Aurora, the Gateway to the Rockies, is home to a host of beautiful parks and open spaces, making it the paw-fect place to raise a dog! It also boasts a number of impressive animal welfare and rescue organizations that pull out all the stops to improve the lives of animals in need.
Colorado Puppy Rescue is one of those groups. This no-kill, non-profit rescue specializes in helping young puppies and their mothers, giving at-risk pets a chance at a brighter future. It provides the love, safety, and veterinary care that these animals need, and then adopts the pets out via the Hopeful Hound Adoption Center in Aurora. Since it was founded 11 years ago, Colorado Puppy Rescue has placed more than 11,000 puppies in loving forever homes.
RUFF Rescue also serves the animals of Aurora and surrounding areas. Founded in 2012, this all-breed rescue group saves animals from euthanasia at city and county shelters right across the United States. A foster-based rescue, RUFF adopts out animals at organized events and through home visits.
Animal Rescue of the Rockies is yet another local rescue group worthy of recognition. Established in 2003, this non-profit organization works with a network of foster carers to provide a comfortable and loving alternative to shelter life. It’s helped more than 2,500 dogs and cats find forever homes over the years, and depends on community support to be able to continue helping pets in need.
Looking to head out for a scenic run or walk with your dog? How about if you could raise some funds for a woof-tastic local rescue group at the same time? Run the Bluffs could be the ideal event for you! Held at The Bluffs Regional Park in October, this 2.5-mile walk/run winds its way along a hilly dirt path. All friendly dogs are welcome, and there’s a kisses and cuddles booth on-site with adoptable pups. And the best part? The event raises funds for Colorado Puppy Rescue, so grab your pooch and get ready to Run the Bluffs!
A fundraiser to benefit the VOA Veteran Peer Program for homeless veterans, this free family-friendly event promises a grrr-eat day out for petrolheads and pet lovers alike. Held at Bark & Play, the Dogs and Hogs Car & Motorcycle Show brings together some of the shiniest and most spectacular cars, trucks, and motorcycles you’ll ever see in one place. There are dog adoptions on site and the event is free to attend, so head on down and check it out.
Ever wanted to be part of the largest dog walk in the country? Well, now you can at the much-anticipated annual Furry Scurry. Held in Denver at Washington Park, this two-mile walk and fun run sees thousands of animal lovers and their four-legged friends getting out and about to enjoy a beautiful spring day. The Scurry is then followed by tasty refreshments, food trucks, canine contests, dog demonstrations, and more than 150 pet-related vendors at the Flealess Market. Funds raised on the day benefit the Dumb Friends League, which cares for more than 20,000 homeless pets each year!
If you’re ready to hunt for a bargain as you browse the latest and best pet products from tons of exhibitors, head over to the Denver Pet Expo! Held at the National Western Complex and free to enter, this paw-some pet event showcases all the products you’re ever likely to need for your furry friend. Your dog is more than welcome to join you on your shopping expedition, and there’s plenty more for you and your pet to see and do throughout your visit. Highlights include doggy demonstrations, prize giveaways, adoptable animals, and lots of dog-friendly games, so you and your pet might even have to come back for the second day!
Does your pet love getting wet? Does he adore frolicking in the water with his canine friends? If you answered yes, the annual Doggie Plunge could be your pooch’s idea of a dream day out. Held at the Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center in nearby Englewood, the Doggie Plunge sees hundreds of four-legged swimmers splash and play their way around this paw-some water park. There are life jackets, water toys, and tasty frozen treat for dogs, plus local food trucks and sponsor tents to keep two-legged guests happy. But remember, this event always sells out so you’ll need to get in quick!