Resources For Pet Owners

ARR’s focus is on pulling at-risk dogs and cats from shelters.  Rather than accepting owner surrenders, we offer the following resources to help you do everything possible to keep your pet with you, regardless of whether you’re moving, experiencing financial difficulties, or having behavior-related issues with your pet.

Adopting a pet should be a lifelong commitment.  Animal Rescue of the Rockies believes that every pet deserves a happy, loving home.  When difficult circumstances arise, we encourage you to research every avenue possible before surrendering your furry family member.  Losing a home is a traumatic experience for a pet, with potential lifelong consequences.

Please consider that your pet depends on you completely for its safety, happiness, and health, just as a young child would.  Pets are not disposable or replaceable items – they’re living, feeling, loving beings who deserve our best.

Please scroll down to access the many resources available to help you keep your pet with you.

Pet Food Assistance

Colorado Pet Food Pantry

If Your Pet is Having Behavioral Issues

Did you know the number one reason that pets are turned in to shelters is for behavior reasons?  Many of these pets never make it out alive, and it’s not even their fault!  Just as parents wouldn’t “get rid” of a child for behaving badly, why should a pet owner do this to their pet?  Usually it’s because pet owners don’t know what to do and feel frustrated and helpless.  Or sometimes they just don’t want to put in the time and effort involved to let their pet know what’s expected of him in their home.  To help in these situations, here are some training resources that will quite possibly save your pet’s life – and make life easier for him and for you!
Best Friends
Longmont Humane Society
Traveling with Pets?
Wagging Pawsibilities
Dog Dynamix

Assistance for Finding Pet Friendly Living Situations

Here is a list of pet-friendly housing websites in the Denver metro area.  You should also check with your local shelter, as they often keep similar pet-friendly housing lists available to help you find a new home for your entire family, including your pets!
Area Vibes
Hot Pads
Fido Friendly Apartments
Weidner Apartment Homes


Housing Helpers
Rent Digs
Apartment Guide
Rental Ads
Rent Blurb
My New Place
People With Pets

No Kill Animal Shelters

If you simply cannot find a way to keep your pet with you, please be sure you find a no-kill rescue group or shelter to accept your pet.  This will ensure the safety of your pet and enable him or her to find a new, loving forever home. (Note:  Not all shelters listed are no-kill – do your research first!  Some shelters call themselves no-kill but still euthanize pets they consider “unadoptable” such as those with behavior or medical issues or senior pets.)

Max Fund
Humane Society of Platte Valley

Local Humane Animal Removal

Critter Control, the nation’s leading wildlife control company, is skilled at dealing with many of the nation’s most bothersome pests. Whether you need to get rid of pesky raccoons or squirrels from your attic, remove moles that are ravaging your lawn or prevent geese from making a mess on your property, count on Critter Control to get the job done in a safe, effective and humane manner.
Critter Control App

If You’re Having Trouble Affording Your Pet

Colorado organizations offering pet assistance to pet owners in need.

Ark-Valley Humane Society: Buena Vista (pet food)

Cat Care Society: Lakewood (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society: Cortez (assistance for emergency veterinary care, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic: Fort Collins (assistance with pet food, spay/neuter, vaccinations and financial assistance for sugeries)

Having trouble affording veterinary care?

Keep Your Dog (National and Regional Financial Resources)


MaxFund: Denver (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance)

PetAid Colorado: Provides a safety net for all of Colorado’s animals through our four programs that address an array of animal health and welfare issues.

Pikes Peak Pet Pantry: Colorado Springs (pet food/litter, pet supplies, pet prescription diet assistance, and grooming assistance)

SpayToday, Lakewood, CO (low-cost spay/neuter)

The Cartwright Foundation: Denver/Front Range region (veterinary care assistance)

The Feline Fix: Denver (spay/neuter assistance)

National Organizations Offering Assistance for Pets in Need

Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance
The Big Hearts Fund (financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease):
The Binky Foundation:
Brown Dog Foundation (prescription medications):
Canine Cancer Awareness:
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer-specific):
The Mosby Fund:
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation:
Paws 4 A Cure:
Pet Food Bank:
The Pet Fund:
Pets of the Homeless (pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless)
RedRover Relief:
Rose’s Fund:
Shakespeare Animal Fund:
Top Dog Foundation “Bentley Grant”:
Help-A-Pet provides nationwide financial assistance for owners unable to afford medical care.
Trio Animal Foundation helps shelters, rescues and individuals pay medical bills of homeless pets.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (cats only) is for owners who cannot afford necessary, life-saving veterinary care.
Humane Society of the United States listing provides both national and state-by-state listing of various organizations, funds, etc. for low/no-cost veterinary care.
Care Credit offers payment plans for individuals who need help with various types of bills, including veterinary care.
Tails of Hope Foundation provides education and financial assistance to qualifying pet owners whose pets are suffering from treatable, life-threatening diseases.
This guide highlights safety measures for pet owners with their dogs while on the road which includes what the dangers are and how to prevent them.

For Assistance With Legal Issues


Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance