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April 4, 2013
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CSU Alumni Association forms new West Slope chapter

The Center for Companion Animal Studies at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital rescues adaptable cats and dogs with severe health issues from local animal shelters, treats the animals, and then finds homes for them.

Center director Dr. Michael Lappin will be presenting an online program via Skype, Tuesday, April 9, at a reception of the Grand Junction Ram Network - a volunteer group of the newly formed Western Slope chapter of CSU Alumni Association.

"He's going to be talking about amazing before-and-after cases of how shelters can quickly treat and heal animals to adopt out," Colorado alumni programs director Katie Bennett said.

A representative from the Center for Companion Animal Studies will be present at the event to answer questions.

The event will highlight one of the best veterinarian teaching hospitals in the nation, Bennett said. The CSU Alumni Association also hopes to attract other CSU alumni to the association.

Of the 18,000 former CSU students in Mesa County, 85 belong to the alumni association. New members are welcome to the Grand Junction chapter that formed three months ago, Bennett said.

Roice-Hurst Humane Society Board of Directors President Julie Butherus will also speak at the event held at Two Rivers Convention Center. While the event is free and open to the public, attendees are asked to bring a bag of Purina dog or cat food to donate to the nonprofit animal shelter in Grand Junction.

Butherus said she will speak about the animal shelter's history, and its accomplishments during the past four years.

Appetizers will be served, and a cash bar available. To attend, people are asked to register by today (April 5) online at or call 1-800-286-2586. Non-alumni may register as guests.

For more information about the Grand Junction network of CSU alumni, contact Bennett at 1-970-491-2387, or

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