San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society

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The Real Gold in These Mountains

Prospectors have long sought their fortunes in the mountains of Colorado. Though the majority never strike the mother lode, one organization is achieving a mission that perhaps best personifies the true riches of the region. The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society is golden when it comes to saving lives.

What is the value of 8,000 plus animal rescues and adoptions? Surely it is priceless when compared to the gold that was once extracted near the site of this animal sanctuary. Material things have temporary value, but acts of compassion have a worth that is never diminished.

The founders of the SLVAWS, in choosing to make a total commitment to the cause of animal welfare, have truly established a living legacy. Read on to learn how you can join forces with other animal heroes who are making a real difference in the lives of precious animals.

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Here's the Gold We Treasure Most - A Golden Girl Awaiting Adoption

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How can a sweetie like this end up in a shelter? This shy girl should already be a member of a loving family. If I didn't already have five rescue animals in my home, this beauty would be going home with me today.

News Flash: Golden Girl got adopted on March 2, 2013!

The SLVAWS Dog Shelter is Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado

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A spectacular natural setting for animals. How many other shelter dogs live in such an incredible sanctuary?

Biggles is the dog who inspired all the good

happening today within the SLVAWS

and is the sanctuary namesake.

Image: ©Aileen Peek

Biggles was the centerpiece of Aileen Peek's education programs and was the most loved chow ever. He visited classrooms with Aileen to teach children about humane treatment of animals. Biggles also attended each Saturday adoption fair for five years. He was able to demonstrate to potential adopters that many of the perceptions about chows are unfair and just plain wrong. When children could snuggle up with Biggles and giggle as he gently licked them, he had done his job in showing parents that chows deserve a chance just like any other breed of dog.

Biggles' Battle Mountain Animal Sanctuary

It seems fitting that the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society (SLVAWS) located their sanctuary at the site of the former Battle Mountain Gold Mine operations center. Successfully running an animal rescue organization is a constant battle: a battle of securing adequate funding, finding the right homes for so many abandoned animals, and enlisting the number of volunteers and foster homes necessary to provide loving care to animals awaiting adoption.

Though it is an uphill battle, and the mountain looms large, every individual associated with the SLVAWS has proven to be more than up to the challenge. As a volunteer for the SLVAWS, I deeply respect those associated with this organization and its mission. It is a rare individual who can, day after day, year after year, head out to the battle front knowing that he or she is vastly outnumbered. Just as soldiers see and experience things that haunt them forever, the same can be said of animal defenders who witness the kind of abuse and atrocities that would leave anyone shell-shocked.

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Aileen Peek Gets a Dog Hug

A Labor of Love

Hearts of Gold

Founded by Aileen and Frank Peek, the SLVAWS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) no-kill shelter and organization run entirely by volunteers. Everyone on the animal rescue team is focused unselfishly on the animals served by the organization. The huge sacrifices made to ensure the welfare of suffering or needy animals are beyond inspirational.

It was the example of Aileen and Frank, who tirelessly champion the cause of animal rescue, that led me to become a volunteer at their shelter. How many people would mortgage their home in order to save animals? I know of two. Aileen and Frank. That is what I call holding nothing back.

Image: Aileen Peek, shelter founder and director, receiving a warm hug from Callie. Photo by RenaissanceWoman2010.

SLVAWS Mission

Few people ever take time to read the stuffy mission statements of most organizations. A picture, however, is worth a thousand words. In that case, the gallery of photos that follow is perhaps worth a million words. The faces tell the story best, so I'll let them do the talking.

These are just a few of the thousands of animals saved by the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society. Though the majority of these photos are of dogs, because I volunteer at the dog shelter, the SLVAWS also saves cats. In fact, my first association with the organization took place when I adopted a kitten, Little Pip, in 2007.

Little Pip, age five months, on the day I adopted her from the shelter.

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Choosing to adopt this kitten was one of the best decisions of my life. Pip has enriched my life beyond measure.

Adoption Album

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Cristina and Chase have the best kind of Mojo (now named Harrison). Thanks for adopting our adorable little boy.Our sweet girl Fergie (now Molly) found her family. Thank you Jessica and Kyle!Our handsome guy, Beau, just found a new best friend in Michael. We think this is a totally dynamic duo.Sir Lancelot was adopted by Courtney and family. Though he is now called Lincoln, he gets to keep his knighthood.Hanna found her forever home and family. Thank you, Tilly!Cooper (now "Luke") is home for good. He immediately loved Tilly.Betsy and Rosie are now a part of the John and Cheryl Rowe family. Betsy is sure to become the official Crestone greeter just as she was at our shelter.Jed adopted Amy and John this weekend. We think he made an amazing choice.Morgan found her family. Thanks, Kim and Austin!Cleo's life began anew today thanks to Rebecca and Richard. We so appreciate you!Paloma went home to her family today. Thank you, Jacob!Carmelita adopted Angie and Kris today.  A puppy always knows her family when she sees it.
Cristina and Chase have the best kind of Mojo (now named Harrison). Thanks for adopting our adorable little boy.
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Cristina and Chase have the best kind of Mojo (now named Harrison). Thanks for adopting our adorable little boy.
Our sweet girl Fergie (now Molly) found her family. Thank you Jessica and Kyle!
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Our sweet girl Fergie (now Molly) found her family. Thank you Jessica and Kyle!
Our handsome guy, Beau, just found a new best friend in Michael. We think this is a totally dynamic duo.
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Our handsome guy, Beau, just found a new best friend in Michael. We think this is a totally dynamic duo.
Sir Lancelot was adopted by Courtney and family. Though he is now called Lincoln, he gets to keep his knighthood.
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Sir Lancelot was adopted by Courtney and family. Though he is now called Lincoln, he gets to keep his knighthood.
Hanna found her forever home and family. Thank you, Tilly!
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Hanna found her forever home and family. Thank you, Tilly!
Cooper (now "Luke") is home for good. He immediately loved Tilly.
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Cooper (now "Luke") is home for good. He immediately loved Tilly.
Betsy and Rosie are now a part of the John and Cheryl Rowe family. Betsy is sure to become the official Crestone greeter just as she was at our shelter.
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Betsy and Rosie are now a part of the John and Cheryl Rowe family. Betsy is sure to become the official Crestone greeter just as she was at our shelter.
Jed adopted Amy and John this weekend. We think he made an amazing choice.
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Jed adopted Amy and John this weekend. We think he made an amazing choice.
Morgan found her family. Thanks, Kim and Austin!
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Morgan found her family. Thanks, Kim and Austin!
Cleo's life began anew today thanks to Rebecca and Richard. We so appreciate you!
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Cleo's life began anew today thanks to Rebecca and Richard. We so appreciate you!
Paloma went home to her family today. Thank you, Jacob!
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Paloma went home to her family today. Thank you, Jacob!
Carmelita adopted Angie and Kris today.  A puppy always knows her family when she sees it.
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Carmelita adopted Angie and Kris today. A puppy always knows her family when she sees it.

Happy New Beginnings - Click on each mini photo to read captions.

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Benson always hoped to one day be in a family photo.  Today his wish finally came true.Ruger already smiles just like his new brother Derek.Link wiggled his way into the hearts of Lauren and Aaron.Ryan has no time to say "Milk Bone" for the camera.Misty is expressing adoption day bliss thanks to Kathy.Sydney and Nick announce the adoption of a bouncing baby girl (Marlee).Chloe is one blessed little sweetheart thanks to Laurie.Cinnamon just became a part of this beautiful family thanks to Latoya and Joel.Bobby is already deeply in love with his new family (Alex and Kayla).Snow White won the adoption lottery.  Her good life begins now.  Thank you, Samantha!
Benson always hoped to one day be in a family photo.  Today his wish finally came true.
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Benson always hoped to one day be in a family photo. Today his wish finally came true.
Ruger already smiles just like his new brother Derek.
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Ruger already smiles just like his new brother Derek.
Link wiggled his way into the hearts of Lauren and Aaron.
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Link wiggled his way into the hearts of Lauren and Aaron.
Ryan has no time to say "Milk Bone" for the camera.
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Ryan has no time to say "Milk Bone" for the camera.
Misty is expressing adoption day bliss thanks to Kathy.
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Misty is expressing adoption day bliss thanks to Kathy.
Sydney and Nick announce the adoption of a bouncing baby girl (Marlee).
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Sydney and Nick announce the adoption of a bouncing baby girl (Marlee).
Chloe is one blessed little sweetheart thanks to Laurie.
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Chloe is one blessed little sweetheart thanks to Laurie.
Cinnamon just became a part of this beautiful family thanks to Latoya and Joel.
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Cinnamon just became a part of this beautiful family thanks to Latoya and Joel.
Bobby is already deeply in love with his new family (Alex and Kayla).
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Bobby is already deeply in love with his new family (Alex and Kayla).
Snow White won the adoption lottery.  Her good life begins now.  Thank you, Samantha!
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Snow White won the adoption lottery. Her good life begins now. Thank you, Samantha!

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Why We Do What We Do - Click On Each Dog Pic - Our Mission is Cloaked in Fur, Wags a Tail, and Gives Sloppy Kisses

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Be mine?  Urs 4EVRWhen will I be loved?I would cuddle you so hard.Wanna play ball with me?  Ya wanna?  Come on!  You know you wanna.Will you be my BFF (Best Friend Forever)?Would it be okay if I adored you?Just thinking you might choose me makes me smile.How about some puppy love?I could be your Valentine.Got luv?
Be mine?  Urs 4EVR
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Be mine? Urs 4EVR
When will I be loved?
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When will I be loved?
I would cuddle you so hard.
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I would cuddle you so hard.
Wanna play ball with me?  Ya wanna?  Come on!  You know you wanna.
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Wanna play ball with me? Ya wanna? Come on! You know you wanna.
Will you be my BFF (Best Friend Forever)?
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Will you be my BFF (Best Friend Forever)?
Would it be okay if I adored you?
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Would it be okay if I adored you?
Just thinking you might choose me makes me smile.
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Just thinking you might choose me makes me smile.
How about some puppy love?
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How about some puppy love?
I could be your Valentine.
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I could be your Valentine.
Got luv?
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Got luv?

Find Your Furever Love

Check out the adoption section

of our website to find the

next love of your life.

www.slvaws.org

Adopt Me?

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Melissa is a super sweet Heeler/Aussie mix puppy (about 10-11 weeks old).Morgan is an Aussie/Heeler mix.  She is the sister of Melissa.Molly is the blue merle of the "M" sisters.  Gorgeous pup!Macy wasn't too sure about her first photo shoot.  She would rather play or snuggle.
Melissa is a super sweet Heeler/Aussie mix puppy (about 10-11 weeks old).
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Melissa is a super sweet Heeler/Aussie mix puppy (about 10-11 weeks old).
Morgan is an Aussie/Heeler mix.  She is the sister of Melissa.
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Morgan is an Aussie/Heeler mix. She is the sister of Melissa.
Molly is the blue merle of the "M" sisters.  Gorgeous pup!
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Molly is the blue merle of the "M" sisters. Gorgeous pup!
Macy wasn't too sure about her first photo shoot.  She would rather play or snuggle.
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Macy wasn't too sure about her first photo shoot. She would rather play or snuggle.

Ray may be blind, but he sees more than most of us do.

He is pictured here with his foster dad, our shelter manager, Ron.

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Ray is a labrador retriever who has been blind since birth. Because he is a special needs dog, Ray deserves a caregiver with a heart as big as his. He is the sweetest dog ever. Ray is extremely well-adjusted and very affectionate. The SLVAWS has rescued Ray twice when his owners could no longer care for him. Ray is truly a dog with a beautiful spirit. He deserves a loving family and a forever home. Might that be you?

Saturday Adoption Fairs

We host a pet adoption fair every Saturday at PetSmart in Colorado Springs (7680 N. Academy Blvd.). Please come join us from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We Found Our New Families - Now We Know How It Feels To Be Wanted

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My new family adopted me on February 23, 2013.I was chosen on February 23, 2013.  It's all I ever wanted.February 23rd was like a birthday.  New home, new family, new life.Out of all the dogs in the world, they chose me!  Adopted 2/23/13I'm Teddy Bear and now I know I'm loved.  Adopted 3/2/13I'm Nefertiti, the queen of my new family.  Adopted 3/2/13Junior's the name and getting adopted is my fame.  Adopted 3/2/13I'm Willow and I am loved.  Adopted 3/2/13I'm no longer an orphan!  Frisco got adopted 3/9/13.Hank here.  I was adopted at the end of March.
My new family adopted me on February 23, 2013.
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My new family adopted me on February 23, 2013.
I was chosen on February 23, 2013.  It's all I ever wanted.
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I was chosen on February 23, 2013. It's all I ever wanted.
February 23rd was like a birthday.  New home, new family, new life.
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February 23rd was like a birthday. New home, new family, new life.
Out of all the dogs in the world, they chose me!  Adopted 2/23/13
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Out of all the dogs in the world, they chose me! Adopted 2/23/13
I'm Teddy Bear and now I know I'm loved.  Adopted 3/2/13
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I'm Teddy Bear and now I know I'm loved. Adopted 3/2/13
I'm Nefertiti, the queen of my new family.  Adopted 3/2/13
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I'm Nefertiti, the queen of my new family. Adopted 3/2/13
Junior's the name and getting adopted is my fame.  Adopted 3/2/13
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Junior's the name and getting adopted is my fame. Adopted 3/2/13
I'm Willow and I am loved.  Adopted 3/2/13
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I'm Willow and I am loved. Adopted 3/2/13
I'm no longer an orphan!  Frisco got adopted 3/9/13.
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I'm no longer an orphan! Frisco got adopted 3/9/13.
Hank here.  I was adopted at the end of March.
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Hank here. I was adopted at the end of March.

The Joy of Adoption - We Are Loved

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Tori was adopted 3/2/13!Tessa, Tori's sister, was adopted 3/2/13!Maisie found her forever home on 3/2/13!Golden Girl was adopted 3/2/13!Tammy was adopted 3/9/13!Chase was adopted 3/9/13!Lexi was adopted 3/9/13!Libby was adopted 3/9/13!Zoey was adopted 3/9/13!Jake was adopted 3/9/13!
Tori was adopted 3/2/13!
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Tori was adopted 3/2/13!
Tessa, Tori's sister, was adopted 3/2/13!
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Tessa, Tori's sister, was adopted 3/2/13!
Maisie found her forever home on 3/2/13!
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Maisie found her forever home on 3/2/13!
Golden Girl was adopted 3/2/13!
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Golden Girl was adopted 3/2/13!
Tammy was adopted 3/9/13!
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Tammy was adopted 3/9/13!
Chase was adopted 3/9/13!
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Chase was adopted 3/9/13!
Lexi was adopted 3/9/13!
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Lexi was adopted 3/9/13!
Libby was adopted 3/9/13!
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Libby was adopted 3/9/13!
Zoey was adopted 3/9/13!
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Zoey was adopted 3/9/13!
Jake was adopted 3/9/13!
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Jake was adopted 3/9/13!

I Had Only Moments to Live - Saved from Euthanasia by the SLVAWS

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My name is Sadie.  My daughter and I were scheduled to be killed.I'm Savannah.  Thanks to Aileen my mom and I got to live.They call me White Fang, but I'm just a good ole boy who got a second chance.Russell, one of our most popular dogs awaiting adoption, is pictured here with Kristen, the PetSmart trainer who supports our mission in many ways.
My name is Sadie.  My daughter and I were scheduled to be killed.
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My name is Sadie. My daughter and I were scheduled to be killed.
I'm Savannah.  Thanks to Aileen my mom and I got to live.
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I'm Savannah. Thanks to Aileen my mom and I got to live.
They call me White Fang, but I'm just a good ole boy who got a second chance.
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They call me White Fang, but I'm just a good ole boy who got a second chance.
Russell, one of our most popular dogs awaiting adoption, is pictured here with Kristen, the PetSmart trainer who supports our mission in many ways.
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Russell, one of our most popular dogs awaiting adoption, is pictured here with Kristen, the PetSmart trainer who supports our mission in many ways.

Saving Animals From Needless Deaths

Healthy, wonderful dogs and cats are euthanized every day because of irresponsible humans. City pounds and shelters are filled to capacity with stray animals that will lose their lives if not quickly claimed by someone who cares. The SLVAWS, a no-kill shelter, pays to save the lives of vibrant animals that are about to be put down due to no crime of their own. Though it can be costly to bail out an animal before it is euthanized, the weight of not doing so is heavier to bear.

Our Mailing Address

San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society

76 El Rio Drive

Alamosa, CO 81101

How You Can Save an Animal

Call 719-587-WOOF (9663) if you wish to adopt an animal or support the shelter in any way (or email us — woof@slvaws.org). We would love to hear from you.

  1. Make a donation today.

    We are grateful for whatever you can give.

  2. Volunteer at our Saturday PetSmart adoption fairs.

    If you live near Colorado Springs, we would love to have you join us.

  3. Adopt a dog or cat waiting for a forever home.

    It may be the best thing you do in 2013.

  4. Donate a percentage of your Squidoo revenue to SLVAWS.

    Select the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society in the Squidoo charities menu.

  5. Purchase an item featured on our Squidoo pages.

    We get a small percentage of the sales.

  6. Host a fundraiser for a dog park.

    Empower children to take charge of the entire project or event.

  7. Foster an animal awaiting a forever home.

    Your loving home environment will help an animal become more adoptable.

  8. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.

    Most shelters depend mightily on the generosity, goodness, and kindness of their volunteers.

Teen volunteer, Rileigh Jones, walks Lucy during an adoption fair.

Lucy would love to be adopted.

She is a pit bull/blue heeler mix.

Sweetest girl ever.

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Rileigh Jones, age 14, is a student at Falcon High School. She has always had an extraordinary love for animals. Rileigh declared at four years of age that she intended to become a veterinarian. We have no doubt that the future Dr. Rileigh Jones will be an amazing vet. Maybe you will be fortunate enough to have her caring for your animals. Rileigh has a special way with animals and we are privileged to have this exceptional young lady serving our organization. Thank you, Rileigh! You are making a true difference in your corner of the world.

Shop to Stop Animal Abuse - Every purchase makes a difference.

By clicking through any product link below and then purchasing anything on the Amazon website—you aren't limited to the items featured here—you are supporting animal rescue and adoption. Return often and make this your virtual shopping mall any time you are feeling the urge to splurge, buy gifts, or even pick up some basic household items or pet supplies. It's a painless way, if you had planned to purchase something anyway, to make abandoned animals the beneficiaries of your shopping. Thanks in advance!

Dog Parks Greatly Increase Quality of Life

If you loved recess in school, please support the same for shelter dogs.

We currently have three dog parks at the SLVAWS shelter. A dog park is a safe, fenced playground where shelter dogs can romp around, socialize with other pups, and have an extended "recess" period every day. A dog park is extremely important to the quality of life and health of shelter animals. When dogs get a great deal of fresh air, exercise, sunshine, and play time, they are visibly happier, physically healthier, and emotionally/psychologically more well-adjusted.

Shelter director, Aileen Peek, interacts with dogs in two of the adjacent SLVAWS dog parks.

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Dog parks enable our animals to experience more freedom. Rather than spending the majority of their time in smaller kennels, our dogs can race around, interact with playmates, and just enjoy being dogs. Each dog park is outfitted with a number of igloo dog houses. This enables our animals to get in out of the weather when necessary, take a nap, or have a private refuge when desired. Toys and agility equipment are also provided.

Given the large number of animals we are sheltering (we have been running at capacity), there is a major need for additional dog parks. Our cost to do the installation work ourselves is right around $500 per park. This is a very doable short-term project if we can get either a benefactor to underwrite an entire dog park project, or have a number of individuals or groups join together to support these much-needed parks.

This would be a great project for a youth group or for school children to sponsor through creative fundraising. As a former elementary teacher, I've never seen a child who wasn't totally enthusiastic about recess. I can imagine students feeling pretty fantastic about helping pups have the opportunity for the best doggie recess their efforts can provide.

Questions about funding needs or giving a designated gift? Call Frank Peek at 719.587.WOOF (9663).

Toys for Doggie Recess - Toby the rescue dog endorses the rope and ball toss toy. It's his favorite.

Check out the Hide-a-Squirrel toy listed below. It's a #1 choice of dog lovers on Amazon.

Dr. Emily Hays begins a spaying surgery on Libby (one of our shelter dogs).

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Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics

One of the most important services offered by the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society includes monthly low-cost neutering and spaying clinics. As a shelter located in the poorest county in Colorado, these clinics are absolutely critical to making a dent in the explosive growth of the homeless dog and cat populations. We are so grateful for the veterinary teams that provide such exceptional medical service to our shelter animals (and to Valley pet caregivers).

Contact Us

Phone: 719-587-WOOF (9663)

Email: woof@slvaws.org

Lisa Petri, of the Colorado Animal Welfare League,

provides post-operative care in the surgical recovery room.

These two patients are feeling no pain following their neutering.

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Samantha Brady offers Pip some of the best kind of medicine.

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#1 Ranking!

This Squidoo page achieved a #1 ranking on February 15, 2013. Thanks for the love dear friends and animal supporters. We deeply appreciate every single one of you who contributed to this achievement.

I would kiss you every day.

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News Flash: We are overjoyed to share that Callie was adopted on February 16, 2013. Her sweet life is now underway. This is cause for celebration!

Thank you for your presence here. We always enjoy your visits. Please take a moment to drop us a line. We genuinely appreciate and enjoy receiving your comments. Hope to see you again soon!

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Awhimsicalworld 22 months ago

Wonderful lens devoted to this equally wonderful shelter, looks and sounds like a really good place for the dogs to be until they are adopted.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Awhimsicalworld: Thank you so much. We do our very best to give these animals what they truly deserve. We cannot rest until every dog or cat finds their forever home. Very glad you stopped by.


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Scraps2treasures 22 months ago

I hope all those precious animals find homes. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Scraps2treasures: We sure appreciate your support. Thank you!


debkrenaissance 22 months ago

Wow.... all of the dogs look so healthy, clean, and happy! So well cared for! Just beautiful!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@debkrenaissance: As I walked through the shelter earlier this week, I mentioned to Ron, who had just bathed some puppies, how fluffy they looked, and how sweet they smelled. Just like a baby after a bath. Thank you for noticing the level of care. It matters a great deal to us.


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MelRootsNWrites 22 months ago from California Level 5 Commenter

What a wonderful organization! Thank you for sharing their story and congratulations on LOTD!


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HolyChristianWear 22 months ago from Hobbsville, NC

Got to love them all. I have a little lap dog I save when he was about 5 months old and two years later you could not remove one of us with the other being sad.


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delia-delia 22 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Congratulations on LOTD! What a great lens and organization! I wish humans were more responsible with breeding pets, there would be less in shelters, that includes spaying and neutering..

~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~


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FatLossDiva 22 months ago

As an animal lover, I want to thank you for doing such a wonderful job. They are all gorgeous, and I'd adopt each and every one of them if I could. I hope they all find happy forever homes.


getmoreinfo 22 months ago

Thanks for sharing about the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society the dogs look really cute.


mrsfashionista 22 months ago

These dogs look oh so cute!


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cgbroome 22 months ago

Really an amazing lens! Thank you.


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small dog lady 22 months ago

What a great lens - informative and beautifully written! I can tell your heart is really in this. Great job!


olmpal 22 months ago

San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society does a great job! Congrats! Congrats on LOTD too!


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Julia Morais 22 months ago

Eyes blue and brown. Callie is gorgeous. Great lens.


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Camp April 22 months ago

I can't tell you how good it does my heart to see these fur-babies rescued and to such a lovely "home" while they wait to adopt new owners. Thank you for taking the time to help them.


LadyDuck 22 months ago

You are Angels! I see your dogs (and cats) are happy, thanks for helping them.


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aesta1 22 months ago

Congrats for this lens getting LOTD. Thanks for the doggie kiss.


anonymous 22 months ago

I like your nice collection of pictures.


anonymous 22 months ago

I like your nice collection of pictures.


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Jenepher 22 months ago

Great article!! Touches the heart!!


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anne mohanraj 22 months ago

A great lens! Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!


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Celticep 22 months ago

Great cause, great lens! Animal rescue centres do such fantastic work and all of the creatures deserve our support! Thank you.


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WriterJanis2 22 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Most of our pets are rescue animals and we've done a lot of volunteer work. Beautiful lens and blessed!


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amytrumpeter 22 months ago

Beautiful pictures, gorgeous dogs. What a fantastic lens - blessed. x


Short_n_Sweet 22 months ago

They are so cute creatures. I do love dogs. I presently have 2 dogs - Zoom and Blanco!! You all are doing a great job dear!

**blessed**


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Hannah Writes 22 months ago Level 1 Commenter

The photos are gorgeous! Congrats on being LotD! Blessed.


getupandgrow 22 months ago

Best of luck to you and all your beautiful, beautiful animals. May your gorgeous photos and LOTD bring you all the luck you so richly deserve.


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JenwithMisty 22 months ago

What a beautiful lens!! It looks like a great place there. I'll take that black, brown, and white puppy in the puppy love picture. I wish! Unfortunately I'm too far away. I hope he/she finds a wonderful home! Blessings!


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DigiDollars 22 months ago

A lens full of compassion. This is my kind of lens. Thanks for this...


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randomthings lm 22 months ago

GREAT! What a bunch of sweeties! Great work!


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gadgetbuff 22 months ago

My dog is a "rescue" dog. Most all my pets have been, both dogs and cats. Wonderful site!!!! Congrats on Lens of The Day.


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LiliLove 22 months ago

Wonderful lens! I' m a big animal lover. We adopted 2 dogs and 3 cats already. Thank you for sharing information about this society. Blessed by a squid Angel :)!


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loopylooh 22 months ago

The animals are so lucky to have people like you looking out for them


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SusanDeppner 22 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

What lucky animals! Animal rescue folks are just amazing and all of yours are obviously doing a fabulous job. Congratulations on your very touching Lens of the Day!


JoshK47 22 months ago

Great lens about a worthy cause - blessed by a SquidAngel and congrats on LotD!


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Jogalog 22 months ago

Such gorgeous pictures and such a worthwhile cause. Blessed.


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mrdata 22 months ago

Lovely dogs and great lens! Best wishes to you... :)


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DaveP2307 22 months ago

My dog came from Rescue Centre here in England and she has proved to be a wonderful family pet.

Giving a home to a rescued dog is, in my view, the only way to get yourself a dog.

Great Lens!


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nickybutler 22 months ago

Fantastic lens, beautiful photos and a wonderful set-up :) I volunteer at my local animal sanctuary once a week and find it so rewarding. Thanks for sharing such a great story :)


NewUsedCarsSacramento 22 months ago

Is anything in the more adorable than dogs?


anonymous 22 months ago

NOTE: Your paypal link is not working, i tired to make a donation and i could not (in the UK)

It has been a long time since something has put a tear in my eye. Beautiful creatures, it makes me believe in re-incarnation looking at the faces on these adorable Dogs.

I plead to all to make a Donation, every penny will count and you are saving lives !


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Ahdilarum 22 months ago Level 2 Commenter

nice way to say thank you.. enjoyed..


anonymous 22 months ago

An excellent lens devoted to a great cause!


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Anthony Altorenna 22 months ago from Connecticut Level 1 Commenter

Our beloved Jake was a rescue dog, and he passed away just before the holidays. We're not ready yet, but will soon be looking to the rescues to add a new member to our family.


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Mickie Gee 22 months ago Level 2 Commenter

I, frankly, do not understand why more people who want a pet do not use the rescue organizations. It breaks my heart.


Ruthi 22 months ago

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the perfect backdrop for the battle being hard fought by the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society and its volunteers. I am delighted to learn SLVAWS is a Squidoo Charity Partner and will, of course, be designating the SLVAWS as my charity of choice on many of my future lenses here on Squidoo.


Margot_C 22 months ago

Love those furry little faces! Thanks for sharing - what a great lens.


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dimitry168 22 months ago

I love animals. I love dogs because they are our best friends and supports us when they can. Thank you.


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choosehappy 22 months ago from US

I try to make the lens of the day my first stop when I head in to Squidoo...today, I'm glad I did for sure. Wonderful way to start the day. *blessings*


fivestead 22 months ago

Rescue Organizations and Animal Agencies are fantastic. Thanks for creating an awareness generating lens on such an important social issue. Great cause.


siskiyoucowgirl 22 months ago

Great lens and a great cause. Thanks for sharing your story!

~blessed by a Squid-Angel~


RinchenChodron 22 months ago

I tried to add a contribute box to the SLVAS but could not find it on the drop down list? What's up with that? I'm leaving it to the ASCPA for now - let me know when you are actually set up to take donations. Thanks


BeyondRoses 22 months ago

In every animal's face, I see the desire to have a loving home. I always hope that the lucky ones, that get a home, that it is truly a loving, forever home. And I feel such sadness for the ones that, their day never comes. I can see you've put your heart into this, and I wish you well in this so worthy cause. All the dogs are precious, and Little Pip is adorable! Glad she got to have her forever home with you.


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crstnblue 22 months ago

Love dog and glad to see someone that really cares and writes a lens dedicated to man's best friend! : )

Thanks for sharing!

Blessed!


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exotickitten731 22 months ago

Beautifully inspiring lens, I'm glad you took the time to write such a heartfelt lens as this :) keep up the good work!


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Dressage Husband 22 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

They are all beautiful animals and I can see you do a great job of looking after them. Way to go guys, liked and blessed to give you all a little boost.


anonymous 22 months ago

Aww love those cute faces. Woww Callie has a brown and blue eye, she is so pretty :) Beautiful page, the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society does a beautiful job saving and protecting these animals


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@RinchenChodron: Thank you so much! Look for this charity posted as San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society (scroll down the list to the "S" section). We truly appreciate your desire to select this as a charity of choice. You are deeply appreciated!


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Wednesday-Elf 22 months ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

As always, your beautiful photos tell a special story. Congratulations on a well deserved recognition for this outstanding page with Lens-of-the-Day!


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gottaloveit2 22 months ago Level 3 Commenter

What a wonderful Lens of the Day - THIS is the type of thing Squidoo should do more often, I support rescue in every single way possible and am so glad you wrote this beautiful article. Way beyond blessed!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Ruthi: Thank you, Ruthi. This means so much to our sweet animals. Your generosity is always so deeply appreciated. This charity is listed in the menu as "San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society." Your compassion and constant support are such a tremendous blessing.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Mickie Gee: I am so with you. I beg everyone to adopt their furry children from a rescue organization. I've learned from personal experience that rescue animals are incredibly amazing and loving creatures. I think they appreciate us even more for having first known the emptiness of being unwanted or unloved.


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writerkath 22 months ago Level 2 Commenter

I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks... You have done such an incredibly beautiful and sensitive job with this lens, and my dearest hope is that more and more people adopt (rather than "buy") pets. I also hope this lens is spread far and wide throughout your area and that every little animal there gets a forever home. You are so beautiful to give so much this way. Totally blessed - I only wish I could bless it more! Congratulations on LOTD!


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Faye Rutledge 22 months ago from Concord VA Level 3 Commenter

Beautiful animals! Congratulations on LotD! Blessed!


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Sharlee01 22 months ago from Shelby Township Michigan

I so enjoyed your lens. I am a big animal lover, and just anyone that helps animals is tops in my book.... Congratulations on LotD. You deserve it. Regards Shar


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LauraHofman 22 months ago from Naperville, IL

Beautiful lens for such a good cause! I too am a huge animal lover and volunteer at our local shelter. Love your photos! I pray they find forever homes soon.


faye durham 22 months ago

Beautiful animals. Congratulations on having a big heart and LOTD!


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ShariBerry 22 months ago from Michigan Level 2 Commenter

My girlfriends think I am a little (okay maybe a lot) overboard when it comes to animals. I hope this touchs the heart of everyone who reads this lens, it certainly affected mine.


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MartieG 22 months ago from Jersey Shore Level 3 Commenter

What a wonderful LotD! We are now feeding several feral cats in our area and donate food each month to the animal shelter--there are so many that need our love and help--Bless you :>)


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Mary Stephenson 22 months ago from California

Congratulations on LOTD. Hopefully people seeing this will adopt a pet.


anonymous 22 months ago

Your intro is so inspired that I got chills down to my knees and my eyes misted up when you presented the gold, love has that affect on me and I sure felt only that in your labors here...exquisite love and another "born for such a time as this" landmark in your renaissance journey my friend. So well deserving of that purple star and LotD honors....:)


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RawBill1 22 months ago from Gold Coast, Australia

Congrats on LOTD and well done on all the great work that you guys are doing at the shelter. :-)


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pheonix76 22 months ago from WNY

This sounds like an amazing place for furry friends in need of new homes. Thanks so much for sharing with us and big thanks to everyone who dedicates their time to helping animals. :)


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emmaheath 22 months ago

This is so very dear! Beautiful photos and such a heartfelt story. My lab is from a shelter, and she's the best dog ever. :) Thanks for sharing!!


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Sara Krentz 22 months ago from USA

I wish I could bring them all home with me!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Sara Krentz: I feel the same way.


anonymous 22 months ago

Returning for a Callie kiss....SMACK!...and FB liked.


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DebMartin 22 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Bless you.


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Cari Kay 11 22 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Melts my heart. We always get our pets from shelters. Blessed!


pawpaw911 22 months ago

Well done. Congratulations on LOTD. Very well deserved. All of our animals adopted us.


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Elyn MacInnis 22 months ago from Shanghai, China Level 2 Commenter

Congratulations on getting LOTD- you certainly deserve it!


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makorip lm 22 months ago

Wanted to add my congratulations on LOTD!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Anthony Altorenna: I'm so sorry to learn of Jake's passing. It's terribly hard to lose a four-legged member of the family. I had to say goodbye to a four-legged friend today and have cried for hours. Please stop back by when you adopt your new rescue to share the joyful news. Until then, may your hearts heal, and may Jake be playing in that great doggie park across the Rainbow Bridge.


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knitstricken 22 months ago

I enjoyed learning about the SLVAWS via this lens. I also very much like the style in which the lens is written: like a feature article in a magazine. Thank you.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@anonymous: Such beautiful comments. So affirming. Deeply appreciated and treasured.


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mtg724 22 months ago

Great page. I loved it. You did an awesome job.


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NuttSoRuff 22 months ago

You definitely deserve LOTD! Many blessings for what you do and for all the animals you care for.


anonymous 22 months ago

Excelent lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!


TopChristmasToysGifts 22 months ago

Great Lens and Congratulations on Lens of the Day! Well Done!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@writerkath: Deeply moved by your comments, my friend. Love your tender spirit as communicated here. Thank you for you.


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daisychainsaw lm 22 months ago

What a great lens- I love animals, especially dogs. I support the Dogs Trust here in the UK.


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TommysTips 22 months ago

Congratulations on LOTD - great lens - thank goodness for people like you!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@anonymous: We are so heartened by your lovely comments and your desire to contribute to the cause. I am so sorry the link did not work when you first tried it. We followed up on that and it seems to be working well now. Thanks in advance for your gift. It will definitely make a difference for our animals. You are appreciated!


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Heather426 22 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

beautiful cause, beautiful page!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@anonymous: Callie will be happy to give you a kiss every day. Thank you for your awesome support. Appreciated!


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JoanieMRuppel54 22 months ago from Keller, Texas Level 2 Commenter

Thank you Callie! Nice lens, you all do wonderful work.


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PNWtravels 22 months ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA Level 1 Commenter

What a fabulous organization with a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers - what would these beautiful creatures do without them?


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Franksterk 22 months ago from California

Thank you for all you do for animals and for putting this wonderful lens together. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankie


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Spletni Delavec 22 months ago

Great cause. Congratulations on LOTD title and for becoming one of the top ranked lenses on Squidoo. This lens was mentioned in my "Top ranked lenses on Squidoo" lens.


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weakbond 22 months ago from Johanesburg

Highly informative lens ,thanks for sharing


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Tom Maybrier 22 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Great lens! So much valuable information. Love what you're doing here!


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eccles1 22 months ago

Great lens! Thank You


Ruthi 22 months ago

@Diana Wenzel: I just made a book purchase via the links to Amazon you provided here. My review of the book will be my first lens with San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society as my Squidoo charity of choice!


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pauly99 lm 22 months ago

Incredibly cute dogs. Thanks for getting the word out!


Awhimsicalworld 22 months ago

I am thrilled to find out that this incredible lens is ranking at the very top of Squidoo, #1 is a huge accomplishment , congratulations !!!! It must be hard to see all the animals and not want to take them home with you, bless you for the time you spend with them and volunteering at the shelter.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Awhimsicalworld: Thank you so much for celebrating this accomplishment. I would never have achieved a #1 ranking without every single supporter who stopped by, or shared this feature, or made a purchase here, or contributed in some way to the cause of animal rescue and adoption. We did it together and that makes it even more meaningful.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@pauly99 lm: Thank you!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@eccles1: I appreciate your visit.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Tom Maybrier: Thanks so much, Tom. Great having you stop by. I appreciate your interest and support.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@weakbond: Thanks for your presence here. Appreciated!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Spletni Delavec: Thanks for featuring the top lenses on Squidoo. It is very exciting to have reached the #1 spot.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Franksterk: And I surely appreciate all that you do for the cause, Frankie.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@PNWtravels: I also appreciate the love you have for your animals. Thank you!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@JoanieMRuppel54: Callie is so pleased that you stopped by. She has lots more kisses to bestow.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Heather426: Thank you, my friend! Sure wonderful to see you here.


anonymous 22 months ago

Had to stop by just to congratulate you on this awesome lens being #1 on Squidoo. Diana.

I am so happy you are here, and enjoy all of your work. - God bless you my dear! :)


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@anonymous: You certainly know how to make my day, Susie. Thank you for your great generosity of spirit. You certainly helped this page hit the top spot. I'm always deeply grateful for your constant support. By the way, Callie got adopted yesterday. Thought you would be happy to know. I'll bet her new family is getting some sweet kisses this morning. :-)


jane-johnson 22 months ago

Congratulations!

San Luis Animal Welfare Society, your page is nicely done on Squidoo. Thank you for getting the word out. Consider adopting a dog or cat, from the San Luis Animal Welfare Society. Adoption includes unconditional love and chance to provide a furever home for one homeless pet. Thank you Frank & Aileen and all the dedicated volunteers making a differance.


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Brandi Bush 22 months ago from Maryland

Thank you so much for visiting my "I Love a Mutt" lens and leaving a blessing! I came over to thank you and saw that you have this #1 lens on Squidoo...and it is very well deserved! Congrats! :)


Ruthi 22 months ago

I could not help but smile and shout a Yes! when I discoverd the San Luis Valley Animal Society lens by the RenaissanceWoman2010 is ranked #1 Overall on Squidoo today! Congratulations to all at SLVAWS, critters included!


anitabreeze 22 months ago

What a great lens! Deserves to be #1.


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KimGiancaterino 22 months ago from California

At #1 you don't seem to need a blessing, but you're getting one anyway. I volunteer for a rescue group in Los Angeles and have 4 foster kitties with me now. The shelters here are awful and the system makes it difficult to get animals out, since we have to raise funds to cover their pull fees. Animals they plan to kill anyway. Cats, especially kittens, often get sick in the shelters, which makes it even worse. One of the cats I'm fostering had kittens when she was surrendered. None of them made it, yet I have photos showing them healthy and playful. It's heartbreaking work and we need to change the rules. Callie's a sweetie and I'm glad she found a home.


ZaksSquidoo 22 months ago

Congratulations for not only being the No1 lens on Squidoo, but also for your fantastic work with these wonderful dogs! Richly deserved!


Ruthi 22 months ago

@Diana Wenzel: Well, the book review lens is on hold for the moment but my lens published today for the St. Patrick's Day Quest does donate to SLVAWS!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@ZaksSquidoo: Thank you for your generous comments. Very much appreciated.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@KimGiancaterino: We'll take a blessing any day. Always needed and appreciated. We can sure relate to your comments about the heartbreak and rules that don't help (or make sense). I often shake my head at the policies that make animal welfare much more difficult than it needs to be. And yes, paying to save an animal from death at the pound really hits the budget hard, but how can we not do it? Thank you for all that you are doing as a part of The Cause. I celebrate your service and compassionate heart.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@anitabreeze: Thank you so much. Your visit and comments are appreciated.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Ruthi: I have a big smile on my face as I imagine your victory shout. Thank you for your gracious support. It means so much to have others celebrate with us.


GrowWear 22 months ago

A beautiful lens, Diana. And incredibly moving. I love animals so much. As a child, I wanted them all to come home with me. Congratulations for achieving Lens Of The Day! And "what" an achievement when we live in such a material world. ...Congratulations to Callie, too! Yay!!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@GrowWear: Such a treat to see you here, MiMi. Thank you for loving animals so much and for celebrating with Callie. She sends you one of her special doggie kisses.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

I'm with you about people who are good to animals. So happy to know that you love the animal web pages. It means a great deal to me. I am currently working on a new animal series. More soon! Thanks for your visit and your support.


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norma-holt 22 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Beautiful reminder of how sweet, cuddly and precious our pets are and when they are lonely, abused and mistreated my heart stops for them. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2. Hugs.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@norma-holt: Bless you, Norma, for caring so deeply about the lonely, the abused, the mistreated. You have a beautiful heart. Thank you for blessing our mission. Deeply appreciated!


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@jane-johnson: I sure appreciate you and your support. Wonderful to have you stop by.


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Brandi Bush: Very much appreciated. We loved having you visit.


anonymous 22 months ago

Truly amazing lens. You are doing some excellent work and I for one send my total gratitude and best wishes to you and your team


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Diana Wenzel 22 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@anonymous: We sure appreciate your visit, comment, and good wishes. Your support means a great deal to us. Thank you!


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Fran Tollett 22 months ago

This is beautiful. Pets have soo much love to give. We are animal lovers too. God Bless you and your furry ones.


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hartworks lm 21 months ago

As a dog lover living in the San Luis Valley, I have long known of your excellent work... glad to see you on Squidoo!


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Diana Wenzel 21 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Fran Tollett: Thank you for seeing the beauty in these animals and this mission. I appreciate your love for animals. Great to have you visit. We feel your support and it is an encouragement.


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Diana Wenzel 21 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@hartworks lm: Thanks for stopping by and providing this affirmation. It means a great deal to know that others see the good that is being accomplished for the animals we save and love. Your support means so much to us.


jimporsche86 21 months ago

Very nice lens. I have a soft spot for animals of all kinds.


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GeekGirl1 21 months ago

we should re-evaluate our values, an entity with a life is more precious than material stuffs.


TommysPal 21 months ago

Awesome lens! I have contacted my local no-kill shelter to volunteer, this lens is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.


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Diana Wenzel 21 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@TommysPal: I am incredibly happy to hear this. You just made me feel as though your decision to volunteer at your shelter made this web page complete. Thank you for you!


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Diana Wenzel 21 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@GeekGirl1: Oh, I am so with you on this. Powerful comment, for sure.


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Diana Wenzel 21 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@jimporsche86: This tells me something very important about you. Individuals with those kinds of soft spots are usually the ones who are beautiful inside and out (hope you don't mind being called "beautiful"). Some guys would rather be called something else.


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Anthony Altorenna 21 months ago from Connecticut Level 1 Commenter

Our door is always open to strays. A cat showed up one day, scrawny and hungry, and she never left. Jake was a rescue golden-mix who passed away recently, and we're actually adopting another rescue this weekend (a lab mix). We've even adopted gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and a classroom lizard!


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Diana Wenzel 21 months ago from Colorado Hub Author

@Anthony Altorenna: I am so thrilled for the very fortunate rescue who is coming to live with you starting this weekend. Have you picked out a name? I so appreciate all that you do for the precious animals in your life. Thank you!


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hntrssthmpsn 19 months ago

I can't even start to tell you how much I love this page. Your pictures are heartbreakingly sweet. What a wonderful organization! We foster in Santa Cruz, CA, and always have at least one or two guests... if not from local rescues, then strays who just kind of show up. It's odd, but once "word gets around" that you'll take them in, animals seem to have a knack for finding your back yard ;)


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marktplaatsshop 18 months ago

I would adopt them all, they are so very cute, love your pictures, and I hope there will be a lot people who will adopt them, they all need a loving home., thank you for sharing this amazing lens


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SteveKaye 18 months ago from Placentia, CA, USA Level 3 Commenter

Thank you for publishing this wonderful lens. Olivia sends everyone in the shelter an encouraging Meow.


jennabeezer 17 months ago

Love the adoption albums - so fun to see these wonderful animals with their new loving owners. Many blessings!


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suepogson 17 months ago

You do such a wonderful job. This lens is very moving, especially the photos.


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favored 12 months ago from USA Level 7 Commenter

Came to give a paws up :) Thanks for all you dio. I know first hand of how difficult a job this can be and also how reward.


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Redneck Lady Luck 12 months ago from Canada Level 2 Commenter

You do so much. You are a constant source of amazement to me.


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wiseriverman 12 months ago

God bless you for your good work.


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Ellen Mitchell 11 months ago

Wonderful cause. I enjoyed learning about this. Thanks.


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Pam Irie 10 months ago from Land of Aloha Level 3 Commenter

I was really excited to read about the shelter you volunteer at. What a wonderful group of people!!!


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David Stone1 9 months ago from New York City Level 6 Commenter

There's been a revolution in how we care for and understand animals. This sanctuary is one big, strong brick in a foundation being built that will make a better world for them a reality that is self sustaining.


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paperfacets 9 months ago from La Verne, CA Level 3 Commenter

I love your story on the shelter. The pictures are so engaging.


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Merrci 9 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

What a wonderful lens this. Your photos are beautiful and I bet totally inspiring. It is so nice that you would take photos of each and of their new owners. That is such a blessing. I'm also amazed at the beautiful dogs people have given up. I know there are a plethora of reasons, but how could they part with them?!

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