Dream Power’s On-site Community Services
Adopting and Receiving Companion Animals Program (ARCAP)
The ARCAP is the core program of Dream Power Animal Rescue Foundation, and with over 16,000 companion animals adopted out, our most significant. The program provides a guaranteed “no-kill” option for pet owners looking to surrender an animal. Within our capabilities Dream Power will accept all dogs, cats, small caged and exotic animals excepting:
1. The pet has no terminal illness or disabling injury
2. The pet poses no immediate, obvious threat to humans or other animals.
3. The pet has no aberrant behavioral issue that cannot be corrected given a reasonable amount of care and training.
Potential adopters are required to fill out an extensive application, ensuring they are responsible pet owners and can provide appropriate care for their new family member. If the adopter’s application is approved they will have an opportunity to sit down and speak with an adoptions counselor for a professional evaluation of the adoption match. Animals adopted out by Dream Power all include:
Because we make a “commitment for life” to every animal admitted into our ARCAP, in the unlikely event the adopter is unable to care for their adopted pet, at any time, they are required to return the pet to Dream Power for placement with another family. Part of our mission is to give every animal as many chances as needed to find a home.
Permanent Pet Identification: Microchipping
In an effort to increase live-release numbers and assist low-income pet owners Dream Power offers pet microchipping at a fraction of veterinary cost.
Post-adoption Workshops and Dog Training
To ensure that every adoption has the highest potential of success, and every animal adopted out has the greatest opportunity to model behaviors that won’t make it difficult to care for, we require that all dog adoption donations include a $20 training deposit. With this deposit we provide the adopter with extensive discounts for accredited adoption partner training courses, and return their initial deposit upon completion.
Low-Cost Pet Vaccinations
As part of our commitment to keeping pets healthy we offer cat and dog vaccinations at a fraction of veterinary cost.
We perform a SNAP test on all cats admitted into our program to ensure that the animals already in the program are not exposed to heartworm, FIV, or FeLV. Realizing that this is a concern shared by experienced pet owners welcoming a new edition into their home, and new pet owners taking in an animal that they may not have much information on, we make an effort to provide this expensive test to pet owners at a deeply discounted rate.
Spay and Neuter Programs
Dream Power's spay and neuter practices have remained a key function of our organization for almost a decade. Making us a compliant leader long before Colorado state legislators passed House Bill 1185. The newly enforced doctrine requires state licensed animal rescues and shelters to spay and neuter all of their dogs and cats before adopting them out to new families.
Project CATS! (Currently Suspended)
Since 2000, Dream Power animal has been assisting southern Colorado residence with spaying and neutering their dogs and cats through a grant funded program, Project STOP. This program platform is designed to assist low-income and fixed income households with vouchers, helping pay for a portion of the veterinarian procedure. Those assisted through this program are provided with a voucher that reduces the amount of out-of-pocket expenditures by the pet family to spay or neuter their beloved pet. Once the pet owner receives the voucher in-hand the pet family is provided with a list of participating veterinarians.
Project STOP (Currently Suspended)
Another, spay and neuter program is Project CATS! A program designed to help reduce the feral cat populations throughout southern Colorado. The program provides community assistance to neighborhoods by providing humane traps, vouchers to assist with the spaying or neutering of the cats, a list of participating veterinarians that accept the Dream Power vouchers and perform the procedure, and assistance releasing the feral cats back into the feral colony from which the animal originated. Dream Power’s platform was the first of its kind in Colorado Springs; in fact, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region used Dream Power’s platform when it began implementing a feral cat program in 2010.
Community Assistance Program
An unusually small funded program with an unusually significant impact on low-income and fixed-income households, Dream Power’s Community Assistance Program (CAP) is designed to assist with costly veterinarian expenses generally associated with catastrophic illnesses or accidents.
Adoption Tracking Systems
Dream Power Animal Tag (DAT) number is a unique identifier used in our database to determine who adopted the animal. This also ensures the animal is safely returned to Dream Power should it wind up at another shelter. Another method we use to track our animals on a national level is through microchipping. This rapidly popular trend allows us to track the animal if the Dream Power tag was ever removed. We work in partnership with HomeAgain to ensure a pet not only gets home safely to its adopted family, but lists Dream Power as secondary contact. This keeps Dream Power firmly rooted in our Commitment for Life practices.
Pet Insurance Partnership
When an adopting pet family purchases pet insurance through Pets Best they receive a 5% discount on their monthly premium, which would otherwise not be offered to pet owners if they purchased the plan outside of Dream Power. Insurers can expect coverage for up to 80% of most illnesses and injuries, which is unheard of with many other pet insurance companies.
Volunteer for Food Program
Dream Power Animal Rescue provides an opportunity for low-income pet owners to earn two bags of food for their pet in exchange for spending an hour helping us provide other services.
As part of a comprehensive education initiative reaching thousands of children and adults each year Dream Power Animal Rescue teaches students aged 5-18 about responsible pet care and animal welfare through direct presentations at local area schools, adults interested in surrendering pets about training to discourage behavior issues and available resources to keep the pet in their home at the point of contact for surrender appointments, and adults interested in adopting a new pet about animal cruelty issues like puppy mills, declawing, and dog fighting at our adoption fairs.
Dream Power offers a number of clinics during the year at various locations throughout Colorado Springs. Those clinics offer community members lowest services in microchipping, vaccinations, DNA testing, and additional clinical services. With the partnering assistance of foundations like El Pomar, in the near future, Dream Power will be offering on-site clinics to the Colorado Springs and surrounding communities.
Small Caged Animals for the Elderly
As the baby-boomers further their way to retirement, many seek companionship. Some are seeking low maintenance ways of enjoying pet companionship. One solution for the elderly is small caged animals—guinea pigs, rabbits, ferret, etc. These animals can be perfect companion animals and generally are much easier to handle than say, a large or medium sized dog. Just like other, small caged animals love to be acknowledged, held, and pet.
Compassion for the Elderly
Dream Power works with the elderly to find suitable homes where elderly dogs and cats can become a welcomed therapy to those in assisted living homes and long-term care facilities. Such efforts bring diversity in community services to the elderly of Colorado. Recently ViewPoint Retirement Community and their sister Broadmoor Retirement Community both adopted Dream Power dogs as their official “Community Dog”.
Foreclosures and Dream Power
Even with the Troubled Asset Relief Program many Colorado Springs residents are still losing their homes to foreclosure. These foreclosures have resulted in a flood of homeless companion animals. Our organization has rescued many of these abandoned animals throughout the Colorado Springs area. Revenue for the Dream Power Foreclosure Program has been funded through a number of grant issuing foundations from around the country.
Dreampower Animal Rescue - P.O. Box 10557 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80932 - 719.390.7838
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