Hours of Operation: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
(Advance scheduling is needed and appreciated!)
uPDATE: THIS GIRL (NAMED JADE) HAS BEEN RECONNECTED WITH HOME!!!!!!!! THANKS TO THE GOOD PEOPLE WHO FOUND HER!
female shepherd-mix found (courtesy posting dated 5/2/16):
WARMER WEATHER INVITES ACTION AND HELP IS VERY MUCH NEEDED AT ANNIE’S ORPHANS!
If you’ve been moved to help an animal in need, but didn’t know how to go about it OR if you’ve always been active in being a good steward and currently have the space in your life for doing it again….HERE IS A VERY REAL WAY TO OFFER INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE AT ANNIE’S ORPHANS: We are in SERIOUS NEED of GOOD FOSTER HOMES, PARTICULARLY FOR OLDER DOGS !
We currently have 14 dogs at our shelter that are or will soon be seniors. Some of these dogs have been here for a long time through no fault of their own. Others remain here because they need to be in a solo-pet household or because they’re shy…or simply because they’re older.
Fostering HUGELY benefits the dogs at Annie’s K9 Orphans in the following ways:
v Providing a home-environment, increased individual time and socialization experiences for unadopted dogs, especially the seniors, who repeatedly vie for adopters’ attention, but are – sadly – passed by.
v Offering these dogs the opportunity to shine! After an initial bonding and adjustment-period, these fellows will show you the love and loyalty that someone else has missed out on!
v Opening up a crucial chunk of time for our Care Specialist/Trainer and volunteers to devote to helping some of the younger dogs become the best future-pets possible.
v Last, but certainly not least, opening critical kennel space to other dogs in desperate need of temporary shelter.
These are some of our biggest short-term goals, because they are key to our overall objective of finding homes and companions for the greatest number of homeless dogs possible!! This can only be accomplished with your help!!
PLEASE READ ABOUT OUR SENIOR DOGS ON OUR WEBSITE AND SCHEDULE A TIME TO VISIT WITH ONE! ALSO, GOOGLE AND EXPLORE THE WEALTH OF INFORMATION ABOUT:
--THE INCREDIBLE PERSONAL BENEFITS OF FOSTERING A NEEDY ANIMAL
--WHY SENIOR DOGS MAKE EXCELLENT FOSTERED/ADOPTED PETS!
THEN, CALL ANNIE’S ORPHANS RIGHT AWAY WITH YOUR DECISION TO MAKE A MONUMENTAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A 4-LEGGED FRIEND:
Odie is, truly, the Steve McQueen of dogs: Having boasted a scrappy and rebellious, independent and wild youth – running as top-dog with the gang – he has long-since seasoned into The Canine “King of Cool.”
This mellow, been there and back, senior dog would make an excellent addition to only the coolest of households; never a nerdly moment with this guy. While Odie enjoys his celebrity status at Annie’s Orphans, he has a lot of affection and experience to offer the world – derived from 11 years of life education and a graduate degree in How to Make Ends Meet. He is looking to share his place in the spotlight with an equally epic individual! Even a touch of arthritis doesn’t affect Odie’s chill-attitude (or, for that matter, his independent problem-solving style; for example, when he decides cold-tubbing in the pool is an incredible feel-good)!
Collected with other dogs and excellent with people, Odie rocks! Want cool? Call about him at Annie’s Orphans: 970-759-8811.
OUT OF LO-DEBAR
**Read this rescue-horse story in our Blog Section**
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: THIS STORY IS OFFERED WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO SOUTHWEST AG FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROUS ASSISTANCE AT A TIME WHEN IT WAS NEEDED!
**SEE OUR RECENTLY-ADDED FAQS PAGE**
CLICK ON OUR FAQS LINK TO READ CURRENT INFORMATION AND ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS RELATED TO OUR WORK, THE SHELTER AND DOGS IN GENERAL!
"JIMMY CHEW" IS LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT HOME!
Little Jimmy (the double-orbed, black dot in the above picture) is searching for the "just right" home. You see, he is a tiny guy, approximately 2 lbs, and has special needs. He is eight years old, but will require perpetual babying, so it's imperative that his future companion be someone able to and interested in providing ongoing mothering and caregiving. Jimmy was given over by family members after his companion's death and was never house-trained. When crating is necessary, he uses potty-pads within his large crate, but diapering is suggested when he wanders freely throughout the home. Due to his size, Jimmy will also need a secure and safe living space, with attention to "baby-proofing." Jimmy lives for being held and is an innate cuddler; but he also needs enough exercise, since he has a touch of spasticity in his hind legs that improves with muscle-toning. This little Chihuahua has an exaggerated shaking pattern, but -- in his comfort-zone -- he takes on the patterns of a normal (miniature) canine, running, playing and being endearingly animated. Jimmy bonds well and loves his person and, frankly, he is as adorable as a tiny, fruit-bat. However, he is a real dog with real needs -- as you can see here -- and will not make a good fashion accessory; so we will be looking for someone who is drawn in by Jimmy's loveable personality and is willing to meet his need for special care with lasting patience and affection!
MOVE OVER, MILLAN !!
Annie’s Orphans takes tremendous pride in introducing our exceptional staff-member, Michael O’Rork. This uber-talented and highly valued individual has become irreplaceable within our organization! While television tutelage with experts such as Cesar Millan and Victoria Stilwell has unleashed an entire generation of self-proclaimed “dog whisperers,” our own Mike is, without doubt, the REAL DEAL! His firm but gentle handling and his calm, soft-spoken demeanor have proven to work magic: even some of our toughest behavioral cases have been responding famously to Mike. His experience with animals is impressive and stretches beyond accomplishments with our domesticated friends to include a background within the wildlife refuge setting: lions, tigers and bears, PLUS! Our dogs adore Mike and so do we! We’re grateful for our stroke of luck in finding you, Mike!
MIKE WITH SEAGER
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!STILL LOOKING FOR A HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SEE BIO ON DOGS FOR ADOPTION PAGE 1
THIS OUTSTANDING (PERSONABLE AND GORGEOUS) DOG HAS WAITED TOO LONG FOR HER DREAM OF A GOOD HOME!
SKILLED CARPENTERS & BUILDERS: Annie's Orphans would love to hear from you if you have any time to volunteer toward a building project that is in need of completion. If you can offer time and have a desire to assist, please call us at 970-759-8811.
Annie's Orphans is a No-Kill dog shelter located in Durango, Colorado which began in 1985 as a home for retired sled dogs. With dogs for adoption in Durango, CO, Annie's Orphans is the oldest No-Kill dog shelter in the Four Corners area.
Even though it started as a home for retired sled dogs, given Anna and Bill Anderson's compassion for animals in distress, this limited scope was quickly revised to become a more "all-inclusive" strategy. The shelter grew rapidly into a full-fledged, all breed rescue and was incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1997. Annie's Orphans now has a maximum capacity of 70 dogs and has become a safe-haven for the abandoned, neglected, and abused pet population throughout the greater Four Corners area. However, due to a high in-flow of rescued dogs, a number of older dogs in residence with considerable health care needs and those that are hard to adopt because of the traumatic lives they have led, the shelter remains at perpetual full-capacity and that is where we need your help!
The goal of Annie's Orphans is to offer abused, discarded and hard to adopt dogs a safe haven until good adoptive homes can be found. Unfortunately, some arrivals have chronic health problems or are too traumatized to adjust easily to a new family. These hard luck stories often find a home for life at Annie's. Food and veterinary care for these long-term residents amount to a larger expense than can be supported through the sale of Black Feather Jewelry and the generous donations from our community. Financial assistance is therefore always needed for the shelter to continue providing a safe home in the mountains. Various supplies and materials are also an ongoing need at our facility. Please see our "wish-list" by accessing the Donate page.
Our hope with this website is to create a simple and user friendly way for you to participate and to stay up to date on the dogs that are up for adoption, scheduled events and information about Annie's Orphans. This will help us continue to save the world for one dog at a time! Since 1985, the shelter has placed hundreds of dogs in carefully selected forever-homes. Thanks to our community, generous donations and our fantastic volunteers, we continue our mission to rescue, rehab and re-home!
Please check in regularly, visit our Events page, our Dogs For Adoption page and our Blog to stay involved, remain informed and to help us spread the No-Kill mission for those without a voice of their own! Thank you for your interest and for helping us to change the world -- one dog at a time!
At Annie's, we always have 3 main needs: