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Have an emergency plan for you – and your pets

The gusty winds of spring are familiar to many who call this area home. In addition to being the harbinger of warmer temperatures and longer sunshine hours, they also herald something else ...

Prepubertal gonadectomy combats pet overpopulation

Pet overpopulation is a significant issue in La Plata County and throughout the nation. As with most animal welfare organizations, it is within the mission of La Plata County Humane Society ...

February is spay and neuter awareness month

Winter is in full swing, but soon spring will be knocking on our doorstep. February is national spay/neuter awareness month and we just love to spread awareness about the importance of, and ...

Help reduce pet overpopulation by getting your cat or dog spayed/neutered

As the La Plata County Humane Society reaches a milestone of over 50 years serving the Four Corners, we are finally moving forward with plans for capital improvements and a major kennel reno...

Have a COVID dog? It’s time to drop the excuse and start the training

Recently, I watched as a dog cowered away from a woman who was attempting to say hi. The dog's owner apologized and said the dog was a COVID puppy. This is a new phrase implying the dog has ...

When you’re ready to adopt, think local first

This time of year, we are all reminded about the importance of shopping locally. Today, I’d like to remind you it is just as important to adopt shelter pets locally. Local animal welfare or...

If at first they don’t succeed, don’t stop trying

Recently, while working with a dog I was asked, “How long is it going to take to get her over this?” The dog had just seen another dog and erupted, causing the woman to startle and lose her...

The value in foster field trips

I recently completed an online course with Maddie’s Fund, a national nonprofit that provides resources to animal welfare organizations. Through this course, I learned a great deal about the ...

Caring for community’s animals a burden and blessing

As I write, I’m heartbroken about the loss of a friend. He was not lost to age or illness, but to unpredictable behavior. I knew this guy was a longshot, but he burrowed his way into my hea...

Dreaded parvovirus is preventable through vaccination

Hello, readers! My name is Victoria Robinson, and I’m the veterinarian at La Plata County Humane Society. With summer adventures coming and puppy season in full swing, we need to talk about ...

Kitten season is upon us: Here’s what you need to know

During the spring and summer months, La Plata County Humane Society sees an influx of kittens that require round-the-clock care from dedicated fosters. This year, we are expecting to care fo...

After a wild year, there’s much to be grateful for

By Wendy Ludgewait La Plata County Humane Society It’s been a heck of a year since COVID-19 shut down large portions of the world. As the board of the La Pl...