Zorro - Domestic Short Hair

  Zorro came to CAWL from a good samaritan who found him and tried to find his former owner to no avail.  After checking for a microchip and looking for months online for his owner, they decided to find a new home for him through us.  

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Where Can I Find Low Cost Spay/Neuter Options?

As an animal welfare organization, we have chosen to put a major focus on the importance of spay/neuter as a means for controlling the rampant animal overpopulation which leads the euthanization of thousands of animals each year. Our initial foray into this area has been the build-out of our mobile

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Help Lewis Get a Leg


Lewis is ready for his leg and we would love you to help him get there. He has had his first fitting and is ready for his first custom made prosthetic leg to be fitted and to start learning how to use the leg he has been missing since birth.

Lewis came to Colorado Animal Welfare League by owner surrender. In the middle of this summer the CAWL SNOWmobile was in La Jara, CO working on a grant to spay and neuter the public owned dog population of the San Luis Valley. In the midst of morning check in we realized there was an extra kennel with no surgery consent form attached, rather a surrender form. A man had signed his name and noted he was surrendering the dog to CAWL and had left the premises.

His kennel was filled with about 60 pounds of shy and thin, black and tan fur. Coaxed out with just a few kind noises and gentle hands and we realized it was a near full grown handsome black and tan shepherd mix that was missing half of his right front limb. He loved people and attention but was quite shy to walk with you, stumbling and fumbling, not quite comfortable with his incomplete limb. For the remainder of that spay and neuter clinic he learned to walk on leash and to accept the love and attention we all gave him. We learned that he simply adores children and always has a smile on his face. We also came to recognize that his limb was missing at an anatomical place that made it very difficult for him to not use it, but using it was not effective. Lewis rode back to the Denver area with the spay neuter team and quickly landed a great foster family. Not long after we were lucky enough to get a consultation with OrthoPets. Lucky for Lewis OrthoPets is right here in Denver and is world renowned for their mission to ”improve their patient’s quality of life through innovative prosthetic and orthotic solutions”. An initial visit to OrthoPets helped us learn a lot about Lewis: he was likely born with a partial front right limb, this boy still had some growing to do and most exciting he is an excellent candidate for a prosthetic front right leg.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jen and Andy

J and A 2 CAWL is incredibly for grateful to Jen GaNun and Andy Thomas! Jen and Andy have been fostering and volunteering with CAWL for an incredible 5 years! Yep FIVE!

Super talented Jen is a nanny, performs with Tigress Dance Company and teaches dance as well. Andy is a Project Manager at Western States Art Federation, plays guitar and performs with Jen all over the world. They are currently performing in Athens, Greece.Jen and Andy

Recently married, these newlyweds foster dogs and cats, help with adoption events and even fostered and trained CAWL’s deaf puppy Dolly! Their current foster cat, Jesse, is black and is quite the dreamboat! Jen and Andy would love to place Jesse in a great home.

Big congratulations to them both and enjoy your honeymoon/tour in Greece!Jesse cat

Help Stop Bubba’s Pain


Donate for TECA-BO surgery for Bubba

UPDATE!! Great news!! Bubba has been accepted into the CSU program!! We will keep you updated with details as we get them! Yay Bubba! Bubba is a wonderful and sweet pit bull mix who needs a special surgery. He was left with untreated chronic ear infections for so long, his body started fighting back through growths in his ears that essentially look like cauliflower. This condition is very painful for him leaving him constantly shaking his head, rubbing his ears on the ground, and constant scratching. Bubba needs his ear canals removed which is an extensive surgery that typically costs around $4000. We are hoping to get him accepted into CSU for TECA-BO surgery at a reduced rate of what we hope will be around $2000. The CAWL board has voted to help this sweet dog but we are desperately in need of donations to help cover these costs. Please consider helping this wonderful companion who has been left to suffer for so long.
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Remembering Naiad

NaiadThe volunteers at CAWL are very sad to report that our senior potcake Naiad (aka Morgan Freeman) has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Naiad was a potcake dog brought to CAWL from the Humane Society of the Grand Bahama. Naiad was a shelter favorite and loved living in Colorado. According to the volunteers at HSGB, Naiad was fished out of a canal by HSGB staff in Sept 2009.  No one ever came looking for him.  They estimated the gorgeous labrador mix to be about 8 yrs old but claimed he had plenty of life in him yet!  He was never a minute’s problem at the shelter.  They likened him to a regal king; “he’s above all the rough and tumble playing but he still enjoys being in the big play groups”.  Our calm, collected, super smart, and affectionate senior potcake was adopted and lived a happy Colorado life with his new family, the Reynolds. He will be greatly missed by CAWL.Naiad and True Thank you True for fostering him and finding him such an amazing home and family to finish his life.

Thank you to the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, Operation Puppy Lift and The Kohn Foundation for continuing to care and raise awareness for the plight of the potcakes.