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Barking out thanks

Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, A.R.F. (Animal Rescue Foundation), C.A.R.E. (Colorado Animal Rescue) and the Rifle Animal Shelter would like to thank the Hotel Jerome and our wonderful community for participating in the K-9 Karnival Adoption Fair.

Dogs and their people were welcomed in the Hotel Jerome Ballroom on Sunday, March 13, for an afternoon filled with fun, laughter, music and philanthropy. Over 20 presenters, including our four animal rescue groups, dog trainers, pet shops, veterinarians, service dogs and search-and-rescue dogs were on site in an effort to support and promote the adoption of shelter dogs (and cats)!

Special thanks to Hotel Jerome General Manager Ed Towfighnia and Belinda Oster for their work in organizing and Executive Chef Robert McClanahan, who prepared fresh-baked Doggy D’oeuvres. Thanks also to Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter board member and local artist, Georgeann Waggaman, for her face-painting skills, which turned children into their favorite animals; fellow board member Mimi Teschner, who playfully donned her cat costume in order to give the felines some representation at the dog-filled event; Dr. John Kuck, from the Aspen Animal Hospital; Charlie Martin, Aspen Community Safety Officer; and singer/songwriter Dan Sheridan, who sang our favorites, including his best-known song, the touching ode to man’s best friend, “Dog Food.”

The K-9 Karnival Adoption Fair was an event created to centralize dog-related organizations in order to educate, enlighten and entertain the public, while ultimately benefiting homeless pets throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond – and it did just that!

Thank you to our community and to everyone involved.

Seth Sachson and Anne Gurchick, Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter

Kelley Brenninger, A.R.F. (Animal Rescue Foundation)

Leslie Rockey, C.A.R.E (Colorado Animal Rescue)

Heather Mullen, Rifle Animal Shelter


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