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Ark-Valley Humane Society Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: • Maintains a compassionate no-kill animal shelter for homeless, lost and unwanted pets without regard for time or space, • Reduces the number of unwanted pets through spay/neuter programs, • Connects homeless pets and adoptive homes, • Offers support services for the prevention of cruelty to animals, • Presents public education for responsible pet ownership.

Results: The Ark-Valley Humane Society celebrated our 20 Year Anniversary in 2011. We took in over 1,000 animals in 2011 alone and managed to maintain a 97% live release rate (through adoption or owner reclaim). We also opened our satellite facility, the Sunshine Shelter, in March of 2011 to serve as the main Cat Facility for Chaffee County, Colorado.

Programs: Community Assistance Spay/Neuter Program and Feral Cat Trap/Neuter/Return Program

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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Rating: 5

I did dog rescue for many years with a private breed rescue. Ark Valley is held in high esteem in the rescue community. My group considered them one of the two best shelters in the state (the other is Boulder Humane - much larger and with a lot more funds at their disposal). Now that my family is ready to adopt a cat, I plan to adopt from Ark Vallry, even though we live in a town over 2 hours away.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued our sweet Dapple Apple Snapple dog from this shelter many years ago. They are so kind. They called to check in on her and make sure everyone was adjusting well. She was so scared and timid when we rescued her, but she has become a very special member of our family. Thank you so much Ark-Valley!!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

One of our dogs and both of our cats were adopted from the Ark-Valley Humane Society. In 2009, my sister and I decided it would be a great idea to foster a littler of puppies from AVHS. We brought home 6 grunting, adorable little pups, all the while saying to our significant others, "We have no intention of keeping any of them..." When it was time to take the puppies back to the shelter to be adopted into their forever homes, of course, our tune had changed a bit. We each adopted one, and three years later, still don't regret deciding to bring those six foster pups into our home. The Ark-Valley Humane Society is such a wonderful asset to our community. The staff and volunteers are so kind and helpful and the animals are so well cared for. Thanks Ark-Valley!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so pleased to have the ARK-VALLEY SHELTER in my home town of Buena Vista, Colorado. The facitlity is run in such a perfressional, caring way. One of my neighbors is a foster volunteer. She gives the very young kittens and puppies the love and attention that is needed, before returning them to the shelter for adoption, which I feel is a wonderful and needed service. I adopted a kitten from the shelter last summer, and was surprised to learn that the adoption fee included the worming, shots, spaying, a return visit for vaccinations, and a 30 day coverage for pet insurance. Also, my kitten had received an identification chip. Having this no kill facility in our community is greatly appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely grateful to have this wonderful no-kill shelter in my county. I have been graced to receive two beautiful dogs from them who have been with me seven years now. They do an excellent job fostering animals who need extra help. And have a 100% TLC policy - every animal gets attention every day. Thanks Ark-Valley