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DOGSASPEN is Aspen, Colorado's local, up-to-date resource for everything dog...and cat, too. We also dabble in birds, horses, and other valley animals. We keep you posted on pet-friendly events and activities, businesses offering the best pet-related products and services, and adoptable pets still looking for the perfect home.

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!

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


Don't miss this great event at the Aspen Chapel Gallery!       Opening reception is this Wednesday, October the 17th

                                     from 5-7pm
           Delicious food catered by shelter volunteer and spectacular Chef Jason Frydl

            Percentage of proceeds will be given to Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter



Our Dog Day Afternoon Host, Joshua Landis of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, with his Celebrity Bulldogs Pancake and Flash Landis

Josh and his pups welcomed everyone to join them on the red carpet for some schwag and bubbly! Pancake and Flash were a big hit with the kids. This year's event was bigger than ever! Crowds started pouring in even before the start time of 11am and continued throughout the entire day. It rained hard in the morning but cleared in time and the weather held until late afternoon. There were more 4-legged guests than ever. Our dog washers said they shampooed over 60 dogs. Thanks to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and partcipants (two- and four-legged) for making this day very special. Photo by Bland Nesbit.

Our auction donors will be published soon.





Sidney Ankin raises funds for the Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter

Shown here are the adorable Ankin children. Sidney Ankin, flanked by her brother Harris, is handing a large cash donation that she raised for us to Chad Clark, Shelter Manager. July 22, 2018. Photo by Bland Nesbit.


Oscar and Sadie Found the Perfect Home at Last!

Oscar and Sadie, good-natured, older German Short-haired Pointers are siblings who have been together their whole life. Oscar is arthritic and was having a lot of trouble walking until he found the perfect home with the Soliday family three months ago. The Solidays adopted both of these sweet dogs from our shelter and decided to adopt  the young pup Willow the very same day. Oscar can now walk without his supportive wheels! The three dogs are inseparable and have even become celebrities on Instagram--OscarSadieWillow. Check out their many photos. They are very loved by their new family. Photo by Bland Nesbit.


Ella and Willow

One of our best volunteers, Ella Pendarvis, playing with Willow at the Aspen Animal Shelter. Ella is ready and willing to help with anything! Willow was adopted soon after this photograph was taken. Photo by Bland Nesbit.


                 The annual Kenichi fundraiser for
               Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter
          on Thursday, April 19th was another night
                                 of doggone fun!


Thank you again, Brent Reed and Kenichi staff! Pictured above are Master Chef Kiyomi Sano, Shelter Director and FAAS President Seth Sachson and Kenichi owner Brent Reed.

The Donation Collection Table: Kenichi hostess Rose Turner, Owner Brent Reed, Volunteer Lee Ann Vold, FAAS Treasurer Krista Eddy, Program Manager Kathryn and her son Oliver

From left to right: The Bandaged: FAAS board member Cheryl Wyly with shelter dog Sampson; Bryna Patterson, Seth Sachson with shelter supporters Jeff Halferty, Jordan and Shereen Sarick with shelter adoptables Jasmine and Lisa; Volunteer Caleb Seward with shelter dog Chance.


What is this???? The 8th Annual Hearts for Hounds at the Christopher Martin Gallery was a GRR-eat success AGAIN. A record number of hearts was sold to benefit FAAS!


Photos Courtesy of Stacie and Christopher Martin.



#45 is one of the many acrylic-on-acrylic hearts Christopher created and sold to raise money for
Hurricane Harvey pets.
All hearts for this project have been sold but donations are still needed.

                         Hearts for Hurricane Harvey Animals

Together, Christopher H. Martin and Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, raised funds for the dogs abandoned by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. We sent a van loaded with needed dog and cat food and supplies to Houston on Thursday, October 12th. Representatives of the shelter worked in Houston for a week caring for the rescued dogs. The hearts that Chris created and sold raised an amazing $18,500 but so many more animals need help that more donations are needed.There were close to 600 animals--now down to several 100--at the NRG Arena in Houston that are being taken care of by the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, one of several organizations helping animals in the area.The animal victims (along with the human victims, of course) of this disaster will need help for many months--donations and volunteers are still desperately needed. See for more information.


The Third Annual Dog Day Afternoon on July 9th, 2017
Bigger, Lots of Fun and More Successful Than Ever!

Check out lots of great event photos by Karen Sanders @KarenSandersStudio at:

Representatives of our Title Sponsor, Only Natural Pet, served up delicious, helathy treats all day to the large number of canine attendess. Photo by Karen Sanders of Karen Sanders Studio.


For the second year in a row, Josh Landis of Bulldog Associates/Aspen Real Estate Company hosted Dog Day Afternoon with his photogenic, hilarious celebrity models of print and video fame--Bulldogs Flash (shown here on the right) and Pancake. Champagne, Bulldog Associates hats and other goodies were available to all Dog Day attendees. Photo on the left is of Host Josh Landis and friend Robin Dolch of New York. Attendees came from all parts of the country to enjoy this fun and free annual community carnival. Photos by Karen Sanders of Karen Sanders Studio.      


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

Kenichi's owner Brent Reed and hostess Heidi Speer 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.