Facts About ABRN

Q. Where is ABRN located, and where can I see the dogs?
A. All Breed Rescue Network does not have a brick and mortar facility, such as an animal shelter like the Dumb Friends League, where you can come, see, and adopt a dog. Rather, we are a coalition of over 100 different, all-volunteer, purebred dog rescue groups. The groups are located throughout the Denver metro area, primarily, and some are farther away, such as in Ft. Collins or Colorado Springs. The dogs are fostered in private homes, where they can be evaluated for health, temperament, personality, and their level of activity and housetraining, so we can place each dog in the home that is most suitable for them. Sometimes the rescue group will bring the dog to your home (a home visit is usually required prior to placement). Sometimes you would go to where the dog is to meet the dog. To contact a specific rescue group, please go to "Breed Rescue List" or call the ABRN hotline at 303-989-7808 if the breed in which you are interested is not on the list.

Q. What is ABRN?
A. All Breed Rescue Network is a 501-C-3 nonprofit corporation that is a coalition of over 100 volunteer purebred rescue groups and individuals whose mission it is to find loving, responsible, permanent homes for purebred dogs, as well as to provide breed education.

Q. Why purebred dogs?
A. Different breeds of dogs have different temperaments and care needs. A home appropriate for a Chihuahua, for instance, may be inappropriate for an Alaskan Malamute. The purebred rescue groups are comprised of people who are knowledgeable about their breed, love their breed, and are qualified to find suitable homes for their breed.

Q. How would I find a rescue group for a particular breed of dog?
A. The most current list of groups affiliated with All Breed can be found on this website. Or call the hotline (303-989-7808).

Q. Who answers the phone when people call the hotline?
A. There are currently 14 volunteers who rotate the task of returning calls placed to the hotline. Each volunteer handles all calls that come in to the hotline for a week, then the task is turned over to the next volunteer until their turn arises again.

Q. What kind of calls come in to the hotline and how many are there?
A. The calls generally fall into two categories - calls from people who are unable to keep their dogs and need to have them re-homed - and calls from people looking to adopt a purebred dog from a rescue group. Fortunately, there are more calls from the second group, as there can be anywhere from 50 to 100 calls each week.

Q. Where do the rescue groups get the dogs that need to be re-homed?
A. Many owners surrender their dogs directly to the rescue groups. Many owners take their dogs to animal shelters. Animal control agencies impound dogs found running at large, as well as dogs suffering from neglect or cruelty at the hands of their owners. ABRN has people who volunteer as shelter liaisons, who walk through shelters on a weekly basis and alert the rescue groups about specific dogs. Frequently, shelter personnel call the rescue groups directly, also. This has the benefit of reducing the overall shelter population and giving the remaining dogs a better chance of being adopted.

Q. How does a rescue group get on ABRN's official list?
A. An interested person or group needs to contact ABRN's Board of Directors. They send out a letter spelling out the requirements for inclusion, as well as a new listing application. Among other things, ABRN requires groups to return phone calls in a timely manner; that dogs be placed with a contract specifying the level of care and providing for returning the dog if the adopter can no longer care for the dog; and that all animals be spayed or neutered before placement. It is also understood that the rescue groups disclose information known about the health and temperament of the dog and that the rescue group not place a dog with a known aggression problem. A home visit is made to the rescue person or group wishing to be on our referral list. A new group is evaluated for a period of time before being placed on the official list.

Q. What does an ABRN rescue group expect from a potential adopter?
A. A potential adopter is expected to make the dog a part of the family's life, house the dog indoors, provide the dog with a securely fenced yard, provide identification, health care, and references, sign an adoption agreement, agree to a follow-up home visit, never allow the dog to ride in an open truck bed, and return the dog to the rescue group is they are unable to keep it.

Q. How can I help?
A. ABRN is always in need of financial support to help with veterinary care, housing, training, and administrative costs like postage and long-distance phone calls. Donations are appreciated and are tax deductible. Foster homes are always scarce. If you're knowledgeable about dogs, consider being a foster home for rescue dogs. We are often in need of people to serve as shelter liaisons. If you know anyone who is looking for a dog, encourage them to contact ABRN. We can always use help with phone calls, keeping our rescue list current, mailings, the newsletter, transporting dogs, and miscellaneous other tasks. If you have any other skills you feel could benefit ABRN, please call the hotline and leave your name and number. We will gladly call you.