Award-winning All Breed Rescue & Training is moving to a bigger and better location after spending 19 years at the same site.
“We’ve known for a while that we needed to grow in order to better serve the dog lovers of the Front Range,” said ABRT Executive Director Lauren Fox, who is in her 20th year with the organization. “It’s been through the incredible generosity of the ABRT community, as well as those working behind the scenes to make this happen, that we are able to take our training, rescue and education services to a whole new level.”
The new building, located at 410½ E. Fillmore St., will provide more than 13,000 square feet for training classes, rehabilitation, kennels and offices. ABRT will grow its services, which includes saving dogs, educating the public, and offering positive reinforcement and relationship-based training.
The nonprofit partners with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and is the only rescue and training facility in Colorado Springs, Fox said. If a dog is adopted at the Humane Society, free puppy socialization classes are offered at ABRT, along with reduced prices for other training classes.
ABRT also rescues, rehabilitates and finds forever homes for dogs deemed unadoptable and facing euthanasia. Fox said the facility rescues 100 to 150 dogs a year.
ABRT’s move begins Aug. 1 but the transition will occur throughout that month. A grand opening is set for Aug. 26, in conjunction with ABRT’s 19th annual Romp in the Park.
“This will give us a better atmosphere,” Fox said. “It’s a big deal for us and kind of is a big deal for the community. We’ll have a dedicated room to do adoptions, three training rooms (instead of the current two) so our waiting list to get in won’t be as long, and we’ll be able to add a Canine Lifestyle Center to hold larger classes, events, workshops and seminars where we can bring in top trainers to help further education and training.
“We’ll be able to offer educational opportunities that no other facility in Colorado Springs has,” she said.
ABRT will also have a separate entrance for dogs with behavioral issues and eight dedicated kennels while providing behavioral rehabilitation for shelter dogs.
ABRT, which was fourth in the Give! campaign in 2016 with more than $43,000 contributed, is part of Give! again this year.
The nonprofit was also awarded $50,000 by Hueberger Subaru from its “Share the Love” fundraiser.
Fox said ABRT has received generous donations from commercial real estate firm Hoff & Leigh, United Floor Company, Bon Pet Supplies and Ace Hardware.
“Tim Leigh [of Hoff & Leigh] did a ton of upgrades to the new building, specifically for our use,” Fox said. “This is going to be a center that dog lovers in Colorado Springs can enjoy. It’s really for the community.”
For more information about ABRT, contact Sara Simon at 719-264-6460 or email [email protected].