May 2017 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

May 2017

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes available for.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Sarah at

(970) 618-4108.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Click here for an article about fostering that we just love!

Lucky Day is looking for a few good volunteers!

As many of you know – we run a monthly spay/neuter clinic in conjunction with CAWL (Colorado Animal Welfare League) in the San Luis valley and the Arkansas Valley. We are looking for some good volunteers who are not afraid to get down and dirty. It is such a rewarding experience to know you are making a difference in the pet overpopulation problem. If you are interested in helping and making a difference, please email dsj.rescue@gmail.com.

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

Our transport volunteers provide safe travel for dogs coming to us from the Denver area and beyond, despite adverse driving conditions, late night

drive times and heavy traffic.

Our transporters are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful.

Thank you to: Jessica Wood, Rob Sollenberger, Jamie Collins and Holly Upper for their recent efforts.

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for helping us to keep our dogs fed and well nourished!

Dr. James Ziegler and his staff at Red Hill Animal Health Center

Diana Morales at The Little Tail who provides our dogs with wonderful grooms and keeps them looking their best!

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Verterinary Hospital for donating anesthesia for our spay/and neuter clinic in January and for providing great care and endless compassion.

Dr. Scott Dolginow the wonderful staff at Valley Emergency Pet Care

Cindy Wallis, DVM – The Natural Vet  and Michelle for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Dr. Bisque Jackson and Dr. Anne Cooley and their staff for their support of our animals.

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs. Marc has spent hours helping new dogs become well adjusted family members.

KSNO, the Mammoth, for helping us spread the word about Lucky Day and what we are up to during their weekly broadcast.

Lilybart for creating beautiful and heartfelt pet sympathy cards for us to send to our adopters whose pets have crossed the rainbow bridge.

http://lilybart.com/about-lilybart-cards/

L’Hostaria for donating 20% of the proceeds from our Bone Apetit dinner on April 6th!

Grammy’s Hat’s & Crafts for donating 10% of their sales in March.

The Barnyard in Carbondale for always making room for our pups and providing them with loving care.  Our dogs always come back happier, calmer and in better shape than when they went in.

Special thanks to the following organization for providing us with a grant to enable us to continue the work we do!

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep your adopted Lucky Day Dog for any reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us in accordance with the signed adoption contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a homecheck and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the deserving pet gets placed in another good home.

Lucky Day Tidbits and News

Ask the Vet

by John Kuck, DVM, Willits Veterinary Hospital

In the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado in general we enjoy a relatively parasite free environment.  Remember to consider your summer travel plans and things your dog could potentially be exposed to during your travels.  If you head south or east diseases such as Lyme Disease, canine heart worm disease, Ehrlichiosis, fleas, ticks among others become legitimate health threats.  Consult with your veterinarian regarding any summer travel plans that include your canine companions.  They will be able to guide you on proper precautionary steps you can take to keep your dog healthy during your travels.”

– John Kuck

http://www.willitsvet.com

Ask the Trainer by Marc Miller, Honor the Dog Training

Dogs use very little voice communication and, not unlike children, they need to be taught the meaning of the words that you use with them.  Though dogs have the mental capacity of a toddler, most of them are capable of learning up to 200 words.  Some dogs even more.  It seems many dogs are not nearing their potential in this area as most that I work with are only used to hearing two: No and their name.
All righty then… only a 198 to go.  So how do we go about this practice of increasing our dog’s vocabulary?  The answer is through association.  When we use the same word consistently in the same context your dog is making associations between the word, the event and all the circumstances surrounding the event. The most precise and timely way to take advantage of our dog’s natural skill at associative learning is through a process called capturing.  “Capturing” a behavior is the act of rewarding a behavior or an action and speaking the command associated with it at the same time your dog voluntarily offers it. Like repeating the command “sit” when your pup is already moving into a sitting position. Or “down” when she goes to lie down. You can literally capture every command.  Like “let’s go” when your dog decides to follow you or “wait” when your dog stops moving forward.  You can strengthen the power in your dog’s name by using it when they look at you.  And you can capture the coveted behavior of turning toward you or checking in with you with the command “close”.  Some other examples of words and commands that can be captured are inside, outside, on, up, off, easy, car, get-it, drop-it, leave-it, ball, bone, toy, stop, get in, get out, let’s go, this way, walk, stand, stay, quiet.  The list goes on and on.  There’s no doubt that there’s correlation between the amount of words a dog knows, their comfort level with the world around them and their overall level of anxiety.  So expand your dog’s vocabulary through capturing and watch your dog’s I.Q. soar. 

– Marc Miller

http://www.honorthedog.org

  

It’s Just A Dog

From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”

Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,” but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and, in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”

“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.

Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me, and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a human.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.” just smile….because they “just don’t understand.”

– Anonymous

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

 

Dear Friends, Supporters and Animal Lovers:

We are half way through 2017 and gearing up for a fun-filled summer. 

A quick update on what we have been up to:

We continue to fund low cost spay and neuter clinics in underserved and low income areas of Southern Colorado, in conjunction with Colorado Animal Welfare League.  We are proud to report that 1026 dogs and cats were sterilized in 2016 and 190 animals so far in 2017! 

In addition, our low cost spay and neuter funding in Stone County, Arkansas continues to make a huge impact on the animal overpopulation problem in that region.  To date, your support has enabled the sterilization of close to 1200 animals.  

We continue to grow our education program in the local schools and have plans to expand into adult education in the Latino community.  Please read our education update below.

As always, we continue our mission to rescue animals from unsafe living conditions and overcrowded high-kill shelters.  In 2016, we found new forever homes for 59 animals, and while this number is lower than in past years, we attribute this to the fact that we made a commitment in 2016 to help more animals with special needs, difficult to adopt breeds,  animals needing extensive vet care, and harder to adopt senior animals.  We will continue to serve these less fortunate animals in 2017.

Stop by Traffic, Basalt’s premier clothing boutique, and shop till you drop.  From now through June 11th, Traffic is running a great money-saving special that benefits you and our 4 legged friends – details following.

As always, we can not do what we do without the continuous support from our fosters, volunteers, transporters and donors.  We are so incredibly grateful to all of you!

 

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Woofs and Wags,

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

Kelley Brenninger

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

Friday, May 26 –

Sunday, June 11!

Time to go shopping for that perfect summer outfit. Get stuck in Traffic for all your summer clothing needs and support our 4 legged friends at the same time

Thank you Angie and Joe!

Attention Roaring Fork Whole Foods Shoppers!

From now through July 2nd, Lucky Day Animal Rescue is the local non-profit named as the recipient for bag credits! When you bring in your own bags, your cashier will/should ask if you want to donate your bag credits  – each bag is worth 10 cents! We would be most grateful if you donated your bag credits to Lucky Day.

Thank you so much for your support!

DONATE YOUR SPARE CHANGE TO LUCKY DAY ANIMAL RESCUE!

Have you been wanting to support Lucky Day in a small way but didn’t know how? Check out this cool new app by Coin Up that let’s you round up your change to the nearest dollar whenever you purchase something on your credit card. Just download the app below and you can set a monthly limit as low as $2.00 or as high as you like. The app is only available for iPhones and can be downloaded from your iphone or ipad. Droid app and web based options coming soon.

Please contact Juliet at 970-319-2004 with any questions.

Please help us spread the word – your small change will  help us to make big changes in the lives of animals in need.

HELPFUL TIP –

Coin Up is available for free in the Apple iphone store! IPad users, search for Coin Up and then use the dropdown menu (located in the upper left corner) and switch from the iPad to the iPhone Store to find Coin Up! Start rounding up your virtual spare change today!

Click on the button below to go directly there. 

In Memoriam

Buddy came to us at 15 years old where his owner had dumped him in a shelter in Kansas.  He was left there to live out his last days  alone on a cold cement floor.  We knew when we rescued him that he only had about a year left – he had fluid around his heart and arthritis in his front legs – but we welcomed this sweet boy into Lucky Day’s arms.

His wonderful foster, Miranda After, took him in and gave him the most loving care in his final year.  Buddy loved laying in the sun, long walks and acupuncture treatments for his arthritis.  When it came time for him to go, Miranda was right there in the sun in the backyard, gently helping Buddy along.

We want to thank Cindy Wallis, DVM, The Natural Vet, for providing free accupuncture to ease Buddy’s pain, and to John Kuck, DVM, Willits Veterinary Hospital, who left his office mid-day to allow Buddy to fall asleep in the sun and move on comfortably. 

Most importantly, we can not thank Miranda enough for taking Buddy in even though she knew he did not have much time left.  It takes a special person to care for a senior animal, and Miranda gave Buddy the best 7 months of his life.  Fly free sweet Buddy and we will see you at the Rainbow Bridge!

Feature Foster

Kevin Wilson and Laura Wren

Kevin and Laura have been faithful fosters for Lucky Day since we started.  They have been there for us every time we have asked for help  with a dog.  Laura and Kevin like the big and active breeds.  They provide ample amounts of exercise for our larger active breeds and really work with them to teach them manners and work with whatever other issues may arise.  We are so fortunate to have them as part of the team!

Thank you Laura and Kevin!

We are always in desperate need of foster homes – please consider saving a life!  Please call 970-618-4108 if you can help us save lives!

Adorable Adoptables

Kia – 10 year healthy, friendly Hound Mix
Mackenzie – Sweet, shy 7 year Kelpie

Emily – 3 year quiet and loving Beagle

For information on any of these dogs, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

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Did you know we have a page on Fab

Did you know we also have a page on Facebook just for posts about all of our adopted animals?  Please consider joining it to see “Happy Tails” updates on all our pups!

 Join us on Facebook Happy Tails

Education Program Updates

We had so much fun meeting the children and parents of New Castle’s Elk Creek Elementary and Rifle’s Highland Elementary School while presenting our Lucky Day Animal Rescue Humane Education Program. 

We presented animal safety guidelines while demonstrating proper care of and respect for dogs. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers Dawn Neely, Logan Hood, Tracey from Colorado Animal Rescue, Officer Duncan, police dog Tulo and last but not least, the Aspen Community Foundation for making this possible!

We’d also like to thank our amazing board members Dawn Shepard, Deb Jackson and Kate Lokken for being a part of these presentations. We are always looking for volunteers for our expanding education program so please get in touch if this is a program that interests you.

El Busesito Program 

In April, Lucky Day Animal Rescue presented our Humane Education program to the adorable El Busesito pre-schoolers in El Jebel and Glenwood Springs. Luna, a certified therapy dog was the real star, and helped to present our pet care and safety information.  A huge thank you to board member Dawn Shepard and to Amanda Tamburro of Valley Settlement Project for helping us to teach children proper animal care.  We are looking for volunteers for our expanding education program contact us if you’d like to be a part of this program!

Courtesy Posts for Other Rescues

Anika

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about Anika, contact Christine West at cboothwest@gmail.com or at 970-420-4163.

Jax

Jax is a 75 lb (1-3) year old lab mix. He is an energetic and loving lab that is happy to meet new people and dogs. For more information please call 303-818-8508 or email rockymountainlabrescue@gmail.com.

Auggie
Auggie is a 7 year old, Akita mix. He is house trained and very sweet with people. Good around children. For more information please call 719-966-8023 or email 
Bailey
2 year old Pitbull mix. She is house trained, possibly good with older children, good with dogs, no cats. She is an incredibly intelligent girl that is very sweet. For more information please call 719-966-8023 or email avanleuken@ark-valley.org.

Pogo Puff

Smart, sweet female 2 year old Border Collie Mix. For more information please contact http://haveanicedog.org/adopt/dogs.

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational and spay and neuter services to the community.

 

Spring 2017 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

Spring 2017

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes available for.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul. A special thank you to our new fosters:

Jordan Yost 

Jonathan Birnkrant, MD

Michele Bonati

Alison Thomason

For more information, please call Sarah at

(970) 618-4108.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Click here for an article about fostering that we just love!

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

These volunteers tirelessly help transport dogs to us from the Denver area and beyond, despite adverse driving conditions,

late night transports and heavy traffic. Our transporters are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful. Thank you to: Dave Phillips, Shelli D., Terri Perkins, Laura Wren, Linda from Rangely Animal Control, and Jessica Wood.

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post for providing advertising that helps sprad the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for helping us to keep our dogs fed and well nourished!

Dr. James Ziegler and his staff at Red Hill Animal Health Center

Diana Morales at The Little Tail who provides our dogs with wonderful grooms and keeps them looking their best!

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Verterinary Hospital who provide great care and endless compassion.

Dr. Scott Dolginow the wonderful staff at Valley Emergency Pet Care

Cindy Wallis, DVM – The Natural Vet  and Michelle for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Dr. Bisque Jackson and Dr. Anne Cooley and their staff for their support of our animals.

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs. Marc has spent hours helping new dogs become well adjusted family members.

KSNO, the Mammoth, for helping us spread the word about Lucky Day and what we are up to during their weekly broadcast.

Clarks Market – Snowmass for donating their tip jar money to help save 4-legged friends in need – it helped a lot!

Lilybart for creating beautiful and heartfelt pet sympathy cards for us to send to our adopters whose pets have crossed the rainbow bridge.

http://lilybart.com/about-lilybart-cards/

J.Crew for donating 10% of their sales in December at the Sips and Styling Event.

Special thanks to the following organizations for providing us with grants so we can continue the work we do!

Alpine Bank – for their generous grant to purchase bi-lingual rescue books for children in the El Busesito program in Carbondale

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us in accordance with the signed adoption contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a homecheck and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the deserving pet gets placed in another good home.

IF:

If you can start the day without caffeine, 

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to
give you any time,

If you can overlook when those you love take it out on you, when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor
friend,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without beer, wine, or liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no
prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference,
or politics,

Then you have reached the same level of development as your dog.

Lucky Day Tidbits and News

Ask the Vet

by John Kuck, DVM, Willits Veterinary Hospital

Springtime is a common time for foot injuries in dogs. Overgrown toenails are easily torn on slippery, icy surfaces as your dog attempts to grip with his or her toes for stable footing. Nail trims are available at your local groomer or veterinary office. In addition, dogs become very tender footed over the winter having been walking on snow or indoor surfaces over the winter months. Injuries to food pads from hiking are common in the spring. To avoid this be sure to ease into summer activities (hiking, biking etc.) so that your dog’s feet have time to toughen up.

Ask the Trainer by Marc Miller, Honor the Dog Training

Throughout all the years that I’ve been working with dogs, some of the same questions have persisted. Like “How do I get my dog to pay attention to me?” or “How do I get my dog to stop chasing things?” But strangely, one of the most common questions I’ve been getting, especially over the last ten years or so and likely due to a certain Dog Trainer, is “Does my dog really know what I am feeling?” My answer is always an emphatic yes.  

    It makes sense when you think about it. Dogs use very little voice communication. They rely on body-language, facial expressions, highly developed olfactory systems, and, as some believe, a sixth sense to send and receive messages.  And they are extremely proficient in these areas. One might say they are experts in the field of non-verbal communication. 

    And dogs are also very keen observers. Many want their dog to pay more attention to them, when in fact, their dogs are doing very little but. Dogs don’t watch T.V. or read, they observe. Oh sure, they eat and play, and of course they sleep. But when they aren’t doing these things, and even sometimes when they are… your dog is watching you. Observing your body movements and body non-movements, postures and the way you are holding yourself. They hone in on facial expressions and facial micro expressions and listen to the tones of our voices. And with all this they are constantly gauging our energetic disposition. 

    Your dog is so acutely aware of your feelings, she knows them the instant you walk into the room (often times before) and he will know the emotional states of everyone else present. 

    Also, dogs see negative energies like fear, anger, frustration and even sympathy as weak energies and do not respond well to them. These energies undermine our dog’s emotional wellbeing and they will not follow these energies. Alternatively they will gravitate toward calm, confident and self-assured energies.

What energy are you projecting? What is your body language telling your dog?

Being aware of the messages that we are sending our dogs through our body language and energy is imperative if we are to experience success in the human-dog relationship.

9 things your deceased pet wants you to know

1.  There is nothing that could have been done differently.

2.  They chose you as their parent(s).

3.  They understand your sadness but would rather see you happy.

4.  They know that you loved them and hope you know they loved you back.

5.  They’re still right by your side.

6.  They still want to do things with you.

7.  They don’t want you to regret the way they died.

8.  They know you often loved them more then you loved yourself.

9.  They loved you more then they loved themself.

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

Web:

www.luckydayrescue.org

 

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

We ended 2016 with a bang and had our most successful year to date.  It’s hard to believe we are now into our 6th year!  In 2017, we will continue our successful spay and neuter program in underserved areas of Colorado and beyond, and have plans to expand our popular education programs for kids and adults.  As always, we will continue our work to rescue animals in need from high kill shelters and situations of neglect.

We are also thrilled to bring back our popular Bone Appetit in April at L’Hostaria in Aspen. See details below.  Please come dine with friends while supporting a great cause at a wonderful restaurant.

We continue to be so grateful to our Lucky Day family, YOU, who always support us and allow us to continue our three-pronged mission of rescue and rehabilitation, low-cost spay and neuter programs and public education.  We could not do it without you!

Woofs and Wags,
Kelley Brenninger
Katie Solondz
Rachel Hahn
and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

Please join us on Thursday, April 6th at L’Hostaria in Aspen. 

Lucky Day will receive 20% of the proceeds from food and beverage sales for the evening. 

Reservations recommended  970-925-9022

Thank you L’Hostaria!

DONATE YOUR SPARE CHANGE TO LUCKY DAY ANIMAL RESCUE!

Have you been wanting to support Lucky Day in a small way but didn’t know how? Check out this cool new app by Coin Up that let’s you round up your change to the nearest dollar whenever you purchase something on your credit card. Just download the app below and you can set a monthly limit as low as $2.00 or as high as you like. The app is only available for iPhones and can be downloaded from your iphone or ipad. Droid app and web based options coming soon.

Please contact Juliet at 970-319-2004 with any questions.

Please help us spread the word – your small change will  help us to make big changes in the lives of animals in need.

HELPFUL TIP –

Coin Up is available for free in the Apple iphone store! IPad users, search for Coin Up and then use the dropdown menu (located in the upper left corner) and switch from the iPad to the iPhone Store to find Coin Up! Start rounding up your virtual spare change today!

Click on the button below to go directly there. 

If you have not checked out Grammy’s Hats and Crafts, now is the perfect time. We love our pawprint beenies and they make the cutest gifts!

10% of sales in March benefit animals at Lucky Day

https://www.facebook.com/grammyscrochethats/

In Memoriam – Auggie

Auggie came to us from Kansas where he was found lying on his deceased dog friend crying and whining.  When he arrived in Colorado he was emaciated, had bullets in his broken body, mange, ringworm and a whole host of other issues.  He was taken in initially by our wonderful fosters Mike and Katie Solondz who started him on the road back to health both physically and mentally.  He continued his healing  with Jim Polep and then found the most wonderful forever home with Tracy Lofgren who loved him until his last breath.  Auggie blossomed into the dog he was meant to be, as his broken spirit healed under Tracy’s care and he learned what it meant to be loved. Auggie crossed over the bridge in January 2017.  He was a beloved dog around Aspen and he is missed by all. 

Feature Foster

Lori Corcoran

Lori contacted us from Colorado Springs where she requested help for a dog that needed rehoming.  Boy are we glad she called us!  Lori has since been there for us every time we have asked her to help us with a dog.  She will work with any breed to help them adjust to life outside a shelter.  Dogs always leave Lori’s house well adjusted and ready to go into their adopted home.

Thank you Lori!

We are always in desperate need of foster homes – please consider saving a life!  Please call 970-618-4108 if you can help us save lives!

Adorable Adoptables

Caesar – Adorable, friendly 3 year old 10 pound male Terrier Mix

Harry – Charming, cuddly and affectionate 12 week old male Great Pyrenees

Lucy – Darling, smart and obedient 10 year old 26 pound female Beagle
Otto – Smart, active, loving 1 year old Australian Shepherd Mix
Jenny & Forrest – sweet 6 and 4 year old bonded Cattle Dog Mixes
Watson – Handsome, 3 year old 80 pound Lab/Hound Mix
Meesu – 9 year old sweet, tiny, spunky, female Pug Mix
Kia – 9 year healthy, friendly Hound Mix
Pixie – Active, well-mannered, smiley 2 year old Staffordshire Terrier Mix
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Education Program Updates

Lucky Day Animal Rescue was honored to be selected by Ms. Berry and her 2nd grade class at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale to be a part of their compassion project! Students made homemade dog biscuits for the rescue dogs this holiday season while Lucky Day volunteers read a rescue story and guest dog, Eva, helped to present pet safety topics. Thank you and “woof!” to our next generation of animal rescuers!

El Busesito

In December, Lucky Day, in collaboration with Alpine Bank, presented each of the 98 children participating in the El Busesito program with their own book to take home as a holiday gift. “The Lucky Tale of Two Dogs” by Cathy M. Rosenthal was read to the children in Spanish by Carlos Ulloa and children learned how to safely approach and pet our guest dog, Nala! We would like to send a huge thank you to the team that made this special gift possible for the holidays! Learn more about El Busesito here: http://www.valleysettlementproject.org/early-childhood-education/el-busesito/

SPAY AND NEUTER PRORAM UPDATES

In partnership with Colorado Animal Welfare League (CAWL) in Colorado and Rosco P. Coal Train Community Outreach in Arkansas, the Lucky Day Spay/Neuter Program continues to be a huge success assisting pet owners with affordable spay and neuter options for their pets. In January, our amazing board member, Dr. John Kuck, from Willits Veterinary Hospital, took a team to Center, CO with CAWL and performed 78 surgeries! In just 2 weekends, 190 animals were spayed or neutered! Go team!

A special THANKS to Dr. John Kuck, Dr. Katie Beiser and vet tech Sara Lohrenz (Willits Veterinary Hospital), Dr. Doug Bahr, and CAWL.

We are currently working on scheduling clinic dates for the Spring. Please stay updated by visiting our event calendar on http://www.luckydayrescue.org!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

 Join us on Facebook

Did you know we have a page on Fab

Did you know we also have a page on Facebook just for posts about all of our adopted animals?  Please consider joining it to see “Happy Tails” updates on all our pups!

 Join us on Facebook Happy Tails

Courtesy Posts for Other Rescues

Anika

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about Anika, contact Christine West at cboothwest@gmail.com or at 970-420-4163.

10 Mixed Flat Coat Retriever Puppies

Puppies available for adoption 3/24/17. For more information please contact Golden Retreiver Freedom Rescue, Inc. at http://www.grfr.org.

Pogo Puff

Smart, sweet female 2 year old Border Collie Mix. For more information please contact http://haveanicedog.org/adopt/dogs.

You CAN prevent dog bites!

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational and spay and neuter services to the community.

 

December 2016 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

December 2016

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes available for.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Sarah at

(970) 618-4108.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Click here for an article about fostering that we just love!

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

These volunteers tirelessly help transport dogs to us from the Denver area and beyond, despite adverse driving conditions,

late night transports and heavy traffic. Our transporters are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful.

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for helping us to keep our dogs fed and well nourished!

Dr. James Ziegler and the staff at Red Hill Animal Health Center

Diana Morales at the Little Tail who provides our dogs with wonderful grooms and keeps them looking their best!

 

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Vet Hospital who provide medical care and endless compassion.

Dr. Scott Dolginow

and the wonderful staff at Valley Emergency Pet Care

Cindy Wallis, DVM  – The Natural Vet and Michelle for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Dr. Bisque Jackson and Dr. Anne Cooley and their staff for their support of our animals.

The Aspen Recreation Center and staff for hosting our annual Doggie Day & Splash.  It’s one of our favorite events and we are thankful for the opportunity to host it there each year. This year’s was our most successful yet!

Vince Shimp who opened his box for this event.  A special thank you to Guy Courtney who lent  his expertise in planning this event.  And a big thank you to all who came out to support us and competed for the animals.  And finally a thank to our sponsors:  The Basalt Store/Valero, Roaring Fork Beer Company, Woody Creek Distillers, RJ Paddywacks, Willits Vet, Phat Thai and  Town.

HOPS Culture for a fabulous Yappy Hour!  It was so much fun and great to see new friends and old supporting our 4-legged friends companions.

KSNO, the Mammoth, for helping us spread the word about Lucky Day and what we are up to during their weekly broadcast.

Clarks Market – Snowmass for donating their tip jar money to help save 4-legged friends in need – it helped a lot!

To Monika Oginski and Faboo for creating a beautiful card for us and selling it in Faboo and donating the proceeds to Lucky Day.

To Chef’s Club for hosting their fabulous dinners that benefitted Lucky Day.

To Mason Morse for supporting us with a grant.

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new dogs become well adjusted family members.

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us in accordance with the signed adoption contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a homecheck and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the deserving pet gets placed in another good home.

My Pre-Owned Pet

I found the cutest pre-owned dog at our local pound.

He looked to me as if to say, please don’t let them put me down.

His tail wagged – I saw him smile as happy as can be.  Did I come to pick a dog today or did he just pick me?

I decided to pick out the other dogs before making up my mind.  But no other greeted me like that little friend of mine.

A pre-owned pet that someone left

Perhaps three years old or more.

But I didn’t care how old he was as we both walked out the door.

And as we got into my pre-owned car

Just before I started to drive.

We both looked at one another

Knowing he’d always be by my side!

-Elaine Hall

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

Did you know?

Why Support Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado?
Adoptable pets are euthanized every day throughout the United
States. Most of these animals, usually through no fault of their own, find themselves in
overcrowded shelters with little chance of adoption.
Lucky Day Animal Rescue brings
unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray animals into foster home environments and finds them suitable Homes.
Lucky Day offers low – cost spay and neuter services to underserved areas and educates the community about
compassion and responsibility for our companion animals.
Successes:
LDAR has matched almost 400 pets with loving owners, provided educational opportunities to children and adults, and spayed or neutered almost 3000 companion pets through affordable surgery programs.
Challenges:
Our rescue program is in need of more approved foster homes. We can only save as many animals as we have homes and funds to help.
How You Can Help
Adopt
Sponsor
Foster
Volunteer
Donate
Educate

Did you know?

– there is such a thing as Black Dog Syndrome? Black dog syndrome is defined by Wikipedia as “the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters.  Black dogs are often the last to be adopted from shelters.”
Whether due to poor lighting in photography, looking too “plain,” looking “mean,” or difficult to see in their kennels, black dogs are statistically passed over consistently more than dogs of other colors or dogs with markings.  Statistics show that black dogs are euthanized in very high numbers.  Articles have been written in MSNBC,Time MagazineBark Magazine and USA Today about the crisis with black dog adoptions.

How To Plan

For The Possibility That Your Pets

Might Outlive You

Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. 

Please click here

 for information about providing for your pets in case you are no longer able to care for them.

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

 

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

As we celebrate the five-year anniversary of Lucky Day Animal Rescue’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome helpless animals, we realize this incredible milestone would not have been possible without the support of people like you. 2016 has been a very exciting year for Lucky Day, and we give thanks to our board members, volunteers, transporters, fosters, donors, veterinarians, and adopters for helping to make this year a success.

Updates and Highlights:

Continued focus on special needs and senior pets: We value the lives of all animals: young, old, healthy, and those with special needs. Thanks to you, they all have a second chance at a healthy and happy life. For example, in early 2016 we were able to take in Jamari, a blind dog who was eventually adopted into a loving home that could accommodate his disability. And during a recent transport, we were surprised with the unexpected birth of two puppies! Your support gives us the flexibility we need to accommodate situations like these as they arise.

Education Program expanded: In conjunction with Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs, Lucky Day presented animal safety and rescue topics to kindergarten through third graders at Sopris and Crystal River Elementary Schools as part of the Summer Advantage Program. We also presented education and resource options at Festival Las Americas in Carbondale, Colorado.

Spay and Neuter Programs Success: Lucky Day has implemented high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter programs in underserved and low-income communities to help address the problem of pet overpopulation. To date, these programs have assisted over 1300 companion pets in Arkansas and over 1500 in Colorado! These numbers translate into thousands fewer unwanted, homeless, and neglected animals crowding shelters or being abandoned to an even crueler fate.

We are committed to maintaining all of these important programs as part of our three-part mission to rescue, educate, and spay and neuter.

We can only achieve these goals with the support of our donors and would be grateful for your continued support in 2017.

We wish you happiness and health in the holiday season and New Year!

Woofs and Wags,

Kelley Brenninger

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

 

Support Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado on

Colorado Gives Day 2016!

 

Lucky Day is proud to celebrate our third year with the Colorado Gives Network!

           

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

         

  Your donation goes even further with the $1 Million Incentive Fund

       

Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund thanks to Community First Foundation and FirstBank, one of the largest in the country! It increases the value of every donation proportionally.

               

Your support helps us continue our mission to aid animals in need, promote humane education through programs in local schools, and continue assisting underserved and low income areas of Colorado through our spay and neuter programs.

       

Pre-schedule your donation for December 6th right now!

Lucky Day is excited to announce that a generous donor will match all donations made through Colorado Gives Day, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! This means your gift will double in value towards our work to help animals in need.

Use the DONATE NOW button further below to take you directly to Lucky Day’s donation page! In order for us to take part in the incentive fund on 12/6/16 the “CO GIVES DAY” button must first be selected.

 

Please note – Very Important!
In order to schedule your donation to be applied on Colorado Gives Day which allows us access to the $1 Million Incentive Fund – you must click on the Colorado Gives Day box – see example below.  If you click anything else, we will not  have access to the incentive fund.
You can schedule your donation right now for December 6th so you don’t forget by going to the link below.

Mark your Calendars!

Please join J. Crew/Aspen and Lucky Day for a

Holiday Styling and Shopping Event

Wednesday, December 14,

5:00 – 8:00pm

J. Crew

205 S. Mill Street

Aspen, CO

Please bring a friend and a canine companion and get all of your holiday gifts while supporting our 4-legged friends.

Guests will enjoy sips and snacks and pups will enjoy their own treats.

Guests will receive 30% off in- store purchases and the best part is that Lucky Day will receive 10% of all proceeds.

Other ways to support Lucky Day!

Have any damage in your home from flood, mold or fire damage? Know someone that does – like a property manager or commercial building manager?

If so, simply call Belmont Clean + Restore will for restoration services and they will donate $500 to Lucky Day and give you a $500 credit toward services (minimum required).  Belmont will:

–  treat your home like our own.
–  use highly trained technicians, the safest products, and the most effective restoration techniques.

– answer the phone day or night and dispatch their Rapid Response team to quickly restore your home and get it back to beautiful again.
– work with your insurance company to help make sure everything is covered.

Belmont Clean + Restore – make the right call:970-927-1313

Thanks for supporting Lucky Day – and for passing this along to someone that can use it!

Letter from a Lucky Day Adopter

Many seem perplexed as to why we chose to adopt a rescue dog like Peanut.  She cannot see very well, she cannot hear except on rare occasions by turning her head in the opposite direction from the sound and she poops where the urge takes her.  She sleeps much of the day, and when she is awake she paces hours before mealtime without really knowing where she is.   She is of unknown age, but definitely an aged dog.  
We often wonder and talk about what she may have been like as a puppy and young dog.  It is hard to imagine her miniature frame carrying twice her current weight.  She had forgotten how to walk, often bounding to keep up with her adopted sister, Roxy,  without regard to direction or any obstacles in her way.  She definitely was not raised with a leash attached to her collar, stubbornly resistant to any preferred direction or guidance.  Regardless, we will insure her safety for the rest of her life.  We guard her from her mental and physical disabilities.  We comfort her, being the only dachshund we have had who did not have the ability or know-how to burrow herself under blankets.  We continuously strive to keep her covered with blankets and an assuring hand. When her trembling ceases for the moment, we know that she is happy and feels secure.
It is hard for some to understand the joy we receive from caring for our precious Peanut.  Everyday we cherish her and our Roxy who has become a true sister to her.  We regularly remember and discuss our lost Reba and Rosie. Peanut trusts us to care for her and the only thing we want in return is the knowledge that she can live out the rest of her life in peace and harmony.  We thought several times that we would soon lose her, but she has always rebounded, I believe it’s due to her being loved.   
So, if you hear someone ask what good is Peanut to us, be prepared to hear about all the wondrous gifts she has given us.  It’s all about love, caring, patience, understanding and a commitment to a living being until after she breathes her last.  We truly know what a forever home is and hope that you too will know in your heart what this means…to her, us and anyone who is able to experience such a gift in their lives.  
Sincerely,

Brad (Peanut’s adopted dad)

**Peanut crossed over the rainbow bridge two weeks before this newsletter came out.  Biscuit, Trooper and Rosie were there to greet her.  Our heartfelt condolences to Brad and Karon and our heartfelt thanks to them for taking in a senior dog knowing there may not be much time left.  It takes special people to adopt a senior dog and we are lucky that Brad and Karon crossed our path.**

Adorable Adoptables

Otto – Smart, active, loving 1 year old Australian Shepherd Mix

Josie – 8 year old St. Bernard Mix – a big, sweet teddy bear!
Hazel – Spunky, Fun, 2 year old 10 pound Terrier Mix
Andy – 2 year old loyal, smart, sweet, Cattle Dog Mix
Xena – 2 year old loving Kelpie/Border Collie Mix
Pixie – Active, well-mannered, smiley 2 year old Staffordshire Terrier Mix

For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Spay and Neuter Clinic in the Alamosa Area, CO and Stone County, AR

Lucky Day, in conjunction with Lisa Petri and CAWL (Colorado Animal Welfare League) has been running a monthly spay and neuter clinic  in and around the Alamosa area.  In addition, Lucky Day runs a quarterly spay and neuter clinic in Stone County, Arkansas – one of the poorest counties in that state. To date, we funded the spay or neuter of over 1300 animals in Arkansas and over 1500 in Southern Colorado.  We are slowly but surely making a dent in the pet overpopulation problem.  This is all thanks to supporters like you!

Education Program

Lucky Day, in conjunction with CARe in Glenwood, presented animal safety and rescue topics to elementary schools in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Boy did we have fun and the kids were amazing!

Lucky Day and CARe presented animal care and safety to the Hispanic community at Festival Las Americas presented by Club Rotario at Sopris Park in Carbondale, CO.

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Did you know we also have a page on Facebook just for posts about all of our adopted animals.  Please consider joining it to see “Happy Tails” updates on all our pups!

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Courtesy Posts for Other Rescues

Zeus

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about Zeus, contact  Brendon McCampell at wparbrendon@gmail.com or at 785-259-3675

CeeBee

For more information, please contact Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue at rockymountainlabrescue@gmail.com or go to www.rockymountainlabrescue.com

Rain

For more information, please contact Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue at rockymountainlabrescue@gmail.com or go to www.rockymountainlabrescue.com

Allie

Contact:  Aspen Animal Shelter, 970-544-0206, www.dogsaspen.com

Sam

Contact:  Aspen Animal Shelter, 970-544-0206, www.dogsaspen.com

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational and spay and neuter services to the community.

 

June 2016 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

June 2016

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Rachel at

(970) 618-3662.

We are so grateful to all of our foster families, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

New Fosters:

Sanjana Rao

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Donors to our spay and neuter programs in Southern Colorado and Stone County, AR.  Without you, we could not get at the root of the problem of pet overpopulation:

Larry and Susan Marx

Nancy Rogers

Cathy Maas

Kelli and Allen Questrom

Ana Landa

Randa and KC Weiner

Mindy Hildebrand

Bob and Nancy Magoon

Melony and Adam Lewis

Mary and Adam Cherry

Melinda Goldrich

Pat Cooper

Grants – your support is so essential and appreciated: 

Town of Carbondale

Town of Basalt

Thrift Shop of Aspen

Transporters

Our volunteers who tirelessly help transport the dogs to us.  They are out there in adverse driving conditions and traffic, but never fail to get the dogs one step closer to their forever home. They are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful.

Chef’s Club by Food & Wine for supporting LDAR during the month of March. 

 

Aidan Wynn, Mark Eisele and all the wonderful volunteers who made “Bucks, Barks and Buckhorn” a success at Buckhorn Cabin in April.

Roaring Fork Whole Foods for selecting Lucky Day as a recipient of their Bag Credit Program. 

Clark’s Market for supporting us with their Cash Savers Program throughout 2015.

Snowmass Club for donating used tennis balls to help us raise funds.

 

Midland Shoe in Basalt for successful December and February events from which proceeds of sales benefited Lucky Day.

 

Aspen 82 for featuring Lucky Day, Kelley Brenninger and adoptable dogs.

KSNO for weekly radio interviews with Lucky Day President Rachel Hahn.

 

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for feeding our dogs!

Dr. James Ziegler and the staff at Red Hill Animal Center.

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Veterinary Hospital who  endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support and to Dr. Kuck and Morgan Patch for volunteering their time to spay/neuter 40 animals at our March Rocky Ford Spay/Neuter Clinic!

Dr. Bisque Jackson, Dr. Anne Cooley and the staff at the Aspen Animal Hospital who also endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support.

Diana Morales at The Little Tail for the wonderful grooms she gives our dogs.  Diana keeps them looking their best!

Cindy Wallis, DVM  – The Natural Vet for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Dr. Scott Dolginow and the wonderful staff at Valley Emergency Pet Care

Marc Miller and

Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new Lucky Day dogs become well adjusted family members.

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

To My Dog

I will never move and not take you with me.

I will never put you in a shelter and leave.

I will never let you starve.

I will never let you hurt.

I will never desert you when you get old and blind.

When the time comes, I will be there to hold you.

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

Did you know?

Almost 3 million cats and dogs are estimated to be killed in U.S. shelters each year, according to Animal People News

A fertile dog can produce an average of two litters in one year.

The average number of puppies in a canine litter is six to ten.

Up to 508 puppies can be born from one unspayed female dog and her offspring in seven years.

The US ratio of dogs to humans is about one to four.

56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized. – National Council of Pet Population Study, Shelter Statistics Survey – 1996

Approximately 30% of animals in U.S. shelters are purebred – Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 213

Intact (unneutered) male dogs represent 80% of the dogs presented to veterinary behaviorists for cases of dominance aggression.

Intact males are involved in 75% of reported dog bite incidents.

Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

Sterilizing a cat/dog reduces their urge to roam and decreases the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years.

How To Plan

For The Possibility That Your Pets

Might Outlive You

Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. 

Please click here for more information on how to provide for your pet in the event you become ill or your pet outlives you.

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us per the signed contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a home check and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the dog gets placed in another good home.

Courtesy Posts

Deuce – A purebred mini Australian Shepherd.  Call 970-618-3662.

Nala – Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix

Call 970-618-3662

Cee Bee – Lab/ American Staffie Mix

Contact:  rockymountainlabrescue@gmail.com

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

We are half way through 2016 and gearing up for a fun-filled summer. 

A quick update on what we have been up to:

 

We have continued our low cost spay and neuter clinics in underserved and low income areas in southern Colorado, in conjunction with Colorado Animal Welfare League and Peak View Animal Hospital. We are proud to report that 513 dogs/cats were sterilized in 2015 and 443 dogs/cats so far in 2016!  To watch a video highlighting our participation in the Colorado spay/neuter clinics – click here

In addition, our low cost spay and neuter clinic in Stone County, AR continues to make a huge impact on the animal overpopulation problem there.  To date, our support has enabled the sterilization of close to 1000 animals.  Stone County is one of the poorest counties in Arkansas and we are proud to be a partner in that area and helping to make a difference.

We have formed an Education Initiative committee dedicated to creating and implementing programs in the Roaring Fork Valley.  As part of this initiative, Lucky Day will have a booth at the Samples free Concert August 11th in Snowmass Village (http://www.gosnowmass.com/event/free-music-series-the-samples/) and Festival Las Americas Sunday, August 28th in Sopris Park in Carbondale. We also plan to participate in summer school programs designed to educate children on proper animal care, the first step in the process of becoming responsible dog owners.

As always, we continue our main mission to rescue animals that might otherwise be unadoptable due to medical conditions, age or breed or those who are about to be euthanized in high kill shelters. In 2015 we found new homes for 84 animals!

Stop in to Traffic, Basalt’s premier clothing boutique, and shop till you drop.  From now through June 19th, Traffic is running a great special that benefits you and our 4 legged friends – details below.

 

Please consider joining our Facebook page as that is where we first post adoptable dogs as well as up-to-the-minute Lucky Day news.

As always, we can not do what we do without the continuous support from our fosters, volunteers, transporters and donors.  We are so incredibly grateful to all of you!

 

Hope to see you all at one of our upcoming events!

Woofs and Wags,

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

Kelley Brenninger

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

Time to go shopping for that perfect summertime outfit! 

Get stuck in Traffic for all your summer clothing needs and support our 4 legged friends at the same time!

Thank you Angie and Joe!

Adorable Adoptables

Levon – 4 year old fabulous Yellow Lab
Jamari – Sight impaired one year old Yellow Lab – Sweet special needs boy!
Jezebell – Wonderful Deaf Australian Shepherd Mix
Lulu – 7 year old Chihuahua/Min. Pinscher Mix.  Sweet little girl!
Roxie – Adorable 2 year old Pug/Chihuahua Mix
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Ways to Support Us:

DONATE ONLINE

Please consider supporting us with a donation online at www.luckydayrescue.org or by sending a check to Lucky Day Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 8856, Aspen, CO 81612.  We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.

SHOP ONLINE

Please consider helping Lucky Day by shopping online through iGive.   Go to www.igive.com and choose Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado as your charitable organization. Once you download the iGive button, the iGive icon will automatically pop up any time you shop with a participating merchant.  A portion of your purchase will automatically go to Lucky Day  – it’s that easy! 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND OUR HAPPY TAILS PAGE

Join us on main Facebook Page (for general Lucky Day including dogs up for adoption)

Join us on Happy Tails Facebook Page (for adopter updates)

Summer is coming – What to Do If You See a Pet in a Parked Car on a Hot Day.

It takes only minutes to save a life!

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.

How to help a pet left in a hot car:

·         Take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number.

·         If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner.

·         If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.

Get informed: Learn your town’s laws about leaving pets in hot cars.

Be ready to call for help: Gather essential telephone numbers and have them on hand. You’ll want to have your local animal control agency’s number and the police department’s non-emergency number so you can quickly report the situation. Keep these numbers in your purse, your car’s glove compartment or programmed into your phone.

Get involved: Ask local store managers, shopping malls, restaurants and other businesses to post signs asking customers not to leave their pets in their cars while shopping or dining.

Speak up: If your town doesn’t have a law prohibiting leaving pets in parked cars, contact your local representatives or attend a town hall meeting to start lobbying for one. 

Cool outside doesn’t mean cool in the car! It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:

·         When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.

·         When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.

·         Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

Fostering Tails

Be a Foster Family!

Fostering an animal in need is a very rewarding experience.  You get to have time with some special dogs who deserve a better life.  All these animals want is to give love and be loved in return.

Spending time with them and getting to know their personalities allows Rachel and Kelley to find the best forever home for them.  Knowing that they are going to a good home makes it easier to let them go and prepare to welcome another deserving dog.
Nancy Miller
Foster Mom

We are always in desperate need of foster homes – please consider saving a life!  Please call 970-618-3662 if you can help us save lives!

Happy Tails – Nia

On the streets

Being lovingly fostered

Finally Forever Home!

Nia came from a place called “the corridor” in Houston.  The corridor is an area where hundreds of dogs are dumped each year.  She had been on the streets for years having litter after litter and being fed by a wonderful organization called Corridor Rescue.  All she wanted was a place to call her own!

Lucky Day worked with Corridor Rescue to finally get her off the streets.  She was placed in a wonderful foster home where she got to feel what it was like to have a warm bed and regular meals  and she thrived.  We are happy to say that she has been adopted into a wonderful home where she will be loved and safe for the rest of her days!

A Star Is Born!

Meet Clyde, a Lucky Day Dog, who will be the star of the Wag n’ Wash Healthy Pet Center’s newest national commercial. Clyde, after a day of being primped and pampered on set, and not to mention, ultimately winning the hearts of all the  Wag n’ Wash employees, was chosen as the one! 

Clyde also came from the streets of Houston. He was picked up by a Good Samaritan who nursed him back to health and connected him with Lucky Day.

Go Clyde and way to represent abandoned and unwanted dogs everywhere!

What happens in most high intake shelters and why must animals be euthanized?

Part of Lucky Day’s mission is public education.  We have had a few people ask us about what really happens in a typical rescue operation.   Many are surprised to learn what happens to a dog once placed in a shelter, and what some of these shelters are really like. Most are shocked to find that a stray dog who winds up in a high intake shelter has 3 days to be either adopted or euthanized.   An animal surrendered by it’s owner can be euthanized that day if the shelter is full.  Many shelters don’t allow adoptions by the general public, so the animals at these shelters do not have a chance unless rescued by an organization like Lucky Day.  In addition, shelters can be extremely stressful places for dogs as they are often overcrowded and understaffed.  Many animals are so frightened by the shelter experience that they never show their true personalities and are much less likely to be adopted.  To understand more click here for a more detailed explanation of the shelter experience.

What is a Puppy Mill?

We all know the song “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” as it conjures up images of cute little puppies, looking at you with huge eyes, and licking you with gleeful abandon as they wonder if you will be the person to finally take them home. When you see that cute little puppy in the pet store window, do you ever think about where that puppy comes from? The sad reality is that the puppy could – and most likely does – come from one of the many Puppy Mills in operation worldwide today. 

The term “Puppy Mills” refers to a large-scale commercial dog breeding enterprise.  Sometimes called puppy farms, these operations tend to house their dogs and puppies in squalid conditions and focus on profit over the health and well-being of the animals.  Puppy Mills do not actually refer to their business as such; they usually simply call themselves dog breeders or kennels. 

Some Puppy Mills puppies are sold to pet shops – usually through a broker, or middleman – and marketed as young as eight weeks of age.  The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are not often true. Other Puppy Mill puppies are sold directly to the public, including over the internet, through newspaper ads, and at swap meets and flea markets.

10 Puppy Mill Facts:

1.       Every time a female dog is in heat she will be expected to give birth to a litter of puppies.  This means that by the time she is 3 years old, she will have had about 6 litters of puppies, placing enormous strain on her.

2.       Animals kept at Puppy Mills are caged and not allowed to run free. These cages are just large enough to hold the dog without it being able to turn around.

3.       Food and water provided at Puppy Mills is often contaminated with bugs and bacteria, frequently causing the dogs and puppies to become ill or malnourished.

4.       Many puppies in mills are found with bleeding or swollen paws, their feet falling through the wire cages, severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration, and lesions on their eyes which often cause blindness.

5.       Puppy  Mills do not offer veterinary care, nor do they offer dogs and puppies protection from natural elements (snow, rain, cold, heat).

6.       Puppy Mills are dirty, cages are not cleaned and dogs and puppies are often left lying in their own urine and feces.

7.       Nearly 90% of puppies sold at pet stores internationally are supplied by Puppy Mills.

8.       Every year in the US alone, pet stores will sell approx. 700,000 (figure from 2013) puppies from these Puppy Mills.  At the same time, approx. 5 million puppies will and dogs are left in shelters.

9.       A dog or a puppy from a Puppy Mill might take a year or more to relax and allow human touch, due to the torture experienced.

10.   As long as Puppy Mills continue to be legal in most countries, the appalling cruelty to animals will continue. 

So – next time you see that cute little “Doggie in the Window”, remember to make an extra effort to find out where it comes from.

In Memoriam:

Jasmine

Lucky Day is sad to report that Jasmine was euthanized on Mother’s Day due to complications of multiple health issues.  She had just reached her 16th birthday on April 20, but her health had been deteriorating for some time. We are so grateful to the Palmer family who took Jasmine in at the ripe old age of 13 and loved her until her final days.  Jasmine came from an abusive and neglectful situation and did not have much use of her back legs but she had spirit and she knew love in her final years through the Palmers.

RIP Jasmine and we will see you at the bridge!

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational and spay/neuter services to the community.

 

 

December 2015 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

December 2015

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introductory Letter

Upcoming Events

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Rachel at

(970) 618-3662.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Click here for an article about fostering we just love!

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

These volunteers tirelessly help transport dogs to us from the Denver area and beyond, despite adverse driving conditions,

late night transports and heavy traffic. Our transporters are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful.

A shout out to Rob Sollenberger who went above and beyond during a snowstorm when we were unable to get a dog to their foster home.  The dog got stuck in Silverthorne and Rob stepped in at the 11th hour to overnight the dog for us.  Thank you Rob!  You are a lifesaver.

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for helping us to keep our dogs fed and well nourished!

Dr. James Ziegler and the staff at Red Hill Animal Health Center

Diana Morales at the Little Tail who provides our dogs with wonderful grooms and keeps them looking their best!

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Vet Hospital who provide medical care and endless compassion.

Dr. Scott Dolginow

and the wonderful staff at Valley Emergency Pet Care

Cindy Wallis, DVM  – The Natural Vet and Michelle for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

The Aspen Recreation Center and staff for hosting our annual Doggie Day & Splash.  It’s one of our favorite events and we are thankful for the opportunity to host it there each year. This year’s was our most successful yet!

Vince Shimp who opened his box for this event.  A special thank you to Laurel Tesoro, Guy Courtney and Lari Goode who lent their expertise in planning this event.  And a big thank to all who came out to support us and competed for the animals.  And finally a thank to our sponsors:  Roaring Fork Beer Company, Woody Creek Distillers, RJ Paddywacks, Snowmass Select Properties, Phat Thai, Town and Clark’s Market.

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new dogs become well adjusted family members.

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

A Human’s Prayer To A Dog

1.  Thank you for your bark.

2.  Thank you for welcoming me home with a smile and wagging tail.

3.  Thank you for kisses and paws without asking.

4.  Thank you for your silly antics.

5.  Thank you for lying next to me.

6.  Thank you for a cold wet nose.

7.  Thank you for accepting me.

8.  Thank you for adopting me.

9.  Thank you for your patience.

10.  Thank you for letting me a part of your life.

Love FOREVER, Your Human

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

Did you know?

-that our new spay/neuter program in the Alamosa area and the La Junta area has helped over 400 dogs and cats in just 5 months!  Please consider making a donation to this program that is making such a difference in our state..
-that there is such a thing as Black Dog Syndrome? Black dog syndrome is defined by Wikipedia as “the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters.  Black dogs are often the last to be adopted from shelters.”
Whether due to poor lighting in photography, looking too “plain,” looking “mean,” or difficult to see in their kennels, black dogs are statistically passed over consistently more than dogs of other colors or dogs with markings.  Statistics show that black dogs are euthanized in very high numbers.  Articles have been written in MSNBC,Time MagazineBark Magazine and USA Today about the crisis with black dog adoptions.

How To Plan

For The Possibility That Your Pets

Might Outlive You

Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. 

In the video below, Amy Shever, of 2nd Chance 4 Pets, outlines what options are available

to ensure “lifetime care” for pets and

how you can plan

for the continued care of your pets. 

Please click here

to visit the site.

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us in accordance with the signed adoption contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a homecheck and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the deserving pet gets placed in another good home.

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

 

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

As 2015 and our fourth year in rescue comes to a close, we are more grateful than ever for the community support which makes our success possible. Your donations enable us to strengthen our commitment to helping animals in need. 

We have been very busy this year expanding our reach and implementing both education programs and spay and neuter services. We are very proud of our accomplishments and are excited to share them with you.

Some of our highlights of 2015 are:

●      Low-cost spay and neuter clinics in underserved and low income areas of Colorado in conjunction with Colorado Animal Welfare League. To date, this program has provided over 400 sterilizations.

●      Education programs in the local Roaring Fork Valley Schools in conjunction with Colorado Animal Rescue.

●      Rescue of animals with a focus on those that might otherwise be considered unadoptable due to medical conditions, injuries, age or breed. These loyal companions are often overlooked and spend their lives in shelters or are euthanized.

Please become a Lucky Day hero and support our efforts!

As 2016 approaches, we ask you to join us in helping animals in need as we continue our commitment to rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming and to transforming the lives of animals through education and spay and neuter programs.

Please consider making a donation on Colorado Gives Day (see details below) which will increase the value of your donation through their $1 million incentive fund.  You can pre-schedule a payment now to be made on Colorado Gives Day which is December 8, 2015.

We wish you a very happy holiday season and New Year!

Woofs and Wags,

Kelley Brenninger

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

 

Support Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado on

Colorado Gives Day 2015!

 

Lucky Day is proud to celebrate our second year with the Colorado Gives Network!

       

For the sixth consecutive year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day, a statewide movement to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting local nonprofits through online giving. All Coloradans are encouraged to join together on

           

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

           

by supporting their favorite causes online through www.ColoradoGives.org. Last year, a record-breaking $26.2 million was donated to Colorado nonprofits in 24 hours!

              

Your donation goes even further with the $1 Million Incentive Fund

       

Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund thanks to Community First Foundation and FirstBank, one of the largest in the country! It increases the value of every donation proportionally.

          

“Give where you live” on Colorado Gives Day!

       

Your support helps us continue our mission to aid animals in need, promote humane education through programs in local schools, and continue assisting underserved and low income areas of Colorado through our spay and neuter programs.

       

Pre-schedule your donation for December 8th right now!

Use the DONATE NOW button further below to take you directly to Lucky Day’s donation page! In order for us to take part in the incentive fund on 12/8/15 the “CO GIVES DAY” button must first be selected.

 

Please note – Very Important!
In order to schedule your donation to be applied on Colorado Gives Day which allows us access to the $1 Million Incentive Fund – you must click on the Colorado Gives Day box – see example below.  If you click anything else, we will not  have access to the incentive fund.
You can schedule your donation right now for December 8th so you don’t forget by going to the link below.

Other simple ways to support Lucky Day through the holidays!

On December 12th, shop to your heart’s content at Midland Shoe in Basalt and Tracy will donate a percentage of all sales to Lucky Day.  Go get your shoes for all your holiday party needs!

Don’t forget to bring your own grocery bags to Whole Foods/Roaring Fork when you do your holiday shopping. Ask for your bag credit to go to Lucky Day – it really adds up!

And last but not least – We are the beneficiary of Clark’s Market Cash Savers program for the week of 12/13 – 12/19.  Shop for all your holiday needs and donate your cash savers coupons in the box at the end of the registers – look for Balto’s smiling face!

Adorable Adoptables

Odie – Playful, loving 3 year old Pug/ Chihuahua Mix

Rosie – Sweet 4 year old Cattle Dog mix who is a Certified Therapy Dog
Suki – Cuddly, active  3 year old Pug
Piper – Special, wonderful 4 year old puppy mill French Bulldog
Kona – Loving 4 year old Miniature Dachshund

Oscar – 1 yr old Rottweiler mix, playful, friendly and active guy!
Wilbur – 1 year old Bassett Hound Mix.  Active, sweet boy!
Angus – 12 week old Purebred Scottish Terrier Puppy
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Spay and Neuter Clinic in Rocky Ford, CO

Lucky Day, in conjunction with Lisa Petri and CAWL (Colorado Animal Welfare League) ran a spay and neuter clinic in the small town of Rocky Ford near La Junta, Colorado.  We were able to spay or neuter and provide veterinary services to 98 companion animals at a very low cost to each household.  The clinic was a huge success!

A big thank you goes out to Dr. John Kuck, Dr. Natalie Lowry, Sara Lohrenz, Lauren Thraen and Melanie Arnold for volunteering their time and medical expertise, to Ben Jankowski at Boehringer Ingelheim for donating the vaccines, and to Lisa Carter, Michelle Jackson and the Town of Rocky Ford for giving us the space, meals and support!  It takes a village!

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Happy Tails

Meet Artek

Before

After

Artek was rescued in Arkansas in horrible shape.  His owner had let him get to the condition you see above.  With the help of Lucky Day and his rescuers in Arkansas, he is now living the good life with a wonderful adopter who love and cares for him. Artek also has a Golden Retriever brother who he adores!

Artek has his wonderful life today because

of supporters like you! 

We are always in need of donations for vetting

and training to help save dogs like Artek.

We love Happy Tails updates!  If you have adopted a Lucky Day animal and wish to share updated stories and photos of your new family member, please email us at info@luckydayrescue.org

Courtesy Posts for Other Rescues

Willie with MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue, Contact: info@adoptarott.org | PO Box 277, Huxley, IA 50124

Click here for more info:  Willie

Desiree with Mountain Pet Rescue

Contact: Desiree is a courtesy post for Mountain Pet Rescue – so you can contact www.mountainpetrescue.org

Click here for more pictures: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=summitdogrescuedesere

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational and spay and neuter services to the community.

 

 

August 2015 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

August 2015

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introductory Letter

Upcoming Events

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Rachel at

(970) 618-3662.

We are so grateful to all of our foster families, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

New Fosters:

Sue and John Schoeller

Nancy Miller

Heather Michel and Nicole Kasting

Janet Boyle

Amanda Wiggans

Lois Triano

Nicole and Matthew Gold

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

Our volunteers who tirelessly help transport the dogs to us.  They are out there in adverse driving conditions and traffic, but never fail to get the dogs one step closer to their forever home. They are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful.

A special shout out to Gini Aasen for always going above and beyond to help us out!

To Traffic in Basalt for hosting a successful fundraiser. Customers purchased beautiful clothes and our animals received funds for much needed vet services – a win/win for all!

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for feeding our dogs!

Dr. James Ziegler and the staff at Red Hill Animal Center.

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Vet Hospital who  endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support.

Dr. Bisque Jackson, Dr Anne Cooley and the staff at the Aspen Animal Hospital who also endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support.

Diana Morales at The Little Tail for the wonderful grooms she gives our dogs.  Diana keeps them looking their best!

Cindy Wallis, DVM  – The Natural Vet for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Dr. Scott Dolginow and the wonderful staff at Valley Emergency Pet Care

Marc Miller and

Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new Lucky Day dogs become well adjusted family members.

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

I Matter

You may have found me on the street or left at someone’s door,

You may have found me all alone on some old dirty floor.

You may have found me cold and wet from being in the rain,

You may have found me old and sick from being in so much pain.

You may have found me tired and panting as I could walk no more,

You may have found me miles away and my paws were really sore.

You may have found me hours away from being put to sleep,

You may have found me grateful for the rescue, as in your arms I leaped.

You may have found me excited as you visited me at the shelter,

You may have found the walk you gave me peace from the helter skelter.

You may have found me a little sad as I knew you had to leave,

You may have found me knowing that in me you did believe.

You may have found me happy when on the internet I would be placed,

You may have found me surprised to see an actual picture of my face.

You may have found me perky, as in my heart there was a song,

You may have found me with foster parents and a feeling that I belonged.

But today you find me thankful because I no longer feel alone,

For today I was adopted, now I have a place that I call “home”.

-Bernadette Oliff

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

Did you know?

Almost 3 million cats and dogs are estimated to be killed in U.S. shelters each year, according to Animal People News

A fertile dog can produce an average of two litters in one year.

The average number of puppies in a canine litter is six to ten.

Up to 508 puppies can be born from one unspayed female dog and her offspring in seven years.

The US ratio of dogs to humans is about one to four.

56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized. – National Council of Pet Population Study, Shelter Statistics Survey – 1996

Approximately 30% of animals in U.S. shelters are purebred – Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 213

Intact (unneutered) male dogs represent 80% of the dogs presented to veterinary behaviorists for cases of dominance aggression.

Intact males are involved in 75% of reported dog bite incidents.

Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

Sterilizing a cat/dog reduces their urge to roam and decreases the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years.

How To Plan

For The Possibility That Your Pets

Might Outlive You

Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. 

In the below video, Amy Shever, of 2nd Chance 4 Pets, outlines what options are available

to ensure “lifetime care” for pets and

how you can plan

for the continued care of your pets. 

Please click here

to visit the site.

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us per the signed contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a home check and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the dog gets placed in another good home.

Courtesy Posts

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

Wow! What a busy few months we have had!  .

 

We are most excited to report that our new Colorado Spay and Neuter Program is up and running in the San Luis Valley (Alamosa area) and the Arkansas Valley area (Rocky Ford and La Junta).  These are some of the lowest-income regions in Colorado and desperately need help getting their unwanted animal population under control.   The best way to reduce the number of unwanted, stray and homeless animals is by implementing spay and neuter programs, and we are proud to be able to help these areas in Colorado.

 

We are also pleased to announce our partnership with Colorado Animal Rescue for the launch of our Children’s Education Program.  In July, a group of  our volunteers and their rescue animals visited summer school kids at Glenwood Elementary and Crystal River Elementary to talk about the  proper care of companion animals.  We hope to be able to influence a generation of kids to be responsible animal owners and advocates in their adult lives.  We will continue to expand this program in collaboration with CARE in Glenwood Springs.

We are always looking for funding for these programs so please consider a donation to these new and exciting programs.

 

Finally,  September 12th is the date for our ever- popular Dog Splash at the Aspen Recreation Center.  In October, we will hold our first ever Crossfit for K9’s event.  Details for both are below.

 

Please consider joining our Facebook page as that is where we first post available dogs as well as up-to-the-minute Lucky Day news.

As always, we can not do what we do without the continuous support from our fosters, volunteers, transporters and donors.  We are so incredibly grateful to all of you!

 

Hope to see you all at one of our upcoming events!

Woofs and Wags,

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

Kelley Brenninger

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

SAVE THE DATE

Doggie Day

& Splash

September 12, 2015

10am – 2pm at the 

Aspen Recreation Center

Please join us for fun in the pool and out,
and meet some new friends – all while supporting Lucky Day Animal Rescue!  We will have food, drinks, an Ask The Vet booth, baby pools for the little dogs, cool vendors and a fabulous silent auction! 
$10 for the first dog, $5 for each additional dog.  Must be current on rabies vaccinations and friendly with other dogs.
All dogs must be spayed and neutered!
Don’t have a dog?  Come anyway, bid on wonderful silent auction items and watch the fun!

CrossFit for K9’s at Roaring Fork CrossFit

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Come join us for a friendly CrossFit competition or WOD to benefit our four-legged friends!  We will have a category for everyone, from never-evers to seasoned CrossFitters…even kids.  Or just come to check out what CrossFit is all about and enjoy the festivities while supporting a great cause.  Please join Roaring Fork CrossFit and Lucky Day for a fun day in Basalt.  Details are still in the works so stay tuned…..

http://www.roaringforkcrossfit.com

Adorable Adoptables

Chester – Active, smart Schnauzer/Terrier/Border Collie Mix

Quinn – 4 year old fabulous American Staffordshire Terrier Mix- Breed Ambassador!
Clyde – Goofy, smart, friendly 3 yr old Mastiff Mix.  Loves everyone.
Bonnie – Playful, fun 11 mo old Border Terrier mix who just wants to be loved!
Doogie – Loving, friendly, 12 year older gentleman Rat Terrier Mix
Cinnamon – Beautiful 4 year Great Pyrenees Mix
Cooper – Active, friendly 2 year Austrailan Shepherd/German Shepherd Mix
Coming Soon:
Rosie – Smart, fun 4 year Cattle Dog/Pointer Mix
Kimmy – Sweet Beagle Mix
Max – 12 year old Lab who was abandoned
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Ways to Support Us:

DONATE ONLINE

Please consider supporting us with a donation online at www.luckydayrescue.org or by sending a check to Lucky Day Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 8856, Aspen, CO 81612.  We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.

SHOP ONLINE

Please consider helping Lucky Day by shopping online through iGive.   Go to www.igive.com and choose Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado as your charitable organization. Once you download the iGive button, the iGive icon will automatically pop up any time you shop with a participating merchant.  A portion of your purchase will automatically go to Lucky Day  – it’s that easy! 

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Keep Pets Safe in the Heat 

The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for pets and people. It’s difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.  We can help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow our tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy and comfortable when the heat is on (and even if the power isn’t).

Never leave your pets in a parked car! Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

Watch the humidity

“It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet,” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly.” Taking a dog’s temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs’ temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees.

Limit exercise on hot days

Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

Don’t rely on a fan

Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

Provide ample shade and water

Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.

Cool your pet inside and out

Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs. (You can use peanut butter or another favorite food.) And always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you. Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest, or mat (such as the Keep Cool Mat). Soak these products in cool water, and they’ll stay cool (but usually dry) for up to three days. If your dog doesn’t find baths stressful, see if she enjoys a cooling soak.

Watch for signs of heatstroke

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

How to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke

Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian.

Prepare for power outages

Before a summer storm takes out the power in your home, create a disaster plan to keep your pets safe from heat stroke and other temperature-related trouble.

What to Do If You See a

Pet in a Parked Car

It takes only minutes to save a life!

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.

How to help a pet left in a hot car:

·         Take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number.

·         If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner.

·         If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.

Get informed: Learn your town’s laws about leaving pets in hot cars.

Be ready to call for help: Gather essential telephone numbers and have them on hand. You’ll want to have your local animal control agency’s number and the police department’s non-emergency number so you can quickly report the situation. Keep these numbers in your purse, your car’s glove compartment or programmed into your phone.

Get involved: Ask local store managers, shopping malls, restaurants and other businesses to post signs asking customers not to leave their pets in their cars while shopping or dining.

Speak up: If your town doesn’t have a law prohibiting leaving pets in parked cars, contact your local representatives or attend a town hall meeting to start lobbying for one. 

Cool outside doesn’t mean cool in the car! It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:

·         When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.

·         When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.

·         Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

Do you know 67,000 people willing to adopt a dog?  Or 11,606,077 willing to adopt a cat? 

SPAY and NEUTER!

Fostering Tails

Be a Foster Family!

I just love fostering dogs from Lucky Day.

It is wonderful to see these dogs come from a not 
so good situation and be placed into a home 
where they get love, attention and socialization. 
This helps transform them into a loving dog who 
is ready for a new forever home.  And in your own 
small way you feel so good helping one more dog
find one more home.  Every little bit helps and if 
you can open your home to one of these guys,  
you will also be leading them towards a better life.
 

Margie McNamara

We are always in desperate need of foster homes – please consider saving a life!  Please call 970-618-3662 if you can help us save lives!

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational and spay/neuter services to the community.

 

 

March 2015 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

March 2015

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introductory Letter

Upcoming Events

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Rachel at

(970) 618-3662.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

New Fosters:

Mindi Counts

Mary Hart

Vanessa Ford and Megan Dunegan

Dan and Carmen Weiland

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

Our volunteers who tirelessly help transport the dogs to us.  They are out there in adverse driving conditions and traffic, but never fail to get the dogs one step closer to their forever home. They are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful:

New Transporters:

Brandon March

Valerie Johnson

Jessica Wood

Gayle Golding for keeping us stocked in tennis balls.

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for feeding our dogs!

Dr. James Ziegler and the staff at Red Hill Animal Center.

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Vet Hospital who  endlessly care for our animals and provide us with support.

Dr. Bisque Jackson and Dr. Anne Cooley and the staff at the Aspen Animal Hospital who vet our animals and provide us with support.

Diana Morales at The Little Tail for the wonderful grooms she gives our dogs.  Diana keeps them looking their best!

Cindy Wallis, DVM and Julia – The Natural Vet for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Dr. Scott Dolginow and the wonderful staff at Valley Emergency Pet Care

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new Lucky Day dogs become well adjusted family members.

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

My Pre-Owned Pet

I found the cutest pre-owned dog at our local pound.

He looked at me as if to say, Please don’t let them put me down.

His tail wagged — I saw him smile, happy as can be.

Did I come to pick a dog today or did he just pick me?

I decided to check out the other dogs before making up my mind.

But no other seemed to greet me like that little friend of mine.

A pre-owned pet that someone left perhaps 3 years old or more.

But I didn’t care how old he was as we both walked out the door.

As we got into my pre-owned car, just before I started to drive.

We both looked at one another knowing he ‘d always be by my side.

Claire Hall

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

Did you know?

Almost 3 million cats and dogs are estimated to be killed in U.S. shelters each year, according to Animal People News

A fertile dog can produce an average of two litters in one year.

The average number of puppies in a canine litter is six to ten.

Up to 508 puppies can be born from one unspayed female dog and her offspring in seven years.

The US ratio of dogs to humans is about one to four.

56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized. – National Council of Pet Population Study, Shelter Statistics Survey – 1996

Approximately 30% of animals in U.S. shelters are purebred – Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 213

Intact (unneutered) male dogs represent 80% of the dogs presented to veterinary behaviorists for cases of dominance aggression.

Intact males are involved in 75% of reported dog bite incidents.

Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

Sterilizing a cat/dog reduces their urge to roam and decreases the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years.

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a dog adopted from Lucky Day (even 5+ years from now) we  require that dog be returned to us per the signed contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a home check and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the dog gets placed in another good home.

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Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

 

Courtesy Posts

Jax – Beautiful Cattle Dog/Shepherd Mix.

Contact:

summitdogrescue@yahoo.com

Madison & Monroe-

 Bonded 7 yr old

Am. Bulldogs.  

Looking for their forever home!

Contact: 

boxerdad009@gmail.com

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

It’s hard to believe we are almost through the first quarter of 2015, and into our 4th year as a rescue organization!

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Anne Gurchick to the Lucky Day team!  She will be a great asset to us and we are so happy to have her.

We are excited to announce our next Bone Appetit at Phat Thai on Thursday, March 12th.  See details below.

We cannot thank you all enough for your continued support of Lucky Day. We could not do what we do without the support of our community. We are incredibly grateful!

Woofs and Wags,

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

Kelley Brenninger

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

Foster Needed for Marley:

This gorgeous boy is Marley and Lucky Day is looking for a foster for him. He is a beautiful boy and we think he is an Aussie/Border Collie mix. He is about 2 and 50 pounds. Loves attention and a cuddler. We think he has been an outside dog so he will need some house training tips.

Currently is in boarding and is doing fine with other dogs. Cats we are not sure of. If you are interested in fostering, please call Rachel on 970-618-3662.

Adorable Adoptables

Bailey – Playful, loving

2 yr old, Staffie mix.  The best dog ever!

Bella – 5 year old and sweet German Shepherd Mix
Tess – 2 year old wonderful Boxer/Beagle/Spaniel mix
Zelda – 7 month old Blue Heeler/Border Collie Mix
Chester – 1.5 yr old spunky terrier mix
Scooby – Fabulous big boy, Swiss Mountain Dog/Great Pyr
Spek – Fun, active 5 year old cattle dog mix
Hercules – 7 year old Boxer/American Bulldog mix
Coming Soon:
Sparkle – Sharpei Mix
Bowie – Smiling Beagle Mix
Doogie – Rat terrier/Chihuahua Mix
Grace – Husky Mix
Libby – Chihuahua
Dude –  Boxer/Hound Mix
Champ – Border Collie Mix
Benny – Newfie Mix
Lucy – Petite Shepherd Mix
Sophie – Wire Haired Dachshund Mix
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Happy Tails

Meet Peanut

Peanut is a darling 12 year old miniature Dachshund who had a tough past.  She was found laying on top of her deceased owner, clearly distraught, grossly overweight and could barely walk.  She then went to a home where the young children in the house were cruel to her.  Lucky Day was happy to take her in and get her all fixed up.  Her foster mom took wonderful care of her and now she is in a loving forever home, no more bad days for this girl!  

We love Happy Tails updates!  If you have adopted a Lucky Day animal and wish to share updated stories and photos of your new family member, please email us at info@luckydayrescue.org. 

Ways to Support Us:

DONATE ONLINE

Please consider supporting us with a donation online at www.luckydayrescue.org or by sending a donation to Lucky Day Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 8856, Aspen, CO 81612. Animals are in need more than ever in this economy and need extensive veterinary care.  No amount is too large or too small.  We are a 501c(3) organization, and your entire donation is tax deductible.

SHOP ONLINE

Please consider helping Lucky Day by shopping online through iGive.   Go to www.igive.com and choose Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado as your charitable organization. Once you download the iGive button, the iGive icon will automatically pop up any time you shop with a participating merchant.  A portion of your purchase will automatically go to Lucky Day  – it’s that easy! 

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DO YOU NEED A PET DOOR INSTALLED?

RESCUE REWARDS

“A Door to Somewhere”

You Adopt/We Donate

If you have ever adopted a pet from a rescue or shelter, you saved a life.

Hale Pet Door™ wants to reward you for that.

When you purchase a Hale Pet Door, let them know that you adopted your pet from

Lucky Day Animal Rescue.

You will receive a 10 percent discount off the retail price of the pet door!

In addition, Hale Pet Door will donate a matching 10% to Lucky Day. 

It is “win-win” for Hale Door customers, the rescue groups, and most of all, for the pets who can enjoy a brand new Hale Pet Door in their very

own forever home.

When you purchase a Hale Pet door at www.halepetdoor.com, be sure to indicate during the “checkout” process that you adopted your pet and fill in the name of the

rescue organization.

Or give us a call at 800-646-4773.

Colorado Dealers:

http://www.halepetdoor.com/dealers/Colorado/service/All

INTRODUCING DOGS

A neutral meeting place makes a great place for introductions before you bring a dog into your home. Walking the dogs together in the same direction is a great way to start a healthy relationship.  Typically dogs of the opposite gender do better together. And even if your dog has many different canine playmates, you should still introduce your dog to a new dog at a location other than your home. Dogs are like people, and sometimes a dog may not like another dog for no apparent reason.

The Dos:

• Do be alert and make the reintroductions gradually and calmly. Even if they got along great at their first meeting, your dog may be extremely territorial in the home.

• If possible, go for a walk around your neighborhood with both dogs and two handlers.  Walk the dogs side by side on leashes and allow them to sniff one another and become familiar with each other.

• Do give your own dog LOTS of love and praise.

• Do leave leashes on the dogs when you are in the home, so that you can get immediate control if needed. You may only need to do this for a short time.

• Do talk normally. Letting the dogs know that you are fine; they are fine; everything is fine!

• Be patient and go slowly with the new dog as they may have been through a stressful surgery, abusive situation or a lot of recent changes.

• Don’t leave the new dog unattended with your resident dog. Even if they seem to get along well in your presence, you should separate the dogs when you leave your house.  After a week or two, you may determine that this is no longer necessary, but be sure to always remove all toys, food, chews and start slowly.

Some common mistakes:

• Holding the leash too tensely as dogs may react with defensiveness. Relax your hold.

• Leaving toys and chews around the house. This can cause resource guarding which can escalate very quickly. Remove all toys and chews before you arrive home with your

foster dog.

• Feeding your foster dog with your resident dog. It’s best to separate them initially, and to supervise always.

• Over stimulating the new dog with introductions to many people or your neighbors’ dogs right away.

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational services to the community.

 

 

November 2014 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

November 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introductory Letter

Upcoming Events

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Kelley at

(970) 379-4606.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

Our volunteers who tirelessly help transport the dogs to us.  They are out there in adverse driving conditions and traffic, but they get the dogs to us in wind, rain, sleet and snow.  They are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful.

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for helping us to keep our dogs fed and well nourished!

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Vet Hospital who provide medical care and endless compassion.

Dr. Bisque Jackson, Dr. Anne Cooley and the staff at the Aspen Animal Hospital for their continuing expert treatment  and medical care of our animals.

Cindy Wallis, DVM and Julia – The Natural Vet for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

L’Hostaria Restaurant for hosting our last Bone Appetit event.  It was a huge success and great fun!

The Aspen Recreation Center and staff for hosting our annual Doggie Day & Splash.  It’s one of our favorite events and we are thankful for the opportunity to host it there each year. This year’s was our most successful yet!

Elliott Yeary Gallery, Souchi, Finbarr and Susan Elk for their wonderful Slurp and Shop event that supported Lucky Day.

Wells Fargo Bank for honoring us with a community grant.

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new dogs become well adjusted family members.

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

I went out to rescue a dog that day

I went out to rescue a dog that day

 To give him a really good life

To take him away from the life that he led

And free him from trouble and strife

I thought I would do him a favour

And be a good person to him

And go do my bit for the country

I didn’t go out on a whim

But what do you think really did happen?

The day that I did my good deed,

I discovered a love that I’d dreamed of

And fulfilled in myself a strong need.

I now have a dog that I care for,

I see things that I needed to see.

That lovely dog that I rescued

Really ended up rescuing me.

 Fionna D

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

Did you know?

-that our new spay/neuter program in Stone County, AR has helped 350 dogs and cats in just 3 months!  Please consider making a donation to this program that is making such a difference.
-that there is such a thing as Black Dog Syndrome? Black dog syndrome is defined by Wikipedia as “the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters.  Black dogs are often the last to be adopted from shelters.”
Whether due to poor lighting in photography, looking too “plain,” looking “mean,” or difficult to see in their kennels, black dogs are statistically passed over consistently more than dogs of other colors or dogs with markings.  Statistics show that black dogs are euthanized in very high numbers.  Articles have been written in MSNBC,Time MagazineBark Magazine and USA Today about the crisis with black dog adoptions.

How To Plan

For The Possibility That Your Pets

Might Outlive You

Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. 

In the video below, Amy Shever, of 2nd Chance 4 Pets, outlines what options are available

to ensure “lifetime care” for pets and

how you can plan

for the continued care of your pets. 

Please click here

to visit the site.

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us in accordance with the signed adoption contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a homecheck and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the deserving pet gets placed in another good home.

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

 

Courtesy Posts

Rascal – Please contact Nancy Caeti at nance0206@msn.com or 303-332-8749.

Kopi – Please contact Heather on 970-987-2367 or email her at heathersgerrish@gmail.com

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

As 2014 and our third year in rescue comes to a close, we are more grateful than ever for the community support which makes our success possible.  Your donations enable us to strengthen our commitment to help animals in need. 

We continue to take on many dogs that might be considered unadoptable due to medical conditions, injuries, age or breed. We feel that it is important to help these loyal companions who are often overlooked and left to live out their lives in shelters or needlessly euthanized.  

We are proud to announce that we have initiated a spay/neuter program in Stone County, Arkansas, the poorest county in the state.  Our mission there is to help reduce the enormous number of unwanted litters that are born only to be cruelly discarded in horrifying ways.  In just three months, we have funded the spay or neuter of 350 dogs and cats.  We hope this is just the beginning… 

As 2015 approaches, we hope you will consider joining us in our work of rescuing animals and preventing the proliferation of unwanted animals through our spay/neuter program.  We are still a 100% volunteer organization so every dollar you give goes towards helping animals in need.

Please consider making a donation on Colorado Gives Day (see details below) which will increase the value of your donation through their $1 million incentive fund.  You can schedule a payment now to be made on Colorado Gives Day which is December 9, 2014.

We wish you a very happy holiday season and New Year!

Woofs and Wags,

Kelley Brenninger

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

Support Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado on
Colorado Gives Day 2014!
Lucky Day is proud to announce that we have joined the Colorado Gives network!
For the fifth consecutive year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day. All Coloradans are encouraged to join the statewide movement on
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
by supporting their favorite causes online through Colorado Gives.org. Last year, a record-breaking $20.9 million was distributed to Colorado nonprofits!
Help us access the $1 Million Incentive Fund
Thanks to Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the Incentive Fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.
“Give where you live” on Colorado Gives Day!
Your support helps us continue our mission to aid lost, abandoned and suffering animals through rehabilitation, re-homing, education and love.
You can schedule your donation right now for December 9th so you don’t forget by going to the link below.

Adorable Adoptables

Shpek – Playful, loving 4 year old White German Shepherd/Border Collie/Spitz Mix

 

Thelma – Sweet 1 year old Lab/Hound Mix
Louise – Cuddly one year old Lab/Rottie/Hound Mix
Brutus – Sweet, older American Bulldog/Border Collie Mix
Tigger – 6 year old brindle Chihuahua – a love of a lap dog!
Rex – Funny, playful 1 year old Bassett Mix
Balto – 3 year old crosseyed, love of a dog, Bull Mastiff.
Libby – Unique, loving Bulldog/Pug Mix
Charley – Sweet, loves all, 3 year old Cairn Terrier mix
Wrangler – Purebred Yorkshire Terrier
Jacques – Deaf, 4 month old adorable French Bulldog puppy
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

 

Fostering Tails

Be a Foster Family!!

We have fostered several times for Lucky Day Animal Rescue and each and every time have found it rewarding and fun.  My husband and I feel strongly that Lucky Day’s mission is one that truly works to find safe, loving and enriching homes for these sweet animals that so desperately deserve it.  Opening our home as a temporary sanctuary, until the forever home is found, has been a true pleasure, and one that we plan to continue in the future.  Getting to know and love the foster dogs, and helping them to overcome their fears, teaching them to trust and love is one of the most rewarding experiences we have had.  We are thankful to Lucky Day for giving these animals a second chance to find a family they can call their own. 

Kristen Kuck, CVT and John Kuck, DVM

Willits Vet Hospital

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Happy Tails

Meet Ollie

Before

After

Ollie was pulled from a shelter in New Mexico just 20 minutes before he was scheduled to be euthanized.  When he arrived, he was scared and had some behavioral issues and a variety of health problems. He required multiple tests to figure out the extent of his medical issues. His foster family continued to work with him and socialize him while the vet worked with us to regain his health.  We are happy to report that Ollie is now healthy and has been adopted into a loving family with a pug brother and Rascal, our very first Lucky Day dog!

Ollie has his wonderful life today because

of supporters like you! 

We are always in need of donations for vetting

and training to help save dogs like Ollie.

We love Happy Tails updates!  If you have adopted a Lucky Day animal and wish to share updated stories and photos of your new family member, please email us at info@luckydayrescue.org

The Mental Health Benefits of

Fostering Shelter Dogs

By Clinical psychologist, Dr. Georgina K. Smith

Fostering shelter dogs takes a willingness to be selfless.  It takes a willingness to be of service.  You create bonds and you have to say goodbye, because it is about your foster dog and every other dog waiting to get out of kill shelters.  It’s not about you in those moments.

In therapy we often talk about ‘getting out of your own way’.  Simply put this means that sometimes no matter what you tell yourself, what you’re offered, or what you try to do, your mind won’t quiet and nothing seems to change.  So, you know what?  Stop. Focus on someone and something else.  Give yourself a break.  Being of service holds phenomenal healing properties.  It can shift your experience, perceptions and attitude and help you view life in a different way.  It can dramatically bring into focus what is important.   Furthermore, the temporary nature of fostering can help individuals recognize that their feelings are also temporary, they are not facts.  They are passing through.  This too shall pass, and you will be okay.

Fostering takes a willingness and ability to deal with inconvenience and tolerate difficulties.  Making a difference and being of service isn’t always easy and doesn’t always fit into our plans.  But there is always a way to do some part in some way, just takes a little creativity.

This translates to therapy.  Many therapists assist individuals in learning emotional regulation and distress tolerance, in learning to build resilience.  In other words, ways to more effectively manage how you feel, manage what life throws at you, and deal with tough situations.

But why take the time to foster a dog or other animal when there are so many other economical and global issues at our own front doors?  A fair question.  To answer this I think of a quote by Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.  Through Gandhi’s words, fostering speaks to something greater.

In treatment with addicts and alcoholics we often talk about a ‘higher power’ whatever one conceives it to be.  We talk about ‘turning it over’.  Sometimes that is all someone has left.  For someone in the most traumatic and senseless and seemingly hopeless of circumstances, believing in something greater than themselves may be their only hope…for now.  Sometimes being of service is the way to connect to that very thing.

I get a little wordy, so I’ll try and make this one brief.  Fostering is love. One of the most unconditional and selfless kinds of love.

We need to love and to be loved.  As social beings, we thrive with companionship. That also means being open, available and able to accept love.  Sometimes we need a little practice.

Fostering is also teaching and empathy.  It is helping socialize and stabilize a dog to help them become more prepared and adoptable to a forever home.  It is relating to the circumstances of a suffering being, and feeling for them, without taking it on and becoming paralyzed.

Relationships are in great part about how we understand and relate to each other. They are about how we express what we feel, and how we understand and relate to the other’s experience without taking it on.  This is critical to nurturing a healthy relationship.  This is empathy.  Life is also about learning and teaching.   I know I am continually learning every day, and in my work I do my best to teach the skills that I believe will benefit individuals that are seeking my guidance.  And the hope is that what is learned is translated outside of the therapy room, into someone’s life, into the world.  As that one movie said, “we pay it forward’, at least we hope to.

Fostering is one more avenue that breeds civic responsibility.  It supports shelter animals and the shelter’s mandate that they be spayed or neutered before they are placed in a foster or adoptive home, due to the immense overpopulation and consequent cost to society through shelters and public service that are required for cruelty interventions, rescue efforts, and euthanasia.  Fostering thereby stems from and creates a sense of civic and environmental responsibility. These are global values. Values that will facilitate growth and change.

In correlation, mental health is in part characterized by those who are self-actualized adults.   Renowned psychologist, Carl Rogers speaks of self-actualization as the following: “the curative force in psychotherapy – man’s tendency to actualize himself, to become his potentialities…to express and activate all the capacities of the organism”.  When one achieves this, they hold a greater capability of modeling health and responsibility to the next generation.  Whether this translates to one person’s self-worth, one person’s kindness to a sentient being in society, one person’s mission to activate change, it makes a difference.  It creates a sense of responsibility in our society that we can only hope is contagious.

To sum up:

Fostering = Being of service. Making a difference.

Being of service and making a difference = Empowerment, Possibility and Change.

Who doesn’t benefit from that?

Disclaimer:  As with any information or advice, nothing is black and white.  For individuals who are in crisis, unable to care for themselves or an animal, or who are avoiding dealing with their issues by focusing on a pet, please note that it is critical you stabilize yourself first and meet your needs before you consider taking on an additional responsibility.  A pet will not fix your life.  When you can take care of you, then I welcome you to consider the joy and challenge of fostering.  For those of you ready and responsibly able to foster, I hope it brings endless joy, blessings and gratitude to your life and to each wonderful dog you encounter.  Our actions reverberate in the world…more than we know.

(Source: healthbenefitsddogfostering.com)

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational services to the community.

 

 

June 2014 Newsletter

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

June 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introductory Letter

Upcoming Events

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Kelley at

(970) 379-4606.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

New Fosters:

Kari and Jay Kiker

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

Our volunteers who tirelessly help transport the dogs to us.  They are out there in adverse driving conditions and traffic, but they get the dogs to us in wind, rain, sleet and snow.  They are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful:

Denise Flinchbaugh

Gini Assen

Patty Potter

Ellen Krings

Debbie Kendrick

Steph Ravegum

Giora Hahn

Shelley Hullsey

Sue Brown

Joy Sichveland

Shelly Whitehead

Elizabeth Stoffel

Valeris Patch Johnson

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for feeding our dogs!

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Vet Hospital who  endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support.

Dr. Scott Dolginow and the staff at the Aspen Animal Hospital who also endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support.

Cindy Wallis, DVM and Julia – The Natural Vet for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Midland Shoe for hosting a fundraiser that that allowed people to buy shoes for a discount

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new Lucky Day dogs become well adjusted family members.

Tempranillo – for hosting a dinner for us.  Yummy!

The Thrift Shop of Aspen

For a generous grant that allows us to continue the work we do rescuing animals.

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

To My Foster

There I sat, alone and afraid. You got a call and came right to my aid. You bundled me up with blankets and love. And when I needed it most, you gave me a hug. I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold, that sometimes there is someone to have and to hold. You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend, you loved me and healed me and became my friend. And just when I thought you’d done all you could do, there came along not one new lesson, but two. First you said, “Sweetheart, you’re ready to go. I’ve done all I can, and you’ve learned all I know!” Then you bundled me up with blankets and a kiss. Along came a new family, they even have kids! They took me to their home, forever to stay, at first I thought you had sent me away. Then that second lesson became perfectly clear. No matter how far, you will always be near. And so, Foster Mom, you know I’ve moved on. I have a new home, with toys and a lawn. But I’ll never forget what I learned that last day. You never really give your fosters away. You gave me these thoughts to remember you by. We may never meet again, but now I know why. You’ll remember I lived with you for a time. I may not be yours, but you’ll always be mine.

-Author Unknown

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

How To Plan

For The Possibility That Your Pets

Might Outlive You

Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. 

In the below video, Amy Shever, of 2nd Chance 4 Pets, outlines what options are available

to ensure “lifetime care” for pets and

how you can plan

for the continued care of your pets. 

Please click here

to visit the site.

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us per the signed contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a home check and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the dog gets placed in another good home.

Been thinking about getting Pet Insurance?

Now is the perfect time!

We have a great opportunity that allows you to get a discounted pet insurance plan while supporting a fabulous organization.  Go to www.gopetplan.com and  enter  promo code BELLAPET.  You will get a discount on your rate, and a donation goes to The Bella Pet Insurance Fund www.thebellapetinsurancefund.com, which provides assistance with pet insurance premiums for qualified applicants.

Courtesy Posts

Loki is a 1 1/2 yr old Husky/Shepherd mix in a high kill shelter.  Contact:  heidi.mccready@

usd305.com

Sadie is a 10 year old Golden Retriever.  Contact:  Mary.kenton@

goldenrescue.com

Guthrie:  Guthrie is a 1 – 1 1/2 year old Newfie/Golden mix who adores everyone he meets. Contact:  summitdogrescue.org

Jazzy – 2 yr old Staffie who loves everyone!

Contact:  Andrea Smith (720) 338-0779.

Madison & Monroe-

 Bonded 7 yr old

Am. Bulldogs.  

Looking for their forever home!

Contact: 

boxerdad009@gmail.com

Taj – Large Bengal Mix.  Contact: 

planetkitty1@gmail.com or 970 389 6946

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Lucky Day at our most recent Yappy Hour event at Finbarr’s Irish Pub!  It was a great turnout and a fun time was had by all.

Our next event will be Trivia Night at Carbondale Beer Works on June 19 at 6:30pm.  Come out for a fun night with friends and test your trivia knowledge while supporting us.  See details below.

Also, save the date for the most fun event of the year – the ARC Doggie Day and Splash.  It will be on Septemer 6th this year!

We continue to thank you all for your continued support of Lucky Day. We could not do what we do without the support of our community. We are incredibly grateful!

Woofs and Wags,

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

Kelley Brenninger

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

Fun Fun Fun

Upcoming event! 

June 19 at 6:30pm

Trivia Night at Carbondale Beer Works

Come early to get a seat as seating is limited.  $5 donation to Lucky Day buys your entrance.  For every beer you drink – $1 comes to us as well.  Enjoy an evening with friends, laughter and great beer while you test your trivia knowledge.

SAVE THE DATE

Doggie Day

& Splash

September 6, 2014

10 – 2 pm at the 

Aspen Recreation Center

Please join us for fun in the pool and out,
and meet some new friends – all while supporting Lucky Day Animal Rescue!

Adorable Adoptables

Jarvis – 4 year old fabulous purebred American Staffordshire Terrier – Breed Ambassador!
Harley – Goofy, smart, friendly 3 yr old Boxer that loves everyone.
Nellie – Playful, fun 11 mo old Shepherd
mix who just wants to be loved!
Ollie –  Sweet Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix.  Only 13 pounds.
Wizard – Loving, friendly Great Pyrenees.
Sammy and Marshall –
Beautiful 7 year old Lynx Siamese.
Bullwinkle – Sweet, well-adjusted 3 year old Purebred German Shepherd.
Craig – Typical 5 year old Lab – loves all.
Bolt – 10 week old Lab/Pointer Mix puppy.  Wonderful puppy breath!
Buster – 13 week old Black and Tan Hound/Lab mix.  Typical curious puppy.
Bear – 3 1/2 year old Great Dane/Mastiff/Australian Shepherd Mix.  Great boy!
Jester – Intelligent and loving 7 year old Burnese Mountain Dog/Border Collie Mix.
Shpek – 4 year old, playful, energetic
Golden Retriever Mix.
Annabelle – Beagle.
Coming soon:
Emma – Shepherd Mix puppy
Kandy – Corgi/Cattledog mix
Rocky – Chow Mix
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Attention Roaring Fork

Whole Foods shoppers!

From now through July 6th, Lucky Day Animal Rescue is one of 3 local non-profits named as a recipient for bag credits! When you bring in your own bags, your cashier will/should ask if you want to donate your bag credits to a local non-profit – each bag is 10 cents! We would be most grateful if you donated your bag credits to Lucky Day.

Thank you so much for your support!

Ways to Support Us:

DONATE ONLINE

Please consider supporting us with a donation online at www.luckydayrescue.org or by sending a donation to Lucky Day Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 8856, Aspen, CO 81612. Animals are in need more than ever in this economy and need extensive veterinary care.  No amount is too large or too small.  We are a 501c(3) volunteer organization, and your entire donation goes directly to help the animals.

SHOP ONLINE

Please consider helping Lucky Day by shopping online through iGive.   Go to www.igive.com and choose Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado as your charitable organization. Once you download the iGive button, the iGive icon will automatically pop up any time you shop with a participating merchant.  A portion of your purchase will automatically go to Lucky Day  – it’s that easy! 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

Join us on Facebook

Summer and hot

temps are here!

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.  Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

If the authorities are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.

Provide water to drink, and if possible spray the dog with a garden hose or immerse him or her in a tub of cool (but not iced) water for up to two minutes in order to lower the body temperature gradually. You can also place the dog in front of an electric fan. Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws can also help. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational services to the community.

 

 

March 2014 Newsletter

 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado

March 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introductory Letter

Upcoming Events

Foster

Help Save Lives!

We are always looking for new foster homes.  We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.  It is a truly rewarding experience to know you made a difference in an animal’s life.  There is nothing better than watching a defeated, scared animal blossom into a happy, loving soul.

For more information, please call Kelley at

(970) 379-4606.

We are so grateful to all of our fosters, past and present. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

New Fosters:

Cara Barnes

Sue Terbush

Tari Vickery

Peyton Rogers

Laura Wren & Kevin Wilson

Travis Elliot

Kellie Podkonjak

Paul & Elizabeth Stoffel

Drew Hodgson

Randi Garcia

Debbie and Chris Norvell

Jim Polep

Heidi Johns

Mary Hughson Brown

Signa Strom

Special thanks and much gratitude goes to:

Transporters

Our volunteers who tirelessly help transport the dogs to us.  They are out there in adverse driving conditions and traffic, but they get the dogs to us in wind, rain, sleet and snow.  They are invaluable to Lucky Day and we are forever grateful:

Denise Flinchbaugh

Gini Assen

Patty Potter

Ellen Krings

Debbie Kendrick

Steph Ravegum

Giora Hahn

Shelley Hullsey

Sue Brown

The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Post Independent for providing advertising that helps spread the word about our adoptable animals.

Blue Buffalo for feeding our dogs!

Dr. John Kuck and the staff at Willits Vet Hospital who  endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support.

Dr. Scott Dolginow and the staff at the Aspen Animal Hospital who also endlessly vet our animals and provide us with support.

Cindy Wallis, DVM and Julia – The Natural Vet for the wonderful acupuncture services and support for our 4 legged friends.

Town Restaurant for hosting our last Bone Appetit event.  It was a huge success!

Mutts and Mittens for making us the recipient of their January sales online.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MuttsandMittens

Midland Shoe for hosting a fundraiser that that allowed people to buy shoes for a discount

Marc Miller and Honor the Dog training in Glenwood Springs.  Marc has spent hours helping new Lucky Day dogs become well adjusted family members.

Terena Thomas of Canine Country School in Gypsum who also lends her expertise and kennel to help our dogs.

Amanda Hedlund and Andrew Grant who allowed us the wonderful opportunity to join forces with them to help us raise money through Rover to the Rescue.

To all the Rover to the Rescue donors – we cannot thank you enough!

Our wonderful photographers who help make our dogs look their best!

Monica Martinez

Aubree Dallas

Please consider supporting these organizations who so generously give back to our community!

For The Rescuer

Once I was a lonely dog, just looking for a home. I had no place to go, no one to

call my own.

I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow.

I ate whatever I

could find, I was always on the go.

My skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain.

And no one stopped

to give a pat or

gently say my name.

I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run.

For people thought

that hurting me was really lots of fun.

And then one day I heard a voice so gentle, kind and sweet,

And arms so soft reached down to

me and took me

off my feet.

“No one again will hurt you”, was whispered

in my ear.

“You’ll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear.

You will be dry, you

will be warm, you’ll have enough to eat.

And rest assured that when you sleep,

your dreams will all

be sweet.”

I was afraid I must admit, I’ve lived

so long in fear.

I can’t remember

when I let a human come so near.

And as she tended

to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur,

She told me about the rescue group and what it meant to her.

She said, “We are a circle, a line that

never ends.

And in the center there is you, protected by new friends.”

And all around you

are the ones that

check the pounds,

And those that share their home after

you’ve been found.

And all the other folk are searching near and far,

To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star.”

She said, “There is a family, that’s

waiting patiently,

And pretty soon we’ll find them, just you

wait and see.

And then they’ll join

our circle, they’ll help

to make it grow,

So there’ll be room for more like you, who have no place to go.”

I waited very patiently, the days they came and went.

Today’s the day I thought, my family

will be sent.

Then just when I began to think it wasn’t meant to be,

There were people standing there just gazing down at me.

I knew them in a heartbeat, I could tell they felt it too.

They said, “We have been waiting for a special dog like you.”

Now every night I say

a prayer to all the

gods that be.

“Thank you for the life

I live and all you’ve given me.”

But most of all, protect the dogs in the pound and on the street,

And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet.”

-Arlene Pace

Tidbits and Lucky Day News

How To Plan

For The Possibility That Your Pets

Might Outlive You

Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. 

In the below video, Amy Shever, of 2nd Chance 4 Pets, outlines what options are available

to ensure “lifetime care” for pets and

how you can plan

for the continued care of your pets. 

Please click here

to visit the site.

Returning dogs

We, at Lucky Day, understand that situations change in life.  This serves as a friendly reminder that if you are ever unable to keep a Lucky Day Dog for whatever reason in the future (even 5+ years from now) we want and require that the dog comes back to us per the signed contract.  This allows us to place the dog again by doing a home check and reference checks, etc. to ensure that the dog gets placed in another good home.

Been thinking about getting Pet Insurance?

Now is the perfect time!

We have a great opportunity that allows you to get a discounted pet insurance plan while supporting a fabulous organization.  Go to www.gopetplan.com and  enter  promo code BELLAPET.  You will get a discount on your rate, and a donation goes to The Bella Pet Insurance Fund www.thebellapetinsurancefund.com, which provides assistance with pet insurance premiums for qualified applicants.

Keep in Touch:

Phone: (970) 618-3662

 

Courtesy Posts

Jazzy – 2 yr old Staffie who loves everyone!

Contact:  Andrea Smith (720) 338-0779.

Snow -2 yr old Lab/Pointer Mix.  Happy boy-loves kids.

Contact:

gtolleson@sbcglobal.net 

Madison & Monroe-

 Bonded 7 yr old

Am. Bulldogs.  

Looking for their forever home!

Contact: 

boxerdad009@gmail.com

Dear Friends, Supporters & Animal Lovers:

It’s hard to believe we are almost through the first quarter of 2014, and a successful one it has been! So far, we have already helped more than 25 dogs find their forever homes!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Lucky Day at our Bone Appetit event at Town on March 6th – it was a great turnout!

We are extremely excited for our upcoming Yappy Hour on April 9th.  It promises to be a fun event, and it has been more than a year since our last one! We hope to see you all there.

We cannot thank you all enough for your continued support of Lucky Day. We could not do what we do without the support of our community. We are incredibly grateful!

Woofs and Wags,

Katie Solondz

Rachel Hahn

Kelley Brenninger

and the Board of Lucky Day Animal Rescue

SAVE THE DATE!

Yappy Hour

Wednesday, April 9th

4:30-6:30pm

Finbarr’s Irish Pub

$15 minimum donation – all you can drink Pacifico beer, wine, select liquor

Yappy Hour Sponsored by:

Attention Glenwood Springs

PetCo Shoppers and

Lucky Day Supporters!

From March 8 – March 30, Lucky Day is

PetCo’s recipient for their “Spring a Pet” special. When you check out, they will ask you if you want to donate to a local rescue –

that rescue is Lucky Day, so please say yes

and give any amount that you can!

Every little bit helps us save animals. 

Thank you SO much for your support.

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR DOG A STAR!

Rover to the Rescue

The concept behind celebrity photographer Andrew Grant’s Rover is heartfelt. A

beautiful coffee-table book, his latest project showcases man’s best friend and sheds light on rescue animals. Most of the dogs featured within his pages hail from a rescue or shelter, and some were living in one when photographed. Grant’s book inspires readers to welcome a shelter pet into their home, and with the number of animals in shelters at an all time high, his powerful photography captures the plight of our pets.

Celebrities including Ewan McGregor, Kelsey Grammer, Ashley Greene, and Ellen DeGeneres (DeGeneres recently gifted a copy of Rover to Oprah Winfrey) are raising awareness of Grant’s endeavor, as his pages continue to generate support from around the world.

Locally, The Roaring Fork Valley’s 

Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado 

is partnering with Rover this year for its

final edition, and, best of all, dogs of all breed and class are welcome. Submit your pup for consideration to be included in the next and final release of this national bestseller. If your animal is selected, a $5,000, tax-deductible donation is asked of participants, benefiting Lucky Day Animal Rescue. Grant will then photograph your dog and include him or her in a two-page spread in the final edition. Don’t miss this opportunity to support a local rescue (it’s also a unique gift for pet lovers)!

Rover is carried at Gorsuch Aspen. For details on submission and the chance for your pup to be considered in Rover, visit www.rovertotherescue.com and name your charity of choice as Lucky Day Animal Rescue, or call 970-618-3662.

Read more at www.rovertotherescue.com

Adorable Adoptables

Sadie – Playful, loving

2 yr old, Staffie mix.  The best dog ever!

Maverick – 5 year old Hound/American Bulldog mix.  Loves everyone – a big lug!
Brody – 2 year old Basenji/Am. Staffie mix.  Smart, loyal and athletic
Nyla – 1.5 yr old Aussie Shepherd/
Heeler mix.  Friendly, smart, full of energy.
Manning – Sweet, curious English
Springer Spaniel mix puppy.
Harley – Goofy, smart, friendly 3 yr old Boxer that loves everyone.
Pollyanna – 3 yr old petite Lab mix who loves people, dogs and is just the sweetest!
Nellie – Playful, fun 10 mo old Shepherd
mix who just wants to be loved!
Sammy – 8 yr old Miniature Poodle that loves walks and cuddles!
Roscoe – 1-2 yr old easy going
Shepherd mix
Gracie – Gentle, sweet
2 yr old Lab/Shepherd mix
Sunny – 2 yr old Golden Retriever mix.
Loves kids, other dogs, very playful!
Kelsea – 2 year old loving, playful 
Dalmatian/Collie mix
Mack – 2 yr old sweet and obedient
German Shepherd Mix
Elizabeth – Sweet, intelligent, regal purebred Black Standard Poodle
Hershey – Unique and wonderful Bassador (Basset Hound/Labrador Mix)
Coming Soon:
Mandy – Black Labrador Retriever
Annabelle – Beagle
For information on any of these dogs or cats, please visit our website and fill out an application at www.luckydayrescue.org

Happy Tails

Meet Looey

Looey was a fabulous dog that was being kept outside 24/7.  He received no attention or any of the comforts that a home provided.  He watched his family day after day from a window outside

the home.

Lucky Day rescued Looey and now he knows the comforts of being inside and is thriving.  His adopter says, “Looey is doing super great. He is about as happy as a dog can be, livin’ the simple life. Good food, lots of love, walks, parks, hikes, treats, warm houses, and new friends fill his days. He lives with not a mean bone in his big goofy body. It is always tailwagging good times in Looey’s world. He is the best dog – Thank you for what you do.

Looey has his wonderful life today because

of supporters like you! 

We are always in need of donations for vetting

and training to help save dogs like Looey.

We love Happy Tails updates!  If you have adopted a Lucky Day animal and wish to share updated stories and photos of your new family member, please email us at info@luckydayrescue.org. 

Ways to Support Us:

DONATE ONLINE

Please consider supporting us with a donation online at www.luckydayrescue.org or by sending a donation to Lucky Day Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 8856, Aspen, CO 81612. Animals are in need more than ever in this economy and need extensive veterinary care.  No amount is too large or too small.  We are a 501c(3) volunteer organization, and your entire donation goes directly to help the animals.

SHOP ONLINE

Please consider helping Lucky Day by shopping online through iGive.   Go to www.igive.com and choose Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado as your charitable organization. Once you download the iGive button, the iGive icon will automatically pop up any time you shop with a participating merchant.  A portion of your purchase will automatically go to Lucky Day  – it’s that easy! 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

Join us on Facebook

DO YOU NEED A PET DOOR INSTALLED?

RESCUE REWARDS

“A Door to Somewhere”

You Adopt/We Donate

If you have ever adopted a pet from a rescue or shelter, you saved a life.

Hale Pet Door™ wants to reward you for that.

When you purchase a Hale Pet Door, let them know that you adopted your pet from

Lucky Day Animal Rescue.

You will receive a 10 percent discount off the retail price of the pet door!

In addition, Hale Pet Door will donate a matching 10% to Lucky Day. 

It is “win-win” for Hale Door customers, the rescue groups, and most of all, for the pets who can enjoy a brand new Hale Pet Door in their very

own forever home.

When you purchase a Hale Pet door at www.halepetdoor.com, be sure to indicate during the “checkout” process that you adopted your pet and fill in the name of the

rescue organization.

Or give us a call at 800-646-4773.

Colorado Dealers:

http://www.halepetdoor.com/dealers/Colorado/service/All

The Most Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Lucky Day Mission Statement:

In order to create a society in which abandonment, homelessness and euthanasia of dogs does not exist, Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado serves the public as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned animals in Colorado and surrounding areas. We rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for animals at risk, regardless of age or breed, issue or amount of time needed that is within our means, in conjunction with providing educational services to the community.