Dog Guardians Animal Rescue


"To say nothing, to do nothing, stops nothing."

We Love Dogs...that's why!

Dog Guardians Animal Rescue specializes in rescuing "the forgotten dogs." Good dogs placed on death row awaiting euthanasia in high-kill shelters, through no fault of their own.


We also assist dogs from the local communities that are elderly, handicapped, special needs, or are simply having trouble finding forever homes.


Dog Guardians serves the communities of Estes Park, Colorado and

Pagosa Springs, Colorado including the surrounding areas.


Our main focus is on dogs that are 15 pounds and under,  but we love all breeds and will assist any dog in need!


Dog Guardians Animal Rescue is a 501c3, non-profit, Colorado corporation founded in June of 2011.


We are 100% donation based and have no paid employees. We do not receive any county, state, or federal funding and rely completely on your donations.


Dog Guardians is not a shelter and do not operate out of a central boarding facility. All of our rescued dogs are placed in loving foster homes until adopted.

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Dog Guardians Animal Rescue founder, Dina with her senior rescue Doberman, Clark

Without you this all important work stops...

Dog Guardians Animal Rescue does not receive any county, state, or federal funding. DGAR relies heavily on the generosity of donors and volunteers. In order to continue our dog rescue services and our mission to save dogs from death row, we need the financial support of our entire community.



50 dogs saved since 2011!


Our last website received

21,244 visitors!


7 Million: the number of dogs and cats that enter the

shelter system in the United States each year.


1 Million: the number of animals that are put to death due to illness,

old age, or simply because they are deemed "unadoptable."


2 Million: the number of animals that are reunited with their

owners or adopted out.


FOUR MILLION: the number of animals that are put to death




ROUGHLY 60 % of all dogs that enter a shelter (that is 6 out of 10)

are put to death simply because there is no room to keep them.


70% of all cats that enter die as well.

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