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Denkai Animal Sanctuary

Rating: 3 stars   19 reviews 3,002

Address:

36710 Wcr 126 Grover CO 80729 USA

Mission:

Denkai Animal Sanctuary impacts the community as a whole through our animal rescue services and outreach. We provide life-saving options to a wide variety of abused, abandoned, or neglected animals that have nowhere else to turn. Our outreach in the community, through adoption events and humane education, aims to increase awareness of our relationship with and responsibility to the animals that share our world. Volunteers at the sanctuary get valuable hands-on experience in the growing field of animal welfare along with sustainable living practices. Not only do they make a difference in the lives of the animals they help, but they are also making a positive contribution to their community by donating

Results:

The sanctuary began with 25 animals on 15 acres with minimal facilities and a few volunteers. There were no large benefactors that started this organization, it has grown over the last three years through very hard work and hands on daily chores, sometimes lasting late into the evening. Thanks to a very dedicated group of volunteers who stayed with us through a very rough beginning, our sanctuary is now situated on 640 acres and includes a small barn in need of repair, a quonset building for machinery, a small garage, 600 square foot house, and pasture, and we are caring for more than 150 animals on a daily basis. Denkai has in the past actively operated using sustainable energies. Denkai has doubled its income in the past year, largely through our website. Individuals who have heard about our organization can log onto our website to learn more about our efforts, and can easily make monetary donations through Network for Good. Approximately 90% of our donors have never physically visited the sanctuary, and have learned about us by visiting our website, via media exposure or through public outreach activities. The newest acquisition is the adoption center located near Greeley, CO which enables the large populations of surrounding areas to have ready access to approximately 70 adoptable animals. Since 2005, Denkai has provided rescue, rehabilitation and permanent sanctuary to over 1000 animals. The Sanctuary has offered educational programs to area schools such as the Fort Collins Lab School and Meeker Elementary School. Denkai has responded and provided relief to national emergency situations such as the CA wildfires and hurricane Katrina. Denkai responded to a horse slaughter plant in Dekalb, IL and rescued horses right off the kill line as the plant was closed due to newly implemented restrictions banning the slaughter of horses in the US.

Target demographics:

Active adults between 18 and 70 years young nation-wide. Youth Groups ages 6 -18 in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Denkai Animal Sanctuary is unique in that it aims to provide a combination of services for animals in need, at‐risk youth, and environmental awareness. This will be accomplished through hands on educational opportunities.

Geographic areas served:

Denkai has helped several regions of the US including CA and the victims of hurricanes in the coastal regions of the south.

Programs:

I. Current services offered through the Sanctuary include: A. Adopt common “companion animals”, namely dogs and cats, to suitable homes, as well as adoption of other animals including horses, pot-bellied pigs, and other adoptable livestock. We define "adoptable" as: “Dogs and cats that are eight weeks of age or older and livestock that are one year of age or older that at or subsequent to the time the animal is impounded or otherwise taken into possession, have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental defect that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet. The animals are adoptable if they have no signs of disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future. Healthy/adoptable animals may be old, deaf, blind, disfigured or disabled. B. Provide a permanent sanctuary for animals that are deemed as non-adoptable. Non-adoptable animals are defined as any animal that does not fit into the definition above. C. Provide education and outreach on proper animal care to current and potential animal owners. D. Assist law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting cases of animal neglect and/or other abuse. E. Provide volunteer opportunities for the young and old in the local and national community. We are especially focused on reaching at-risk youth and serving as an approved site for court-ordered community service hour projects.

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Reviews for Denkai Animal Sanctuary

Rating: 1 stars  

I volunteered and fostered with Denkai for close to a year. I wanted to help the dogs. As time went on more and more money was given but it was never enough, your help was never good enough. The founder was never around and now they closed there doors after how many years! Staff that had been dedicated to them given no explanation. I will never donate or volunteer for this organization. You cannot even find current financial info for them which is very shady. They need more money but where is it going? They want to live debt free so that the founder, her boyfriend who was the VP of operations and they're baby on the way can live without working for it!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I volunteered with this group on numerous occasions. The staff was not only discourteous, they were downright mean to the animals. And when they adopted out animals, they did virtually NO background checks on adopters. The head of this group claims that she doesn't take a salary but their financials show that there was in excess of $100,000 after expenses. What happened to that money? I know that the head of the group took vacations and was rarely there in person when there was an adoption or transportation event, although she claims she worked many hours a week. I also donated to them on several occasions and never got a thank you or a receipt. I think this is a very shady group and would never donate anything else to them. There are just too many other wonderful rescue groups.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had a horrible experience with Denkai. Jenna is extremly rude, she gives you the run around about adopting a puppy. She has no business dealing with the public, she should be on pen duty. They are always begging for donations, but yet treat you horrible when you go to adopt a dog. I will never deal with them again.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Today I went into denkai hoping to look at puppies to find our next family dog. As soon as I walked into their facility I felt judged. (I have piercings and tattoos and was scrubbed out) They were extremely rude and treated me as if I had no clue what I was talking about! I gave them specific needs in what I was looking for and they laughed and handed me a pre adoption form and shooed my daughter and I away. Didnt let me see ANY dogs. They wanted me out of there ASAP. The puppies I seen online were extremely cute and my daughter fell inlove with one of them. Yet due to the extreme rude and judgemental manner we will not be adopting from them.... EVER!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get better employees who have good customer service skills, open minded, and who do not judge people because of their looks.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered at Denkai for about 5 years - fostering dogs, helping with fundraisers, helping at clinic and adoption center - and while things don't always go perfectly their heart is in the right place and everyone tries very hard. A few bad reviews mentioned dog transports not coming in on time and having to wait for dogs to show up - unfortunately this is commonplace with transports. They are traveling long distances with a bunch of rescue dogs and timeframes can change based on traffic and the needs of the dogs. Dogs that are suppose to come in may get pulled at the last minute for health issues or last minute adoptions and Denkai does not know until transport arrives. Yes, money is always tight and staff is always too few people working too many hours and chaos reins when a transport comes in with 20, 30 or more dogs but, please remember these dogs are getting a second chance at life and a forever home because of Denkai.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with DenKai since May 2010. They have changed locations and staff numerous times during the past 4 years, and things haven't always run perfect. But that said, this organization saves hundreds of animals every MONTH and offers low-cost spay and neuter services for families who otherwise might end up with unwanted puppies, due to their inability to afford a vet bill.

They also offer low-cost vaccinations and general veterinary care.

I have fostered about 50 of their rescued dogs and it is a rewarding experience each and every time. Giving these pups a chance to live in a home and receive socialization and training provides the eventual adopters of these animals with such a gift!

Consider volunteering your time or opening your home to a foster pup! You won't regret it!!!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Alright, extremely disappointed. My puppy who was adopted through denkai, recently went in for her spay. When she was released she did not receive a cone and received minimal pain medication. Three says later she ended up popping a stitch open. Because it was late at night we had to take her to a twenty four hour clinic. The veterinarian who took care of her was not impressed by the stitch job and was disappointed by the fact that shedid not receive a cone or more medication. She patched her back up so we could take her back to denkai at eight am so that they could fix her back up. Well we got there at eight fifteen and there was no body there. Door locked, no answer on the phone, and nobody in the parking lot. Their website claims that they are open at eight am but this does not appear to be the case. Needless to say that as I am on my way to a trusted clinic in longmont, I have no trust out respect for this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just do equine care since that is what they appear to be good at

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was called at last minute to foster pups,had to wait 2 hours before they arrived, they called to many foster and adopters ,was not happy that used gas and set for 2 hrs and then turned away empty handed, felt that after hearing bad story with experience with this place would not recommend this shelter or offer my services to them

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

2 weeks ago I responded to an add about a dog that needed a home. This pup was in a shelter in Texas and was supposed to be in Eaton in 2 days. It was one thing after another when I called to find out if she ( the pup) had arrived. I was finally told the pup would be there last night at appx midnight and I could come when they opened this morning. I was there at 8:00 still floss had not arrived with the van of dogs she had picked up in Texas. Was told it would be 2 hrs. Came back in 2 hours and myself and 2 other people who were waiting for their adoptions to arrive, were told it would be another 2 hours. They had spend the night in Colo springs and from 8 till 1 is 5 hours and no way does it take that long to drive from Colo springs to Eaton. Floss knew people were waiting. Low and behold finally she arrived, but to my dismay they brought me the wrong dog! I am devasted, I looked at the picture of the pup I was supposed to get countless times in the let 2 weeks. How could they have made such a mistake?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have someone intervene

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been a big fan of Denkai for about 3 years now, since they helped me in being able to rescue 2 horses from auction where they would have been sent to slaughter. The founder is just awesome in her devotion and management and her vision. Every effort is made to help animals with special needs to become a likely adoption candidate. The compassion displayed by the Denkai staff is amazing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them tons of money so they could devote more time to the animals and less to having to raise funding.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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