Happy Dog Ranch needs your support

$7,030 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 13 months
Happy Dog Ranch is one of the few facilities in the nation to combine animal rescue with education and therapeutic outreach to children and adults.

August 2017 update: Thanks for all past support. It looks like it might be a hard fall getting hay, so if you can donate something to help us out with rising prices, we'd appreciate it.

Last month Happy Dog was the winner of the HorseLoverZ.com holiday makeover in recognition of our work!

Happy Dog Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit horse rescue, educational, and therapeutic facility in Littleton, Colorado. We work with children and adults with a range of emotional and developmental disabilities from  groups and schools in the Denver metro area such as The Joshua School, Binning Family Foundation , Serenity Education, 4 Our Kids, and Garden Colorado.

Our Transitions program allows "transitioning" teens with Autism or Special Needs who are leaving the school environment, the opportunity to learn basic job and social skills while helping us with our small animal work. We also host monthly 1st Wednesdays/Saturdays at Happy Dog summer playdates that provide the Autism community with fun, sensory-based and kinetic activities.  

Other groups we provide services to include a “younger onset” Alzheimer’s group from Out and About Colorado, as well as  breast cancer survivors through Hope Held By a Horse . There are outreach visits to local seasonal festivals, schools, and local businesses, and grants through our therapists that allow us to interact with DOVE (Deaf Overcoming Violence Through Empowerment) ; do nature-connection programming with LGBTQ+ young adults through Queer Nature ; and work with at-risk youth through CityWILD.

DETAILS: Happy Dog Ranch is home to:
(click here to see our herd!)
40+ Horses
2 Donkeys
6 Alpacas 
1 Llama
1 miniature Steer
3 Chickens
6 Ducks
7 Goats
1 Pig
1 Sheep
2 Cats
3 Dogs
3 Full Time Staff (not including executive directors who  work as volunteers)
55 volunteers

1 year of:
$60,000 - Hay, feed, and supplements
$20,000 - Veterinarians, Dentist, and Farrier
$12,000 - Equipment and supplies
$8,000 - Insurance

December 2016 
Winner of HorseLoverZ.com (world's largest online tack shop) holiday makeover in recognition of our great work! Aired on RFD-TV's Equestrian Nation on December 18th, 2016. For full video click here !

November 2016
Featured in the Columbine Courier
Forging Stable Bonds by Deborah Swearingen

Winter 2016-2017
Featured in Fort Collins Magazine
Life Lessons From a Horse by Rachel Walker, Pg. 60

Featured on Horse Radio Network's "Horses in the Morning " 1/7/2017 podcast

Featured on Horse Radio Network's "Stable Scoop" 2/2/2017 podcast



from John and Bernadette Spillane, and all of us at Happy Dog Ranch!!

John and Bernadette Spillane
Some of our volunteers!


Wilbur the pig

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Looks like it's going to be a difficult fall getting hay. Donate today so we're prepared for tomorrow!!
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DOVE (Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment) teamed up with HDR therapist Jess Dallman of Natural Wisdom Counseling for a day of wilderness therapy.
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Hear Bernadette and John's interview on Stable Scoop's February 2 show - http://www.horseradionetwork.com/stable-scoop-radio-show/
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Please donate and share!! If we had $10 for every share (we have 83 shares as of today), we'd have $830 extra; if we have $20 for every share, we'd have $1660.
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Raised by 58 people in 13 months
Created December 30, 2016
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Judi Dreiling
3 months ago

Proceeds from my horseshoe art sales at Fall Festival to benefit the animals

Patricia Braun
4 months ago

Every little bit helps. Thank you for bringing so much joy to my life.

4 months ago
Candace Gregory
4 months ago

Thank you for all that you do Happy Dog Ranch! Happy Birthday Julian, so excited to donate in honor of your birthday to such a great organization!

Jennifer Lee
4 months ago

Happy Birthday Mila!

Lauri Exley
4 months ago

Such a great cause! Happy birthday Mila!

Mary Archer
5 months ago

we are so appreciative of the beautiful indoor space and outdoor space at Happy Dog Ranch! We bring our groups to enjoy lunch in the "cabin" and visit the animals and enjoy the vast blue skies. You do great work and we are grateful!

Judi Dreiling
5 months ago

For Jasmine, aka JLO

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