Ark-Valley Humane Society
701 Gregg Drive
P.O. Box 1335
Buena Vista, CO 81211
7 Days/Week, 11 am - 5 pm

Sunshine Shelter
P.O. Box 215
10128 W. Hwy 50
Poncha Springs, CO 81242
7 Days/Week, 12 pm - 5 pm


Our Mission...

Ark-Valley Humane Society
    •  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.


AVHS' 3rd Annual Pet Health Fair
April 26th from 12p-4p
Modeled after the 9Health Fair
Click here  for more info! 


Mellow and mature seven year old male who enjoys the finer things in life such as warm laps, full bowls of food and rays of sunshine to bask in at the end of the day. Does this sound like your place?
Chatty five year old dilute Calico who is coming out of her shell and learning the ways of the shelter world. Come meet her to see the 'real' Betty!
Handsome five year old male who is looking for a mature family dedicated to living the good life! We're talking lots of naps, good food and people who understand him. Is Chief your guy?


News & Events
Don't Miss Out!

The Great Salida Cat Fix is HERE! 

FREE Spay or Neuter Surgery for Cats!  


AVHS was recently awarded a grant from PetSmart Charities®, geared specifically toward intact owned cats living in the 81201 zip code. Feral cats are covered, too! 

Please call or drop by the Sunshine Shelter in Poncha Springs to take advantage! 
Everyone who owns an intact cat and lives in zip code 81201 can participate. 

This program is free and covers the cost of spay or neuter surgery for income qualifying cat owners in Salida.  If you don't income qualify, it's no problem!  It's just a $20 co-pay.  Get the application here!

This is an amazing opportunity for cat lovers and the cats, too!  We're helping to prevent unwanted litters AND helping our community by covering the cost. 

Thank you, PetSmart Charities®!  For partnering with us in carrying out the AVHS Mission of compassionate care for ALL critters in our area.  This program is for a limited time only.  Act fast and take advantage of a great opportunity for yourself and your feline best friend!   

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