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, and a communal Cat Room that offers an outdoor "Catio." Our community programs include a Pet Food Bank, Spay/Neuter Voucher Program, Low-Cost Microchips, and Free Pet ID Tags.