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Remember, pets need to be kept safe in winter conditions

By Chris Nelson La Plata County Humane Society What a winter we are having, with lots of snow to boot. If you have not already done so, it is time to make your cats and...

‘Paws’ for thought for avoiding giving pets as gifts

By Marcy Eckhardt At animal shelters across the country, we discourage people from adopting pets as gifts for a number of reasons. Animals that are new to a household ...

Want a better relationship with your pup? Remind, don’t correct

Marcy Eckhardt Often when I get called in to help with a dog issue, one of the factors in both the problem and solution is the relationship between the dog and humans. The humans ...

Have a reactive dog? There are ways you can help

By Mary Eckhardt Dr. Phil says, “hurt people hurt people.” It’s a catchy phrase for a complex topic, meant to remind us that people who lash out are often victims themselves. I fi...

Learn how to age gracefully by watching your dog

By Al Winzerling Senior dogs don’t seem to whine, complain or tell us about their aches and pains, so it’s helpful to know what signs to watch for. Here are some of th...

What does it take to be an official service dog?

By Marcy Eckhardt Service dogs everywhere these days, aren’t they? And whether you love dogs or are afraid of them, it’s hard to know what’s allowed, practical or legal. Here’s a ...

Is inside better than outside when it comes to owning cats?

By Al Winzerling Since the 1990s, cats have surpassed dogs in popularity as pets in the U.S. and Europe. Generally, cats are less demanding and easier to take care of for a busy p...

County’s Animal Control officers wear many hats

By Alexandria Jun La Plata County Humane Society I was asked to write an article educating the public about what Animal Protection does, but as I began to articulate th...

It’s important to keep your dog’s license up to date

By Chris Nelson La Plata County Humane Society One of the things I enjoy the most in my spare time is fly fishing. Each year, I am required by law to purchase a fishing...

A Christmas letter to you from your furry friend

By Marcy Eckhardt They say Christmas is the time to celebrate the special people in our lives – and there’s no one more special to me than you! I want to thank you. Tha...

To adopt or not? – That is the question to ask yourself

By Al Winzerling La Plata County Humane Society Adopting a dog, cat or other critters is an important decision. Here are things to consider when thinking about bringin...

Reasons for your cat’s house-soiling may be more than behavioral

By Heather Perkins House-soiling is the No. 1 behavioral problem in household cats. Unfortunately, many of these cats are given away to other homes, sent outside to live or euthan...