Animal Adoption Center



Saving the lives of homeless animals through rescue, adoption, education and spay/neuter.

Thank you for supporting the Animal Adoption Center (AAC). The AAC is forever grateful for you and your family’s support. Your generosity has played a critical role in moving our mission forward and is one of the reasons we will be celebrating our 19th year of animal rescue in 2023. With your help, we have found loving homes for over 4,600 animals and have helped nearly 20,000 more through free and low-cost spay/neuter. Thank you for making this life-saving work possible.


As you may know, the COVID-19 pandemic spurred dramatic changes to the AAC operating model which has proven to better serve our mission and allow us to reach more animals than ever.

The outpouring community support coupled with the investment of donors like you, has allowed the AAC to increase our rescue and adoption capacity by 50%. Through new ideas and creative thinking, the AAC has been able to reach more animals in dire circumstances, better serve adopters needs to ensure long and successful adoptions, and prevent animals from entering the shelter system. 


The pilot Puppy Palace program proved to be successful and is growing! Since inception of the Puppy Palace in June 2021 the AAC has rescued over 100 puppies in collaboration with Aska’s Animals.

Thanks to our donor’s investment in the Puppy Palace, a once pipe dream is now an integral and growing part of our and Aska’s Animals programs. There are now three total Puppy Palaces. In fact, the day the additional two were dropped at Aska’s Animals, they were filled with puppies and no time was wasted. Not only have we been able to welcome larger and younger litters (including pregnant moms) into the program, the puppies graduating from this program have shown to be more well-adjusted, healthier, and more prepared to enter life with their new families. Feedback from adopters have been overwhelmingly positive and our hope is that these initiatives will help give community members a reason to adopt. Our team’s goal is to increase socialization, exposure, and training which will lead to less behaviorally challenged dogs entering the already overcrowded shelter system down the road. The Puppy Palaces combined with our weekly Puppy Play program and training vouchers for all puppy adopters have strengthened our relationship with people and their newly adopted pets and have decreased challenges surrounding adoption. Our team is forever grateful for the partnership with Aska’s Animals and are excited to see what 2023 brings to the Puppy Palaces.


As we look to 2023, we are focused on expanding our resources for dogs, puppies, and adopters by adding a behavioral trainer to our team.

This person will strive to address the significant need for training resources both pre and post adoption. The AAC is moving in this direction based on our internal needs and the consistent feedback we receive from adopters. There are simply not enough training resources available in our area. Left unchecked this can lead to more dogs, with advanced behavioral challenges, entering shelters as they become too much for owners to handle. This new, full-time position will be shared between the AAC and Aska’s Animals. The trainer will provide behavioral assessments, private training sessions with adoptable dogs, post adoption consultations for alumni, and lead puppy play groups. With added training support, we anticipate higher placement and success rates for our dogs and community. 


The AAC ensures all animals in our program receive basic medical care including vaccinations, spay/neuter, and microchipping. In addition to saving healthy adult and juvenile animals, our team also focuses on reaching homeless animals with special medical needs. With the support of our dedicated donors, medical fosters, and adopters we are able to say yes to animals that need us the most.

This year, we have facilitated leg reconstructions, jaw surgeries, multiple amputations, dozens of dentals, treated heartworm and tick-borne illnesses, addressed allergies and heart murmurs, and even replaced a hip! All of this was possible thanks to supporters like yourself. Had we not provided medical intervention, these animals could have been deemed unadoptable in their source shelters. Looking towards 2023, we anticipate investing over $80,000 in basic and advanced medical care for the animals in our program.


Our Spay/Neuter Wyoming Team continued to attack the root of the pet overpopulation problem. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our vets, vet techs, and volunteers we provided free and low-cost spay/neuter to over 2,000 animals in 2022.

This includes hosting three clinics on the Wind River Reservation (WRR), one of which was held in a targeted and high-risk neighborhood. Additional details on these efforts are highlighted in this year’s video (below).

In addition to our Wyoming work, we embarked on a new spay/neuter endeavor in Texas where euthanasia rates are amongst the highest in the nation. We selected the Laredo Animal Care Services (LACS) based on our existing partnership, their overwhelming intake numbers, and devastatingly low live release rates. Our team is overjoyed to see the positive impact this program paired with transport efforts are making on their euthanasia rates. Since creation, this initiative has led to the live release of 1,600 animals. We shared this story in our 2021 video (below). 

For 2023, we plan to host 3-4 clinics on the WRR, expand the reach of our low-income voucher program across Wyoming, and assist LACS with spay/neuter while they develop new partners and programs designed to increase their live release rate.