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DOGSASPEN offers information about the Aspen Animal Shelter, the Aspen Boarding Kennel, Aspen's Pet Shop and Grooming Salon, and our non-profit Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter. We are always adding new items so stay tuned!2016

DOGSASPEN is focused on creating awareness and enthusiasm for the Aspen Animal Shelter, a privatized, for-profit, self-sustaining, no-kill shelter which is primarily supported by income created via The Aspen Boarding Kennel. The shelter provides sanctuary for the homeless dogs and cats of Aspen, Pitkin County and beyond. We do house the occasional bird or rabbit as well. Each homeless pet is neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped prior to adoption. Volunteers are always welcomed, and encouraged, to walk the dogs, brush the cats, or even wash the dirty bowls. Please call the shelter at 970-544-0206 with questions or comments, or email us at


Kenichi's Annual Fundraiser for FAAS on April 20th, 2017

Kenichi's owner Brent Reed and hostess Heidi Steele welcome all the attendees for another wonderful benefit dinner at this fabulous sushi restaurant in Aspen. Photo by Linda Koones.

Once again the restaurant was packed from early on until late into the evening, sometimes with a line out the door, attesting to the popularity of this great restaurant. Thanks to the many supporters of Friends who also attended. The donations poured in and will help Friends continue its efforts to neuter and rescue many animals in Colorado and beyond. Thank you, thank you again, Brent Reed, for your longtime support!

The puppies were a big hit! Photo on left: Brady and Tanner Beazley along with Isaac Solondz spent most of the night outside playing with the adoptable 9-week-old Cattle Dog/Husky mix puppies. Photo on the right: Isaac Solondz, Seth Sachson (Executive Director of the Aspen Animal Shelter) with longtime FAAS supporter Tami Solondz. Photos by Bland Nesbit.

On the left: Master Sushi Chef Kiyomi Sano with FAAS Program Manager Kathryn Dziedzic enjoying the evening. On the right: Longtime FAAS supporters and animal lovers & owners extraordinaire Bob and Charlynn Porter. Photos by Linda Koones and Bland Nesbit.



The 7th Annual Hearts for Hounds on February 9th, 2017

On the left: The Martin Family--Piper, Stacie, Conrad and Chris with one of the many adorable pups from the Aspen Animal Shelter who was up for adoption. On the right: Tim Harmon, director of the Christopher Martin Gallery in Santa Fe with two local celebrity dogs, Pancake and Flash Landis, who is a graduate of the Aspen Animal Shelter.

The event was well-attended and lots of fun as always! Thanks to Stacie and Christopher Martin, Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter  once again benefitted from the proceeds of the many original heart paintings that Chris created and that were sold at for the event.





The 29th Annual Wintersköl Canine Fashion Show on

January 14th, 2017

The Annual Canine Fashion Show was a fun and well-attended event in spite of the snow and rain! Above is a former Aspen Animal Shelter dog, Lucy, scrambling to give Seth a big kiss during her performance on stage. Lucy came to the fashion show last year as a shelter adoptable. A young visitor, Jen Elmslie, immediately fell in love with her, decided to dress her up for the show and got her a little ballerina outfit at The Thrift Shop. Not only did she win a prize in the "Most Adorable" category but far better, she won a permanent home with the Emcee, David Bach (photos of David below with contest winners), a local radio personality on KSPN and KNFO, who also fell in love with her!

Below is a photo of Lucy (a.k.a. Spencer then) at last year's show with local Natalie Noakes and visiting Jen Elmslie. Photos by Bland Nesbit.


This year's winners!

Best of Show (on the left): Melinda Goldrich, with her very clever theme-based costume of "Our Cup Runneth Over," with her adorable rescued dogs, Tashi, Taz and Zeus, is shown receiving her award from Emcee David Bach. Best Local Costume (on the right): Gemma Goss in her fantastic Ute Indian costume with her adorable, costumed dog and helper mom, Lou Lou Goss, also with David as she collects her prize. The prizes were amazing!


The 4th Annual Tree Lighting at The Little Nell on December 11, 2016

Shelter Director Seth Sachson with Casarae Clark of The Little Nell with one of the adorable Husky/Cattle Dog mix puppies currently available for adoption. Photo by Linda Koones.

On December 11th, Seth and the Aspen Animal Shelter were invited once again to participate in the annual Tree Lighting at The Little Nell, a community event. As usual, the adoptable dogs were a big hit.

Left: Seth Sachson with volunteer Marc Eberstein and two of the pups from a litter of 10, recent arrivals from new Mexico. Photo by Karen Sanders. Right: Kathryn Dziedzic, Program Manager of Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, with adoptable Gunner,  a really sweet all-around great dog currently available for adoption. Photo by Linda Koones


Our Second Annual Dog Day Afternoon--Another Fun Community Carnival for All---jam-packed with dogs, kids and adults

The Title Sponsors: Josh Landis, of Aspen Real Estate Company, and his celebrity bulldogs, Pancake (next to Josh) and Flash (front) at the VIB (Very Important Bulldogs!) tent--to which all attendees (two-leggeds and 4-leggeds) were invited. Photo by Karen Sanders

Check out this link to see more fantastic event photos by Karen Sanders:



Dog Training at the Shelter...


Farrah offers a FREE 30-minute Coming Home lesson to people who adopt dogs from the shelter! She has gotten rave reviews from many people who have used her to train their dogs.

About the trainer...
Farrah is a Certified Professional Trainer and has degrees in Psychology and Canine Learning Theory. She has been training for over 12 years and believes that each dog is unique and training should be approached in an individualized and holistic manner.
Farrah offers private lessons, puppy socializing groups, and other training services to accommodate your needs and schedule.