Our Current Residents

We invite you to get to know the special senior dogs that our sanctuary family has rescued and loved over the last several years. They're the original PSDS crew, and the heart and soul of our sanctuary. They live with our leadership team and at the sanctuary and are quite a collection of lovable characters who keep us on our toes 24/7!

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Our senior Basset Hound is equal parts sweet and quirky ol' man. Because he was a breeding dog in a commercial puppy mill most of his 11 years, the concept of a loving family was something Boscoe sadly never got to...

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Bounce came to Pepper’s with her very bonded older “sister” Buffy. She is a 14 year old Terrier Mix who has gorgeous coloring especially around her eyes. She recently got her first bath and groom at Pepper’s and that added an extra...

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Get ready to fall in love with Bruce! He is a very handsome Chihuahua whose age was given to us as 15, but we wonder if he might be a bit younger. Bruce came from DDFL and is a curious, friendly and silly boy who loves...

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Betty White

We've had a few days to welcome this vibrant senior pug who came to us from a rescue in Florida. She's estimated to be 10 years old and about 18lbs.

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Buffy is a super sweet, yet very shy, 17 year old Terrier Mix. As with many of our dogs, her history is mostly unknown. We do know that she adores her sister Bounce and they are a bonded pair. She is doing very well especially with those...

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Qualities - Butch is a Yorkshire Terrier who was rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue after being a puppy mill dad his whole life. He lived in a tiny cage for 3,118 days until he was rescued.

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Bruno is a couch potato of a Puggle and kind of looks like a very cute potato with slightly bulging eyeballs. He arrived at PSDS with his bonded mate and best, best friend Maggie, with whom he did everything...

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Chonk, a pawtastic possibly Puggle mix, is built like a perfect, scrumptious loaf of bread. Our friends at True & Faithful Pet Rescue Mission swooped in and rescued this deserving senior who had been in and out of...

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Crystal is a 15 year old West Highland Terrier. She was rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue after 14 years 11 months and 26 days, likely in a breeding cage measuring 30” by 30”. Crystal was born on 12/17/2008. That is a long time to be confined with 2-3 other dogs and have puppies every cycle.

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Sometimes the package is much smaller than the personality and that is the case with our sweet Edith. She came to us from DDFL and weighs a whopping 2.5 pounds. Because Edith was a stray, the best guess is that she is 12 and a Chihuahua.

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Faye is a 12 year old mix breed dog. We aren’t sure what breeds she is, but we know for a fact that she is 100% adorable! She came to us from DDFL due to mammary masses. These were removed shortly after she arrived.

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Harry the dog


Harry is ten pounds of power and personality, paired with a barbaric bark, packed into a feisty little blur of black fur with white accents. Sure, he may appear to be giving you a wink and some attitude, but he recently had a...

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Keysa is the key holder for Pepper’s as she is the first official sanctuary resident. She is quite proud of this distinction and will happily show you around. She is a 13 year old Dachshund mix...

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Lexie is a Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix. Never heard of that breed? Well, it’s a breed of hound descended from the English and American Foxhounds—but we digress. We believe she is roughly 9...

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Photogenic and impossibly youthful, Lily is always ready to strike a sassy social media pose. She needs to sniff out your trustworthiness before letting you become a part of her 'fab-pack'.

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Lil Sis

Lil Sis came to us from an overcrowded shelter in Cortez. She is most likely a Shephard Mix and is at least 14 years old. She has the most beautiful eyes and has a sweet and mellow temperament...

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Link is 1/2 of a bonded pair of senior Chihuahua mixes. Both Link (10) and Lola (14) suddenly found themselves without their human, who had sadly passed away unexpectedly.

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Lola is the other half of a bonded pair with Link. She is four pounds of sheer dynamite, a true Chihuahua with a personality the size of Texas.

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Lucy and her bonded friend, Ricky, came to us from The Denver Dumb Friend’s League. Lucy is approximately 11 years old and a beautiful Chihuahua. This girl is making progress on the fast track.

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Luna is a 10 year old mixed breed girl. She came to us from DDFL and we see mini poodle in her but please guess on other breeds. Cocker? Maybe. Shih Tzu? Possibly. Chihuahua? Who knows. What we do know is she is delightful in every possible way! Luna was the Roman Goddess of the Moon...

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A mischievous world traveler and former native of the mean streets of Mexico, Mabel sports a sassy gap between her teeth and struts with a melody in her step.

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Margaret is a 9 year old American Eskimo dog born on 8/28/14. She was rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue after being a breeder mama for 3,259 days. She is an amazing girl who is curious, smart and resilient but her medical issues, especially diabetes, caused her to be overlooked and not adopted.

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This merle-coated Chihuahua with a heart of gold may have a heart murmur, but he's an unstoppable, on-the-go heart patient who is closely monitored by his veterinarian after being rescued from a shelter where his former family had returned him not once, but twice.

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A dynamo with the determined grit of a true survivor, Patrick came to us from True & Faithful Pet Rescue Mission who plucked him from the shelter after he was hit by a car and sat in the shelter suffering for four days with a crushed pelvis.

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Pearl is a 10-year-old Miniature Dachshund who made her way to becoming part of the PSDS family in May, 2021. Pearl was rescued along with little Sophia by our friends at National Mill Dog Rescue where they had sadly lived their entire lives as commercial breeding dogs.

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This boy came to us from a rescue in Trinidad, ready to love and make us laugh! His glossy black coat and permanent smile are paired with the benevolent protection of his humans.

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Red is thought to be a Great Pyrenees Mix who is at least 11 years old. This gentle giant comes to us from Cortez and despite some health setbacks, is making lots of progress!

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Ricky and his bonded friend Lucy came to us from The Denver Dumb Friends League. He is a 9 year old tan Chihuahua who sees his main responsibility as guarding Lucy, though he is relaxing more...

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Rosie is a regal looking 9-year-old Bull Terrier. She was surrendered to Denver Dumb Friends League and had no interested adopters. We were thrilled to get her as a permanent family member at Pepper’s!

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A soulful Golden Retriever mix who came to us as a feral dog from a New Mexico area Native American reservation, Scout is both regal with his silver muzzle and so Princely that he could just possibly be a secret member of the Royal Family.

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Sophia Lucia is a 12-year old Miniature Dachshund and is 1/2 of a bonded pair with her sister, Pearl (11 years old). Sophia is a puppy mill survivor, and both Sophia and Pearl were rescued from our partner National Mill Dog Rescue in 2021.

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Taves is an absolutely handsome guy! He came to us from a shelter in California where he was lingering with a bad right leg for several months. We are thrilled that he is now a Pepper’s resident and we can help him feel better and have a better quality of life.

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It’s important to know that PSDS is not an adoption and/or foster agency, and we do not accept dogs via owner surrender or drop offs.

All of our senior dogs reside with us for the duration of their lives. We are their forever home. You might be wondering how our sanctuary dogs are chosen. While we wish we could give every dog a home, that is simply not feasible or realistic. But for those who are selected for intake into PSDS, the decisions are based on the following criteria:

Pearl the dog
  • Imminent euthanasia due to overcrowding
  • Dogs not being adopted due to age
  • Dogs not being adopted due to medical needs
  • Heartworm-positive dogs
  • Dogs with a disability preventing adoption
  • Personality and temperament considerations (to ensure safe dynamics within the pack)