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New CCAW Facility Has ‘Gone to the Dogs’…and Cats


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Color Country Animal Welfare (CCAW) celebrated the grand opening of their new facility in Torrey, Utah, on June 4, 2022. The new space provides many animal welfare services, including fifteen dog kennels and a room for three cats for lost / abandoned pets and day / overnight boarding. Courtesy Color Country Animal Welfare

TORREY – After nearly seven years of planning and fundraising, Color Country Animal Welfare held the grand opening of their brand new animal shelter in Torrey. About seventy-five people arrived throughout the afternoon for an open house held on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Visitors admired the modern new facility and mingled and grazed on foods donated by Bhinda’s Curry Pizza, Rock Reef Cafe, Royal’s Food Town, Sweetgrass, and Wild Rabbit Cafe.

“I’m thrilled to announce the opening of CCAW’s Animal Care Facility in Torrey,” said Color Country Animal Welfare president Sarah Tal, in a statement.

Open house visitors got to tour the facility and see the ten dogs currently boarded and meet the six cats currently up for adoption. The building has an open, airy and colorful feeling and incorporates fear-free elements meant to keep animals at ease.

CCAW dedicated the new building to its founder, Dottie Weaver, who started CCAW in 2009. Ms. Weaver passed away in 2015 just as the group began the building project.

The facility is the only animal shelter in Wayne County for lost and abandoned dogs and cats. Most of the donations for the $1.2M project came from within Wayne County. The venue includes fifteen dog kennels and three cat rooms. Kennels and rooms not used by lost or abandoned pets are available for day or overnight boarding. “Tourists often need a temporary place for their pets while they explore the dog-free national parks,” said Tal. CCAW offers locals a discount on boarding services.

While we always dedicated a few of the animal spaces to take in rescue animals, we hope those stays are brief, as foster families are a better environment to acclimate adoptable animals into a forever home.

—Sarah Tal, Color Country Animal Welfare president

Boarding fees are used to help support CCAW’s non-profit mission to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs in the Wayne County area, which they do by helping to spay and neuter approximately 100-200 dogs and cats per year. Another 100 or so animals are helped by their rescue program annually.

“While we always dedicated a few of the animal spaces to take in rescue animals, we hope those stays are brief, as foster families are a better environment to acclimate adoptable animals into a forever home,” said Tal. Kittens and puppies in particular are typically housed in foster homes rather than at the facility, both to help with their socialization and for health reasons, due to their limited immunity.

“Most of our rescue animals, when at all possible, go to a foster home. We don’t want them to be cooped up in a kennel,” said Dana Landale, one of CCAW’s organizers.

Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting CCAW’s mission, in particular those who are willing to foster dogs and cats. Individuals willing to foster kittens are always needed. For those who would like to volunteer at the facility, volunteers can help with daily cleaning tasks and to socialize with and exercise pets. Those interested in volunteering can visit the CCAW web site, colorcountryanimalwelfare.org/ and click the volunteer tab (under “Ways to Give”) and submit a volunteer form highlighting your interests.

CCAW staff request that if you have found a dog or cat that is in need of help, rather than dropping off an animal, please call and first and set up an appointment (435-491-2050).

The Color Country Animal Welfare shelter is located at 1200 W. Highway 24 in Torrey. They are open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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