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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...

Help! My dog likes dogs, but acts like a jerk on a leash

By Marcy Eckhardt La Plata County Humane Society Dogs need practice to keep their socialization skills in tune. They need opportunities to play with other dogs, interac...

In tough times, people showed best selves with animals

By Marcy Eckhardt La Plata County Humane Society 2020 will forever be remembered as the Year of COVID-19, but for those of us in animal welfare, it will always be synon...

Keeping down the dog drama

By Marcy Eckhardt Rude dogs behind fences cause many of us cross the street or change directions completely. Having a dog lunge and bark behind a fence is unsettling and can cause...

Find a new friend: October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

By Chris Nelson La Plata County Humane Society Next month is an important month for all of us here at La Plata County Humane Society. You see, October is Adopt a Shelte...