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Johnson Family Kennels Open Doors to Animal Wildfire Victims

The Waldo Canyon Fire crests the last hill separating it from the City of Colorado Wildfires of Waldo Canyon, Colorado Springs, Colorado, America – 25 Jun 2012 Horrified on-lookers watch as the Waldo Canyon Fire roars over the last hill between it and the City of Colorado Springs at the Briargate Community of Colorado Springs, just South of the Air Force Acade. Due to evacuations, the fire had not been visible to anyone other than emergency personnel until this moment. Hundreds of homes can be seen dotting the landscape below. Great destruction followed. (Rex Features via AP Images)

When Colorado wildfires forced 32,000 residents to evacuate their homes, many residents were left helpless with their pets, unable to find a pet-friendly shelter to take them all. So, one family – The Johnsons, well known breeders of Old English Sheepdogs and Rocheuses Bouvier des Flandres, that operate the Sunrise Kennels and the Woodmen Kennels in Colorado Springs – opened their kennel doors to small animals displaced by the fires in Waldo Canyon.

Best In Show Daily reported,

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, more than 50 animals had been welcomed, with more expected. Evacuation of thousands of homes continues as more than 800 firefighters battle temperatures in the high 90s and 15 mph winds with 65 mph gusts, as they work to contain the fire.

The Johnson family are not charging any evacuated residents, but are stockpiling food and accepting donations.

To show your support for the Johnsons’ efforts to care for displaced animals, you can drop off food at the following locations:

Woodmen Kennels, 6440 N. Vincent Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (If you need more information, call 719-598-4154.)

Sunrise Kennels, 6580 N. Vincent Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (For further information, call 719-598-8220.)

You can also purchase dog food to be delivered to either location by going to and using the coupon code BSTNSHOW. You will get $10 off your order of $59 or more, and the dog food will be shipped directly to the Johnsons’ kennels.

For those living out of state, donations are also being accepted through PayPal. To do so:

Click on “Send Money,” put in an amount, then choose “Friends and Family.” When PayPal asks for the email address of the recipient, put in [email protected]

You can donate with your PayPal or bank account without any PayPal service charge, or by credit or debit card for a 59-cent charge.

The Johnson family are a fine example of dog lovers coming together to help other dog lovers. Easing the minds of these pet owners at a time when they stand to lose everything is amazing.



  1. Black Labs

    Jul 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Small animals meaning everything smaller than livestock or ankle biters 10-15 pounds and under? I hope it’s NOT the latter.

    • Brandy Arnold

      Jul 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Small animals means dogs, cats, birds, and other indoor pets. The kennels (though they would love to) can’t handle large animals like horses or other livestock.

      • Black Labs

        Jul 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        I thought that might be the case and just wanted to make sure. When I initially read it I went into worry mode. Thank you.

  2. Gayle Tauger

    Jul 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    If every person reading this would contribute a small amount to help this family it would be wonderful. I hope people just don’t read this article and say, “how terrific these people are” without helping them. Actions speak louder than words. I’m a senior citizen pet lover and owner, living on Social Security, but I will definitely send a few dollars. I hope others do the same.

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