Annie's Orphans Dog Shelter in Durango, CO



Hours of Operation:  BY APPOINTMENT, PLEASE

(Advance scheduling is needed and appreciated!)


Spring is Here and Birds Need Homes Too! … Annie’s Orphans to the Rescue!

We’re having a silent auction on our Facebook page and we’re auctioning off 4 birdhouses made for the shelter by talented Durango High School students.  The auction goes from now until midnight on 03/28/19.  Please click the Facebook link on the left side of this page and you’ll be taken directly to our page.  Details and bidding instructions are on the post.  Please support the dogs at Annie’s Orphans and give a home to some birds while you’re at it.  And don’t forget to tell your friends!




  WE HAVE HAD TO PLACE AN INDEFINITE MORATORIUM ON INTAKE OF DOGS THAT ARE KNOWN TO BE UNADOPTABLE OR CHALLENGING-TO-ADOPT.  For some time now, there has been a dramatic increase in surrender requests for dogs with severe behavioral issues and, obviously, there will always be far more people wishing to surrender dogs with behavioral problems than those hoping to adopt one.  As such, sanctuary numbers can rapidly rise, while natural attrition occurs at its own pace; thus, no-kill shelters can easily find themselves at maximum sanctuary capacity.  WE ARE THERE.  While, it's against the grain for us to say no to dogs in need, as a rescue with limited predictable funding and minimal staff, we don't have the resources to grant further requests for sanctuary. 




Annie's Orphans - Durango Colorado No-Kill Dog Shelter



Located in dog-friendly Durango, Colorado, Annie's Orphans is the oldest No-Kill dog shelter in the Four Corners region. Our facility had its humble beginnings in 1985 as a home for retired sled dogs, but quickly grew into an all-breed rescue and was incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1997. Annie's Orphans currently 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, and these can be viewed on our "wish-list."

Our hope with this website is to create a simple, accessible way for you to participate and to stay up to date on the dogs that are up for adoption, as well as our residents, our scheduled events and general information about Annie's Orphans.  This will help us continue to offer our much-needed services! Since our inception, the shelter has placed between 2,000 - 2,500 dogs in carefully selected forever-homes and has provided life-long shelter and care for countless others. 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:



 All leading to the main goal: ADOPT!