Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Colorado… and Then Go Adopt One!

Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Colorado… and Then Go Adopt One!

Ask Santa for one of these sweet dogs!


By Stacy Lenz

The holiday season is upon us in full effect and we have a suggestion. Instead of leaving out cookies and milk for Santa, leave out some kibble, a water bowl and hope you are visited by the Pupper of Christmas Future. If you are not content with waiting for some sort of magical house-visiting dog-spirit we just made up to arrive with a puppy in tow, we have an alternate suggestion — adopt a dog from National Mill Dog Rescue!

National Mill Dog Rescue is an organization, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming discarded breeding dogs. They also aim to educate the general public about the cruel realities of commercial dog breeding. If you are feeling the need to spread some holiday cheer you can donate to them (or maybe you’ll donate because you’ve been visited by the Doggo of Christmas Past and you have some amends to make, you ole Scrooge.)

And now meet your Real Shelter Dogs, complete with opening credits-worthy taglines!

“Some people call me cold, but I’ll melt your heart.” — Adam

Adam is a cautious boy and it takes him a bit of time to warm up to people. However, once he trusts you, his sweet side comes out and he blossoms into a friendly boy! While Adam is a total sweetheart, he is not a candidate to go to a home with small pets. He will do best with a fenced in yard where he can work on his potty training and learn to walk on a leash. Adam gets frightened by loud noises and sudden movements. He is just unsure about so many things that he has encountered by his newfound freedom and needs love and patience to make him feel safe and confident.

“I have the monopoly on cuteness, but I don’t play games.”—Ballad

Ballad is a Miniature Australian Shepherd who is just shy of 2-years-old.  He was rescued in August and the team continues to work with him to gain confidence.  Ballad will need a home with a fenced yard and a loving person who will help him become the great dog he is destined to be once he learns to trust you.

“In this town, cats come and go, but Good Dogs should not.” Jake

When Jake and his litter mates arrived to National Mill Dog Rescue, they were terrified. They would pile up on each other to hide and would not make eye contact with people. However, the volunteers at National Mill Dog Rescue have been making great progress with Jake and his siblings and now you would never even know that Jake was so shut down when he first came to us. He is so friendly and playful with both other dogs and people and he is ready for his forever home.

I believe in an excess of everything… especially rubs.” — Merida

Merida is a super sweet and energetic German shepherd. She loves to be around people and wants nothing more than to spend time with them. She loves belly rubs, treats, running, and walks. She will need a securely fenced yard to keep her safe while she explores the outside. She walks well on a leash but will need patience and time to learn house training. She loves people and attention and likes to "talk" about it. She is just waiting for someone to take her home and give her love and attention. She will return the favor with lots of doggy kisses.

“I don’t need to try to be a good boy, ‘cause I already am.” — Poindexter

Poindexter is a sweet, 2-year-old Terrier mix who is learning to love everything about his new life in freedom. Poindexter is still a little shy and cautious around humans, especially around loud noises and quick movements. A curious boy, he loves being outdoors spending time in the open air and exploring with his buddies. He is very active! Poindexter is friendly with dogs and humans alike but would do best in a home with no children or children over the age of 13. Poindexter will blossom in a calm and patient home with a fenced yard where he can work on his potty training. He is a good boy, and now that he has mastered walking on a leash, he will make a perfect walking or hiking companion! During quiet time inside, you may find him snuggled up in a soft bed, or playing with a toy.

"Having the best isn't important to me, but being the best dog is." — Spencer

Spencer is a curious, active boy with striking looks who is looking for a special family. Spencer is easy going and playful with other dogs. He would do best in a home with another dog who can be his buddy and help him grow in confidence. He has made a lot of progress but is still nervous, and afraid of loud noises and sudden movements. He needs a calm, patient home with a forever family who will give him the time and love he needs to overcome his fears and to learn to trust people. Spencer enjoys his outside time and requires a home with a fenced yard where he can run and play safely. He is doing well with his leash skills. Walking, hiking and other activities to keep him busy will help this active, intelligent boy to become a happy, well-adjusted dog. Spencer cannot go to a home with children 13 years or younger.

To learn more about this organization or give one of these sweet puppers a forever home please visit

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