Soul Dog Rescue


Fort Lupton, Colorado

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About Soul Dog Rescue

Soul Dog Rescue in Fort Lupton, Colorado is a non-profit animal rescue organization. They're proactive in animal welfare, advancing the need for spaying and neutering pets to reduce overpopulation. They travel to rural communities on Native American reservations, where spaying and neutering only happens if it's nearly free or very convenient.

Soul Dog Rescue works with volunteer veterinarians to provide these services at no cost to the public. Any donations they receive are used to reduce the costs associated with medications, supplies, and operating cost for clinics.

Rescue, adoption, and rehabilitation are necessities due to the lack of viable options for unwanted and abandoned animals. Soul Dog Rescue refuses to turn their backs on the massive number of animals in need, so they created a program and vehicles to provide for these animals and remove them from the reservations. This program has resulted in over 15,000 animals being transported off of Tribal Lands to other areas for vetting and adoption. Partnering with animal control has been a hugely beneficial relationship for the animals, and the partnership continues to result in thousands of lives saved each year. As awareness about available resources on Tribal Lands has grown, the demand for services has increased as the people become aware of available options.

The result has been a noticeable change for the better, with a slight cultural shift in care and consideration for animals. More people are rescuing animals in their reservation communities and choosing humane solutions than ever before.

Considering adopting a Soul Dog? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

Address:
1245 Factory Dr
,
Fort Lupton
,
CO
80621
Phone:
(303) 857-6789
Email:
adopt@souldog.org
Website: souldog.org

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.

Rescues

  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process

To adopt a Soul Dog from Soul Dog Rescue, you can start by completing an online adoption application. For more information on the adoption process, please contact the organization directly.

What Is A Soul Dog?

Soul Dog Rescue's animals are different than those at a traditional shelter:

  • The majority of the animals are rescued directly off reservations in the Four Corners area.
  • Many come from harsh living conditions without regular access to clean water and regular food sources.
  • Most have never seen a veterinarian or received vaccinations, and very few are sterilized upon arrival.
  • Most reservation animals stay outside full-time.
  • With a life full of hurdles and not knowing where their next meal might come from, many animals are termed "food bossy," meaning they want to hoard all available food when it's available for themselves. They often linger over animals while they eat and lick their bowls or push them away from their own food.
  • Reservation animals are typically free-roaming and not kept confined in a house or fenced-in yard. For this reason, stairs, washing machines, vacuums, and other appliances may be scary at first.

Luckily these animals are known for being exceptionally smart and adaptable, so if given adequate time to adjust, they usually adapt and thrive. The upside to free-roaming animals is they've learned to get along with other animals, and the majority do well with other dogs and cats. Shower reservation animals with food, water, love, attention, and positive reinforcements to help them gain trust, and they'll be the best of companions and an excellent addition to the family!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Soul Dog Rescue are as follows:

Dogs

  • Puppies (up to 7 months): $275
  • Teenagers (7-12 months): $300
  • Adults (1+ years): $275

Cats

  • Adults/Kittens: $175+

Your adoption fee helps Soul Dog Rescue defray the costs associated with rescuing homeless pets, including providing them with vet care, food, water, shelter, and medicine.

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Soul Dog Rescue
in
Fort Lupton
,
Colorado
directly using the contact info above.

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