Dogs won’t get boot from kennel |

Dogs won’t get boot from kennel

Aspen Times Staff Report

The homeless dogs of Valley Dog Rescue living at the former Preshana Farms outside Carbondale will be allowed to remain there until other suitable arrangements are made.

When Preshana Farms, now Aspen Equestrian Estates, was sold to Jay Weinberg recently, the future of the animals sheltered there appeared bleak, as there were no facilities to take in the animals. But after hearing the plight of the pooches, Weinberg agreed to let all nine animals remain in their kennel on the ranch.

“I’m very grateful to Jay Weinberg, that he has allowed this, so the dogs have a place to live until they get happy homes,” said Ursula Shepherd, the woman behind Valley Dog Rescue. “Of course, we’re still looking for happy homes for these homeless animals.

“The dogs can stay there until further notice, and hopefully until the new shelter in Garfield County is built, which will be sometime next spring,” Shepherd continued.

“Since they’ve allowed me to keep the dogs there, Garfield County will still have a service for animals, because Garfield County is totally without services for animals,” Shepherd said. “The city of Rifle has a dog pound and New Castle has a little operation and Glenwood Springs has animal services, but for the city only, not for the county.”

Shepherd, who has been taking care of homeless animals in Garfield County for eight years, says in some cases, she’s their only savior.

“I’m their last safety net and their only safety net,” she said.

For information about adopting an animal from Valley Dog Rescue, call 963-3858 or 984-0219, and speak with Shepherd.

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