About Us

Founded in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Denver, Colorado, OutPaws grew out of a dream to create an animal rescue organization reflecting Denver and Colorado’s young and vibrant ethos and living by the creed that there is no such thing as a bad dog or cat.

We believe that our pets rescue us as much as we rescue them, no matter if they are homeless or shelter animals that have been deemed “unadoptable.” OutPaws prides ourselves on being champions of the “underdogs,” and we know that with a little patience and love, mixed with proper care and training, these animals can make wonderful, loving companions. Whether placing pets in foster homes or forever homes, our role as “matchmaker” is one we take seriously. OutPaws hopes to reach those who are lifelong pet owners as well as those who are looking for their first rescue with the goal of creating and nurturing bonds that last a lifetime.

Beyond helping individual animals and families, we hope to make an impact in our community by serving as a resource for pet owners, shelters, veterinarians and other organizations focused on curbing animal homelessness. OutPaws is committed to working with Denver’s rescue, shelter and animal-loving community. OutPaws looks forward to the day when no adoptable or medically treatable animals are euthanized in the city’s shelters and when every dog and cat has a home.

Board of Directors


Mission Statement

OutPaws is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization that aids other organizations in providing a safe haven for homeless animals, gives a second chance to those left behind in overburdened shelter systems and advocates for the “underdogs” in our community and beyond. OutPaws works to assist other rescue organizations in providing medical and training care needed for foster animals, educates the community about responsible pet ownership, advocates tirelessly for the best alternatives for both homeless animals and beloved pets and remains committed to fighting pet homelessness until every adoptable dog and cat has a home.