“Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary”
Special Needs Pets ROCK!
Johnny has some lifetime medical problems as a little Manx kitty with Manx Syndrome. We are working with him to find the best way to manage his symptoms. He is a fighter, so we expect him to live a long and full life with us or a very special family that will care for him. Is that you??
Chan is the youngest member of the cat colony in Bailey. He has a birth defect that leaves him unable to bend his back legs. But – it doesn’t slow him down! He would love to have a guardian angel to help care for him.
Meet Samaria, one of kitties from the cat colony in Bailey! Sammie is another sweetheart with Manx Syndrome. Sam is very scared. She stays hidden under furniture and blankets, only coming out with coercion. Sammie may be available for adoption with the right person . Managing her condition requires patience, structure and skill.
Betsy has some special needs, which is how we met her. She will be getting help for those before she is available for adoption. Check back soon!
Meet Bailey! She is almost two years old and currently placed in a foster home where she hopes to become a permanent resident. Look at those eyes – soulful and sweet<3
For adoption! Luna is a gorgeous tortie girl. She is about 12 years old now, and very timid and shy. Luna will need a quiet home with no dogs or children, and preferably not cats or only a very mellow one.
Sugar was adopted! She went to a great family where she has two kitty siblings! Initially, we were concerned about the kitties accepting her into the family, but they have become great friends.
Sasha was adopted by a wonderful family! She now has a sister, Daisy, who is a bit older. They LOVE going to the dog park and playing with their mom.
Phoenix came to the sanctuary as our first transfer and blossomed in Colorado with lots of TLC, healthy food and medical care. Animals like Phoenix are the reason we exist. He died in LuAnn’s arms at home on March 11, 2016 from lymphoma.
Izzabella was the first special needs baby to join our family – she has Manx Syndrome. Izzy is known as a little oxytocin machine – she brings joy, love and cuddles to everyone she meets.
Merlin is our delightful young kitty with no paws. Caused by a birth defect, this abnormality limits Merlin’s life only minimally. He is one of the happiest kitties ever – living life to the fullest.
Oz is one of our Manx Syndrome babies. He joined us in Colorado early May of 2015 from Michigan. Oz is a founding member of CCAS, and by far the busiest cat on the planet!
by Mackenzie Barry
Your dog is your best friend. You love having her around to cuddle, play, and pet. However, just because you love her doesn’t mean that she is perfect. Training your dog to follow commands and behave properly in your home and community will build upon your existing relationship and teach her to interact well with other humans and pets.
There are dozens of methods for training your dog, but often training programs don’t talk about the basic mistakes that people make while training their dog. Here’s the top three mistakes to avoid:
1. You Only Train in One Place: It’s important to train your dog in all the rooms of your home where you want them to perform that behavior. This means that if you are teaching your dog to sit, you should do it in multiple rooms in the house and outside instead of just one room. This teaches your dog that you want them to sit when you give that command, regardless of where you are in the house or outside.
2. Lack of Confidence In Yourself: Training a dog is hard work. It’s easy to get discouraged when training doesn’t seem to be going correctly. However, if you lose hope and give up, your dog will never get trained. It takes time and patience to train your dog, and many times this means that you won’t see results for a while. Practice and trust that you’re taking the right steps to train your dog.
3. Lacking Consistency: Consistency is the key to any successful dog-training session. If you aren’t consistent with your use of treats, clicks, commands, or anything in between, it’s not fair to your dog for you to get angry over their lack of understanding. Establish rules for yourself about how you want to train your dog and then use those rules each time you train. You can’t expect your dog to learn from mixed or inconsistent messages.
At Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary, we know how hard it can be to train your dog. However, with a little patience and a lot of practice, most dogs can be trained at home. For those with serious behavioral or emotional issues, consider investing in professional training. Often dogs that would otherwise be euthanized can learn new trick, so to speak. Our animals, even though they have disabilities, are just as easily trained as any other animal. Give us a call at 303.910.2425, and we will tell you all about our amazing animals.Read More