All Breed Rescue Network Inc.

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Who We Are

All Breed Rescue Network is a coalition of about 100 different purebred dog rescue groups located in and around metro Denver, Colorado. The Breed Rescue List can be found on our website. All Breed Rescue Network was formally incorporated on January 3, 1993. Our purpose is to provide breed assistance, welfare, education and placement. We received our 501-c.3 in November of 1994 and maintain membership in the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies. The mission of All Breed Rescue Network, Inc., is to provide a vehicle for the fostering and rehoming of abandoned purebred dogs, to assist in increasing the adoption of shelter dogs by promoting awareness and working with shelters, and to educate the community regarding responsible dog ownership including the spay/neuter of companion animals. ABRN's Vision is ending euthanasia of adoptable dogs in Colorado. We are recognized as an integral part of the animal welfare community in Colorado and work cooperatively with nearly every shelter to place dogs in breed-appropriate homes. We have approximately 40 members who pay dues and volunteer their time to support the ABRN program, in addition to their individual rescue activities. It is not true that purebred rescue people care only about purebreds. We care about all dogs; indeed about all animals. We may feel a special affection for a particular breed, but what prompts us to do rescue is a sense of responsibility to that breed, not a belief that purebreds are "worth" more than others. In addition, most of our groups will find homes for mixes of their breeds when they have the resources to do so. Breed rescue people spend countless hours providing support and education to puppy buyers who acquire their pets from commercial sources. Many of these puppies would be abandoned as adults without breed rescue assistance. Many shelters use us to help place dogs they have received. They know that if one of our members refers an adopter, the home is qualified; and they will not be dealing with that dog again. This frees up staff and resources to concentrate on other dogs who need extra time. We are able to do this in Denver because almost every metro area shelter spays or neuters intact animals before they are released to new owners. Many breed rescues are able to take and place some animals who cannot for reasons of health, temperament, or age be successfully placed from a shelter environment. In fact, a number of breed rescues prefer to pay the fee and adopt the shelter dog themselves so that it can be observed in a home environment before being placed. Fostering by individuals with extensive knowledge about a specific breed increases the odds for a successful adoption, especially for some of the more challenging breeds of dog. Also, a well funded rescue is able to do a more thorough physical assessment than many shelters. Breed rescue is a resource other than the commercial breeder for the average pet seeker who thinks he wants a purebred. Most people settle on a breed purely on the basis of how it looks, with little or no information about temperament and behavior. Frequently, we can prevent an individual from acquiring a dog who would be a disastrous match and steer him or her to something more suitable. We are a coalition of quite disparate groups with different policies and procedures, but we are united in our commitment to finding quality permanent homes for all adult dogs, as well as reducing the population of unwanted animals. We believe that this can best be done by working cooperatively with others in the animal welfare community and by supporting the spaying and neutering of all pets before placement

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We work with an adoption application, home visit, reference checks, and adoption application. We discourage out-of-state adoptions

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Online at We do not have a brick and mortar facility, such as an animal shelter. All our adoptable dogs are fostered in private homes prior to adoption.
All Breed Rescue Network Inc.
P. O. Box 150803

Lakewood, CO 80215-08
Phone: (303) 989-7808

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