Frequently Asked Questions

About the Sanctuary

  • Where is the sanctuary?

    Many believe the Center is set on a mountain top named Indigo. In actuality, the facility is nestled in a peaceful valley surrounded by the Puma Hills between Lake George and 11 Mile Reservoir. There is no mountain named Indigo. The Center is named in memory of a beautiful wolfdog that taught them the “ways of wolf”. Indigo died in 1998, but she will be forever remembered in our hearts.

  • How many animals live at the sanctuary?

    The numbers fluctuate as new rescues come in, but the sanctuary currently houses over 70 canines (wolfdog and coydog), sugar gliders, African pygmy hedgehogs, black bear, and Bengal cats.

  • Where do the animals come from?

    Each animal’s story is unique. Most have come to us through owner surrenders or pseudo-sanctuaries being closed by the authorities. Some lived out their usefulness at so-called “educational facilities”. Some were surrendered to us from backyard breeders who got in over their heads. All of them have been born in captivity and have no chance of ever being introduced to the wild. Without true sanctuaries like Indigo Mountain these animals would have nowhere to go.

  • Do you breed?

    No. All the rescues at Indigo Mountain are altered to avoid unwanted births.

  • Do you sell animals?

    No. We provide for a lifetime of care once an animal comes to Indigo Mountain.

  • When will they be released to the wild?

    Because all of the animals that reside at Indigo Mountain were bred and born in captivity it is illegal and unethical to release them in the wild. They have not been taught the appropriate skills for hunting or foraging that would be needed to survive on their own.

  • Can we visit?

    Indigo Mountain is not a zoo or roadside attraction and does not provide public tours. Because many of the animals were failed by people or badly traumatized before becoming a permanent resident at Indigo Mountain they easily become stressed at the site of strangers.

  • Do you accept volunteer help?

    Yes! Indigo Mountain is an ALL volunteer based organization. There are no paid staff members whatsoever. Volunteers are always welcome and are a vital part in helping care for the animals as well as helping with construction, education, rescue and fundraising.

  • How are the animals housed?

    All of Indigo Mountain’s animals are contained in habitats that far exceed the federal requirements of the Animal Welfare Act. Most of the canines are paired and live in enclosures of ¼ to 2 acres. They also have a canine playground and agility center available to them. The bears have an enriched environment playground for their amusement. The sugar gliders and hedgehog are housed indoors in a climate controlled environment to mimic their natural habitat of Australia or Africa. The hybrid cats have a heated indoor/outdoor habitat with pools and fountains to splash in and plenty of cat trees and logs for clawing.

  • What are the animals fed?

    Our canines are fed a raw diet and supplemented with vitamins. Our bears are true omnivores. They eat a variety of dry food, vegetables, fruit, chicken and fish. The sugar glider’s menu is the most diverse. They receive the Leadbetter’s diet as their staple which contains honey, wheat germ, vitamins, eggs, and yogurt. This is supplemented with chopped vegetables and greens, fresh fruit, and omnivore biscuits. Like the sugar gliders, the hedgehogs have a varied diet of dry kibble, chicken, vegetables, fruit, and yogurt. The cats are provided with a diet of raw and high quality kibble.

About IMNC’s Education Programs

Indigo Mountain volunteers travel all over the Front Range and mountain communities spreading our message. We provide a series of lectures, interactive workshops, outreach programs designed to create awareness in the challenges facing animals.

Programs include topics such as Colorado Canines, Colorado Critters, Colorado Wildcats, Living with Wildlife, Black Bears, Furbearers, Endangered Species and the Trade of Exotic Animals. Storytelling programs are offered to young groups at area libraries.

In a less formal environment, the Indigo Mountain staff also provide free information on animal care, behavior, enrichment and containment to the public.

About the Management

  • How is IMNC funded?

    We are a state and federally approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely primarily on private donations from individuals and businesses and some small grants from foundations and family trusts. We participate in the Combined Federal Campaign for employee giving campaigns. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. A financial statement and annual report are available upon request. We keep our management and fundraising costs at a minimum so a large percentage of the revenue can be used for program services such as rescue, animal care and education.

  • Does IMNC receive Federal funds or Government assistance?

    No. There is no support available to sanctuaries from the state of Colorado or from the Federal government.

  • Is IMNC affiliated with other organizations?

    We are not formally affiliated with other organizations, however, we do work cooperatively with numerous animal related facilities to rescue and place animals. Several of our staff members hold memberships in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), Sanctuary Workers and Volunteers Association (SWAVA), and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA). IMNC is also a member of the Southern Colorado Animal Coalition (SCAC).


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