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Indigo Mountain Nature Center, Inc.

Indigo Mountain offers a last chance for a life of compassion, love, dignity and respect to captive-born wildlife, exotic animals and alternative pets. The sanctuary provides a lifelong home to abandoned, abused, confiscated or unwanted animals such as black bear, wolfdogs, and Bengal cats .

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Animal Sanctuary

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public

Description

This is the core program for Indigo Mountain. The organization provides a no-kill sanctuary for a variety of species including wolfdogs, coydogs, black bear, and Bengal cats. Currently, the sanctuary is home to a number of animals that have been displaced, surrendered or confiscated. For animals who have been deemed un-adoptable the sanctuary is a permanent home while others are rehabilitated physically and behaviorally and placed in loving homes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The sanctuary continues to grow and provide a high quality of care for animals in need.

Animal Rescue

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public

Description

In our 19 year history Indigo Mountain's services have been called upon for saving individual animals in need to much larger scale rescues involving dozens of animals. We are called upon by animal shelters and animal control to phenotype wolfdogs and place a variety of exotic animals that they cannot or will not try to find homes for. As a small sanctuary we know we cannot save them all, however, we can save a large number of them by networking with other rescuers who share our philosophies. By working together we are able to place a large number of the animals in dire need of a home.

Our Animal Rescue team was also called upon to provide other rescuers with animal behavioral evaluations, home evaluations and numerous phenotype assessments.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The number of animals we have been successful in placing.

Volunteer

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The volunteer program is critical to our organization. As a 100% volunteer powered non-profit organization volunteers are the life blood of Indigo Mountain. Over 100 volunteers contribute in excess of 10,000 hours each year towards fundraising, outreach, education and animal care.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have excellent retention rates for our volunteers which indicates to us that volunteers feel a part of the program.

Education Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Indigo Mountain provides educational programs to children and adults throughout Colorado. These programs have been designed to inspire personal involvement and understanding in the natural world. They teach how to successfully live and safely recreate with our indigenous wildlife in Colorado. Programs educate the public of the plight of wildlife in an effort to prevent endangerment and extinction of entire species and maintain a balance of nature.

Indigo Mountain partners with the Colorado State Park system to provide Interpretive Programs at some of the parks throughout the summer months. Programs such as The Bear Facts: Living with Black Bears, Colorado Canines, and Colorado Cats are very popular.

We provide a number of lectures to school assemblies in districts located in El Paso, Park, Teller, and Jefferson counties. These programs teach the importance of wildlife to hundreds of school children annually.

Indigo Mountain also offers some of our programs to community organizations and neighborhood associations throughout the year. Bear, Cougar and Coyote safety lectures are always heavily requested.

The sanctuary provides an ideal opportunity for students and animal lovers to learn how to care for animals. We partnered with the PIMA Medical Institute to provide externships to veterinary assistant and technician students and Pikes Peak Community College to provide internships for their Zoo Keeping Technology students.

Over the last decade we have received thousands of emails, calls and letters from individuals, rescue groups and shelters asking for help with a variety of health and behavior problems. Many animals are euthanized or surrendered to shelters each year because their owners simply could not deal with the problems. To help these people keep their companions for life we developed an assistance program to help these people with their animal issues and problems. Whether it is a problem with diet, a behavior, or a containment issue we provide resources and guidance to help that person help their pet.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We educate thousands of people each year.

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