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Humane Society to host Sunday open house

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs invites the public to attend an open house at the animal shelter this Sunday, July 10, between noon and 3 p.m.

This will be a great opportunity to tour the shelter and see the new outdoor kennel facility, the new dog park — the–“Bark Park” — and new Memorial Garden.

You can say hello to the resident dogs and cats and enjoy a hotdog from the grill, too.

The new outdoor kennel facility includes three separate concrete pads, one each for puppies, adoptable dogs, and dogs in isolation. The pads allow the dogs to be outside during the day without being on dirt and gravel, making it much easier to keep outside kennel areas clean and sanitized. Each kennel area has a roof for shade and greater protection from the elements. New fencing around the kennels provides additional security and also creates outdoor areas for play and dog training.

The new outdoor kennel facility was made possible by a generous donation from John and Joyce Webb. The Webbs have been longtime supporters of the Humane Society, volunteering their time for fund raising events and pitching in at the animal shelter walking dogs and fostering animals. We are profoundly grateful for their generosity and support.

Open house attendees will be able to tour the new one-acre Bark Park, too. The park is fully fenced to create a safe off-leash environment for dogs to run and play. Cross-fencing divides the park into two separate areas, one for puppies and small dogs and another for larger dogs. A portion of the fencing, park signage, and the electronic gate lock were funded by grants from Archuleta County Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails, whose support helped to make this park a reality. The Bark Park will be open for public use later this summer once landscaping is completed and amenities are in place. Take this opportunity to preview this new dog-friendly addition to our community now.

The Memorial Garden, near the entrance to the animal shelter, not only celebrates the loving memory of friends, family and four-legged companions no longer with us, but also honors those special people and pets still among us. The etched paver stones that will be laid in the garden were made possible with $1,000 donations to the Homeward Bound campaign, which helped raise the funds needed to erect the current shelter building. Pavers and memorial bricks are still available for anyone who would like to honor or remember a special person or pet.

The outdoor kennels, Memorial Garden and Bark Park are all part of the Humane Society animal shelter campus located at 465 Cloman Blvd., on the road to the county airport.

Please join us Sunday, July 10, for food, fun and a celebration of our wonderful four-legged friends.

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