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Monte Vista, Colorado
Editor—Colette Skeff
Volume12—October-December 2013
“Pet Talk is a publication dedicated to giving voices to the animals”
Pet talk
The Animal Assistance Foundation (AAF)
believes that animal welfare is a
community concern. Solving all the
problems facing companion animals is
a job that is far too big for one single
organization. The only way to enact
real, lasting change is through cooperation. Toward this end, AAF, along with
other animal welfare organizations
throughout the state and nation, has
embraced the concepts behind the
Asilomar Accords: nationally recognized
goals focused on significantly reducing
the euthanasia of healthy and treatable
companion animals in the United States.
We believe in supporting organizations
that support and work towards
embracing these concepts as well.
As such, we encourage and support
organizations that will accept any
animal that comes to their doors,
that place healthy, or treatable
animals into new homes; that provide
rehabilitation for those animal that may
need some extra care and attention
before they are adoptable.; and we
accept that these organizations may
have to make the difficult decision to
euthanize animals who are so sick or
behaviorally damaged that they would
not become adoptable. We also believe
the problem is a community problem
and requires strong collaboration and
cooperation between all of the unique
organizations with a common goal to
increase the live release rate across the
whole state of Colorado.
Unfortunately, until there are enough
homes for all the animals who are born
each year, and until there are no longer
any sick, injured, aggressive, or unpredictable animals, euthanasia will still be
a reality, a humane reality. It is this
reality that the community has
designated the responsibility of ever
open admission shelter. Simply turning
our backs on these animals and
merely pronouncing that euthanasia
shouldn’t exist won’t make the
euthanasia go away; tirelessly working
toward more animal adoptions, further
pet pregnancy prevention, animal
rehabilitation, and educating the public
will reduce the necessity.
The Upper Rio Grande Society, dba
Conour Animal Shelter now carries the
status as an “Open Admissions” shelter.
See page 4 for what do the phrases
“Open Admission,” “Open Door.”
“Limited Admission,” and “No-Kill”
Visit Us
Open 5 Days a Week
10:00 am—5:00 pm
10:00 am—4:00 pm
2825 Sherman Avenue
(719) 852-3366
[email protected]
Kelloff Regional Center For the Arts
Fundraiser Event—Fassett Building
December 6-7, 2013
The puppies had their pictures taken
with children for Christmas gifts.
Conour Animal Crematory
We care about your loving
companions even when they
have passed on!!!
Open same days and
hours as shelter
Jim Leist
Board Chairman
Michele Santi
Colette Skeff
Becky Helmstetler
Tom Bobicki
Project Manager
Ray Skeff
Armod Hinkle
November 26
Chill was
Armod’s dog.
Chill and
Colette became
such good
buddies that he
adopted Colette.
Frank Brouse
Shelter Manager
Cindy Wojciechowicz
Shelter Assistant
Chill and Colette
January 1 — December 31, 2013
Wish List
Dog Food
Dog Treats & Toys
Dog Collars &
Dishwasher Soap
Paper Towels
Blankets, Towels
Thank you to
all those who
have made
donations to
the shelter.
It means so
much and the
dogs receive
the quality
of care they
so deserve!!!
Dog Intake:
Owner Surrenders—160
Transfer In—3
Dog Outcome:
Returned to Owner—87
Transferred to Other Shelters—132
“If there are no
dogs in Heaven,
then I want to
go where they
The Upper Rio Grande Animal Society is dedicated to
providing a safe environment for the shelter and care of
animals in need, and for the prevention of cruelty and abuse
of all animals. It is our pledge to nourish the relationship
between companion animals and humans through
education, media exposure and readily available information
and assistance.
Find dogs for
Pet Finder.com
All donations
of any kind are
welcomed and
Send to P.O. Box 369,
Monte Vista, CO
Make donation
through our
What do the phrase “Open Admission,” Open Door,” “Limited Admission,” and “No-Kill”
Open Admission—Sometimes called open door-means that an organization will not turn
away any animal that comes to their doors. Many of these animals are healthy, good
natured animals who go up for adoption—and for organizations abiding by the Asilomar
Accords, there are no time limits on how long they can stay up for adoption.
However, there are animals that come to a shelter sick, severely injured, or too
aggressive or behaviorally unsound to be placed up for adoption at that time. While
open admission shelters will give at least temporary refuge to these animals, many limited
admission shelter-which sometimes call themselves “no-kill” - do not have the resources
to dedicate to such animals. These shelters must make a decision as to which dogs will
receive their care and attention, and therefore they limit the number and type of
animals they will accept. As a result, some limited admission shelters may choose not to
help the animals that come to them with health and/or behavioral issues-sometimes the
animals most in need. It is the AAF belief that no animal should be turned away. Sometimes, these animals can be rehabilitated but sometimes they cannot. In this case, we
strongly believe that euthanasia is the most humane alternative to an existence of suffering
and pain or being limited to life in a cage.
While the phrase “no-kill” can stir many emotions in people, it can also be very confusing
and misunderstood. There are many good organizations that call themselves “no-kill,”
just as there are many organizations that are ‘open admission.” Ultimately, much of the
confusion about “no-kill” stems from the fact that there is no universally accepted
definition of the term. One organization’s idea of “no-kill” can very widely from another’s.
In fact, many “no-kill” organizations also euthanize animals because of severe health or behavioral issues. Therefore, it is important to look into the issues surrounding the idea of
“no-kill” in order to understand the way in which organizations help animals.
Article by:
Animal Assistance Foundation
Online Resources
URGAS serves the community by:
Providing a connection between homeless pets and adoptive homes to place animals in loving,
responsible, and permanent homes.
Providing lost and found services for pet owners.
Providing humane education to protect animals from cruelty and suffering.
Encouraging pet owners abut the importance of spaying and neutering to reduce the number of
unwanted litters.
Protection livestock and the public, providing holding facility for law enforcement.
Senior Tuesday—October 8, 2013
Homelake Residents
Juniper Village—Residents
delivered treats and toys they made
for the dogs.
The dogs visit the Veteran’s Center
at Homelake for Halloween
October 29, 2013
“Happy Tails”
All these dogs and many more found loving homes!!!
Rachel Vance/Chiquita
October 1
Brenda Hanna
Betty Anderson/
November 14
Chis Moore/Elizabeth
October 8
Amber Newhouse/
October 25
James Jermigan/
November 15
Carols Nichols/Duke
October 22
Dwight Walsh/Aladar
November 7
Linda Hernandez/Ullyses
November 16
“Happy Tails” Continued
Elizabeth Torres/Madison
November 20
James Vessals/Serena
November 21
Jan Schanburg/Xena
November 21
Steve Van Tresse/Mike
November 21
Shane and Chelsea O’Neil/Oliver
December 15
Jennifer Clutter
Uriah and Umber
December 18
Lorie Catlin/Xerxes
November 21
Steve and Konnie/
Prince Harry
December 5
Grace Morrisette/
Amazing Grace
December 17
Christi Brandt/Odetta
December 30