DENKAI ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Rating: 3.38 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth

Location: 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

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Rating: 1 stars  

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!

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

2 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  

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.

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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

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

1 people 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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Role: General Member of the Public
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?

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

1 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.

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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

Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have had experience with Denkai Animal Sanctuary since 2007. Horses and dogs. The facilities are always disorganized and a mess. They take on too many animals and they put press out there that they need money and do things, the money comes, but the things are not getting done. Sadly if people were following up, they would see they are basically donating to pay for the founder to travel around and waste money and make false promises. The animals that get adopted out are never followed up on. I mean EVER. The horses are rarely trained. They had a nice bed and breakfast facility that they ran into the ground and in the end they were giving away all of the dogs. I saw a horse get injured by some kids trying to load it into a trailer that day too. I have had some interactions with the founder Floss Blackburn and asked her bluntly why she is not doing things to the Grover facility that she has in her "master plan" that she actively markets to the public/media.... and she basically gets nasty, then will not email you back or correspond with you again. I have wondered if she is really a legitimate 501 3C, or if she has just gotten blind board members who she can pull the wool over their eyes to get away with stealing peoples money that donate with the conception it will actually go to help the animals and not be used for her "vacation" or wasted on her kids/family/current boyfriend. I even was made aware that the founder, Floss Blackburn went to an auction in WY where the Cloud Foundation was trying to buy a herd to keep the mustang herd family together, and Floss Blackburn was trying to bid on the horse to take it away from them. Be very careful with any donations that go to this "Sanctuary", I would consider others that are always doing more of the right things.

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

There are too many things to list, sadly, it's disorganized, not friendly to volunteers and should be monitored, or just shut down.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I too have experienced the change of hands of this facility not just once but 3 times. Aside from the financial aspect, the people who try and or excel at these facilites, their hearts are in the right place. I have seen some very selfish humans come through those doors to give up animals. The reasons are many, but some should be ashamed of themselves. The man hours are endless in this type of work with upkeep, care of the animals and the day to day issues that occur. All of the staff has done the best they can with what they have and what is donated. It can be a little chaotic at times, but so is grocery shopping. The main thing is the well being of the animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been a volunteer, with my husband for over 4 years. I have watched the change of hands and improvements that have been made at both facilities. There have been 100's of hours put into the facility grounds and buildings. Sadly the key to any non-profit if funding and volunteers. The owner has dedicated all of her time and life to building this organization from nearly nothing to where she is today. Just think one persons dream, has saved lives. What did you do today?

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

The change I would make is to recruit more loyal volunteers that are dedicated to the care of these animals and the time to help with events. We do have a handful of these individuals and they have gone beyond in effort. The youth, to be more involved. Local school leaders in Greeley, Windsor, and surrounding areas to commit involvement and education.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

To be able to serve and have more time.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, new friends, community involvement, community awareness, and the education of young children. Our church youth have had the opportunities to serve, our missionaries, and scout troops to earn their Eagle Scout awards. For me the knowledge of working with businesses and the functionality of a non-profit. The planning and execution of activities and fundraising.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Grateful that we, my husband and I, could make a difference not only in the animals lives, but those around us.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 4 stars  

I heard about Denkai through the newspaper. I started volunteering a few months ago. I have found it to be well-run for a non-profit shelter. I have volunteered consistently at animal shelters for the past 15 years, so I have good experience with both the Humane Society and a similar non-profit.

The organization is well-managed, and does a good job of selecting dogs, not just breed-specific rescuing. The majority of dogs that do have behavorial problems have been at the shelter too long, or have typical problems which all shelter dogs may face.

The volunteer assistance is a little too free-form, do what you want to help, but that is because there really is not much help.
The assigned duties to clean up kennels and feed are permanent positions so that they are done everyday.

The kennel does a good job managing food and medicine, and caring for its animals. The vet is there consistently checking all animals. These animals definitely receive more medical care than I've seen at other shelters.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Animals that are unadoptable have been specifically worked with so that they become adoptable.

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

The changes I would have made a few months ago have been undertaken. Volunteer duties have been made a little less free-form. If they had a million dollars, I would re-do the kennels and enclosures, and wash facilities.

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