second chances for 1500 homeless animals every year. Our organization operates a low cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic for owned animals. Your generous support will help us continue the life-saving work. Thank you very much!

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General Information

General
Official Name
Garfield County Animal Welfare Foundation, Inc.​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Rifle Animal Shelter
Former Name(s)
N/A
Acronym
RAS
Date Established
2000
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-1500637
Addresses
Headquarters Address
0569 County Road 265
Rifle, CO 81650
Colorado Location
0569 County Road 265
Rifle, CO 81650
Mailing Address
PO Box 1375
Rifle, CO 81650
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
970-625-8808
Fax Number
N/A
Other Phone Number
N/A
Web/Email
Email
info@rifleanimalshelter.org
Website
www.rifleanimalshelter.org
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Mission Statement

Rifle Animal Shelter provides shelter and care for homeless animals while encouraging responsible pet care and being a community resource for animal welfare.

Organization History

Rifle Animal Shelter has been operating under the auspices of the City of Rifle for the past 20 years. While operating under the City of Rifle, our facility mainly cared for dogs that were picked up running at large in the city. We were very limited on the number of cats we could care for by City Council's regulations.

The City worked very closely with Garfield County Animal Welfare Foundation, Inc., also known as Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter (FRAS) to care for the over flow of cats and kittens. FRAS is a 501 © (3) non-profit corporation formed in 1999 to help rebuild the Rifle Animal Shelter. The Rifle Animal Shelter, over 30 years old in 1999, was on the verge of being shut down. The shelter was renovated in just six months with donated labor and materials. Once the shelter was renovated, FRAS's next goal was to spay/neuter and provide medical care for every animal coming into the shelter. In 2002, FRAS expanded its program to include financial assistance into the western Garfield County community to help people spay/neuter their pets.

After 14 years of both organizations working closely together to make a difference in the lives of animals it was decided FRAS would enter into a contract with the City to take over operations of Rifle Animal Shelter. On January 1st, 2012 FRAS took over operations and management. This transition has allowed Rifle Animal Shelter to grow as an organization and increase the amount of animals, especially cats, our shelter can take-in, care for and adopt out.

The Rifle Animal Shelter is a non-profit dedicated to caring for homeless animals in Garfield County, Colorado and beyond. We spay/neuter, vaccinate, provide medical care and offer a safe, nurturing environment until a permanent home is found for the animals in our care.

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