Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Colorado Puppy Rescue's "Credentials?"
Colorado Puppy Rescue has been licensed with PACFA for almost eleven years and is subject to annual inspections. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, CPR can accept tax deductible donations. Colorado Puppy Rescue's volunteers are allowed into every aspect of the organization and can attest to our genuine care and love for our puppy's health and well-being. Many CPR adopters add comments and follow us on Facebook. It is easy to find a previous adopter who can give a shining star recommendation or testimonial.
What Is Colorado Puppy Rescue?
Where Does Colorado Puppy Rescue Get Puppies?
Our partners contact us when our support is needed and our driver picks up the puppies. Because we pick up our puppies from shelters and rescues, we do not usually see the puppies' parents.
The truth is that the puppies transferred to Colorado Puppy Rescue were not bred for profit. They were a mistake and unwanted from the start. Our partner shelters and rescues often pick up young puppies dropped off on the side of the road, find them left in boxes in front of the shelter door or accept the puppies as relinquishment. Much of the time dog owners love their dog, they put money into keeping their dog healthy and trained, they just don’t want the puppies. Here is a link to a Facebook post from the Humane Society of Deaf Smith County for just such an instance.
Our partner, Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, NM has a program called Last Litter. People with puppies can relinquish them to the shelter and then the shelter will spay the mama for free so that the dog and her owner will not have another litter of unwanted puppies. We have found homes for many puppies from the Last Litter program.
Sometimes shelters choose to separate mom and pups because of issues the mom is going through. Mom’s milk may have gone bad or Mom might hurt her puppies like in Tyson’s case, and the shelter doesn’t want to chance sending her with her pups.
Whatever the case might be, rest assured that this is a joint effort and everyone involved in the rescue process wants mom and puppies to have the best life possible. That’s why we all do this.
How Much Is The Adoption Fee?
Do You Have An Application?
Yes, we have an online application that must be filled out prior to the event. This application can be found at https://www.coloradopuppy.org/online-application.
Have The Puppies Had Shots?
Yes. All puppies receive current vaccinations, deworming, and kennel cough vaccine. Most puppies over 12 weeks old have received their rabies vaccine. These vaccines are just the start. Dogs need vaccines throughout their lives.
Do Puppies Get a Vet Check?
Can My Dog Meet The Puppy?
Absolutely. We may ask you to leave your dog with a friend outside until you find your new puppy; this helps to cut down on distractions for our puppies. Make sure that dog is current on all vaccines. We want Colorado Puppy Rescue puppies and your dog to stay as healthy as possible.
How Do You Know What Breeds The Puppies Are?
I Don't See The Puppy I Want, What Do I Do?
My Puppy Isn't Working Out, What Do I Do?
While a Colorado Puppy Rescue pup is always a Colorado Puppy Rescue pup, if the pup is outside of our refund period you can try adopt by owner as well. Here is the resource for Adopt By Owner services.
I Can't Come To The Adoption Event, What Do I Do?
We do not allow viewing and adoption outside of adoption events. We occasionally have adoption events during the week if we have more than five carry-over puppies. Keep an eye on our web page on Saturday evenings to see if we will hold a Sunday or mid-week adoption and which puppies will be there.
Can I Put A Hold On A Puppy?
No. Colorado Puppy Rescue does not take requests. Due to our limited foster homes, we cannot hold puppies for anyone, nor can we board puppies after they are adopted. We do not ship out of state. You must be 21 years or older to adopt from Colorado Puppy Rescue and attend the adoption event virtually in person. We also do not allow puppies to be purchased to be given as gifts.
What Happens To a Puppy That Doesn't Find A Home?
Puppies that do not find a family at our adoption event will go back home to stay with fosters until our next adoption event.
How Does The Breed Ban Impact Colorado Puppy Rescue?
On October 24, 2005, The Aurora City Council passed an ordinance (Ordinance Sec 14-75) prohibiting the following breeds of dogs and/or any dog exhibiting distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards for any of these breeds:
We are no longer able to accept the above breeds into our rescue.
I want to adopt a puppy so I can breed with another dog
Colorado State Law 35-80-106.4 requires dogs adopted from rescues to be spayed or neutered. Colorado Puppy Rescue takes a $50 deposit to ensure that our adopters follow the law. We will not adopt to anyone who is intent on breeding a puppy adopted from our rescue.
I have a long drive to get to your event. Can you guarantee my puppy will be there?
It's our policy to encourage adopters to find pets at their local rescues and shelters. Not only is the drive to adopt a puppy stressful. What if this puppy doesn't work out? What if she gets sick? You have a long way to travel before we can help you.
We do not reserve puppies for any reason and will not ship puppies out of state for adoption.
I have a newborn baby and want to get a puppy. Can I adopt from Colorado Puppy Rescue?
It is our policy that adopters must wait until a baby is 6 months or older to bring one of our puppies into their household.