Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center highlights our mission of “promoting bonds between pets and their people” and strives to keeps pets in homes with their families through various avenues:

Dog & Cat Behavior Counseling
The number one reason animals are surrendered is because of behavior issues. The good news is that often these concerns can be resolved with some patience and persistence. Our trained dog and cat behavior counselors are here to offer guidance and advice. Consultations for behavior assistance are free to Roice-Hurst adopters for 30-days after adoption and $25 per hour for the public. 
Pet Pantry
Our Pet Pantry is designed for pet parents who have fallen on hard times. We offer dog and cat food and other pet-related items. Supplies vary and quantities are limited. To get started please complete the Pet Pantry Application. For more information please contact Ashley – ashley@rhhumanesociety.org or 970-434-7337 ext. 103
Community Crisis Program
Our Community Crisis Program is designed for individuals facing a crisis and at-risk of being separated from their pet(s). Acceptance into this program is based on income and a long-term commitment to care for one’s pet(s). Application required. Please contact Ashley – ashley@rhhumanesociety.org or 970-434-7337 ext. 103

Through our Animal Resource Center, we offer classes and groups to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond: 

Pet Loss Grief Group
We welcome all grieving pet parents to join us in processing the loss of a beloved pet under the guidance of a licensed clinical social worker. See our events calendar for future dates. 
Pet Behavior Classes
Classes targeted to understand your pet’s nature and needs, and to equip you with the tools and knowledge to develop a stronger relationship with your pet. See our events calendar for upcoming classes. 
Puppy Socialization Class
We all want the same thing right now for our puppies – safety and socialization! Roice-Hurst Humane Society wants to extend a unique experience during this unique time by hosting a weekly puppy play class. Let us help with the development of your well socialized puppy! Register by calling 970-434-7337, fee due at time of registration. See our events calendar for upcoming classes. 

Ashley - Community Health Liaison

Ashley has worked for Roice-Hurst Humane Society for a cumulative of six years doing various roles from adoption counselor, receptionist, to administrative assistant. Her most recent position is Community Health Liaison, and she directly oversees the Community Health Through Shelter Pets Initiative and aspects of the Animal Resource Center. She earned her Animals and Human Health certificate from the University of Denver’s Institute for the Human-Animal Connection which helped guide her professional development for both programs. Ashley not only has experience in the animal world, but has a background in social work. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Colorado Mesa University in 2016, and after graduation was employed at a local community mental health center working with a variety of populations as a case manager. She has always had a desire to combine her love of social work with her second passion, animal welfare. She considers this her “dream job” and enjoys promoting the human-animal bond and helping keep pets with their families. 

Contact Ashley – ashley@rhhumanesociety.org or 970-434-7337 ext. 103

Laura - Dog Behavior Counselor

Laura graduated from Colorado State University and migrated to the Mountains from the Front Range. In 2005, Laura traveled 60 miles on the weekends to work at a dog daycare to fulfill her true passion of working with dogs. In 2009, she and her dog Kelsea, became certified Pet Partners and Kelsea a Good Citizen Canine. Laura served as a volunteer with Heeling Partners where she and Kelsea visited local nursing homes and helped kids with reading difficulties in “Paws to Read” program. After meeting her husband, Patrick, they rescued Duncan, before having their son, Lawson. After moving to the Grand Valley, Laura got the courage to jump ship from her 20-year career in Human Resources to serve in Animal Welfare. She started at Roice-Hurst Dec., 2016 as the Volunteer and Events Coordinator, utilizing her existing skill set with the intention of gaining knowledge within the world of canine’s. Within 3 months of working for RHHS, Laura and her family adopted a dog from the Shelter and another dog in 2019. Laura transitioned into her new role as Dog Behavior Counselor Oct., 2018 and will finish her certification summer 2020.

Contact Laura – laura@rhhumanesociety.org or 970-434-7337 ext. 102

Arlena - Cat Behavior Counselor

Arlena started working for Roice-Hurst in 2015 after starting as a volunteer. She loved being around the cats and dogs so much that she wanted to start working with them. Working with animals has been Arlena’s passion ever since she was a little girl. She has made herself comfortable doing various roles and duties at the shelter, such as an Adoption Counselor, teaching and training new staff and volunteers, helping in the medical area, performing cat and dog behavior assessments, promoting cats and dogs on Pet of the Week, and working with the public who are experiencing cat behavior issues. Arlena was currently promoted to a new position, as the Cat Behavior Counselor. Arlena has gone through Cat Behavior and Retention courses, Jackson Galaxy Behavior training, and Fear Free Shelter courses to help develop her into her new position. “One day I want to be like Jackson Galaxy,” are words we hear from her often. She is passionate about educating people to interact with their cat and noticing behaviors before issues get worse. Arlena states, “Bonding with animals is one of the most amazing feelings in the world.”

Contact Arlena – arlena@rhhumanesociety.org or 970-434-7337 ext. 110