About Us

Founded in 1991, Ark-Valley Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization. Ark-Valley Humane Society operates an open admission animal shelter, serving Chaffee County with locations in Buena Vista and Poncha Springs. We do not euthanize for time or space and as a non-profit, we rely heavily on private donation and grants to fund our operations.




Our Mission

Our Mission Statement:

Advocating for the welfare of all animals through compassion and care.

Our Vision Statements:

  • To enhance the lives of all companion animals through humane education and partnerships
  • To create a safer and happier world for all companion animals
  • To enhance the human-animal bond through education and responsible pet ownership

Our Key Values:

  • Compassion: for those we serve, animals and humans.
  • Leadership: inspiring hope and kindness through strength, education and example.
  • Kindness: towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations.
  • Transparency: in our relationships and partnerships with the work we do.

The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms we strive to provide each animal every day,
what are they? The welfare of an animal, which includes its physical and mental state, has been defined as the Five Freedoms:

    • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
    • Freedom from Discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
    • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease: by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
    • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
    • Freedom from Fear and Distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

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    1 day ago Well are you? We hope you're planning to come to our 3rd Annual Cause for the Paws fundraising event. It's THIS Friday, Oct. 20th from 5-8pm at the Salida SteamPlant & will be a FUN event for a GREAT cause that you won't want to miss! Get tickets now for $15 ($20 at the door)! Click the link in our bio for more info, including where to get tickets.  #C4TP2017   #AVHS   #fundraiserevent   #salidaevents   #supportyourcommunity   #salidacommunity   #salidasteamplant 
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    4 days ago Want to help sweet furbaby faces like these? Come to our 3rd Annual Cause for the Paws fundraising event on Friday, October 20th from 5-8 pm at the Salida SteamPlant. The crucial funds we raise at this event will allow us to help over 1,000 animals like these every year. Come join us for an evening of fun for a great cause! Click the link in our bio for more info. ❤️  #C4TP2017   #AVHS   #fundraiserevent   #furbabies   #salidaevents   #supportyourcommunity   #adoptdontshop 
  • Our Key Values are Compassion For those we serve animalshellip
    2 weeks ago Our Key Values are: Compassion: For those we serve, animals and humans. Leadership: Inspiring hope and kindness through strength, education & example. Kindness: Towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations. Transparency: In our relationships and partnerships with the work we do. We're proud of these Key Values and a huge part of our ability to uphold them is through our supporters in the community. Cause for the Paws is our largest fundraising event of the year. We invite YOU to join us on Friday Oct. 20th from 5-8 pm to support the life-saving work we do AND…
  • Cause for the Paws is our largest annual event raisinghellip
    2 weeks ago Cause for the Paws is our largest annual event, raising the crucial funds we need to help over 1,000 animals each year. In 2016 we helped over 1,200 animals through our programs and services and we're on track to exceed that number in 2017. But we couldn't do it without the support of the community. We invite you to show your support by attending our 3rd Annual Cause of the Paws Event on Friday October 20th at the Salida SteamPlant AND by inviting your friends. Click the link in our bio for more on the event. Hope to see you…
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    3 weeks ago Our 3rd Annual Cause for the Paws fundraising event is nearly 3 weeks away!!! We're getting excited & wanted to give you a sneak peek of event flyer, soon to be hung around BV & Salida. We hope you're planning to join us on Friday Oct 20th at the Salida SteamPlant. Click the link in our bio for more info about the event!  #C4TP2017   #AVHS   #salidaevents 

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  1. Cause for the Paws

    October 20 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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