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.

In 2021, OutPaws was given the opportunity to expand our mission — thanks to one of our longtime volunteers.  We have moved our focus to an 80-acre farm in Peyton, Colorado where we are able to operate as a vegan farm animal sanctuary, the OutPaws’ Sweet Home Sanctuary.  Through the sanctuary, we are able to provide forever homes to animals rescued from neglect and abuse, shelters, and the agricultural industry. We work to educate and advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of all species.  Through both education and hands-on volunteer experiences, OutPaws demonstrates to the community the need for change in the way our society currently regards our fellow animals.

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.