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Annual Bark & Wine Fundraiser Gala!

Our Annual Bark & Wine Fundraiser brings together more than 300 pet-lovers from the La Plata County area for an evening of celebration and giving! This year we are raising funds to remodel our kennels that are in badly need of repair. The 13th Bark & Wine Fundraiser will be held at the Fort Lewis College Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 14th from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. The evening will include live and silent auctions, photo booth, presentation of the Animal Advocate of the Year, dinner, desserts, cash bars, music and fun!

Silent & Live Auctions

We’ll have a great selection of items to bid on, including vacation packages, outdoor gear, rounds of golf, local services, handmade goods by local artists, jewelry, collectibles and much much more! Click here to view our items up for auction.


Tickets are $40/per person. All guests receive an LPCHS wine glass with complimentary libation. Come and celebrate the animals of La Plata County and help us kick start the kennels! We look forward to seeing you!

Kick Start the Kennels!

The funds raised at this year’s event will go towards remodeling the kennel which is in drastic need of repairs and upgrades. The 22-year-old kennels have served the dogs well, but have seen a great deal of wear and tear. Modernization will help reduce stress and improve the adoption experience for both the dogs and you, the community.

Visit our Photo gallery

Click here to view the photo gallery from the evening! Photography courtesy of Tory Dawson.

Bryan Peterson – Bear smart Durango

Bryan Peterson, Executive Director became involved in human and wildlife issues in 2000 while serving on a wildlife advisory board for La Plata County Government. He has been staff and director since its inception and runs numerous projects and programs. He was honored in being selected as one of three finalists for the Durango Chamber of Commerce’s “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2009.

He has attended regional and international bear conferences in Montana, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada and British Columbia where he has met and shared ideas with the best bear experts in the world. In 2011, he assisted on a non-invasive black and grizzly bear study in Kobuk Valley National Park in NW Alaska for the National Park Service and returned again in 2014 to help provide bear outreach to native villages. He completed the DOI/USFS Interagency A-100 Basic Aviation Safety Course in 2014.

Since 2014, La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS) recognizes an individual that has made a positive impact on animals’ well being in the Four Corners region. The nominee directly helps animals by expanding services or creating new services for animals within the region. This person may have supported existing animal welfare policy or advocated for change, when appropriate. Through volunteerism or employment, the nominee has accomplished extraordinary work on behalf of animal health and happiness.
Past award recipients:
2018 – Cathy Roberts, LPCHS Volunteer
2017 – Paula Woerner, Wolfwood Refuge
2016 – Ben Peacock, Soul Dog Rescue Volunteer
2015 – Wendy Haugen, SPAY Colorado
2014 – Padgie Kimmick, Cat Care TNR

Donation Opportunity – Deadline, Friday Nov. 1st

This event is a great opportunity to get your name in front of hundreds of local consumers while supporting the animals of La Plata County. Donated items will be used in our live and silent auctions! Download our 2019 Donation Packet for information and deadline date. Thank you for supporting the homeless pets!

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!



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