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Volunteers Needed

As a non-profit organization, volunteers and donations are the lifeblood of our organization.  If your heart hurts thinking about these sweet creatures being locked up in cages barely larger than they are and being treated cruelly, then please help us eradicate puppy mills from our state. If you have time to spare, we would love for you to volunteer.  Contact us to find out how you can help.


9 Ways You Can Help if You Don't Have Time to Volunteer

1.  Contact Your City Officials

In Colorado, legislation has already been enacted that prohibits the sale of puppies from retail pet stores in the following localities:  Alma, Berthoud, Dillon, Eagle, Fairplay, Fountain, Frisco, Silverthorne.   Of Note, the animal welfare ordinance from Fountain, CO is noteworthy as in the text it is noted that:

The City Council of the City of Fountain, Colorado (the “City Council”) finds that, in addition to state and federal laws, the City of Fountain, Colorado (the “City”) has a local responsibility to promote animal welfare and encourage best practices in the breeding and purchasing of dogs and cats. The City Council believes that a community that promotes animal welfare will be a healthier community.

If you feel the same responsibility that the Fountain, CO elected officials did, please contact your elected city officials to let them know that you want pet stores to not be allowed to sell Puppy Mill puppies and that you want laws enacted to prevent animal cruelty. If you reside in Colorado Springs NOW is the time to make your voice heard - In November 2021 Colorado Springs City Council will be considering enacting an ordinance to ban the sale of Puppy Mill Puppies locally. If you are a resident of Colorado Springs NOW is a GREAT time to take action. Find your City Council Member  HERE and contact NOW and ask them to support the ordinance.  

2. Contact Your State & Federal Representatives

At a national level The Puppy Protection Act (HR2840/S1385) has been introduced.  The Puppy Protection Act will help dogs in commercial breeding facilities by amending the Animal Welfare Act to:

  • Ban harmful practices such as cage stacking and wire flooring.
  • Require larger enclosures, including spacious outdoor exercise runs for all dogs over 12 weeks.
  • Require that all dogs be fed at least twice a day.
  • Require dogs to be protected from sweltering or frigid temperatures.
  • Require that each animal receive prompt treatment of illness or an injury.
  • Require that each dog receive daily socialization with humans and compatible dogs.
  • Prohibit the overbreeding of dogs or the breeding of dogs that have serious health conditions or inheritable diseases that are likely to significantly affect the mother or offspring.
  • Require group housing with other dogs, unless health or behavioral issues threaten safety
  • Require that breeders make every effort to find humane placement for retired breeding dogs rather than destroying them 

Be a voice for our voiceless, furry companions trapped in these miserable conditions.  Let your legislators know that  puppy mills, and the businesses that support the systemic cruelty therein, have no place in your community, and no place in our country.

Find your Federal representative.          Find your local (State) representative.

3. Tell a Friend or Two (or Ten)Mahatma Gandhi

How many of your friends love dogs as much as you do? Do you think they would be upset if they knew what goes on in puppy mills.  Let them know what's going on. Send them to our website so they can learn more.  Ask them to support The Puppy Protection Act (above) by reaching out to their State and Federal representatives.

4. Build a Local Team

Build a local team in your hometown to help advocate for these animals. Together we can be a powerful force to enact change.  Contact Us for ideas.

5. Reach Out to the Media

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or contact your local news station.

6. Use Social Media

Let all your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tik-Tok and Instagram know about our mission.  Share our website with friends and family. Ask them to get involved.

7. Adopt a Dog

If there is room in your home and heart for another animal please consider adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue. Click here to see a list of the local shelters and rescue groups with available dogs.

8. NEVER Buy a Puppy from a Retail Store or Online

Whatever you do, please don't buy a puppy from a pet store, or online site unseen. Pet stores that sell dogs are keeping the puppy mill industry in business. Responsible breeders don't sell to pet stores because they want to ensure the animals they bring into the world will be well cared for.  If you find a breeder online, make sure you visit to meet the mother dog and see the conditions in which the dogs are living. 

9. Financial Support

We know finding time is often difficult. And that's okay because we can also use your financial support. Consider making a monthly contribution or Whatever you can afford $25, $50, $100 every little bit helps.

At Colorado Canine Advocates we are all volunteers**100% of donations go toward direct costs involved with advancing our mission and helping dogs.