Denver, CO

About Our Chapter

The service area is Parker, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and Centennial.

Training Team

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Stephanie Smith
Stephanie is a lifelong animal lover and dedicated dog trainer. After being a stay at home mom for many years, Stephanie decided to focus her energy back on her first love, dogs, and earned her status as a Pat Miller Certified positive dog trainer. As owner of Sugar Dog Training, she offers private in-home dog training focusing on positive training methods and relationship enhancement. She has also volunteered her time at her local animal shelter and has enjoyed walking dogs for the Loudoun Pet Sitting Company. Stephanie is excited to be a member of the Pets for Vets team and is looking forward to working with the Veterans to help them find their perfect match!

Behind the Scenes Team


Chapter Director, Julie Jury
Julie is a Colorado native and life-long animal lover. Since her brothers joined the Navy when she was in her teens, her heart has also been with our Veterans. Having been involved with dog and other pet rescue for nearly 10 years, when she heard of Pets for Vets, Julie immediately sought out the Chapter in Colorado. Learning that there wasn't one in Colorado, she began working to get one started and established a strong, diverse core group of volunteers and Board of Directors.  
Julie is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Paws Colorado, a non-profit organization which transports rescue pets from high-kill and rural shelters and rescue groups in the Mid-West and Southern US states to Rocky Mountain Region Rescues and adoptive families so they can get their second chances and much-deserved new lives. Julie also is a Vice-President with My Fairy Dawg Mother Rescue in the Denver metro area. Prior to forming Hope for Paws Colorado, Julie volunteered with and served on the Board for a Denver area Labrador Retriever Rescue. 
Married to Richard for 10 years, Julie enjoys camping, hiking and many Colorado adventures with Richard, their 3 children and 3 dogs, 2 Labs and a Rottweiler. They live in the Parker, CO area. 
Julie is surrounded by a team of experienced and professional, passionate and dedicated Veteran supporters and animal lovers. They are all extremely grateful for the opportunity to help Veterans and rescue pets in the Denver area and looking forward to changing lives. 



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