Annie's Orphans Dog Shelter in Durango, CO




Hours of Operation:  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

(Advance scheduling is needed and appreciated!)




with special acknowledgment and deep appreciation to Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue and to Taz’s new family!

Through no fault of his own, Taz -- an 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel -- first, lost his family-unit, then his life-long home, and the options before him were not the makings of happy endings.  Some advised that his possibilities of being re-homed were limited: a sad paradigm for far too many senior dogs.  Fixed ideas and limiting personality-descriptors further hampered his chances of placement in a loving home. 

Taz was taken directly into foster-care, and his true character was immediately evident.  This active, well-mannered, easy-going dog was an absolute find: solid, resilient, good-natured, game for anything, eager to be accepted and ready to offer love!

A local photographer jumped on task, snapping some appealing photos of Taz and placing posters in select localities.  Upon request, Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue enthusiastically joined the cause, offering ready and invaluable assistance through sharing efforts in website and Facebook courtesy-listings and a home inspection.  The short story is that, within a day of the cross-posting, the “Just Right” family happened upon Taz’s bio and made prompt contact with the foster.

After the necessary adoption follow-up and the family embarking upon an all-day-each-way trip (another true marker of their commitment to this lucky boy), Taz is now with his forever-fam: a caring and pet-conscious, retired couple and their much-loved male, senior Cocker (who, with no fanfare, readily accepted Taz as a brother).  His new folks offer Taz the best: wide-open arms and warm hearts, experienced care (Cocker Spaniel aficionados, one might say), quality time, a fenced yard to romp in and a balanced home to share!  This is the type of storyline one wishes for EVERY dog out there in need of re-homing!


Looking at this recent photo of Taz with his new brother, one might say he looks pretty satisfied, right?  Taz is truly fortunate to have found a spot within his new family, and his people have come across a seriously great find, as well!


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ANNIE'S FEATURED DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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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 - Durango Colorado No-Kill Dog Shelter



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:

  1. Volunteer!
  2. Give!
  3. All leading to the main goal: ADOPT!