Your donation will help save deserving dogs to find a forever home with a loving family, in which they will be given a 2nd chance at a new life . Donations are primarily used for medical needs including vaccines and Spay/Neuters and includes heartworm treatment.
Believing that all dogs deserve a safe, loving home, the mission of Retriever Rescue of Colorado is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted retrievers and to promote public education on animal-related issues. Rescued breeds will include Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
Our efforts made significant impact on the lives of people and dogs this year. The pandemic enabled more to adopt but then we also had many who could no longer keep their dogs. We could help both! These adopters have stayed in touch with us, providing updates and photos that demonstrate the positive consequences adopting these dogs have had on their lives. We brought in over a hundred dogs last year. Some of these dogs came to us after sad circumstances made their loving owners transfer them to us. Others had lived lives of abject abuse or neglect. Our willingness to accept these dogs into our program saved the lives of most of these additions. Our volunteers were there to welcome, comfort, and rehabilitate the dogs. That in turn provided significant comfort to the families forced to surrender the dogs and to those who were worried about the mistreated or stray dogs. Over the course of the past year, we've been contacted for updates on the dogs by people who surrendered their dogs, by family members and friends of those who surrendered their dogs, by employees and volunteers of shelters who sent us dogs, by good Samaritans who stopped to save dogs on the street who eventually came to us, by kind-hearted individuals who transported the dogs to us, and by others far beyond those who adopted dogs from us. The ripple effect of our volunteers' long hours devoted to saving dogs shows impact that has been considerably more far-reaching than we could have imagined. We are tremendously proud of our volunteers' efforts and grateful beyond words to them.
We need to fund the increasing veterinary expenses due to more dogs coming in with more expensive veterinary needs especially heartworm positive dogs. We need more active volunteers, especially foster home volunteers. We need more vets working with us. We need to find more ways to seek publicity.
Retriever Rescue of Colorado, Inc., was formed in honor of the recently deceased dogs who so greatly enriched the lives of the founding members. Chance, Summer, Becky, and Coco remain sorely missed but formed the impetus for helping retrievers in need. All of the founding members had experience working for a variety of other single breed rescue groups and wanted to expand on that concept to be more inclusive. They formed RROC over pizza and tears. The group now functions to rescue retrievers in need of new lives and to place them into loving, permanent homes.
We do not have an Executive Director. We rely on a network of committed volunteers to save all as many dogs as possible.
Our group functions with a strong board and a network of coordinators. All of these individuals spend considerable time devoted to rescuing dogs. We strive to reduce burnout by recognizing the volunteers' efforts and by celebrating our successes on a regular basis. Our biggest challenges involve the lack of volunteers able to provide foster care to additional dogs and the lack of funds to be able to save even more dogs. We are working on these issues by doing fundraisers and attempting to raise awareness of the dogs' needs to solicit both donations and a larger volunteer base.
RROC rescued our dog when she was a skinny unclaimed stray in a neighboring state. When I look into her eyes, I can't imagine my world without her or RROC. The extraordinary RROC volunteers help dogs like her who have run out of options. These dogs are welcomed first into loving foster homes where they can feel safe and learn to be the best dog they can be. RROC rocks! - Olga
I have been volunteering for the RROC for a while and it's the most fulfilling 'job' I could have found. Everyone is very dedicated in accomplishing the RROC goal, saving dogs lives. Although many stories about the dogs they bring in are heartbreaking, the end result is so gratifying. It doesn't matter what part you play, big or small, in placing a dog in a forever home, it's a wonderful feeling. :) - Mary Jo V.
RROC SAVES THE LIVES of those who LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY!
In a nutshell, this sums up one of many reasons my family and I volunteer & foster for RROC...