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Adoptable Pets

Adopting through Life Is Better

  • 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.
  • 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, found here. When you're ready to apply, click here to fill out our online application.

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

Boulder

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Boulder is a sweet and gentle 3 year old purebred St Bernard that was rescued from a rural shelter out of state. Boulder is small for a saint at around 70lbs, however he needs to put on about 20lbs to be a healthy weight. He was very stressed in the shelter and rubbed off the hair on his nose, but if you give him a few minutes to warm up to you (especially if you have treats) he is a wonderful dude looking for a forever family. Boulder is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, dewormed, heartworm tested negative, and is on heartworm prevention. Boulder does well with people of all ages and does well with other dogs of all sizes. He would make a great pet to help keep you company at home, but doesn't need lots of exercise to stay happy (he just wants to be with his people). He is $300 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Harvey

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Harvey is a 2 year old aussie mix that has never met a stranger. Harvey was rescued from out of state organization that is extremely rural, which is the only reason this smiley guy wasn't adopted there. Harvey is great with people and other animals, and is ready for a forever home of his own. He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, dewormed, flea and tick treated, and is heartworm tested negative while on preventative. Harvey has a lot of energy and would be a great family dog, whether his new owners have kids or are single in an apartment - his best life is one where he is an active participant in daily activities. Harvey is $300 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Leo

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Leo is a 9 month old lab mix that was rescued from an out of state shelter where he was getting overlooked simply because he was in a rural area where there was no demand. Leo is extremely outgoing, loves other dogs, would do great with kids, and is overall an A++ personality who also appears crate and house trained. Leo is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, has been tested negative and put on heartworm prevention, and is dewormed. Leo is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Myla

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Myla is a 1 year old german shepherd that was rescued from out of state where her chances of adoption are low because of the rural area she was in. Myla was clearly loved at some point in her life, as she is extremely outgoing with people, loves other dogs, and knows some general obedience, like sit and off. Myla is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, dewormed, has tested negative for heartworm, and is on heart worm preventative. Myla would love to be your hiking or hang out buddy. She is $300 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Norse

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Norse is a 1 year old non-working great pyrenees that was rescued from an out of state shelter where there was just too many dogs and not enough homes. Norse is a phenomenal example of how laid back this breed can be when they aren't of the working pursusion. Norse does well with other dogs, does well with kids, and we believe would do great with animals of all types. He appears to be crate and housetrained, and overall just has the best personality. Norse is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, has tested negative and been put on heartworm prevention, and is dewormed. Norse will make someone their best forever dog when the right family gives him the chance he deserves. Norse is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ollie

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Ollie is a 9 month old shepherd mix that was rescued from out of state where there was just no interest for a good dog like him. Ollie does really well with other dogs, would be great with kids, has a wonderful personality and would make an active person or family very happy. Ollie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, has been tested negative and put on heartworm prevention, and is dewormed. Ollie appears crate and housetrained, is working on general obedience, and just wants a chance to prove to his forever family that rescue is the best kind of breed. Ollie is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rainey

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Rainey is a 4 month old purebred black lab that got busted off the breeder's property when she went wandering with her momma and brother, and then the breeder did not want to pay the impound fees to get her back. Rainey is going to be a sizeable girl as she is 25lbs already. Rainey is spayed, vaccinated, flea and tick treated, dewormed, microchipped with registration, and is on heart worm preventative. Rainey is an outgoing gal that loves people and other dogs, and would likely be fine in a home with other animals. Rainey is fully vetted and ready for a forever home of her own! She is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Raisin

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Raisin is a 4 month old, 17lb whippit mix that was rescued from an out of state shelter that is rural and does not have the people nearby that would be interested in such a wonderfully sweet little girl as she. Raisin is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, dewormed, and is on heart worm preventative. Raisin is good with other dogs, good with people of all ages, and would likely do very well with other animals in the home. Raisin is looking for her best forever family, could it be with you? She is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rhett

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Rhett is a 4.5 year old Heeler/Hound mix that was adopted as a puppy and returned to rescue recently through no fault of his own. He is an absolute dream of a dog; he is crate trained, housebroken, well-mannered and likes other dogs and playing fetch. Rhett deserves a warm and active household that will truly make him a part of their family. He is up to date on vaccinations, microchipped with registration, and is wormed and on heartworm prevention. Rhett's adoption fee is $300
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Riley

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Riley is a 2 year old purebred black labrador that had been used as a breeder. Her owner allowed her to roam and then wouldn't pay the impound fees when she was picked up by animal control. Riley is a sweet dog that gets along great with other dogs and has a gentle demeanor that would do well with kids. Riley is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested negative, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, has been dewormed, and is on heartworm prevention. Riley would make an amazing addition to any family looking for a low key friend to hike with or even just have as a pet around the home. Riley is around 45lbs and not likely to get any bigger. She is $300 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ripley

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Ripley is a 3 year old purebred black labrador that had been used as a breeder. Her owner allowed her to roam and then wouldn't pay the impound fees when she was picked up by animal control. Ripley is a sweet dog that gets along great with other dogs and has a gentle demeanor that would do well with kids. Ripley is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested negative, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, has been dewormed, and is on heartworm prevention. Ripley would make an amazing addition to any family looking for a low key friend to hike with or even just have as a pet around the home. Ripley is around 50lbs and while she might gain a few pounds, she is done growing and is a good, medium-large sized dog. She is $300 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ryder

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Ryder is a 4 month old purebred silver lab that got busted off the breeder's property when he went wandering with his momma and sister, and then the breeder did not want to pay the impound fees to get him back. Ryder is going to be a sizeable boy as he is 25lbs already. Ryder is neutered, vaccinated, flea and tick treated, microchipped with registration, dewormed, and is on heart worm preventative. Ryder is an outgoing guy that loves people and other dogs, and would likely be fine in a home with other animals. Ryder is fully vetted and ready for a forever home of his own! He is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Willow

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Willow is a one-ish year old purebred Great Pyrenees that was saved from a more rural shelter where they are overcrowded and where she just wasn't getting the attention she deserves. Willow has an amazing personality and gets along with all people, dogs and seems to do fine with other animals. Willow is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, heart worm tested negative, dewormed and on heart worm prevention. Willow is a wonderful dog and is in the 80lb weight range (and rather tall) so would be considered a giant breed. She is $300 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Murray

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Murray is a 1 year old german shepherd mix that was rescued from an overcrowded shelter out of state. He has a lot of energy, and would make an excellent addition to a family or someone active who will take him hiking and do outdoor/athletic things with. Murray appears house and crate trained, and is working on general obedience (like not jumping up.) Murray is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, has been tested negative and put on heartworm prevention, and is dewormed. Murray is a wonderful dog that will make someone a wonderful companion. He is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Paris

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Paris is a 3 month old black lab mix that was rescued when the owner dumped them at a local municipal shelter. She and the rest of her litter survived parvo, and are now fully healthy, completely recovered and have been given the green light for adoption by the vet in Oklahoma. Paris is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, has been put on heartworm prevention, and is dewormed. She does great with other dogs, would be a great pet for a family with kids, and would do fine with other animals. Paris is $375 to adopt.
Please click here for important information about adoptions during the COVID-19 crisis.

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

NOTE:

All of our dogs are currently with fosters who have the first right to adopt. We have been receiving a large number of applications to review and are making our way through the backlog as quickly as we can. We will inform you once we have made our determination. We aim to finalize all adoptions during various Saturdays throughout the month. Please understand with the current COVID outbreak and the various standards being suggested and mandated to us from the State and the Federal Governments, we are working to create an adoption situation that is safe for the adopters as well as the volunteers and leads who will be completing any paperwork.

We appreciate your patience.