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We give them the love we can spare, the time we can spare. In return, dogs have given us

their absolute all. It is without doubt the best deal man has ever made.     - Roger Caras

We are located near

San Luis, CO and are 

open by appointment for adoptions.

The shelter is high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado. Wildlife abounds on the site with buffalo, elk, and beaver. 

In summer, alpine butterflies, and many species of hummingbirds

are everywhere.

The shelter occupies the former Battle Mt. Goldmine facility - 17,000 sq.ft. of high-quality metal buildings.

The Animal Assistance Foundation

of Denver has helped us greatly -

for example, funding our high tech yellow Mason kennels and our insulated dog houses.

SLVAWS facility


Well over 10,000 homeless animals have been rescued and now have loving homes and good lives thanks to donations. All the people who run our organization are volunteers. Every penny of your donation goes to rescuing, sheltering, and adopting out homeless animals. We have 2 employees who clean and and care for rescued animals at our shelter.  Rescues and adoptions are done by volunteers.  No money goes to administrator salaries.

VOLUNTEER: Every Saturday, we hold Pet Adoptions in Colorado. Springs from 11 AM to 3Pm, At PetCo or Petsmart where many of the pets (but never quite enough) will begin their rightful lives with their loving new owners. We can use help feeding, watering, and caring for animals. If you would like to help homeless animals find homes please email us at and ask for a volunteer form. 


contact us


719.587.WOOF (9663)


Shelter and Office

23700 Rito Seco Road

San Luis, CO


Mail Only:

76 El Rio Dr.

Alamosa, CO 81101

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