Our mission is to support and enhance the five freedoms for companion animals in the state of Colorado through impactful and innovative grant making.
Current AAF News
We are in the process of launching a new online grant application system. As part of that system, you can register your organization with us in order to simplify any grant application that you submit. This will also allow us to keep you informed about upcoming grant cycles, changes and any exciting news we might what to share.
To register your organization simply click on the link below:
AAF is excited to announce that Katie Parker has joined the team as Program Director. Katie will be in charge of managing the grant process, interfacing with our grant applicants, and helping to develop some new and exciting funding programs. Katie has extensive experience in animal welfare through out Colorado and most recently worked with the Department of Agriculture as a PACFA inspector. You can contact Katie at email@example.com. Welcome Katie!
We have moved! Animal Assistance Foundation has moved it's office to:
405 Urban St, Suite 340 Lakewood, CO 80228
Our phone number remains the same.
Roger Haston, MBA, PhD, joins AAF as Executive Director, bringing wide-ranging management skills and experience to animal philanthropy. Originally from the private sector in senior management roles, Dr. Haston has developed several successful businesses and managed capital investments. He also brings broad non-profit experience, having served on Colorado animal welfare organization boards and in consulting roles for over ten years. During that period, he used his expertise to provide coaching, financial, and operational guidance for those organizations. Dr. Haston will assume responsibility immediately following the retirement of David Gies who led the foundation for the past fourteen years.
Purchase the Adopt a Shelter Pet plate at your local Division of Motor Vehicles office or through your County Clerk office starting January 3, 2011. Simply visit either office and request the Adopt a Shelter Pet license plate.
Adopt a Shelter Pet plates may be purchased at any time during the year. You will receive credit for the time remaining between the purchase date and your annual license plate renewal date; that money will be applied to the new purchase. You may also purchase an Adopt a Shelter Pet plate upon annual renewal of your regular plates.
Costs to purchase the plate include a $50 fee for a Group Special Use License Plate, a $30 Donation to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund for the benefit of the Adopt a Shelter Pet license plate program, plus customary license plate renewal fees.
Please note, the Licence Plate can not be obtained through the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund. Please visit your local Division of Motor Vehicles for a copy.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) of Lakewood, CO has developed a unique tool to help finders of lost pets to locate the animal’s family. Their database will search all the microchip databases and find the most current database entry. It will provide the phone number of that database which will then be able to give you the contact information for the family.
Click on the picture of the tag to the upper right, or go to www.petmicrochiplookup.org; enter the microchip ID number and the results will display the most recent information for the animal from the AAHA Universal Microchip Database.
In order to determine if a found pet has a microchip, take the pet to the nearest veterinarian or animal shelter. They will be able to scan for a microchip with a universal scanner which reads all brands and frequencies of microchip.
Thank you for helping to reunite pets and their families.
Upcoming Animal Welfare Events
Next grant deadline for AAF is March 28th, 2014!
Grant Recipient Highlight
We like to share stories about the great work our grant recipients are doing to help the animals of Colorado. Share your story with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Ft. Colling Cat Rescue
Grant Recipient Highlight 2013
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (FCCRSNC) is an adoption-guarantee, nonprofit cat shelter and low-cost spay/neuter clinic serving northern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. FCCRSNC is dedicated to the well-being of all cats and dogs in our community with emphasis on preventing pet overpopulation and on the sheltering and placement of surrendered or abandoned cats into loving, permanent homes. In only seven short years it has found new homes for over 5,700 cats and kittens and sterilized more than 26,000 dogs and cats.
The Animal Assistance Foundation’s generous support has allowed FCCRSNC to rescue and care for many cats whose medical conditions or behavioral issues would lead to their euthanasia at most open-admission shelters.
One such cat was Maputo, a beautiful buff tabby male. At 14 years old, Maputo was too old for the local animal control facility to adopt out, so they contacted FCCRSNC to arrange a transfer. Over the next year, the cat rescue diagnosed and treated Maputo for a heart murmur, chronic renal failure and high blood pressure, all the while trying to find a permanent home for the friendly, personable tabby senior. Funding from the Animal Assistance Foundation helped with Maputo’s care, along with that of other special-needs cats at the shelter.
Maputo found his happy ending after over a year in Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic’s care. He was adopted by Lauri, a veterinary student at Colorado State University. Lauri said, “I decided I would take on the responsibility and privilege of his care, a decision I rejoice in every day I get to spend with my Maputo.”
She said, “Maputo has proven that his ability to love and be loved knows no bounds. I don’t know how long I have with my special man; I hope it is many years to come. Regardless, I’ve promised him, despite his heart being already damaged; I will make sure it is never again broken.”