The Last Resort Sanctuary
(formerly "The Poodle Preserve")
Successful Adoptions in the last 38 months
Our Featured Dogs.... Ben
**Important: The dogs listed here are in danger at different shelters. Dogs from private individuals needing to find new homes are also listed. These are "courtesy posts", which I do for free to help these poor dogs. Please do not send me angry emails about how terrible I am for euthanizing dogs. The dogs listed "urgent" are not here! But the shelters that have these dogs don't deserve angry, vicious emails either, because they don't want to euthanize them. That is why they ask me to help find homes. The shelters euthanize when they run out of space. It is not the shelters fault that there are too many dogs being born and not enough homes. The fault lies with breeders and irresponsible pet owners.
After 9 years of doing rescue nonstop, I am worn-out and changing focus. There are 14 special-needs permanent residents here, 6 of whom have seizures, and others who are terminally ill. I am not taking in new dogs, but very willing to help owners find rescue or homes for their dogs. While I have helped over 750 dogs, there are just as many needing help now as when I started. Rescue is trying to bail out the ocean with a spoon or swimming upstream while thousands of dogs go past us and we can only help a few. Sadly, more dogs than ever need homes, and the breeders keep producing more for profit.
Because of this and the fact that I will be moving in the near future, my focus will be on education, legislation regarding dog breeding for profit, and education about over-vaccinating ( it is tragic to work so hard to save a dog's life only to have the adopter's vet kill the dog with unnecessary vaccines). Of the 14 special needs dogs here, some are terminally ill because of vaccines.
Regarding breeding for profit, just putting a substantial "litter fee" on each litter born would go a long way towards ending dog overpopulation, since 99+% of breeders are breeding for money. We in rescue are just spinning our wheels when the source of the problem needs to be addressed, and that is breeding due to greed.
I will continue to help private individuals place their dogs, and continue to post urgent shelter dogs in order to help them find homes.
While it saddens me greatly, that I won't be rescuing individual dogs hands-on, hopefully, my new focus will help more dogs in the long run by preventing them from being born.
If I stated that I had just returned from a country that manufactured 20,000 "widgets" a day,
even though they had hundreds of thousands of widgets sitting unused in warehouses,
and then also daily destroyed 16,000 widgets because there was no more room to store them,
you would think I had visited a nation of backwards morons. That is exactly what is happening
in this country every day, except the "widgets" are living beings who often suffer horribly before
having their lives prematurely ended.
This insanity and inhumanity has got to stop. You would be horrified to know how many dogs are killed at shelters daily, while at the same time breeders are bringing thousands more into the world. It is despicable and a completely preventable tragedy.
Sincerely, Kris King
Who We Are
A life-changing accident in May of 2000 was the start of my rescue "career". What seemed at the time like a horrible event was actually one of the best things that ever happened to me. Years of sports injuries and a final fall with a horse left me with two herniated cervical disks, stenosis and degenerative disk disease. This ending of my athletic life was the beginning of my evolved life (It would have been great if I could have evolved without the disintegration, but obviously I needed a jump-start). Because I could no longer devote myself to my previous love--the training of horses, I channeled that into rescuing dogs.
The Last Resort focuses on smaller special needs (including physical and behavioral problems), difficult-to-place, and senior dogs of any breed and mix. (rescuing only Poodles lasted less than a week). My 2.5 acres in the mountains is a sanctuary for senior dogs.
Sometimes I think my place should be named, "The Isle of Misfits", but they are Misfits only to those who do not see their inner beauty. Watching unwanted, old, and abused dogs come to life and play with joy, knowing they are safe and loved, is the most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced. It really takes so little effort on our parts to make a difference between life and death. I have met wonderful people in Rescue and precious beings who I am so grateful to have known. People have asked how I can take in old dogs knowing I might lose them soon. The response is: It isn't about me--it is about giving an innocent being love for whatever length of time they have left, whether it is a few days or a few years. I do cry when it is time to say goodbye, but I know that I did what I could while they were here and was with them as their spirit was set free. It would be far worse knowing they had spent their last days in a shelter, abandoned, alone, and afraid.
Rescue: The Toughest Job One Ever Pays to Do
Those of us in rescue spend an endless amount of time and money helping the unwanted. We are always in need of donations. To those who ask what the donation would go towards:
Money goes for the endless vet expenses for rescue dogs and the senior and special-needs dogs I take in; it goes towards shots, altering, worming, taking care of external parasites (some of these dogs arrive covered in ticks and mites); it helps cover treatment for erlichia, giardhea, coccidia, and other bacterial illness; it goes to pay off vet bills.If any is left over, it helps with fencing, supplies, damage done to the house by rescue dogs; dog food; dog treats; gas for the countless thousands of miles spent transporting rescue dogs.
What money doesn't go for:
the 24 hour dedication to rescue; nursing ailing puppies and seniors around the clock; the time spent feeding, cleaning up after, grooming, and training these dogs; the time spent transporting to save lives and take dogs to the vet; the emotional cost.
Adopting a friend
Out-of-state inquiries are welcome. The adopter must agree to notify The Last Resort if they need to relinquish the dog for any reason.
Come Visit Us!
Please Call or email for an appointment: phone number & email are listed below.
Together we can make a difference. Each life counts!
Find out how you can help make a difference, whether through fostering, volunteering, or donating (Any or all of the three would be appreciated!)
The Last Resort Sanctuary
P.O. Box 1773
Canon City, CO 81215
Phone: (719 505 8587.
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