Hope For Animals rescue group hosting dog adoption and fundraiser in Dillon
Hope For Animals fundraiser and adoption event
Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Healthy Pet Haven, 6850 Little Beaver Trail, Dillon
Cost: Dog wash is $15; all proceeds go to Hope for Animals
More info: Hope for Animals – Clear Creek Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Learn more online at www.hfaccr.org
During the eight years that she’s volunteered with Hope For Animals – Clear Creek Rescue, Sharon Ryan estimates that she’s helped rescue about 400 puppies.
The pups have come from all over Colorado, as well as neighboring states like Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Transported from shelters too overwhelmed to care for them, the dogs sidestep a death sentence and get a second chance at life through the efforts of various animal rescue organizations, including Hope For Animals.
Volunteers like Ryan then take in the dogs, or help organize foster situations for them, before putting them up for adoption. Just last weekend, Ryan received an influx of 13 puppies, all but four of which have already been adopted. Ryan’s remaining puppies will join other adoptable dogs in Dillon this Saturday, March 14, for a fundraiser and adoption event put on by Hope for Animals.
FINDING FOREVER FAMILIES
Up to about 20 dogs will be present at the Saturday event, which will take place at the Healthy Pet Haven grooming business in Dillon. Owner Becky Knight is the rescue group’s Summit County coordinator. She sets up foster homes in Summit County for incoming dogs, and does most of the home inspections during the adoption process. All of her own dogs have been adopted through the group.
“We’re down to eight now,” she said.
She’s hoping to find “forever families” for the current batch of dogs, which includes a variety of breed mixes — from border collie to Chihuahua — from puppy age to young adult.
“We’ll have quite a menagerie to choose from,” said Ryan.
The event is also a fundraiser for HFACCR. Knight will be offering a “bath, dry and brush” package for $15. All proceeds will go towards the rescue, which has an official 501(c)3 nonprofit designation.
HFACCR is an all-volunteer organization. Funds raised go towards expenses including vet bills, boarding, transportation, and spay and neuter costs.
Fatty’s Pizzeria in Breckenridge is also donating pizza, which will arrive at the event around noon. Slices will be available for a donation.
Those interested in learning more about the organization, or becoming fosters for rescue dogs, are also encouraged to attend.
“We could always use fosters. The more fosters we have, the more animals we can save,” Ryan said.
HOPE FOR RESCUES
For its first 12 years, the organization went by the name Clear Creek County Animal Rescue League. Then in 2007, one dog came along that so epitomized the groups mission that they changed their name for her.
Hope was found on the side of the road after being thrown from a vehicle. Among her many ailments were ingrown toenails, blindness, a cancerous tumor, diabetes and, according to the rescue group’s website, “the worst case of emaciation (the veterinarians) had ever seen in a dog that was still alive.”
Through the care of Hope for Animals president Julie Quaife and a team of veterinarians, Hope went from 11 to 27 pounds and recovered enough to live for the next six years.
“She was the most incredible dog I think I’ve ever been around,” Quaife said.
Hope’s story is just one among thousands of animals who have been rescued from terrible situations and gone on to live normal, happy lives.
“We are a foster home program, so all of our dogs are in foster care. We don’t have a facility, so they get the love and care that they need, all the veterinary care that they need,” Quaife said. “They start on house training and basic house manners, they get used to (and) introduced to other animals, to children, so they have the beginnings of already being in a home, when they’re put up for adoption.
“They’re healthy, they’re vaccinated, we cover the spay and neuter services, and they’re just wonderful, wonderful pets. Many of these animals come from horrible situations and the foster homes are able to help these dogs through whatever those issues might be, so they can go into an adoptive home.”
Puppies like the ones that Ryan fosters are just one portion of the dogs that go through Hope For Animals. Others are older, or dogs that need a little extra care to make them desirable to adoptive families.
“We take on a lot of the animals that no one else really wanted, the hard to adopt animals,” said Ryan. Once the dogs have received some medical care and spent some time in a foster home, they’re ready to be adopted.
“It’s amazing, once you take them in and clean them up and get them a little vetting, you just end up with this great little dog,” she said.
In addition to helping rescue dogs find permanent homes, Hope for Animals works to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their animals, and choosing the right breed to fit in with their family.
Because the moment the right dog meets the right people is a special one, that the group’s volunteers enjoy every time.
“It’s just nice to bring families and puppies together, because you just watch them interact,” Ryan said. She recalled one adoption where a family with three young handicapped girls adopted a puppy that had just survived a rough bout with the Parvo illness.
“When (the puppy) survived, the mother was like, you know, it’s just meant to be. This little puppy had a tough start in life, just like my girls did,” Ryan said. “That was probably one of my most touching (moments).”
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