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In June of 2007 my husband and I lost our Chow that we loved very much. We wanted another dog as losing him left a void. We searched Pet finder for many days and one night I came across a cute little Labby face that said, “High Kill 152”. This was an extra large young Lab mixed with Great Pyrenees. He was cute and the message attached said he would be put to sleep very soon as he was in the pound. I was set on saving this guy no matter what. The only catch was he was in SW Oklahoma 9 hours away. But that wasn’t going to stop me. I had to convince my husband, but it didn’t take long as we were off to Oklahoma to save “Walter” from the gas chamber. We got there and Walter was a mess. He had ticks all over him, he was skinny, no proper nutrition, fleas, and fresh scars on his ears from possibly a dog fight in the shelter. We didn’t even want to pet him when we met him, he was so gross. I think my husband was shocked at what he just drove 9 hours for. I convinced him that once he was cleaned up and free of ticks that he would be worth every mile that we just drove. And he was. Walter turned out to have a few different types of intestinal worms as well as some destructive behavior, but with medicine and proper training, Walter has turned out to be one of the sweetest, happiest, goofiest dogs I have ever met. He was worth every penny spent.

By: Amy Dickerson


We consist of a small group of volunteers that find and rehome rural and some local Labrador retrievers and Lab mixes.  We find our Labs through shelter volunteers out of state, who will alert us to great dogs that are about to be put to sleep.  Most of these labs are in "High Kill Shelters".  These are shelters that are almost always full because they are located in rural areas, where the dogs run stray, easily mating because they have not been altered. The general population in many areas of the country are still ignorant to the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Many people also find that they can not care for their dog anymore and have no one else to turn to, so they take their dog to a shelter.  Many of these "High Kill Shelters" give their dogs about 4-5 days to find a home. If they are not adopted they are euthanized or placed in a gas chamber. 

We are a completely non-profit 501(c)3 approved organization.

We all have full time jobs, families and other activities in our lives.  We spend our own time working on the organization, planning to get these dogs out of shelters before they are put down, scheduling vet appointments, transporting dogs cross country and processing adoption applications.   Many times these dogs are in far away places and the dogs have to be pulled by a volunteer and then boarded for around $5-10 a day until they can be transported to a foster home in Colorado.  We work on organizing a transport for these dogs sometimes from one end of the country to another.  We use our donations for the extra cost of pulling, vetting,  boarding, and transporting the dogs.  If you can not donate in the form of money we can always benefit from materials such as collars, leashes, crates/kennels, toys, treats, food.  We will gladly take used items.  If you are donating food please make sure it is a decent higher quality food.  See our GRADING YOUR DOG FOOD page for information.  We believe that there are a lot of junk dog foods out there and the dogs skin, fur, activity level, and health depends upon a high quality dog food.  Please go to the DONATE link above to donate.  Thank you for any help, when we are supported we don't feel as if are efforts are pointless. 

We are a small group of volunteers who want to make a difference.

 We want to help educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Teach the public that it is better to adopt and save a life than to buy from a pet store or an unprofessional breeder.  These animals are so loving, forgiving, and loyal, yet rely on us for their safety.  We just want to give that back to them.  Please join us in the fight to get more and more dogs adopted and less and less put to sleep!   

Finally, RMLR has no shelter, we rely ONLY on foster homes

If you would like to foster a dog we need you more than anything, because the more foster homes we have the more dogs we can save.  It is also a great way to find out if you are ready to own a dog, if you have never done so before.  Please fill out our foster application. We will contact you as soon as we can to start reviewing your application.  We will work with any special circumstances and allow you to choose how long you can foster, obviously the longer the better!   We take owner surrenders on a select basis. The dog has to be temperment tested and approved before we accept it into our system. The owner also has to be willing to foster the dog during the adoption process.  There are several no kill shelters and other animal rescues in the state of Colorado. Please see those websites on for more info.