22 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. No Kill Colorado has been supportive of local homeless pet advocates to improve the Humane Society of Fremont County. The primary focus of this advocacy was to see a change in leadership at the shelter.

    We are excited to see the appointment of a new Executive Director, Mr. Doug Rae, to lead the shelter into a new era.

    Mr. Rae has been at the shelter three weeks as of October 15, 2014. In that time, he has shown great compassion, strong leadership, and the transparency desperately need to improve the shelter operation and public image.

    While Colorado has shown continual, often dramatic improvements in shelter save rates, the HSFC was not keeping pace with the rest of our animal loving state. We believe the hiring of Doug Rae has given the community a leader that can propel the shelter to become one of the best in Colorado. Mr. Rae has already shown during his short tenure a tenacity for lifesaving, animal care and compassion that No Kill Colorado endorses.

    Mr. Rae did not accept an easy job. With the turmoil of the past: failed inspections, banning of volunteers, poor save rates and community friction, his entry is a welcome change. We hope to see his vision become a reality quickly and completely. And our organization would like to pledge our support of his activities.

    No Kill Colorado fully supports the placement of Doug Rae as the Executive Director of the Fremont County Humane Society. We believe the community should and will support his efforts to make this local shelter become the best shelter it can be.

    You can see the history of how a small group of local advocates with the help of No Kill Colorado changed a shelter to save thousand of lives here:

      1. OH! I was looking in the video of the hospitalized man being reunited with his dog.

        I didn’t notice anything suspicious looking before but now I am very suspicious!

  2. A hiker this month had several Two Dog Nights while lost in the Cascades in Washington. (The phrase “Mama told me not to come” occurs unbidden.)

    Luckily, the dogs had a pretty good time, and the hiker will be back in the wilderness soon, with better equipment and supplies. Article bonus: “The Ten Essentials” for hiking, courtesy of The Mountaineers, a PNW hiking group.


    The article page has embedded video showing the dogs being hoisted out of the forest by helicopter. They seem to have taken it with aplomb. :-)

  3. Although I hate what you report, I love your style. I appreciate how you call out the bureaucrats and shelter management on their bullshit. Thanks.

  4. “Science and Nature in the Galapagos Islands” will be the next Monday Night Seminar from Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Monday, October 20, 7:30–9:00 PM ET

    “The Galapagos remains an otherworldly setting where the wildlife from boobies to finches to fur seals, penguins to giant tortoises to frigate birds shows no fear of humans, and where the remoteness of the archipelago has fostered the evolution of wonderful organisms and spectacular adaptations found nowhere else in the world.”


    1. Thank you Debbie. I had no idea about this rescue. Checked out their fb page and I am so impressed with the work they do. Love that they save so many MAS pups that otherwise would be killed.

    2. Thanks for letting us know about these amazing people – not only the pups they save, but the honesty they share on their page. So much going on at MAS that we suspect, but they see on a daily basis.

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