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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


Thank you, Brent Reed, for another fun and successful fundraiser                         for FAAS at Kenichi on Thursday, April 18th!




Thank you, Stacie and Chris Martin, for hosting another fun event, the 9th Annual Hearts for Hounds!



             Canine Fashion Show at Wintersköl 2019

Some of the many fun contestants at Wintersköl’s Canine Fashion Show--The Pineapple Express with Kirsten Pamp-Friel (on the far left) with her 2- and 4-legged family and friends.  The Aspen Animal Shelter has been one of the sponsors of the show for many years. Photo: Bland Nesbit

Ski Patrolwoman Angie Ward with her adorable nine-year-old search & rescue dog Sienna being interviewed by David Bach after their demonstration in Wagner Park. Photo: Bland Nesbit

On the left is Susan Anderson, one of the many fashion show participants, having fun with her dog Zoe. On the right are Thomas Collins and Carol Farnsworth with Carol's dog Shirley, who was glad to be finally rid of her New Year's Eve hat and garb! Photos: Bland Nesbit



New Arrivals at the shelter from National Mill Dog Rescue


Another great group of sweet dogs arrived this past week with Theresa Strader, Founder and Executive Director of National Mill Dog Rescue, along with longtime volunteer Brian Wampler. Pictured here is Theresa with one of these adorable mill dogs, Polly, a 4-year-old BostonTerrier/ Pug mix, a breed called a Bug--and she IS cute as a bug! Better visit soon because they are gettng adopted quickly. For more information about this amazing organization, NMDR, go to Posted December 17, 2018


        Our most recent fundraiser, "Man's Best Friend"!
   A photography show in support of Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter opened October 17th at the Aspen Chapel   
        Gallery and ran through November 25th, 2018.

A BIG thank-you to our wonderful organizers Tom Ward & Michael Bonds, curator Summers Moore, donors Ellen Roeser & the Thrift Shop of Aspen and chef Jason Frydl for the spectacular food at last week’s opening! Donna Ward volunteered serving drinks and greeting guests. Bryna Patterson is a participating artist in this show with her oversized, fun close-up photographs. She is also one of our shelter managers and a big animal lover. From left to right, Michael, Donna, Bryna and Tom.

Chef Extraordinaire Jason Frydl provided an array of culinary delights to an appreciative crowd at the opening reception. He was assisted by Sarah Ogrin (on the right) and Marilyn Carruthers (on the left). Jason and Sarah are two of our best shelter volunteers who show up almost every day to walk their favorite dogs and bring them treats and love. Check out Jason's website at for his multiple catering services including food delivery! Jason can also be reached at

Pictured above are fantastic photographers Summers Moore (on the left), who curated the show, and Karen Sanders (on the right). Their unusual and very creative photographs were a big hit with the attendees at the opening. Summers is also offering a photo portrait session with your dog (or maybe even your cat or horse but you will have to ask her!) for $1000 as part of our fundraising efforts. Both have volunteered their expert photography skills in the past and are strong supporters of our shelter. Summers' website: Karen can be found at

Participating artist Dan Bayer (on the left) presented his unique double-exposure black and white photographs, using a medium of black and white film printed on silver gelatin paper and processed archivally. His photographs represent a lyrical exploration of what some dogs might dream about in the world we share with them. The middle photo is of animal lover Leslie with doggie star Skyler Hosier and her owner Annie who showed her many beautiful, colorful and often humorous photographs. Annie's photo of Skyler entitled "Best Birthday Ever!" will be gracing the cover of our 2019 Animal Shelter Pet Calendar. On the right is shelter supporter Lani White with her adorable, recently adopted Renaldo. Renaldo came to our animal shelter this past summer from National Mill Dog Rescue and is in heaven in his new home with Lani and her two other shelter dogs.




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.

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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.

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.