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Dog Family Opens Doors to Animal Victims of Colorado Fires

Wildfires continue to rage through an estimated 5,200 acres near Colorado Springs, Colo., for the fourth straight day today. More than 32,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, many with their companion animals in tow.

As evacuation continues, at least one dog family decided to open its kennel doors to take in small animals displaced by the Waldo Canyon fire.

The Johnson family, well-known breeders and exhibitors of Bugaboo Old English Sheepdogs and Rocheuses Bouvier des Flandres, operate the Sunrise Kennels and the Woodmen Kennels in Colorado Springs. Doug, Michaelanne, Colton and Heather Johnson are taking in dogs, cats and birds at both locations. Large animals are being taken to equine centers.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, more than 50 animals had been welcomed, with more expected. Evacuation of thousands of homes continues as more than 800 firefighters battle temperatures in the high 90s and 15 mph winds with 65 mph gusts, as they work to contain the fire.

The Johnsons are not charging the owners of evacuated animals, so efforts to stockpile dog food and arrange for donations have begun to help offset the feeding costs.

To show your support for the Johnsons’ efforts to care for displaced animals, you can drop off food at the following locations:

Woodmen Kennels, 6440 N. Vincent Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (If you need more information, call 719-598-4154.)

Sunrise Kennels, 6580 N. Vincent Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (For further information, call 719-598-8220.)

You can also purchase dog food to be delivered to either location by going to Petflow.com and using the coupon code BSTNSHOW. You will get $10 off your order of $59 or more, and the dog food will be shipped directly to the Johnsons’ kennels.

For those living out of state, donations are also being accepted through PayPal. To do so:

Click on “Send Money,” put in an amount, then choose “Friends and Family.” When PayPal asks for the email address of the recipient, put in dogtrn@msn.com.

You can donate with your PayPal or bank account without any PayPal service charge, or by credit or debit card for a 59-cent charge.

Once again, dog people are coming together to show their support for those in need. Please consider helping the Johnsons as they assist families threatened with losing their beloved companions, as well as their homes.

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  • Robin June 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    God Bless the Johnson Family!

  • Apache Fuego June 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I was rescued from the AZ fires 9 years ago – it was scary! Now that I’m in a good place, I donated money to help more scared pets.

  • susan June 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    try the Indiegogo website…it’s easy to set up your account. This site was able to reach the public so fast for the bus monitor who was bullied to the tune of 650,000 plus, your facility needing help will also possible open up other buildings in the area to help the ranchers with their horses and cattle. Also calling NM Ruidoso area shelters because when I drove by that fire last week it already took 28 structures and all animals where trying to get evacuated. Hope this helps. I will be in the house next week and will send some money. Keep me posted i this helps or you need other contacts. I sent to my 2900 friends hope that helps.

  • Leah Ryan June 28, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Hello Doug & Michaelanne, Colton & Heather,

    Hi all the way for Sydney, Australia. We are watching your every move in Colarado Springs and afar, as those worrisome fires burn out of control. Our thoughts are with you, and we were not surprised to see you had open your dooors to the endless animals that woudl be in need at this time.
    I am guessing there will be a lot of hungry mouths to feed, therefore we have tried to send some money via Paypal, but it woudl not go thru.
    As you have a Business Kennel I am sure you will be able to take some money from me via my Credit Card details, so I’ll email my card details to you. Putting a call into Hildy as soon as yor dawn breaks to get your email addy, as I seem to have misplaced it.

    We’re praying for your family, and all around you. No one knows more than an Aussie, the fear and destruction bush fires can have upon you.

    Take care.

    Leah Ryan

    • kayla
      kayla June 28, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Dear Leah, thank you for contacting us. I will email you with their contact information. All the best, and thank you for your generosity. Kayla Kurucz

  • Bonnie Linnell Clarke June 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Hoping your homes are safe! Thank you for all you do for the animals. God Bless! Donation on the way.

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