Relay For Rescue - Animal Welfare Denver Colorado


Relay For Rescue was founded in Denver in the winter of 2016. In recent years, the Mile High City has become a thriving mecca for animal welfare organizations and animal lovers alike, so the opportunity to combine the two for a fun, interactive summer fundraiser couldn’t be surpassed. And what better way to engage the community than to include not one but SIX amazing charities and SIX incredible bars? On Saturday, June 24, these six local animal welfare organizations are joining forces to help build awareness, attract local supporters, and raise money for their individual causes. Join us for this epic event as each organization (“team”) hits the streets of downtown Denver to compete in a six-leg relay for the coveted Golden Bone!


Colorado Animal Welfare League (CAWL) runs a small spay/neuter clinic in rural areas around Colorado. CAWL neuters, vaccinates and cares for about 1,700 animals annually as well as rescues/adopts out dogs and cats. Many of these animals are owner surrendered at clinics and are brought back to foster homes in the Denver/Colorado Springs area. CAWL owns two mobile spay/neuter units, the SNOWmobile (Spay Neuter On Wheels) and the SNOWcat, a smaller unit for cats and kittens.

We are 100% volunteer run and all donations go to neuter dogs and cats in need. CAWL volunteers donate dog houses and food for these rural areas as well. CAWL volunteers have helped with spay/neuter clinics across the world, including Spain, the Bahamas, and the Galapagos Islands.

CAWL surgery


The Colorado Pet Pantry pet food bank begin in 2013 with the goal of helping families feed their pets and keep these beloved pets in their homes. During the next three years, the organization grew to six monthly “open-to-the-public” pet food banks and 10 monthly “mini pet food banks” serving approximately 6,335 pets (food for a month) in 2016. The Colorado Pet Pantry also manages the Emergency Pet Food Program to assist people in-between pet food banks and the Animal Welfare Organization Share Program.

More than 50 volunteers help our non-profit organization run pet food banks, keep the warehouse in order, manage donors, pickup pet food donations, enter data, and manage the organization.


Denver Animal Protection (DAP) provides animal care and protection services for all of Denver County. We foster the human-animal bond by protecting the safety and welfare of Denver’s animals and citizens. DAP is committed to providing humane care to companion animals; reuniting lost pets with their owners; adopting pets to loving homes; and proactively educating the public about animals, their needs, and DAP’s critical role as a community resource.

DAP operates Denver Animal Shelter (DAS), an open-admission shelter that is home to more than 6,500 lost and abandoned pets each year.


Mile High German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding permanent, loving homes for neglected, abused, displaced, or relinquished GSPs. Using a thorough adoption process, we find loving, permanent homes for our dogs that deserve families who will appreciate and nurture their energetic, affectionate, goofy and loyal personalities. Since we have no physical facility we are a 100% foster-based rescue. While the dogs are with their foster families, who are the heart of our rescue, we provide basic health care as well as spays/neuters, heartworm treatment/prevention, surgeries for minor and major issues, rehab, and training.

Our rescue is entirely volunteer run and we depend on the generosity of donors to keep our doors open. Without the support of truly dedicated GSP owners, friends, and the general public, we wouldn’t be able to help all the amazing GSPs that we do and, most importantly, find them homes that will provide the love and life style that this exuberant and energetic breed needs.


PawsCo is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)3 animal welfare organization in Denver. PawsCo is dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation with a comprehensive approach, which includes three divisions: Spay/Neuter, Pet Food Drive, and Adoptions. The different components of PawsCo work together to improve animal welfare in Colorado by reducing the number of unplanned litters through spay/neuter efforts, keeping animals in their homes through pet food drives, and serving as a resource to shelters through foster-based adoptions.

In 2016, PawsCo performed 547 spay/neuter operations in rural communities as well as urban community cats, collected and distributed more than 38,000 pounds of pet food within urban communities, and helped more than 250 animals find adoptive homes.


Our primary goal is to rescue Rottweilers from high-kill shelters. Often dumped, neglected, and abused, we provide shelter, respite, and life-saving opportunities for the dogs in our care.

Rottie Aid is short-staffed and functioning at a limited level. Supporting our efforts by donating, adopting, and fostering allows us to expand our capacity to serve a very deserving, yet at risk breed.

Rottie Aid is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization focusing on placement assistance, rescue, referral, and education.