Your community resource for animal welfare.

All About

Journey Home Animal Care Center

Serving the Colorado River Valley
Journey Home Animal Care Center provides care for over 1,500 lost, ill, injured or orphaned animals each year throughout the Colorado River Valley in Western Garfield County. The center provides a variety of services including adoption, veterinary clinic, and more. Refer to below for a full list of what’s offered:



Strengthening the human animal bond through compassion and education. 

Our History

The journey of Rifle Animal Shelter

Shelter Renovation

Rifle Animal Shelter, a 30 plus year old building, originally served as an impound facility for the City of Rifle. In 1998 the shelter was on the verge of being shut down for not meeting the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) standards. A group of volunteers started a campaign to help renovate the shelter. In just six months, the shelter was renovated with donated labor and materials. Volunteers from all over Garfield County came together to make this project a success. This core group of volunteers formed a 501 © (3) non-profit corporation and became Garfield County Animal Welfare Foundation, Inc., also known as Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter (FRAS).

Assisting the Community

FRAS’s next goal was to spay/neuter and provide medical care for every animal coming into the shelter. Today, no animal leaves the shelter without being current on vaccines, altered and micro chipped. In approximately 2002, FRAS expanded its services to include financial assistance to the Garfield County community and began to help community members alter their family pets.

Expanding Our Reach

On January 1, 2012, FRAS took over operations and management of the Rifle Animal Shelter. With this contract came expanded services, more efficient operations and greater public outreach.

Socially Conscious

Shelter Partner

Socially Conscious Shelters strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for every homeless cat and dog in their care and community.
At its core, Socially Conscious Sheltering is about working in collaboration with partners and the community to support the individual needs of people and their pets. Comprised of animal shelters and rescues, policymakers, law enforcement agencies, veterinarians, human-animal resource providers, and caring citizens, Socially Conscious Animal Communities provide access to thoughtful resources and services to improve the welfare of all vulnerable animals.

Fear Free

Shelter Partner

The goal of the Fear Free Shelter Program is to improve the experiences of animals by educating shelter, rescue, and animal welfare employees and volunteers about their emotional needs. FFSP aims to empower them to apply key strategies and techniques designed to reduce the negative emotional states that are commonly experienced by shelter and rescue animals—including fear, anxiety, stress (FAS), and frustration—and increase their enrichment opportunities. The Fear Free Shelter Program provides training suitable for all of the individuals involved in the care and oversight of shelter and rescue animals—from medical and behavioral staff to intake, reception, kennel, and cattery staff to animal control officers, adoption counselors, foster caregivers, and shelter volunteers. All members of Journey Home Animal Care Center staff have been certified in the Fear Free Shelter course!



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Insurance Companies that Offer Pet Coverage:

Gina Welker

American Family Insurance

Jesse Dalton

State Farm

Amy Baysinger

State Farm

For advice and resources

about your animal concerns

Contact us at Journey Home Animal Care Center