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Available Dogs

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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
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
Kiwi is a 6-Month-old Black Lab. This very sweet girl is playful and active, kennel trained and walks well on a leash and harness. She gets along great with other dogs and loves to swim. She would do best with older children as she is a bit too rambunctious for toddlers. Adoption Fee: $99
Kiwi is a 6-Month-old Black Lab. This very sweet girl is playful and active, kennel trained and walks well on a leash and harness. She gets along great with other dogs and loves to swim. She would do best with older children as she is a bit too rambunctious for toddlers. Adoption Fee: $99
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
Baxter is a 2-yr.-o.d Rottweiler. This handsome boy  knows all his basic commands. He walks well on a leash and gets along great with other dogs and kids. He needs a home with a big yard and a loving family or friend.
Adoption Fee: $130
Baxter is a 2-yr.-o.d Rottweiler. This handsome boy  knows all his basic commands. He walks well on a leash and gets along great with other dogs and kids. He needs a home with a big yard and a loving family or friend.
Adoption Fee: $130
Zoe
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so please...
Eli Adopted 
Ali - Adopted
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?
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
Chester is a 5-Month-old Bull Terrier mix. This very handsome boy is still very much a puppy, but is potty trained and knows basic commands. He is good with kids and other dogs.  He still needs some positive training from a patient and kindly human friend.
Adoption Fee: $99
Chester is a 5-Month-old Bull Terrier mix. This very handsome boy is still very much a puppy, but is potty trained and knows basic commands. He is good with kids and other dogs.  He still needs some positive training from a patient and kindly human friend.
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
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
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
Dexter is a 1-yr.old Black Lab. This playful boy is still just a pup at heart and like most Labs gets along with other dogs and kids. Labs are one of the most popular family dogs. They are very active, loyal and loving pets.
Adoption Fee: $99
Dexter is a 1-yr.old Black Lab. This playful boy is still just a pup at heart and like most Labs gets along with other dogs and kids. Labs are one of the most popular family dogs. They are very active, loyal and loving pets.
Adoption Fee: $99
Maverick is a 1-yr.old Jack Russel Terrier. This cute little guy is a cheerful, happy, and active dog. Jacks are friendly, good with kids and very smart. They are easily trained and able to learn tricks. They enjoy games and playing with toys. Adoption Fee: $130
Maverick is a 1-yr.old Jack Russel Terrier. This cute little guy is a cheerful, happy, and active dog. Jacks are friendly, good with kids and very smart. They are easily trained and able to learn tricks. They enjoy games and playing with toys. Adoption Fee: $130
Molly is a 2-yr.old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix. This loving girl is  unique combination of breeds and has the best traits of both. Friendly, great with kids, playful, yet loyal and protective of family and friends. She even does well with cats. Adoption Fee: $99
Molly is a 2-yr.old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix. This loving girl is  unique combination of breeds and has the best traits of both. Friendly, great with kids, playful, yet loyal and protective of family and friends. She even does well with cats. Adoption Fee: $99
Miss Jade is a 1-yr.-old Australian Cattle Dog. What a gorgeous girl! Aussies are one of the most intelligent breeds and are not content to lay around the house. They need both mental and physical exercise. Easy to train, loyal, and brave, they are truly a highly versatile dog.
Adoption Fee: $99
Miss Jade is a 1-yr.-old Australian Cattle Dog. What a gorgeous girl! Aussies are one of the most intelligent breeds and are not content to lay around the house. They need both mental and physical exercise. Easy to train, loyal, and brave, they are truly a highly versatile dog.
Adoption Fee: $99
Prancer
Phoenix
Buster
Moses
Dixie
Baxter - Adopted
Kilroy
Furby
Faith - Adopted
Shamrock
Willow
Chester
Oreo 
Hooter
Pepe
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
Spiller is a 1-yr.-old Chocolate Lab mix. He is a very sweet and loving boy who knows lots of basic commands. He is playful and likes kids and other dogs. Still just a pup at heart, he needs a friend to continue his training and provide some love and attention. Adoption Fee: $99
Spiller is a 1-yr.-old Chocolate Lab mix. He is a very sweet and loving boy who knows lots of basic commands. He is playful and likes kids and other dogs. Still just a pup at heart, he needs a friend to continue his training and provide some love and attention. Adoption Fee: $99
Tebow is a 2-yr.-old Chihuahua mix who looks like a tiny German Shepherd. This handsome little boy is very affectionate and loving. Like most of his breed, he is brave, loyal, and lively. Tebow needs a kind friend to give him some training and loving attention.
Adoption Fee: $130
Tebow is a 2-yr.-old Chihuahua mix who looks like a tiny German Shepherd. This handsome little boy is very affectionate and loving. Like most of his breed, he is brave, loyal, and lively. Tebow needs a kind friend to give him some training and loving attention.
Adoption Fee: $130
Tebow
Bella
Fred
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.
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April is "National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" Month


At Roice-Hurst, Every Month is "Be Kind to Animals" Month!
Kiwi
Dexter
Maverick - Adopted
Molly - Adopted
Miss Jade
Spiller - Adopted
Featured Pets
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 professional 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
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