Annie's Orphans Dog Shelter in Durango, CO

 

 

ANNIE'S ORPHANS

Hours of Operation:  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

(Advance scheduling is needed and appreciated!)

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OUR 11TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 22 (THIS SATURDAY)!  SEE OUR EVENTS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

ANNIE'S ORPHANS HAS DEDICATED 32 YEARS TO PROVIDING WARMTH, COMPASSION AND CARE TO LOST, ABANDONED, ABUSED AND AT-RISK DOGS OF ALL BREEDS.  PLEASE, JOIN US IN OUR CONTINUED MISSION TO RESCUE, SHELTER AND RE-HOME BY MAKING A GENEROUS, TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TODAY.  THANK YOU FOR CARING!

HUGE APPRECIATION GOES OUT TO CAROLINE, GAIL AND WENDY, WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING OVERTIME WITH OUR GARAGE-SALE/FLEA-MARKET FUNDRAISING.  THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR TIME, MOTIVATION AND THOUGHTFULNESS!

~~SENIOR HUSKY/COLLIE LOOKING FOR NEW HOME~~

Phoebe Louise is looking for her forever home. She is a very sweet 10 year old Husky/Collie mix. She weighs in at 65 pounds and is fantastic on leash. Her shots and chip have been completely updated. She would greatly benefit from a home that has a fenced back yard. She gets along great with other dogs, but needs a home that is free of cats. She likes long walks, belly rubs and morning conversations!

If you can give Phoebe Louise (or Phoebe Cakes as we call her) a new home, please call Joe Bob at 970-749-1749 or Dana at 970-759- 2398.

 

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 IF YOU HAVE THE HEART OF A HERO AND THE SPACE IN YOUR LIFE FOR A DOG, DANTE IS THE BOY FOR YOU!

  

We're putting out the word -- and providing information given to us -- in efforts to help Habitat 4 Paws find a home for Dante, a 2 year old Lab mix.  Dante has a great personality, is playful and friendly, enjoys children and other dogs; however, he is special needs, due to an inoperable spinal condition that leads to some incontinence.  A consistent schedule has worked quite well for Dante and, in foster care, he enjoys his yard for much of the day and shares evening indoor family time, then sleeps, without accidents, in his indoor crate at night.  The rescue believes a farm or ranch setting would be ideal, where Dante would have lots of sheltered outdoor access.  He is fully vetted, neutered and microchipped, and the rescue is extending the offer of transportation and a waived adoption fee to a loving home.  Inquiries can be emailed to:  info@habitat4paws.org

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“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of pity and compassion, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”  Saint Francis of Assisi

MEET MURDOCK!

       

This happy little boy is representative of Annie's Orphans' dedication to the foundations that "LIFE MATTERS" and "EVERYONE DESERVES A FAIR CHANCE."  This Carolina Dog puppy was brought in with his brother a mere two-hours before their young lives were scheduled to come to an end.  Little is known about their back-story, but they were picked up as strays with evidence of physical trauma -- whether intentional or not, we will never know.  Murdock's brother, Campbell (now "Gus"), promptly found a home.  Murdock is still here, due to special needs. He is experiencing developmental delays and odd behavioral patterns, due to what we presume is trauma-related brain-damage.  Steadily, we are seeing positive changes in Murdock, with visual "miswiring" gradually correcting itself and behavioral patterns taking on a more normative range {i.e. reduced "watching airplanes" that don't exist (to us, at least), increased social engagement}.  Despite his challenges, Murdock is one of the most innocent and happiest beings on earth.  He would be suited for a home that has plenty of love to give and a heart for taking on challenge, with the potential of making a huge difference, as we have reason to believe that Murdock will blossom -- given a supportive environment, with exposure to standard doggy life-tasks, as well as graduated introduction to all types of stimulation.  Afterall,

"When the brain's primary "learning center" is damaged, complex new neural circuits arise to compensate for the lost function, say life scientists from UCLA and Australia who have pinpointed the regions of the brain involved in creating those alternate pathways — often far from the damaged site." -- Alison Heather, UCLA Newsroom, May15,2013

This doesn't mean that the task will be simple; in fact, the most rewarding outcomes don't generally come from easy-street. but big dividends are a strong likelihood, given the growth we're seeing with Murdock.  If you're the special person for this special "special needs" boy, please give a call!

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The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity.

George Bernard Shaw

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WARM 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

AND

--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: 

970-759-8811

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~~FEATURED DOG~~

ODIE

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.

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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!

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**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! 

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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

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!STILL LOOKING FOR A HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 PEANUT

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!  

          SCHEDULE A VISIT WITH HER!      

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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.

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

ANNIE'S ORPHANS

ABOUT US:

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!