At Bruno the Companion, we believe that all animals deserve a chance at a happy life with a forever family. We work very hard to find the right match for each animal and each family.
It’s our goal to make sure that when we place an animal with a family, it’s forever. That’s why every pet you adopt through us comes with 2 hours of in-home training.
We also do a thorough home check, reference check, meet-and-greet and trial adoption agreement before placing an animal in a new home.
Being a nonprofit animal rescue and rehab organization means that we only operate when our community supports us through word of mouth, monetary donations, supplies donated and with ongoing support from other organizations and businesses.
What We Do:
BTC rescues animals that are deemed unadoptable by other individuals and organizations.
How we make decisions on which animals can come into BTC:
- Our first choice is mostly animals in need here in CO. We have transported a few animals from out of state, but we prefer to help locally as the need is so high.
- We can handle anxiety, fear, fear aggression, reactivity, lack of socialization, lack of obedience and overall lack of experience in most animals but with canines specifically, we will not take dogs that have a nonstop craving to do work such as bite work (mostly is seen in black German Shepherds, Malinois & Dutch shepherds). They require an environment for that kind of drive work that currently we do not have.
- Most of the time, we prefer to work with shelters and other rescues vs owner surrenders because most owner surrenders could be prevented with proper training and time dedication. If an owner just doesn’t want to do the work, we will not volunteer to do it for them! We refer these inquiries to local shelters and rescues that would be happy to take a balanced dog who just needs stable handling.
- In the event of owner surrender, we always place priority to dire situations with people who are just down on their luck and trying to do right by their animals. (i.e. a homeless person, victim of domestic violence etc.) or if the animal is so misunderstood that we know we are its only hope.
- BTC is a very small rescue and if we already have a full house we must say no and keep our numbers down so that we can maintain quality for each of the animals in our care.
- Whether or not an animal has up to date medical care does not matter. When we see an animal in a situation where they need a miracle to have a chance at a normal and happy life, if we have the room, we will figure the rest out!
- We don’t require donations of supplies in an owner surrender situation. If we have agreed to take that animal on, it means that we are already working to secure whatever care, supplies and treatment are needed for that animal. Of course, we are a nonprofit and without donations we would not be in operation, so they are always appreciated.
How We Do It:
We carefully observe each animal to create an individual rehabilitation and treatment plan. Our rehabilitation and treatment plans utilize BTC methodologies and systems of training that include our three affections, levels of incentive into levels of pressure and body handling. Once an animal understands us we can start the healing process.
Our intake and adoption process:
- Secure all past knowledge of animal. Be prepared with a proper holding area for even the most difficult animals.
- Get animal on a healthy diet, to a vet exam ASAP and get animal up to date on all vaccinations and complete fecal test and heartworm test.
- Complete 1-week quarantine for medical and behavioral observation.
- Provide any training needed. For dogs, complete introduction to basic obedience and complete a Bruno Eval form.
- Schedule animal for altering, cold laser therapy for healing and micro chipping along with any other medical needs.
- Place animal up for adoption after all medical is complete and animal is healed to avoid any broken hearts if surgery is not successful.
- Thoroughly process adoption application including calling personal, employment and vet references. Acquire proof of home ownership or landlord approval.
- Schedule neutral ground meet-and-greet for dogs. This is typically about an hour long and done at a park. Doing this in a public environment allows potential adopters to see how our dogs can behave. It also allows us the opportunity to see how the resident dog/s behave and if our dog is a good fit for that energy.
- Schedule home check & overnight fostering to ensure compatibility.
- Start 7-day trial adoption and collect the adoption fee. Provide adopter any training and support needed to ensure clear communications.
- Finalize the adoption after trial adoption is complete.
- We welcome all past adopters back for group training.
What We Need:
Funding: Medical treatment, preventative care, training/ tools, food costs, care costs and operation costs.
Volunteers: Events, adoptions, training, marketing, home checks and community outreach.
Where are we going? Small Storefronts for public education, training location, handling/ grooming location.
What are our future goals? 40+ acre behavior modification ranch.
We are always in need of supplies, food and monetary donations. For a list of current Rescue needs please see the Support page.
Bruno the Companion All-Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Bruno the Companion All Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We rescue domestic pets of all species within Denver and surrounding areas.
We specialize in rehabilitating dogs that need behavior modification and are deemed “unadoptable” by other rescue and shelters.
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