We're Opening an Animal Shelter!

We’re opening an animal shelter! We are Danielle Dyer and Emera Thornton of Bark’s Play and Stay in Grand Junction, Colorado. We have almost 20 years combined experience working with dogs, and have seen a growing need in the valley for more resources to combat the vast number of abandoned, homeless, or relinquished animals. Since opening in 2014, Bark’s itself has fostered and rehomed several dogs to their forever homes, but we want to do more! We NEED to do more. We have enrolled in a workshop taught by the amazing Best Friends Animal Society specifically for starting and running an animal shelter. Best Friends is one of the most successful non-profit animal welfare organizations in America and has been helping to rescue animals and educate communities nationwide since 1968. They are an incredible resource, and we are so fortunate to have the privilege of their guidance and knowledge as we start down this new path. And knowing that the money we pay to attend this workshop goes to such a great cause makes us even more happy!

Until about a year ago, any financial needs that arose for our foster dogs were paid for out of pocket. However, our number of dogs waiting for forever homes continued to grow, and in summer of 2017 we began fundraising to start a bona fide shelter. While we have raised a considerable amount of money, we would prefer that money go directly to the animals, so we are here to ask for assistance in funding for the workshop itself. The cost breakdown is below, and any money raised above our needs will be donated directly back to our shelter and our 6 current foster dogs who are waiting for new homes. We know that our knowledge and experience in running a thriving animal care business, when paired with what Best Friends will teach us about non-profit status and shelter specifics, we will have a truly solid foundation moving forward. We are so excited to give back to our community and our furry friends. Thank you so much for helping us to Save Them All!

7 day workshop at Best Friends in Kanab, Utah for Danielle and Emera: $1300 ($650 each.)

Lodging in Kanab: $750 (6 nights @ ~$125/ night)

Gas, Meals not included, etc: $300
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Danielle Dyer 
Grand Junction, CO
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