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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.

Freckles

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Freckles is a 9 week old St Bernard mix who is ready for his better forever here in Colorado. Freckles was transferred from an overcrowded kill shelter in a rural part of the country where they just need some extra exposure to find their next steps. Freckles is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, dewormed, flea and tick treated, and has been put on heartworm preventative. Freckles is good with kids and other dogs, and would be easy to train around cats. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jade

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Jade is a 30 pound 7 month old gorgeous Anatolian mix, perfect size for hiking and long walks, friendly, loves everyone. She has shown no sign of aggression at all, wags her tail and comes up to any friendly person with a sniff with her tail wagging. Lover of hugs and pets on her head. She is sweet, lays around a bunch, gets along with other dogs and is potty trained. She is crate trained, and doesn't shed much. She barks at other dogs every once in a while and loves to play with dogs of all sizes. She is working on her skills to sit, laydown, fetch, and shake. She is fairly good on a leash but needs some work there. Jade has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. She is $375 to adopt.
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Jasper

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Jasper is a male Border Collie mix at 6 months old. He is a loving little guy and gets along well with dogs and cats. He did great on a hike, and walked well on the neighborhood sidewalks. He loves cuddling up in the bed or couch, but is not a fan of being crated. We've been working with him on that. Potty training is going well and is getting the hang of it. I think Jasper would fit best in an active Lifestyle home, One that will wear him out on walks, hikes, runs ect, he's the sweetest little guy that wants to learn more, but never had the chance. So a home that can continue his training would also be best. Jasper has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jeff

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Jeff is male Anatolian mix at 2 months old. He has all the love and puppy energy that you could ask for. He is super playful, loves to cuddle, and is already coming when called. He has so much personality for such a little guy but, by the look of those paws, he won't be little for long! Jeff is a fast learner, after only a few days with his foster family, he is already going to the door when he needs to go potty. He does not fuss at all when in the crate at night and will let you know when he needs to go out. Jeff has been around other dogs of all sizes and kids of all ages with no issues. He loves everyone. Jeff loves to be on the couch but is also happy just sleeping on the floor by your feet while you watch tv. He does great riding in the car and is learning that the leash is not a chew toy. With a little training and a lot of love. Jeff will adapt perfectly to almost any home environment. Jeff has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jeremiah

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Jeremiah is a male Anatolian mix at 2 months old. He is the polar opposite of his brother, Jeff. He is extremely calm and spends most of his time just observing his surroundings. He hardly ever makes a noise, even in the crate at night. Jeremiah is very affectionate. He loves to be as close as possible to his people. He really enjoys following his foster mother around and watching everything she does. He does not bark, whine, or fuss at all. Jeremiah has beautiful eyes that match his calm personality perfectly. He loves cuddles and sleeping on the couch or dog bed. He is extremely sweet with other dogs, children, and anyone willing to pet him. He would much rather lounge on the couch with people than play with his brother and foster sister. He is truly a special dog who will quickly steal your heart. Because of his timid nature, he needs to be fed away from other dogs who might steal his food and he needs a little encouragement to go outside to potty. Jeremiah is truly a special dog with a lot of love to give. Jeremiah has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jerome

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With some force-free, positive reinforcement training, this precious pup will be a large, mellow, wonderful, adult dog; once you get through the cute puppy years. Jerome will need a purposeful job to keep him busy and fulfilled. Jerome took to the kennel right away. He loves blankets and pillow in it with his food and water bowls. Jerome is not food/treat motivated, at this stage of life, however, this may change as he is able to eat more rich foods. He aims to please and does WONDERFUL with lots of praise and toy rewards! He will show his appreciation and affection with a happy tail and does not need any adverse discipline (pulling, yanking, prong/shock/ecollars, etc. Giving him time to respond and giving a little encouragement works well. He is a happy pup that enjoys meeting people and dogs, as long as he’s not threatened. He pulls on the leash, so a harness is best! He has moments of being a cuddly snugglebug and will leave when he’s done. However, he will remain near you, either getting a toy or laying down to nap. has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Joel

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Hi, I'm Joel and I'm a 2.5 month old Anatolian Mix. I love being around humans, even small humans and other dogs (I've let small humans carry me around on my back and am super patient). I want to be near you all the time and make sure you are ok. I think I'm still getting used to being with humans and trusting. I can be vocal when you leave me alone, especially in a pen or kennel, but I calm down pretty fast. I love playing outside but am not a big fan of my leash or collar yet. Those things are itchy (I think I would do really well with a harness)! I'm almost house trained (still a few accidents) and can make it through the night! I love running around outside and chewing my favorite toys, especially when someone leaves shoes around. I've learned some tricks and have almost mastered “sit” and get the general idea when my foster humans say “come”. My foster humans say I'd be great with a family whether there are human kids or doggy kids, but I've never seen a cat. I have been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, and dewormed. I am $375 to adopt.
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John

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John is a male Shepherd mix at 7 months old. He is the sweetest, mellowest, cuddliest dog ever who LOVES a good belly rub. His big eyes and wagging tail will follow you anywhere. He gets along with other dogs and kids. He is crate trained and also knows commands to come, sit, down, roll over, and shake. John is very good on leash and loves long walks. John has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jolene

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Jolene is a female Lab mix at 3 months old. She is a really sweet pup that loves to cuddle on the couch when she gets tired. She gets along well with children and other dogs. She likes to play and chew on her favorite toys. She is very well behaved and is nearly potty trained. She has so much love to give and is ready to belong in her forever home. Jolene has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. She is $375 to adopt.
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Winston

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Winston is a purebred St Bernhard who is just over a year old, neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Full disclosure- he doesn't fully understand how to dog with other dogs, so he needs to be the only dog in the home. He is chill around horses and you can catch him sharing a drink in their water trough. Otherwise, Winston is a dream. He is sweet, loves ALL people, and has lived with kids before. He is house trained, he has basic obedience on board from a professional trainer. He also does well with cats. Winston has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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James

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James (aka bubba, chewbaca, chewy, Jamie, chunka monka) is the most mellow, lovable 7 month old Shepherd supermutt looking to snuggle on your couch forever. He has a mellow temperament but loves to wrestle like a walrus with his foster sister, paddle board, and did really well on a short hike. He is a fast learner and very food motivated. He has a soft mouth and is easily corrected. Once he realized the difference between pillows and toys he did not forget, and realized just how much fun squeakers are. He is working very hard on potty training but needs someone who will consistently continue to work on his puppy manners! He has met dogs big and small, wild and mellow, and gets along with all of them. He would love to have a furry sibling to snuggle and play with in the backyard. He met some children and was very gentle with them. He has not met cats, but given his personality he would likely say hello and then let them on their merry way. This bugger melted once his bum hit the couch and he decided he was absolutely not going to sleep in a crate because he wants to be on or near the bed with his humans. He does get attached to his people (and they him). He loves breweries and has been very adaptable everywhere we bring him! Looking for a mellow man who is going to be a giant family lap dog? Look no further - between his charming looks and loving demeanor, this hunk will make your family very happy. James has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jax

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Jax is a super sweet dog that is great on the leash. We walk almost everywhere together in downtown Denver and he is not phased by any of the noises. I have only heard him bark twice. He has gone to restaurants with me and he lays quietly under the table. He is good with other people and other dogs. For a 5-month old Shepherd Mix puppy, he is very calm. I take him to the dog park once a day and he lays with me on the couch for the rest of the day. Jax would be an ideal dog for someone who is looking for an adventure buddy as he is really easy to take along places. Jax has been neutered, is vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, and dewormed. Jax is $375 to adopt.
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Jayce

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Jayce is a male Anatolian mix at 2 months old. He is a sweet playful boy! He loves all other animals, and has wonderful play manners! He tries to play with the cats and is very curious. He wrestles/ plays with his foster sister, and is very sweet. When he's resting, he likes to be with his people, so he's still getting used to crate training. We're working on house training, but he does well when taken out frequently. He walks on a leash pretty well, no pulling. Jayce has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jed

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Jed is a male Anatolian mix at 2 months old. Jed is a very sweet pup that still needs to get fully into his own. He is playful with my other pups and loves my grand kids ,and leaves my cats and chickens alone , although he is very interested. He does well in his crate, not a peep at night. He's a very picky eater, on the other hand likes to take all his toys ( and mine!) into his crate . We are working on being a "grown up" dog and going outside to potty , but that is a work in progress. Jed says : "Forgive me, I'll get it soon, I am doing my best, but I am so darned cute, I am sure you can be patient with me." He is still timid and does some submissive peeing but with more confidence that will get better , I am sure. He is going to be a great family dog. Jed has so much love to give and can't wait to meet his new forever family. Jed has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jenna

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Jenna is a female Lab mix at 3 months old. She is a loving and playful puppy who is good with adults, dogs, and young children. She loves to play with her stuffed toys and chases anything you throw for her. She especially loves carrying around stuffed animals way too big for her. This adorable girl loves to snuggle after her walks. She is consistently able to last 7-8 hours in her crate without any accidents at night. Jenna has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. She is $375 to adopt.
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Jenkins

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Jenkins loves being around people and is learning to play nicely with other dogs. He sometimes gets too excited while playing, but can easily be picked up to calm down. He “talks” while playing tug of war with other dogs as if to say, "even though I am smaller than you, I won’t give up and I can win this game!" He is working on potty training, doing very well and has learned how to use the dog door. He is not crate trained quite yet. With children, he is very happy and playful. He is very good at walking on a leash. He is not food aggressive and he does not have a huge appetite. Jenkins does not like being left alone and will search his people out. He will snuggle up next to you to nap. He is really cute and his fur coloring and feel is stunning, (Pictures do not do him justice!). He has not started on basic commands but has been watching other dogs and will sit when they do! He will most definitely want to please his people in his forever home, so he will learn quickly. He sleeps well at night, from 11pm – 6am. So far, no experience around cats, but he will probably do great with them as he is young enough to learn about them! Jenkins has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Jill

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Hi, my name is Jill and I'm a 2.5-month-old Anatolian Mix. I'm a really sweet girl that loves being in a home and exploring my new surroundings. I'm pretty positive that I would love hiking and splashing in creeks as being outside is one of my favorite things! I love cuddling and belly rubs but still having a hard time with my leash but I'm getting there! I'm great with kids and other dogs, but I've never seen a cat before. I almost got this potty training down pat and have made it through the night! I love learning new tricks and commands and am adapting well. I have “sit” down as long as there are some treats involved! I have been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, and dewormed. I am $375 to adopt.
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Joanna

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Joanna is a female Lab mix at 3 months old. She is such a spunky and sweet little pup! She is learning her crate training quickly, and settles down especially fast if she has a KONG full of treats to distract her. Joanna is still learning the basics of not jumping, using a gentle mouth, sit, down, and leave it, and is progressing quickly on all of these skills. She is so motivated to make you happy and is eager to learn! Joanna gets along with my two aussies and is learning dog boundaries efficiently from them. She's made some new cat and kitten friends, but mostly ignores them after they touch noses. Joanna wants nothing more than to be the center of your attention, to be carried like a toddler/baby, and to play with a ball or toy. Joanna is beginning to let me know when she needs to go potty, but still needs help with getting distracted by other people outside and forgets why she's outside, so patience with staying outside with her until she goes is really helpful. Joanna has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated and dewormed. She is $375 to adopt.
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Sampson

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Sampson is a 2.5 month old lab/shepherd mix puppy. He is a very smart little dog, he's almost house trained, I can always tell he needs to potty because his little tail is up. He's quite the character and certainly understands if you're smiling at him. Sampson will come charging at you from across the room knowing that hugs are in store. He loves his toys and loves to play tug-of-war. Sampson continues to love ice cubes as a treat so long as they're not too big. He gets along well with other dogs and although mine don't like to play as much as Sammy, he doesn't seem to mind if I'm the substitute! He's a total lover and will be a great play and snuggle buddy! Sampson has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped with registration, flea and tick treated, and dewormed. He is $375 to adopt.
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Wyatt

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Wyatt is a 6 month old neutered male border collie that came from a rural shelter out of state. He has a fabulous temperament, is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and tick treated, dewormed, and has been put on heart worm medication. Wyatt is good with everyone and $375 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

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.

UNALTERED ANIMALS:

During this current time of crisis, Governor Polis has declared that spay and neuter procedures are elective, and until the ban on that is lifted, any animals that are not currently fixed can be fostered for adoption to be completed once the surgery is performed. This means if you put in an application and it is approved you may take possession of the animal, but the legal agreement that will transfer ownership will not happen until the surgery has been completed. We have a 100% spay/neuter before adoption policy, and although this delay may complicate things briefly, adoptions will return to normal for these animals not fixed once the ban is lifted. Thank you for understanding these are complicated times and we will do our best to accommodate all parties while adhering to our internal policies.