Who We Are

We are Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare (3CW), a group of committed dog lovers just like you who decided to do something about unethical dog producers whose sole purpose is to make money off their dogs.

That is why we focus on educating the public about the connections between these breeding facilities also known as puppy mills and sales at pet stores and on the Internet. If the public stops buying puppies from pet stores and off the Internet, puppy mills will become a thing of the past.

We are dedicated to the idea that dogs are lifelong companions who deserve love, respect and concern for their health and welfare.

Our goal is to see every dog regain their rightful place in this world—in our home and in our hearts.

What We Do

Education: Teach, Rally, Media

We educate the dog-buying public, legislators and the media about the conditions at unethical dog breeder operations and their connections to pet stores, Internet puppy sales and "parking lot" puppy sales.

We attend events, hold weekly rallies and maintain a website, Facebook and email newsletter. We also run media campaigns on buses, bus benches, and posters.

Research: Playing Detective

We regularly order inspection reports from the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) program under the auspices of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Currently, we are researching a number of pet store inspection reports and documenting any unresolved issues.

Policy: Support Animal Welfare Laws

We support the efforts of animal welfare organizations that develop laws that will improve the health and welfare of puppymill dogs. We communicate to the public, stakeholders, legislators and the media to encourage the passing of these laws.