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Old Dog House recovering after Chateau Fire destroyed sanctuary space

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In the wake of the Chateau Fire in Teller County, the Old Dog House rescue in Florissant is working to get back on track, after it was destroyed in the blaze.

It was a devastating loss for Old Dog House president Sindy Andersen but thanks to support and donations from the community, she can continue to help her special group of rescue dogs.

For Andersen, losing the safe space she created for older dogs in need of a home has forced her to relocate and give up the property she's known for 20 years.

"It's upsetting to me that my dogs will not have the same quality of life up in the mountains," she said.

Her building is gone and now mostly ashes remain of the organization that's rescued more than 200 dogs in the past 14 years. Now, the 15 dogs who'd been housed there need help.

"She got all the animals out but that was it," said Ginger Bruvold at the Outpost Feed and Ranch Supply store. "You can about imagine the impact it has, you know, just on a person's life but then you think about all the animals that you try to take care of."

That's why Teller County stepped in. "The community has been excellent," said Andersen. "Ginger at the outpost has been raising funds for us as well as facilitating food for us."

The donations are helping make up for what these dogs lost.  "They lost their freedom really, because on my property they were able to go out and wander the hillside," added Andersen.

Right now, Andersen is in need of large dog beds to accommodate her nine larger pups. But she's grateful for what she's received so far and says Old Dog House will rise from the ashes soon enough.

"The Old Dog House is moving on," Anderson added. "We're not going to stop rescuing."

If you'd like to drop off supplies, you can do so at the Outpost Feed and Ranch Supply located on County Road 1 in Florissant and if you'd like to make an online donation, you can visit their website here.

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