Angels with Paws

A nonprofit organization

We rely on private donations to run our mostly cage-free rescue shelter. Since our inception, we have provided over 11,000 animals with care, rehabilitation, and security until safe and lasting homes are found. We are a compassionate shelter doing life-saving work with minimal resources. We always are in need of donations, volunteers, and fosters to continue the work we do saving lives and finding homes for cats.

In 2023 we moved from our rental building on Youngfield to a larger building the shelter purchased on Kipling in Lakewood. Between the renovations we needed to do to prepare the space for cats and the mortgage payment, we are stretched thin on funds. Additionally, this year has seen several FIP cases which are very costly to treat as well as other high-expense life-saving treatments. Every dollar you can donate makes a difference for the staff and the cats!


From Malissa M: "They are so caring and knowledgeable! They have so many kitties in need, and really do a wonderful job."

From Doug H: "My wife and I were looking to adopt a pair of cats. After visiting a few shelters we were fortunate to find a bonded pair of 4 year old cats at Angels With Paws. The vet tech, was real nice to deal with. This shelter deserves more support from the community. Thank you!"

From Karen B "Everyone there cares so much and works hard to do a lot with a little."

From Lucinda D - "Found this place earlier this year and began volunteering there. The staff is so nice, they take every step they can in making all of their cats/kittens healthy and comfortable. We started fostering for them a few months ago, and they have been great! They help us with any questions we have, give us helpful tips, and take great strives to keep us informed! I recommend this place to anyone looking for a feline friend (or two). They do amazing work there and try to find the best homes for their babies! Great place!"

From Kim A.: "Wonderful place filled with wonderful people, rescuing wonderful cats!!! Support them and adopt from them!"

From Karen F on Facebook: "Angels with Paws is a wonderful center and adoption agency. They help kitties that have special needs as well as healthy adoptable kitties"

Google Reviewer: "This shelter truly cares for its cats and kittens. Stop by and select your next best furry feline pet. My family adopted the sweetest cat that we have ever owned from Angels with Paws. They take in cats and kittens that other shelters in the metro area may turn away. The animals are cared for, tested for feline viruses, spayed/neutered and provided with a home until their adoption."


We are a 501 c3 Non-profit, Charity Organization, operating a Limited Intake, mostly Cage-free Rescue & Shelter. Our primary focus is on rescuing and finding safe and lasting homes for homeless, abandoned, unwanted and at risk cats and kittens through the shelter. We have also rescued many dogs through our foster system. Many of our rescues are ill, injured, older, shy, and have other healthy and behavioral issues due to abandonment, neglect, abuse and worse. For many Angels with Paws was their last hope.

We provide compassionate care including Veterinary care (off-site - we have no on-site Veterinarian), medications, rehabilitation, food, shelter, other basic needs and a place to live until the animal is adopted. Our commitment to our animals extends beyond adoption as want to stay informed on how our animals are doing after adoption and our Adoption Agreement requires that if the Adopter can no longer care for the animal, it must be returned to Angels with Paws.

Through our staff, volunteers, fosters and working with other rescues, we are part of a network of caring people that reaches far and wide. We work with local organizations in the metro Denver area and beyond to save lives, reduce pet overpopulation, promote responsible pet ownership, the need to spay and neuter and educate people on the cruelty of declawing. We educate pet owners on responsible ownership and ways to help keep their animals when possible. We believe in saving lives and finding safe & lasting homes. We hope for the day when no animals will be put down in shelters due to lack of space. We believe that all animals have the right to life.

Background Statement

Jean Ausenbaugh was volunteering and fostering for a local animal shelter for many years when she and a few other caring individuals recognized the need for a Limited Intake Rescue and Adoption Center. They began Angels with Paws late in the Summer of 2003 as a foster based rescue.

In September of 2003, Jean purchased a small fast food restaurant building in Lakewood, Colorado and renovations to convert it into our existing shelter were completed on February 7, 2004. Since then, Angels with Paws has rescued and found homes for over 11,000 animals, mostly cats and kittens, but also many dogs through our foster system.

Sadly Jean passed away in 2020, but the shelter continues her work to honor her legacy.

We continue to work toward the goal of saving lives one life at a time and finding safe and lasting homes for each one. Someday, we hope to build a sanctuary including a veterinary clinic where we can increase our capacity to help.

Organization Data


Organization name

Angels with Paws

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Year Established


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Organization Size

Medium Organization


1970 Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO 80215

Service areas

Jefferson County, CO, US



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