Our Mission:

Find your new best friend.

Changing the world for one dog at a time.


Our Mission

Everything that we do at Annie's is in hopes of finding permanent, loving homes for our "orphans" and giving them the safety and love that these great dogs deserve. Our ultimate goal is to get dogs out of the shelter and into their "forever" home.

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Special acknowledgment to the following for helping us fulfill our mission year after year:


About Us


Annie's Orphans, located in Durango, Colorado, provides a safe haven for the abandoned, neglected, and abused pet population and has offered this service for over thirty years. These dogs have a home with us until the best adoptive homes can be found. Since our inception, we have placed thousands of dogs in carefully selected homes and have provided life-long shelter and care to countless others.  

By taking on the gamut, we are accepting the possibility that a quick re-homing, for some, may not be likely. If an animal is either too sick, too traumatized or otherwise "unadoptable," s/he has a forever home at Annie's. The “Sanctuary” component of our facility shelters and cares for these dogs indefinitely, while those Sanctuary dogs with a chance at “becoming adoptable” are given as much training focus as possible.

The dogs residing at Annie’s Orphans that are readily adoptable and those that will fit well into a specified type of adoptive-home are listed on our “Adopt” pages. Annie’s Orphans is their secure harbor while life-long matches are being sought.

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Get Involved

Come to Annie's and help us change the world for one dog at a time!

Do you have a love for dogs and want to help? Here are three great ideas we would like to share:


become a sponsor

At Annie's, we couldn't do what we do without the support and participation of our community, our volunteers and our generous, loyal sponsors!  When you are out making your purchasing decisions, please consider shopping with and patronizing our important partners in the community first!

Volunteer opportunities

Come join the AO pack! We need help with everything, from volunteers that can assist with building and carpentry to those who just want to come out to walk and love on dogs. So, if you have the heart for dogs and the hands for a mission, please be a part of our team!

Make a Donation

Annie's Orphans is a local, home-grown, no-kill dog shelter, relying on the warm support of donors in providing the needed services we’ve offered for over three decades! Please consider donating to the shelter today to help ensure that we can continue to provide a safe, comfortable and loving place for the orphans!