helping animals in need


In 2006, Telluride Animal Foundation co-founders Josh and Katja Rapaport adopted their sweet chow chow Bella, which prompted them to start this foundation. Since 2011, the Telluride Animal Foundation has sponsored the spay and neuter of over 16,300 animals and has helped thousand of cats and dogs find a better life!

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The Telluride Animal Foundation’s mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets. TAF focuses on supporting existing shelters and sanctuaries through targeted funding, sponsoring spay/neuter initiatives to fight euthanasia, providing food for struggling owners to keep their animals in their care, and networking rescue animals to increase awareness and adoption rates.

We strive to create better lives for animals by:

  1. Limiting the number of unwanted animals through education about adopting shelter and rescue dogs and increasing the number of spay and neuter clinics available to the public.

  2. Enhancing the quality of existing shelters and sanctuaries.

  3. Connecting volunteers with local organizations.

  4. Creating a network amongst current shelters and sanctuaries to provide better adoption rates in the extended area.

We are a licensed federal non-profit organization, tax exempt under the 501 (c) (3) Internal Revenue Code. Our federal tax id number is 45-0839793.




When you donate to the Telluride Animal Foundation, you can be sure we take the utmost care to create the most value out of your donation, however large or small. TAF has an extremely low overhead and no salaries, so all proceeds can go to saving the animals! We donate to various rescue organizations throughout the Telluride Region and the greater Southwest and track and monitor all the funds we distribute to be certain the organizations are using our donations appropriately.



Did you know that over 5 million dogs and cats are killed every year in shelters? In the late 80's that number was closer to 17 million. We will strive to educate the public about the joy and need for pet adoptions and help put an end to breeding and puppy mills.


Spay & Neuter Clinics

All over the region there are stray and domestic dogs and cats having litter after litter of babies. This does nothing but hurt our mission to reduce the number of shelter kills to zero. We need education and support to spay and neuter as many animals as possible.


Adoption Network

Our Southern Rocky Mountain Region has hundreds of small rescue organizations and thousands of concerned citizens, and we are making it our job to connect these groups. This network will offer support for many of the lesser fortunate organizations.



Josh and Katja are known for flying their Cessna 210 to transport animals in need throughout the Southwest region, often times with only a moment’s notice! Flying provides a quick way to get an animal in need to a safer place and ultimately to a new home.



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TAF Collaborates with Outside Rescue Organizations

Gallup, New Mexico resident David Tom was out walking his dogs one morning when he saw a skinny dog running down the street after a car…



To The Rescue: How Thrift Shopping Saves Animals

There is an obvious link between secondhand clothes and secondhand pets, things that are given up by one person but cherished by another...



An Oldie But A Goodie: A Bonded Pair

This story begins as many shelter stories do. An owner was moving and couldn’t take his dog, so he dumped it at the shelter like it was an old cast-off piece of furniture…


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One of our Most Exciting Air Transports Yet!

We had a special photographer and animal loving friend join the transport and he made this “team effort transport” a real story with his incredible pics!