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.

Our Newsletter

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  • The cutest brothers EVER! Nick and Fudge are for somehellip
    9 hours ago The cutest brothers EVER! Nick and Fudge are for some reason not adopted yet and we’re confused ‍♀️but we trust it won’t take long for someone to fall in love with these boys!
  • Happy felinefriday  weve got some new faces around herehellip
    4 days ago Happy  #felinefriday  ‼️ we’ve got some new faces around here so we wanted to share with you all! Have a purrrrfect weekend!
  • Miss Dottie is living the good life with one ofhellip
    1 week ago Miss Dottie is living the good life with one of our wonderful volunteers, Myrna. Dottie is an eight year old female Manx mix who, as you can see, is a lap cat! Come meet her today!
  • Scuse me? Did you say tomorrow is Friday?!Moody is readyhellip
    4 weeks ago “Scuse me? Did you say tomorrow is Friday?!”-Moody is ready for the weekend but not as ready as he is to find his family! Are you looking for a sweet kitten? Meet this handsome boy today!  #adoptdontshop   #rescuecat   #kittensofinstagram   #kittens   #arkvalleyhumanesociety 
  • Happy felinefriday from the very handsome Jeff! Jeff is 10hellip
    1 month ago Happy  #felinefriday  from the very handsome Jeff! Jeff is 10 years old, healthy as a horse, and gets along great with other kitties! He’s an all-around great guy! Come meet Jeff today!  #adoptdontshop   #catsofinstagram   #rescuecat   #arkvalleyhumanesociety 
  • Soooo something happened over the weekend! Devin had six adorablehellip
    1 month ago Soooo, something happened over the weekend! Devin had six adorable puppies and has so far been a wonderful mom to each of them.  #adoptdontshop   #puppiesofinstagram   #rescuedog 
  • We want to give a GIANT shout out  THANKhellip
    2 months ago We want to give a GIANT shout out & THANK YOU to all of the businesses who donated to our raffle & silent auction at last week’s Cause for the Paws event!!! Your generous donations helped make our annual fundraiser a success! THANK YOU!!!!  #thankyoucommunity   #supportyourcommunity   #AVHS   #C4TP2017   #fundraiserevent   #salidaevents 

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