Annie's Orphans Dog Shelter in Durango, CO



Hours of Operation:  BY APPOINTMENT, PLEASE

(Advance scheduling is needed and appreciated!)


Our new website is Under Construction while this one is still functioning.

Check back soon for a bigger, better, and more exciting look!


5 Token Tuesdays at Ska !!


When you purchase a pint of beer at Ska on any of the 5 Tuesdays in April (between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM), you'll get a token. Put your token in the jar for Annie's Orphans and our shelter will get money from Ska to help support our dogs. Each token is worth $1.00 to Annie's Orphans - and we really need every dollar! There are 5 Tuesdays in April - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Come every Tuesday - have a beer - support Annie's Orphans without even trying!!! THANK YOU SKA!


Annie's Annual "Pasta for Pups" fundraiser coming up on July 11, 2019.  Stay tuned for more details!

Also ... We are looking for 1) sponsorships (with great perks for the sponsors) and 2) auction items (for a live auction) and other prizes. If you can help with donations of either (or both), please call (970) 764-8658.

Remember - we get $0.00 from government subsidies. We are able to help save dogs because of donations and fundraising - so this is super important. You are a crucial part of this process.  Thank you!!!! 






  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!