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Thrift Store: 970-516-1PET

Dog Adoptions: 970-560-6747

Equine/Farm Animal: 970-217-1457

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Floss Blackburn, Founder and President
Ms. Blackburn brings with her excellence in leadership skills, strong business and marketing skills gained from Colorado State University and Front Range Community College along with nine years of hands on experience dealing with all aspects of for profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Having founded Denkai Animal Sanctuary in 2004 with minimal resources on a shoestring, Ms. Blackburn has experience in all aspects of not for profit on the ground and in public relations. Floss has individually contributed more than 20,000 volunteer hours since 2004 through managing Denkai Animal Sanctuary, administering Sanctuary programs, personally providing medical treatment to the animals, fundraising, and supervising volunteers Ms. Blackburn has grown Denkai's budget from $7,000 in year one of operations to more than $1.2 Million in income and assets during 2013 just nine years later. Ms. Blackburn successfully negotiated and raised funding for the purchase of 640 acres of land with outbuildings, corrals and agricultural crops for Denkai Animal Sanctuary after only four years in operation. Ms. Blackburn led her team of professionals in facilitation of the Miracle Horse Rescue in Cheyenne, WY together with the Humane Society of the United States in April of 2007. Through this and other large horse rescues, Floss has gained a working knowledge of the agricultural industry including those in the State Veterinarian's office, individual and family farming and ranching operations, livestock auction facilities and more.

Ms. Blackburn has spent countless hours helping other not for profit horse rescue and sanctuary organizations through providing resources and guidance in the "bricks and mortar" of start up and existing not for profit organizations. Today, Ms. Blackburn continues to reside at the Sanctuary and provides daily care for more than 150 animals, managing staff, volunteers, has successfully raised over $1 Million for the Sanctuary and written and received more than $100,000 in grant funding from numerous organizations all the while managing a budget and public relations for Denkai Animal Sanctuary.
  • Colorado Women of Distinction Nominee, 2011
  • E-Town, E-chievement Award 2012
  • Colorado Women of Influence, 2011
  • "Top 40 Under 40" - Northern Colorado Business Report, 2009
  • 7 Everyday Hero Award , 2009
  • Presidential Leadership Award, 

Chris Osborne
Thrift Store/Adoption Center Manager

Chris comes to Denkai with years of experience in retail and wholesale management on and off the floor having worked with Osprey, LivWell, and other large retailers.

Chris' positive outlook, love of animals and kind heart bring a fun and caring atmosphere to Denkai's store location!

In his spare time, Chris enjoys 4 Wheeling, time with friends and traveling!

Dog Program Manager
Tierra Brackett, We are pretty sure she is never without a dog!

Tierra has a heart of gold and because of that does an incredible job with our dog program, aiding the thrift store and tracking all needs for the dogs we care for every single day.

Front Range Program Manager

Amber Rager, Dog mom to two wonderful Denkai dogs has been part of our organization for the past 8 + years.  Her passion for animals in need has led her to our team as our Front Range, CO Mobile Adoption Coordinator and Manager.

Vehicle Donation Program Manager

Denali Scoular has grown up with Denkai, he has been part of the organization since the age of 3 and now, at 19 years of age, he heads up our Vehicle Donation Program.

Denali has adopted three dogs from Denkai all of whom have lived full lives with him. He is a compassionate young man with many skill sets. 

Denali is currently a full time student, trains for Olypic Weight lifting, and fills in the gaps with our veterinary technician needs here at Denkai when he isn't in the midst of all of the above!

Advisor and Consultant - Denkai Thrift Store
Mary Woodruff
Mary recently retired from the front range to Cortez where she became interested in animal rescue. She has always had dogs in her life and currently has three spoiled rotten rescues of her own.

Mary's desire to help Denkai to be as successful as possible has led her to be a valuable member of the Denkai team where she applies her organizational skills and attention to detail as a consultant for the day-to-day operations of the Denkai Thrift Store. She also volunteers at the store sorting donations.

In addition, Mary maintains listings for all the animals on Petfinder, creates ornaments for the Giving Tree, and occasionally feeds the dogs and picks up puppy poop at the ranch.