July Adoptions

Cat/Kitten: 113        Dog/Puppy: 86        Returned to Owner: 53

Total Adoptions: 199

THANK YOU to Bow Wow Film Fest & everyone who was able to join us for a fun filled evening!


Tip of the Month
Meal time = Training time

Busy lives make it difficult to find the time to train your pup. Instead of carving out additional time, use their feeding time to work on basic behaviors. Impulse control is one of the best things we can teach a dogs. Asking them to sit and wait patiently until you put down the food shouldn't be too much to ask. 
To practice, ask your dog for a sit and stay, then slowly put their food down. If they move toward their bowl, quickly pick up and wait until they drop back into a sit position, then put the bowl down again. At first, only ask them to wait for 1-3 seconds, but as they begin to show signs of improvement, you can ask them to wait for minutes.

Thank you to AJ's Greenhouse!
For Donating 25% of the proceeds to LPCHS during their "Flowers & Furballs"  


From the Director
Travis Woehrel,  Director of Animal Protection

Henry Bergh; have you ever heard of him? Bergh was instrumental in creating the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the 1860's, and was credited for creating a "Declaration of the Rights of Animals". This declaration and the creation of the society helped start the humane societies we know today, as well as animal care, control, and the protection field.
Some early associations of animal control come from the cartoon "Dog Catcher", where the character is running around with a net trying to catch a dog. 
While technically catching stray dogs and cats are a big part of what we do, the role of an Animal Protection Officer is much larger.  Read More

The Bachelor
Pogo the Min Pin

This big smile belongs to Pogo, an 11-year-old Min Pin mix who still has a lot of pep in his step! Pogo has resided with us for over a month now and we can't seem to figure out why? He's compact, so he won't take up a lot of room. Great with other dogs. A family man who enjoys the company of kids, and a couch potato. He's looking for a family to spend his golden years with, so he can curl up on your lap or take a stroll around the neighborhood. If you're in the market for a calmer dog with a lot of life left, Pogo is your man. Come by, fall in love, and adopt Pogo! 

Health checked, neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and available for adoption!

Employee Spotlight
Andrea Ellis, Thrift Store Manager

If you have shopped at our Thrift Store, then you are probably familiar with this friendly face. Andrea Ellis, is one of the two Thrift Store Mangers, here at the Humane Society. She works all facets of the store from stocking shelves, organizing the floor, helping customers and working the register. She can be seen sporting fun fashion on Wacky Wednesday. Andrea moved to Durango from Loveland, CO, in 2013. She did not begin her career in the Thrift Store, rather she was originally hired as a Kennel Technician in the Shelter. After a couple of years, that included leaving LPCHS, moving to another city and then returning home to Durango, she came back to us in 2015 and began working in the Thrift Store. She truly loves working for an organization that not only helps animals, but helps the community, "You can feel the small town vibes. It's not just a job, you feel like you are really helping the community. The feeling of family among the staff, volunteers and customers is why I love what I do!". Not only did Andrea find her passion, but she met her soul mate and partner, Behavior Coordinator, Federico Carbone. The two love spending time with their little boy, Luca (3-years-old), dogs Baba and Louie, cooking  delicious meals and working on artistic projects. She is a gem amongst gems and we are very lucky to have be part of out LPCHS family. Thank you, Andrea for your dedication, hard work and commitment to LPCHS. 

The More You Know
Hand Signals

Dogs communicate through body language, rather than verbal commands. Because of this, it is often quicker to train your dog using hand signals rather than words. Here are some common hand signals we use with the dogs at LPCHS.  Click Here to Learn More

Marcy Eckhardt, Owner and Trainer of pranaDOGS  & trainer for LPCHS. Marcy has been working with dogs for over 20 years, providing choice-based training and problem solving.   

Happy Tails 
Tee's time!

Tee came into our care on February 23rd, she had a very large mammary gland tumor that caused a lot of pain and discomfort. Our on-staff Veterinarian, Dr. Heather Perkins and her staff removed the tumor. After a couple months of recovery and lots of tender loving care by our staff, Tee was healthy enough to be put up for adoption. Days, then weeks began to pass, and Tee was still with us. We selected her as Pet of the Week multiple times, brought her to public events, and were hopeful she would be adopted during our major adoption event, Adopt-A-Thon, but she remained in our care. Our trainer, Marcy Eckhardt, worked with her weekly on her basic manners, and on June 28th, she received her Canine Good Citizen Award. We proudly hung her ribbon on her kennel to attract a potential adopters. Then on July 6th, Joie Gates walked through our doors in search of a companion . She met with Ken Hibbard, our Education and Adoption Counselor, and they spoke about what she was looking for. He knew of the perfect dog, and introduced Joie to Tee. After spending time in the play yard getting to know one another, Joie submitted an application for adoption, we approved and Joie was now the proud owner of Tee! Joie recently checked in with us on Facebook, and it looks like these ladies are having a wonderful time. Thank you for adopting this very special lady and providing her with a loving home.


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Wacky Wednesday 
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday 
from June - September
(one extra Wacky each month - until the end of summer!)

50 % off Entire Store

Come and shop at our newly renovated, beautiful Thrift Store. Be sure to check out the children's room!

Thrift Store Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

NEW!   Pick up & delivery services available!

Are you a current volunteer looking for a fun and new opportunity? Our Thrift Store is looking for current volunteers to help us through our busy season!
Contact Ann Morse, Thrift Store Director  at (970) 385.4322

Don't forget to follow us on social media and r emember, when you shop at the Thrift Store you're helping save lives!

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Upcoming Clinics

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinics
Cat Clinic - Tuesday, August 15th 

Dog Clinic - Tuesday, Aug. 22nd  (large breed this month)   * Dog clinic is currently full, please call to be added to our wait list and/or make an appt. for another date.

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic
Wednesday, August 23rd - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m


Please call and make your appointment for one of our monthly clinics!

LPCHS & pranaDOGS Present
FREE Dog Behavior Workshops

In order to help solve everyday behavior problems with your dog/s, LPCHS and pranaDOGS have teamed up to provide workshops & training classes to help with some of the most common dog challenges.

Upcoming FREE Workshops:
Dog Reactivity - Wed., August 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Leash Manners - Wed., August 30th at 6:00 p.m.
Rapid Recall - Sat., September 8th at 3:00 p.m.

Sign up is required for our FREE workshops.

To view a full list of dates and times, please visit pranaDOGS.com

Mutts In The Mountains
Saturday, August 19th 

Did you know that a group of volunteers take our dogs for a scenic mountain hike once a month? Sounds fun, right? Well, you can be a part of it and join in!

The Mutts in the Mountains group goes hiking on different trails within the Durango area, each month, for about 3 hours. They meet at the shelter on the second or third Saturday at 8:30 a.m. An email blast is sent out to our volunteers each month with the date & time of the next hike. The only requirement is that you need to be a LPCHS volunteer.

If you're interested and want to learn more, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Carolyn Bollinger by email or phone at 970.259.2847 x.108

Don't forget to dress appropriately for the weather, bring plenty of water and a collapsible dog bowl for you furry walking companion.

Social Hour For Dogs
Every Tuesday & Thursday
May - October
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
*weather permitting

- First social hour is FREE
- Great for dogs who love to play!
- Dogs learn to be play partners
- Builds dog's confidence
- Meet other dog people
- 100 % supervised, NO Bullying!
- Intimidating dogs will be ask to leave
- All dogs MUST be altered and up to date on their vaccinations

$5.00/ per dog each social hour, or purchase a play yard punch pass for $40.00 for 9 social hours!

To learn more, please visit  www.lpchumanesociety.org


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Become  a Member
Top 10 Reasons

1. Supports our 98% live release rate!
2. Supports the work of a shelter that serves over 3,000 animals per year.
3. Supports the behavior and medical rehabilitation program that allows our animals to become their best selves.
4. Supports our low-cost spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping clinics; always open to the public.
5. Support the work of our Foster program, that cares for temporarily unadoptable animals; putting them into an environment where they can thrive.
6. Volunteer opportunities: Dog walking, play yard, read-to-a-dog program, Thrift Store & more!
7. Your vote counts! Help create the future path of our organization.
8. Stay current with new programs, developments & monthly e-newsletter.
9. 10% discount at the #1 Thrift Store in Durango.
10. New members receive LPCHS apparel at time of sign-up!

Give a Helping Hand
There are a number of ways to support LPCHS
  • Become a member
  • Become a foster parent
  • Volunteer
  • Give a dog or cat a second chance through adoption
  • Shop at our Thrift Store - Voted #1 "Best of Durango" for 2016
  • Choose LPCHS as your preferred charity when purchasing through AmazonSmile
  • Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter
  • Donate online
  • Tell a friend about our organization
To learn more, please visit our website at www.lpchumanescoiety.org