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Adoptable Pets

Adopting through Life Is Better

  • If you are interested in a dog, please submit an application online. We are foster based and therefore do not have a public facility to visit our animals. Meetings with our animals are set up with an approved adoption application. Applications are processed in the order in which they are recieved.
  • If you are interested in a cat or any of our other small animals go directly through the Arvada PetSmart #252. Please do not use our online application for animals other than dogs. Note: we try to keep PetFinder up to date; however, we are not always able to do so. Your best option is go directly to PetSmart #252 to see if they are still available.
  • We accept one application per household and only one dog may be listed.
  • We do not hold applications. If you are interested in adopting an animal, you must submit a new application even if you have been approved in the past.
  • Our cats and other animals are available for adoption directly through the Arvada PetSmart #252. Please do not use our online application for animals other than dogs. (See below.)
  • Our experience has taught us that animals adopted together are generally more difficult to train well and have a harder time adjusting and bonding with the new family, so we do not adopt out multiple cats or dogs, littermates or otherwise, at the same time. We don't mind setting up an adoption for another animal at a later date, but we will generally only send one animal home at a time.
  • If you are looking for an Emotional Support Animal and your housing situation doesn't allow animals, please get the proper paperwork taken care of so we can verify with your landlord/housing management that you may have the animal.
  • We need to verify vaccination records for any current pets in your household. Please provide us with the contact information where we can check the vaccination status.
  • We do not have the capability to ship our animals. Also, we only adopt to Colorado residents.

Please note the best way to contact us is via e-mail. If you are interested in adopting an animal from Life is Better Rescue, please submit a completed adoption application form. We are unable to evaluate your adoption request unless this form has been submitted to us. Completion of the application does not guarantee adoption of an animal from Life is Better Rescue.

Before applying to adopt, please read the appropriate adoption agreement.

When you're ready to apply, fill out our online application.

The availability of our animals is always subject to change. We encourage you to check back.

Agatha

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Agatha is a petite bundle of joy! At about a year and a half old. Agatha looks like an extra-small Labrador, weighing in just under 40 pounds. She has completed treatment for heartworm and has received a negative test; she's also spayed, fully vaccinated, and up to date on wormer and parasite prevention, and microchipped with registration. Agatha loves the company of, well, everyone - she has lots of energy to play with canine friends but also adores a good snuggle (a true lap dog). She's not a barker at all, but is working on leash manners - everything is so exciting! Agatha is housetrained with monitoring and is working on getting more comfortable in a crate, though she is non-destructive in the house. She does well with both cats and dogs. Should would do best in a home with another dog to keep her active mind busy. She has no aggression towards kids, but her energy can knock some of the smaller ones over. We think Agatha would integrate well into just about any home situation, but would love a backyard. Agatha's adoption fee is $350. Please click here for important adoption information.

Ava

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Ava is a five year old shepherd mix that was recently transferred to rescue when her mom passed away after a very short but courageous battle with cancer. She has a soft shy personality and lived with another dog that was protective of her, so as you can imagine, these recent changes have been a big adjustment. Ava is really starting to show her personality as she gets comfortable; she is appropriate with other dogs and beginning to instigate play, loves exploring the world on walks, and enjoys curling up by your feet or on the couch with you. She's in foster with a professional positive-reinforcement trainer who says she's a super gal. Although she takes a little bit of time to warm up to new people, she is extremely sweet. We believe Ava would do best in a quieter home without young children and lots of commotion, and would be fine in a home with respectful dogs that match her energy level. She is fully house trained, and can be crated, though she is non-destructive in the home when left unattended. She would be happy with another dog in the house but dog parks are too overwhelming for her. She demonstrates a lot of body language about how she is feeling. If body language is respected she will quickly build a trustworthy relationship. New owners will need to learn about body language (ex: lip licks, appeasement kisses, whale eyes, eye contact, pet consent). She listens well, knows basic obedience, does need to learn better leash skills. Ava is spayed, fully vaccinated, wormed, on heartworm prevention, and microchipped with registration. Her adoption fee is $350.
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Bandit

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Bandit is a three month old shepherd mix that was transferred from a southern Colorado sanctuary with four of his siblings. Bandit's foster mom reports that he is a calm, polite puppy that sits for meals and treats and plays nicely with his toys and his older foster sister. He's learned how to walk on a leash, and enjoys a good cuddle but sleeps quietly in a crate at night and when he needs to be left alone at home. Bandit is almost completely potty trained, knows how to use a dog door, and should adjust nicely into most lifestyles! He has not been cat-tested, but seems non-reactive and has a sibling that integrated very well in a home with cats. Bandit is neutered, vaccinated for his age, wormed, on heartworm prevention, and microchipped with registration. He is $450 to adopt.
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Arizona

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Arizona is a four year old Akita that was transferred from a local municipal shelter after surprising everyone when she went into labor. She's a big girl, but a gentle giant. At the shelter, she passed all of her temperament and behavioral testing, and was even used to help temperament test other dogs. Like most new moms, Arizona was very protective of her babies when they were small, and now that they are weaned and growing up, she's relaxing and feeling more like herself. She had surgery to fix entropion on her left eye, and is ready to find a forever where she will be treasured. Arizona is housebroken, crate trained, and loves being outside. She is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested negative, wormed, and microchipped with registration. Arizona's adoption fee is $350.
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Flagstaff

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Flagstaff is a two month old mixed breed puppy. His mom is an Akita, but Flagstaff and his littermates take after their mystery dad and look like fluffy teddy bears. He will be a large adult dog, already weighing in at well over 20 pounds with giant paws to grow into. Flagstaff is very eager to please and working on all the normal puppy things: socialization, housetraining, and obedience. As a large breed, it will be especially important for him to continue with training and exposure to our fun world. Flagstaff is neutered, vaccinated for age, wormed, on heartworm preventative, and microchipped with registration. He is $450 to adopt.
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Tempe

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Tempe is a two month old mixed breed puppy. Her mom is an Akita, but Tempe and her littermates take after their mystery dad and look like fluffy teddy bears. She will be a large adult dog, already weighing in at well over 20 pounds with giant paws to grow into. Tempe is very eager to please and working on all the normal puppy things: socialization, housetraining, and obedience. As a large breed, it will be especially important for her to continue with training and exposure to our fun world. Tempe is spayed, vaccinated for age, wormed, on heartworm preventative, and microchipped with registration. She is $450 to adopt.
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Sedona

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Sedona is a two month old mixed breed puppy. Her mom is an Akita, but Sedona and her littermates take after their mystery dad and look like fluffy teddy bears. She will be a large adult dog, already weighing in at well over 20 pounds with giant paws to grow into. Sedona is very eager to please and working on all the normal puppy things: socialization, housetraining, and obedience. As a large breed, it will be especially important for her to continue with training and exposure to our fun world. Sedona is spayed, vaccinated for age, wormed, on heartworm preventative, and microchipped with registration. She is $450 to adopt.
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Tucson

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Tucson is a two month old mixed breed puppy. Her mom is an Akita, but Tucson and her littermates take after their mystery dad and look like fluffy teddy bears. She will be a large adult dog, already weighing in at well over 20 pounds with giant paws to grow into. Tucson is very eager to please and working on all the normal puppy things: socialization, housetraining, and obedience. As a large breed, it will be especially important for her to continue with training and exposure to our fun world. Tucson is spayed, vaccinated for age, wormed, on heartworm preventative, and microchipped with registration. She is $450 to adopt.
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Connor

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Connor is a 1.5 year old Labrador Retriever that was saved from death row. This kid takes the Labrador personality to the next level. He's footloose, fancy-free, and about as mellow as they get. All Connor really wants is to be with you. He is house and crate trained, great with other dogs, takes treats with great care, and is as handsome as can be. He will chase a cat if given the opportunity, but will make an amazing family dog. Connor has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been dewormed. Connor would love to be part of a family that keep him occupied as part of daily routine. Connor is $350 to adopt.
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Carly

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Carly, at eight years young, is looking for her perfect forever family with a sofa to match. She enjoys snuggling up in a comfy spot at the center of the action. Carly has a submissive personality; she is good with people, including kids, and other dogs, but she has not been cat-tested. She received a dental in rescue and did not need any extractions and was determined to have excellent oral health. Carly deserves a loving home to spend her golden years! She is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested negative, wormed, treated for parasites, and microchipped with registration. As a perfect senior, Carly's adoption fee is $200.
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Copper

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Copper is a 1 year old Wirehaired Terrier that was saved from death row. Copper is very timid and would benefit from a quiet home without small kids. He could also benefit from a home with a confident dog that would help him come out of his shell. He has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been dewormed. Copper is working on all the obedience items (house training, crate training, general commands, etc.) and would love to be part of a family that keep him occupied as part of daily routine. Copper is $450 to adopt.
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Callie

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Callie is an 8 month old mixed breed that was saved from death row. Callie is a nice dog who just needed a chance out of the shelter environment in order to flourish and be ready for adoption. She has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been dewormed. Callie is working on all the obedience items (house training, crate training, general commands, etc.) and would love to be part of a family that keep her occupied as part of daily routine. Callie is $450 to adopt.
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Cassidy

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Cassidy is a 4 year old Rottweiler that was saved from death row. Cassidy is a very typical rottie — super human-oriented, friendly, stoic. She is a very very sweet dog that loves belly rubs and thinks she's a lap dog. She eats and sleeps great and is house trained. She does not like cats. She is great with kids and is food/treat motivated. Cassidy can be dog selective but has integrated successfully with the foster family's dogs. She has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been dewormed. Cassidy would love to be part of a family that keep her occupied as part of daily routine. Cassidy is $350 to adopt.
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Carmen

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Carmen is a two year old mixed breed dog who looks a little bit Aussie and a little bit something unknown. She is very smart with a huge capacity for learning additional obedience, tricks, and more. Carmen is dog-friendly, kid-friendly, housebroken, and crate-trained. Her foster crates her when she leaves the house, as she does like to chew. She is not a runner, but has learned she can clear short fences to get to the front door, so would do best with a privacy fence or in a leash walk household. Carmen is on the petite side at less than 40 pounds, and we think she'd love outdoor activities like hiking. She is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested negative, wormed, treated for parasites, and microchipped with registration. Carmen's adoption fee is $350.
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Charlie

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Charlie is a 3 year old Labrador Retriever that was saved from death row. Charlie is a nice dog who just needed a chance out of the shelter environment in order to flourish and be ready for adoption. He has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been dewormed. Charlie is working on all the obedience items (house training, crate training, general commands, etc.) and would love to be part of a family that keep him occupied as part of daily routine. Charlie is $300 to adopt.
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Cole

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Cole is a crowd favorite retriever mix we have aged at about two and a half. He is an easy dog - housebroken, non-destructive, friendly, and not overly energetic. Cole was a dream at transport and our adoption event; he got along well with other dogs, even on-leash, and enjoyed attention from visitors. His foster reports he loves his dog bed (but would prefer the couch), is not overly vocal, and greets visitors with soft behavior. We don't know how Cole does with cats. Cole is neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested negative, wormed, treated for parasites, and microchipped with registration. His adoption fee is $350.
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Conan

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Conan is a three month old Yorkie (or similar) mix puppy that has been raised in foster care and is ready for adoption. He is an active, boisterous puppy that will be a petite adult. Conan can easily integrate into a variety of household situations; due to his small size, extra care will need to be provided for homes with larger animals and small children. He is neutered, vaccinated for his age, wormed, on heartworm preventative, and microchipped with registration. Conan is $450 to adopt.
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Phoenix

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Phoenix is a two month old mixed breed puppy. Her mom is an Akita, but Phoenix and her littermates take after their mystery dad and look like fluffy teddy bears. She will be a large adult dog, already weighing in at well over 20 pounds with giant paws to grow into. Phoenix is very eager to please and working on all the normal puppy things: socialization, housetraining, and obedience. As a large breed, it will be especially important for her to continue with training and exposure to our fun world. Phoenix is spayed, vaccinated for age, wormed, on heartworm preventative, and microchipped with registration. She is $450 to adopt.
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Buster

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Buster is a three month old shepherd mix that was transferred from a southern Colorado sanctuary with four of his siblings. Buster is a friendly, eager to please puppy that eats well and is doing great with housetraining. He is friendly with other dogs and has done well with cats. Buster is very human-oriented and has an excellent capacity for training. Buster is neutered, vaccinated for his age, wormed, on heartworm prevention, and microchipped with registration. He is $450 to adopt.
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Bear

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Bear is a six year old Husky mix with a soft and gentle demeanor. He lost his home when his mom passed away after a short battle with cancer. Bear is great with dogs of all sizes and is quite adaptable to change, but would not do well in a home with cats. He is housebroken and while crate-trained, he is non-destructive in the home, and knows how to use a dog door. Bear would prefer to sleep in bed with his people, but will settle for a dog bed if he's not allowed up. Despite being a perfect Colorado dog, this handsome guy has been waiting for nearly two months to find his family. He is neutered, vaccinated, wormed, on heartworm prevention, and microchipped with registration. He is $350 to adopt.
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Life Is Better partners with PetSmart Charities to find forever homes for as many animals as possible.

Whether you're looking for a new family member who is fuzzy, like cats and guinea pigs, scaly, like bearded dragons, or feathery, like parakeets, you can find them at our partner PetSmart location. The selection is always changing, so visit or call PetSmart to see what's available.

Adoptions for these animals are processed by PetSmart, though you can print our adoption application and take it with you to the store.

PetSmart #252
5285 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 456-1114

 

 

* Please go directly to PetSmart to fill out an application for these pets.