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Sally's amazing expertise with the camera and Bob's remarkable way with the animals are combined to provide these beautiful photographs of our dogs awaiting their forever homes.​ We are so pleased and appreciative to have these two on our team.
Bob and Sally Bellacqua
 Photography Volunteers 
Phoenix is an 11-Month-old Australian Cattle Dog. This handsome young boy is still just a pup at heart and is very friendly and active. This is one of the most intelligent breeds there is and need both mental and physical exercise. They do great in agility and in obedience trials.
Adoption Fee: $99
Phoenix is an 11-Month-old Australian Cattle Dog. This handsome young boy is still just a pup at heart and is very friendly and active. This is one of the most intelligent breeds there is and need both mental and physical exercise. They do great in agility and in obedience trials.
Adoption Fee: $99
Wrangler is a 3-yr.-old Australian Cattle dog mix. He is a friendly boy and very smart. This breed needs ACTION in their lives and are not happy laying around the house all day. He needs an active friend who can spend time with him outdoors. This breed does great at ability trials. Adoption Fee: $99
Wrangler is a 3-yr.-old Australian Cattle dog mix. He is a friendly boy and very smart. This breed needs ACTION in their lives and are not happy laying around the house all day. He needs an active friend who can spend time with him outdoors. This breed does great at ability trials. Adoption Fee: $99
Willow is a 1-yr.-old Pointer/Pitt Bull Terrier mix. She is a fun and happy girl who loves her human friends. She is an active and affectionate girl who needs her very own forever home.
Adoption Fee: $99
Willow is a 1-yr.-old Pointer/Pitt Bull Terrier mix. She is a fun and happy girl who loves her human friends. She is an active and affectionate girl who needs her very own forever home.
Adoption Fee: $99
Ali is a 1-yr.-old Boxer/Mastiff. This handsome girl is still just a pup at heart and has been at the shelter way too long. She is a sweet girl who really needs a kind and patient friend willing to give her the love and attention she so desperately needs: $99
Ali is a 1-yr.-old Boxer/Mastiff. This handsome girl & loving friend who is willing to spend some time giving her the positive training. She is a sweet girl who really needs a friend: $99
Dixie is a 8 year old schnauzer mix. This sweet girl was brought to Roice-Hurst from the Mesa County Animal Services. We do not know about Dixie's past history but she would love if you came to the shelter to get to know her!
Dixie is a 8 year old schnauzer mix. This sweet girl was brought to Roice-Hurst from the Mesa County Animal Services. We do not know about Dixie's past history but she would love if you came to the shelter to get to know her!
Moses is a 4-yr.-old Australian Cattle Dog and Bulldog mix. This very handsome boy is very active and very smart. He has had some prof. training and can sit, laydown, and leave it. He  needs an active friend who will give him both mental and physical activities. He LOVES to swim. Adoption Fee: $99
Moses is a 4-yr.-old Australian Cattle Dog and Bulldog mix. This very handsome boy is very active and very smart. He has had some prof. training and can sit, laydown, and leave it. He  needs an active friend who will give him both mental and physical activities. He LOVES to swim. Adoption Fee: $99Moses was relinquished because he was too big for the previous owners and he is a bit aggressive with the two year old.He did nip someone trying to come into the yard, so he is very protective of his home. Moses has apparently had training through Angels in the Making. He can sit, lay down, and leave it. He hates the crate. He gets overly excited with little children so should be placed in a home with older children. The previous owner said that Moses would chase the cats but never hurt them. His favorite thing to do is swim. He can jump the fence and has done so in the past. The owners tried to use a bark collar and thunder jacket with him
Sammi (2)
Stone
Ginger
Buster is a 5-yr.-old Pit Bull Terrier. This good-looking boy is very mellow and affectionate. He is a very good boy just looking for some love and a chance.
Adoption Fee: $99
Buster is a 5-yr.-old Pit Bull Terrier. This good-looking boy is very mellow and affectionate. He is a very good boy just looking for some love and a chance.
Adoption Fee: $99
Kilroy is a small 10-yr.-old Terrier mix. He is a very sweet older boy who still has lots of years and love to give. He is very mellow and affectionate and needs a kind friend with a gentle heart.
Adoption Fee: $75
Kilroy is a small 10-yr.-old Terrier mix. He is a very sweet older boy who still has lots of years and love to give. He is very mellow and affectionate and needs a kind friend with a gentle heart.
Adoption Fee: $75
Bella is a 5-yr.-old German Shepherd. This beautiful girl is typical of her breed, very intelligent, courageous, loyal, obedient, and protective of her human family. This breed should not be left alone for long periods of time, as they love 
to be with their human friends. Adoption Fee: $150
Bella is a 5-yr.-old German Shepherd. This beautiful girl is typical of her breed, very intelligent, courageous, loyal, obedient, and protective of her human family. This breed should not be left alone for long periods of time, as they love to be with their human friends.
 Adoption Fee: $150
Zoe
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Eli Adopted 
Ali
Peaches
Prancer
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Is It the Right Time to Adopt a Pet?
The fact that you're thinking of adopting from Roice-Hurst Humane Society means you're on the right track. It's definitely the responsible, caring thing to do. Before you decide, here are some things to think over first: 
Why do you want a pet?

Have you really stopped to consider why you want a pet in your life at this time?

Adopting a dog or a cat on impulse or because you feel sorry for it can be a big mistake.

 When you adopt a pet, you're making a 10 to 15 year commitment . This is a decision that needs to be made with your head as well as your heart. 

 A dog relies on you for everything; his food, water, shelter, exercise, grooming, and veterinary care. He also relies on you for companionship and protection. 

Adopting a pet because the kids want one and are promising they will care for it, usually means - You will be taking care of the pet.
Can you afford a pet?

The costs of pet ownership can be expensive. Food, toys, grooming, veterinary care, and other expenses add up quickly. ASPCA studies show the average cost for a big dog is about  $600 to $1,000 a year. A small dog's a little less, but not much.

Pets need regular vaccinations and medical care. The cost of a trip to the emergency vet clinic for a sick or injured pet can cost $100's of dollars or even more.

It really is worse to get a dog and then realize you can't afford it than not to get one at all.
Do You Have Time for a Pet?
Many pets are in a shelter because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them. 

Does your work require you to travel or be away from home for 9 to 10 hours a day?                         Do you have an active social life ? Who's going care for your pet when you're not around ?

If you have kids under six years old, you must ALWAYS be watchful. Most dog bites of children happen when a child is left alone or unsupervised with the dog. It might be wise to wait until the children are a bit older to take on the added responsibility of a pet.




If you're a student or in the military, waiting until you settle down to adopt is usually a good decision for you AND the pet.
Are you leaving again?
Do you have the patience to handle common pet issues?  

Pets need love and time with their human friends. 

Being left alone in the house or back yard for 
hours on end is not a happy life for a pet.

 Guilt is not a happy feeling for you.
Can you deal with house training accidents, scratched up furniture, and hair everywhere? If an immaculate house is important to you, you may want to think twice before getting a pet.
After considering Everything...

 DO YOU STILL WANT TO ADOPT A PET?

If you've decided to wait a bit, please know we honor you for your decision and will always welcome you back whenever you decide the time is right to adopt.  

If you're ready to share your life with a pet, we want to thank you for your thoughtful consideration and for being a responsible pet owner. Adding a pet to your family can be one of life's greatest pleasures. 
One of the most common reasons for adopted dogs being returned to the shelter is behavioral issues. These issues are generally only temporary. 

Remember, You have probably been thinking about adopting a dog for a while. However, your new dog has no idea what to expect. Everything is new to him or her – including you!

He or she may have come from a home where the rules were completely different than yours. He needs time to adapt and learn your rules. It's your responsibility to teach him in a positive manner.

Every dog is different and it’s difficult to predict how long it will take the dog to adapt to a new home and family. 

IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN A FEW DAYS! It may take weeks or even months for your new pet to adapt and to build a loving and trusting bond with you. 

The key is lots of love and loads of patience.

One of the biggest reasons for pets being surrendered to shelters is the family is moving and can't take the pet with them. 

If you rent, make sure you can have a pet. Even if you can have a pet, there's usually an expensive deposit required. If you have to move, be aware - most rentals do NOT allow pets.
Giving up a pet because of a move or any reason is a heart- breaking experience .  For your pets, it's devastating. They are not only losing their home but the most  important thing in their life - YOU!

Can you have a pet where you live?
Lady is a 2-yr.-old Spaniel mix.
This handsome girl is very friendly and affectionate and will make a great friend and companion. She lost her home because her owner was ill and could no longer care for her.
Adoption Fee: $99
Lady is a 2-yr.-old Spaniel mix.
This handsome girl is very friendly and affectionate and will make a great friend and companion. She lost her home because her owner was ill and could no longer care for her.
Adoption Fee: $99Lady is a 2-yr.-old Spaniel mix.
This handsome girl is very friendly and affectionate and will make a great pet.
Adoption Fee: $99
Hooter is a 9-yr.-old Miniature Dachshund. This sweet little guy is very mellow and affectionate. Although considered a senior, he still has lots of years and lots of love to give.  He would make a wonderful companion for a senior friend or couple. 
Senior Adoption Fee: $75
Hooter is a 9-yr.-old Miniature Dachshund. This sweet little guy is very mellow and affectionate. Although considered a senior, he still has lots of years and lots of love to give.  He would make a wonderful companion for a senior friend or couple. 
Senior Adoption Fee: $75
Burger is a 6-yr.-old Cattle Dog and Lab mix. He is a happy boy who is friendly and very smart. His breed mix is not one to lay around the house all day or live happily in the back yard. He will need mental as well as physical activity and would probably do well in agility trials. Adoption Fee: $99
Burger is a 6-yr.-old Cattle Dog and Lab mix. He is a happy boy who is friendly and very smart. His breed mix is not one to lay around the house all day or live happily in the back yard. He will need mental as well as physical activity and would probably do well in agility trials. Adoption Fee: $99
Please Note:  Dogs are received and adopted on a daily basis. If you see a dog of interest, please call the shelter or e-mail us to make sure he or she is still available. We also have dogs available that have not yet had their pictures taken, so come on out and see ALL our great dogs!
Oreo (2) is a 1-yr.-old Lab mix. This girls unusual coloring suggests she may have a bit of Dalmatian or possibly cattle dog in her. She is very active and friendly and needs a friend who can give her some time, attention and positive training.
Adoption Fee: $99
Oreo (2) is a 1-yr.-old Lab mix. This girls unusual coloring suggests she may have a bit of Dalmatian or possibly cattle dog in her. She is very active and friendly and needs a friend who can give her some time, attention and positive training.
Adoption Fee: $99
Pepe is a 2-yr.old Chihuahua. This adorable little boy is aptly named as he is very "peppy" as well as very loving and affectionate. He is a cutie and has lots of love to give.
Adoption Fee: $130
Pepe is a 2-yr.old Chihuahua. This adorable little boy is aptly named as he is very "peppy" as well as very loving and affectionate. He is a cutie and has lots of love to give.
Adoption Fee: $130
Sassy is a 10-Month-old Terrier mix. This cute little girl has earned her name, and she is very sweet and "sassy." Still a puppy, she needs a kind and loving friend or family who has the time to give her the attention and training that all pups need. 
Adoption Fee: $99
Sassy is a 10-Month-old Terrier mix. This cute little girl has earned her name, and she is very sweet and "sassy." Still a puppy, she needs a kind and loving friend or family who has the time to give her the attention and training that all pups need. 
Adoption Fee: $99
Tucker is a 7-yr.-old American Staffordshire. This very handsome boy is very loving and affectionate. He does need a friend or family has time to spend with him and give him the attention he needs. He loves to play fetch and Frisbee and being with his human friends.
Adoption Fee: $75
Tucker is a 7-yr.-old American Staffordshire. This very handsome boy is very loving and affectionate. He does need a friend or family has time to spend with him and give him the attention he needs. He loves to play fetch and Frisbee and being with his human friends.
Adoption Fee: $75
Shamrock is a 2-yr.-old Great Dane and Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. This beautiful big guy is very smart and knows lots of commands. He walks well on a leash and gets along with kids. He needs a home with a large yard and lots of love from a friend or family who has time for him.
Adoption Fee: $99
Shamrock is a 2-yr.-old Great Dane and Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. This beautiful big guy is very smart and knows lots of commands. He walks well on a leash and gets along with kids. He needs a home with a large yard and lots of love from a friend or family who has time for him.
Adoption Fee: $99
Elmer is a 1-yr.-old Pug mix. This cute little guy is loving and affectionate with a "happy-go-lucky attitude. He is playful and rambunctious and will keep you in smiles. Pugs are highly intelligent and easy to train. 
Adoption Fee: $150
Elmer is a 1-yr.-old Pug mix. This cute little guy is loving and affectionate with a "happy-go-lucky attitude. He is playful and rambunctious and will keep you in smiles. Pugs are highly intelligent and easy to train. 
Adoption Fee: $150
Faith is a 3-yr.-old American Pit Bull Terrier. This handsome girl has a serious look about her, but she is actually a good-natured and mellow girl. This misunderstood breed is highly intelligent, very affectionate, and always eager to please.
Adoption Fee: $99
Faith is a 3-yr.-old American Pit Bull Terrier. This handsome girl has a serious look about her, but she is actually a good-natured and mellow girl. This misunderstood breed is highly intelligent, very affectionate, and always eager to please.
Adoption Fee: $99
Furby is a 6-yr.-old Pomeranian mix. This adorable little boy is lively, very smart, and loving. Poms have a delightful nature that is inquisitive and active. They are very loyal, but not "clingy". They have an independent personality that is most charming.
Adoption Fee: $130
Furby is a 6-yr.-old Pomeranian mix. This adorable little boy is lively, very smart, and loving. Poms have a delightful nature that is inquisitive and active. They are very loyal, but not "clingy". They have an independent personality that is most charming.
Adoption Fee: $130
Scooter is a 1-yr-.old Australian Kelpie mix. This good looking boy is friendly and active. This breed remains "puppy-like" even in their adult years. They love to play and are devoted friends and companions who have a sixth sense about what their owner wants. Adoption Fee: $99
Scooter is a 1-yr-.old Australian Kelpie mix. This good looking boy is friendly and active. This breed remains "puppy-like" even in their adult years. They love to play and are devoted friends and companions who have a sixth sense about what their owner wants. Adoption Fee: $99
Prancer
Phoenix
Buster
Moses
Wrangler - Adopted
Dixie
Bella - Adopted
Kilroy
Furby
Elmer
Faith
Tucker - Tucker
Whammo is a 3-Month-old Shepherd puppy mix. Sweet and cute like all puppies, this cute little guy needs a home and human friend who has the time to train and socialize him so he can grow into the great dog he is meant to be. Adoption Fee: $130
Whammo is a 3-Month-old Shepherd puppy mix. Sweet and cute like all puppies, this cute little guy needs a home and human friend who has the time to train and socialize him so he can grow into the great dog he is meant to be. Adoption Fee: $130
Alley is a 6-yr.-old Terrier/Aussie mix. This very cute girl is friendly and affectionate. She lost her home because her owner was too ill to care for her. She is very smart, knows all her basic commands, and is a real sweetheart of a girl.
Adoption Fee: $99Whammo is a 3-Month-old Shepherd puppy mix. Sweet and cute like all puppies, this cute little guy needs a home and human friend who has the time to train and socialize him so he can grow into the great dog he is meant to be. Adoption Fee: $130
Alley is a 6-yr.-old Terrier/Aussie mix. This very cute girl is friendly and affectionate. She lost her home because her owner was too ill to care for her. She is very smart, knows all her basic commands, and is a real sweetheart of a girl.
Adoption Fee: $99
Sassy - Adopted
Shamrock
Willow
Featured Pet
Lady
Oreo 
Hooter
Pepe
Popeye is a 7-yr.old Chihuahua.
This cute little boy lost his home and his best friend when she passed away. One of our wonderful volunteers has been giving him lots of love and attention and he is doing much better. He would do wonderfully with a loving senior woman. Senior Adoption Fee: $75
Popeye is a 7-yr.old Chihuahua.
This cute little boy lost his home and his best friend when she passed away. One of our wonderful volunteers has been giving him lots of love and attention and he is doing much better. He would do wonderfully with a loving senior woman. Senior Adoption Fee: $75
Fred is a 5-yr.-old American Pit Bull Terrier. This handsome boy is friendly and affectionate. This breed has evoked more irrational response than any other breed that exists. Once known as "America's Favorite Dog", it is the cruelty of humans who have tarnished their image. Adoption Fee: $99Scooter is a 1-yr.old Australian Kelpie mix. This good looking boy is friendly and active. This breed remains "puppy-like" even in their adult years. They love to play and are devoted friends and companions who have a sixth sense about what their owner wants. Adoption Fee: $99
Fred is a 5-yr.-old American Pit Bull Terrier. This handsome boy is friendly and affectionate. This breed has evoked more irrational response than any other breed that exists. Once known as "America's Favorite Dog", it is the cruelty of humans who have tarnished their image. Adoption Fee: $99
Shadow is a 3-Month-old Lab mix puppy. This cute little guy is playful and affectionate and needs a home and family who have the time to give him the love and attention that all puppies need.
Adoption Fee: $130
Shadow is a 3-Month-old Lab mix puppy. This cute little guy is playful and affectionate and needs a home and family who have the time to give him the love and attention that all puppies need.
Adoption Fee: $130
Popeye
Shadow - Adoptd
Bella
Scooter - Adopted
Fred
Whammo - Adopted
Allie Adopted 
Marley - Adopted
Kindness Tip of the Month...
Puppies and even adult dogs who have been in a shelter for a while are likely to have potty "accidents" in the house. Puppies can only control their bladders for short periods of time, and need to be taken outside at least every two hours. An adult dog may "forget" his former training in all the excitement of a new home. You may need to provide some positive re-training and teach him where he's supposed to go. What he doesn't need is more stress - be patient. Here's some tips to help your puppy or dog learn to go outside.

NEVER yell at, hit, or rub a dog's nose in it's waste. It's cruel, it's unhealthy, and it DOES NOT work!
If you catch him "in the act" in the house and yell at him, your dog will associate your anger with the "act" itself, NOT the location! 
Your anger will teach him that he must not "go" in front of you and the next time he needs to go, he will hide to avoid your anger, leaving you with a little "surprise" package for later.  
Harsh scolding can set your dog up for failure. The next time you take him out, he may "hold it" until he can go back inside and hide it.

Scolding a dog after the fact does absolutely no good. He has no idea why you are acting so crazy. Just take a rolled up newspaper, hit yourself on the head, and resolve to take him out more often.
Have patience with your furry friend. Shouting and screaming is verbal abuse and will only make him afraid of you. Instead, use positive training methods by taking him out often and when he "goes",  give him a treat and lots of praise and he will soon get the message that "going" outside is a good thing to do.
Always remember, positive training means lots of love, loads of patience, plenty of praise, and timely treats. Positive re-enforcement (not force) is the  kind way to train your puppy or dog and will build a lifelong and loving bond with you furry friend.
Ali was brought to the shelter in October of 2012. Ali's owner said she had too many animals and didn't have time to take care of her. Quite honestly, Ali was a mess. She had no manners, all she wanted to do was run and play, she pooped and peed everywhere, and she chewed up everything she could get her teeth on. Ali was only 6 weeks old.  Ali was adorable. Ali, like her 6  brothers and sisters, was adopted within days of turning 8 weeks old.
However, unlike Ali's littermates, Ali's adoption didn't last. She was returned to the shelter     after only a year.                       
We were told Ali was too active and  was left out in the yard for hours on end. When she did something "wrong," she was swatted with a rolled up newspaper.
As too often happens, Ali had lost her "babyish" charm. She had grown into a "dog" and was no longer the cute and exuberant little puppy she was when she was adopted. In fact, when she was returned to the shelter she was very depressed and fearful of other dogs and people. But, at only a year old, she was still a puppy at heart; and looking into those beautiful golden eyes, you could still see the hope there, the yearning for someone to love and to be loved in return.
One of kennel staff members recognized Ali as the sweet little girl who had left the shelter with such high hopes. His heart went out to her and he took Ali under his wing and started working with her daily.

He found that when there were other dogs in need; scared and stressed from losing their homes, Ali seemed to have a special talent for comforting them and helping them adjust to shelter life.
So he started forming "play groups" with Ali and other new arrivals to the shelter.
Over the last few months, Ali has found a purpose in life and has regained her love of other dogs and people. She's back to being her exuberant self and the hope in her eyes is back as well. Ali is a Boxer mix, and like most of her breed she is a happy and very active girl. She's waiting for that special person or family that will give her the love and attention she so deserves.  We are all hoping that, this time, Ali will find her last and truly "forever home."  Do you have room in your heart for Ali?

Ali
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