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Lifeline regularly has older puppies or adults available for adoption. Check our Puppies page for currently available puppies. If you are looking for an older dog, check out our Adopt by Owner page.
We don't reserve puppies, take requests, or have waiting lists. Our web page is updated regularly.
All of our puppies are current on their shots, however if they are younger than 4 months they could require an additional set of vaccines to keep them healthy while their immune systems develop.
The puppies have also been dewormed at least one time. It is a normal precaution to ensure they receive an initial dose of dewormer, and a follow-up dose 2-4 weeks after. If you adopt a puppy that has been dewormed only once, it is necessary to de-worm at the time of the next vaccine following adoption.
Most of our puppies are spay and neutered prior to adoption. Due to limited spots at the clinic, some puppies will still go home un-fixed. This would require the adopting family to spay or neuter within 90 days of adoption. The 90 day time limit is set by the state of Colorado. Upon adoption of an unfixed puppy, a $50 deposit is collected and the family will research options within their price range (typically this procedure can be done for $75-$250). Proof of spay and neuter is required for redemption of their deposit.
All of our puppies go home with microchips. Microchips are implanted on the back, between the shoulder blades and require registration before they can be used. If your dog is lost, a microchip can be scanned by a shelter or veterinarian and help to reunite the owners who registered the chip. Registration of your new puppy's chip is free for the life of the pup.
A wellness exam is required within 8 days of your adoption date and will be free at one of 44 veterinarians within the Denver Metro area.
All new puppy parents are referred to a free 30 day health insurance. It is the adopters responsibility to set up puppy insurance with the provider after adoption and BEFORE an illness occurs. A waiting period and other conditions may apply.
Lifeline gets small breed young puppies although they are uncommon at most rescues and shelters. Why? Small breed puppies generally have small litters and are easier for the owner to sell or to find homes. Check our website for pictures of any small breed puppies we have available.
We have 30 to 50 new arrivals each week. Our puppies are typically 8-16 weeks old. Our currently available puppies, and our guess for the breed, are listed on the puppies for adoption page.
99% of Lifeline puppies are from city and county shelters that need help to find proper homes for their puppies. Each week, we travel to bring puppies into our system, from the Rocky Mountain Region, Kansas, Texas & New Mexico.
Puppy rescue is very costly for Lifeline and our adoption fees help to pay for our expenses. Adoption fees are usually between $125 - $400. Please check our adoptions page. Spay/neuter is required and $50 deposit must be relinquished at time of adoption and is included in the adoption fee. We don't take checks; we do however take cash, Visa, and Master Card. Cash payments are the fastest!
Lifeline is a volunteer organization. We are only open on Saturday and Sunday, for viewing and adoptions. We rescue during the week. Hours and directions to our location are available here or on our on events page. When arriving before the gate is open, please remain in your car. If you bring along your dog to introduce to a puppy, leave it in your car until a volunteer can assist you with a dog run.
To adopt a puppy from Lifeline, you will need to make a personal visit to our rescue and complete a qualifying questionnaire and sign a contract. You must be over the age of 18 to adopt a puppy. We do not adopt puppies as gifts for someone who does not live with you. A spay/neuter agreement is required and a rebate program is available. An adoption fee will be required; the amount depends on the puppy. Average fees range from $125 - $400.