BDAR: Saving Dog’s Lives!

22 Oct

What’s a BDAR?

Recently, I adopted a puppy from this organization, and I was so impressed by what this organization does that I wanted to share information with you! BDAR stands for “Black Dog Animal Rescue”. I realize a lot of people have never heard of this organization. BDAR is a local organization where you can adopt dogs who have been rescued from abusers or high-kill animal shelters. High-kill animal shelters are organizations that put dogs to sleep if they don’t get adopted in a certain amount of time. Here is the “mission” of what BDAR: “The mission of Black Dog Animal Rescue is to provide homeless animals across Wyoming with guaranteed safe and secure placement, promote the use of proven life-saving

The puppy I adopted!

The puppy I adopted!

programs in our communities, and advocate for animal welfare.” 

Good Ole Q&A

To help get to know BDAR, and how it operates, here are some common questions people have for the organization that were answered by BDAR:

1. Where can I come to see your adoptable dogs?

“The dogs in this program are not housed in a central shelter facility. Each dog lives with a volunteer foster family in that family’s private home. Because of this, it is generally not possible to see all of the dogs together. Select dogs can be viewed in person at our mobile adoption drives, which are held on Saturday’s at various locations around town, in Laramie, and Ft. Collins. (Please see the adoption drive schedule).

However, if there is a specific individual dog you have found on our website or in any of our online adoption listings,

you can arrange to meet this dog by appointment with an approved adoption application. The application does not commit you to adopting, but rather ensures our ability to approve your adoption should you meet and fall in love with the dog.”

2. Can I surrender my dog to you?

“No. BDAR acts as a resource to shelters within the State of Wyoming to provide alternatives to euthanasia for hard to place dogs. Our foster home space is limited and we feel we can make the biggest difference for each individual dog in our program by limiting our intake to those who have already been in a traditional shelter and who were not adopted from there. At no time does BDAR accept privately surrendered pets form the public.”

3. Do you only rescue black dogs?

“No, BDAR rescues dogs of all colors. However, it has been proven that black dogs, and big black dogs in particular, are less likely to be adopted from shelters than dogs of any other color. No one knows why this is. But, it does mean that we rescue a large number of black dogs because that’s what is left behind in shelters after other dogs have been adopted. BDAR rescues dogs without concern for color, but we do advocate for the plight of black dogs in shelters.”

4. How do you fund the organization?

“BDAR is funded entirely though adoption donations, private donations from the public, and foundation grants. We receive no state or city funding and are under no contractual obligations to any other entity.”

All of this, and more, can be found at BDAR’s site if you click here.

I’ve Been Looking for a Dog!

If you, like me, were searching for a dog, I encourage you to check out BDAR’s website and see all the great adoptable dogs they have. There is an adoption fee, but it is pretty cheap in comparison to many other organizations. If you are curious in how the adoption process operates, here is information taken from their website:

  •  Adopters must be at least 21 years of age
  • Adopters’ current pets must be spayed or neutered and current on their rabies vaccination per local ordinances
  • Adopters must be able to provide a current veterinary reference if they own other pets
  • If the adopter rents, they must be able to provide a landlord reference stating that pets are allowed on the property
  • Adopter cannot intend for the animal to be kept as an outdoor only pet
  • Adopters must be a good match for the animal question as determined by our adoption counselors

Our adoption fee scale is as follows and includes spay or neuter, current age appropriate vaccinations, microchip with lifetime registration, a free first vet exam, and 30 free days of pet health insurance.

  • Puppies 5 months and younger – $225
  • Over 5  months to 7 years – $150
  • 8+ (senior pets) – $75 or $25 if adopted to a senior citizens
  • We frequently run promotions which offer select groups of dogs for reduced fees. Puppies are never included in promotional pricing
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