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).
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
JenM,Professional with expertise in this field 07/30/2012
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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.
I was on the Ark-Valley board years ago as it was just beginning and have been a supporter ever since. I have never seen an animal shelter that takes such good care of its homeless pets. Dogs are walked, trained, groomed, and loved. Same with cats, except maybe not the walking part. Volunteers come to the shelter daily for a variety of things, and some just come to pet and talk to the animals. The shelter is sparkling clean, too. If I could give it more stars, I would!