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:

Ensuring the welfare of companion animals through compassion and care.

Our Vision:

A safe and humane world for all companion animals.

Our Key Values:

  • Compassion for the animals and people we serve.
  • Leadership that inspires hope and kindness through education and example.
  • Kindness towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations.
  • Transparency regarding 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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  • Have you seen a cuter bumblebee or should we say
    3 weeks ago Have you seen a cuter bumblebee (or should we say Bumble Bull or Pit Bee )?? Ganon loves Halloween and would love it even more if he was celebrating with a family! Come by and meet this sweet boy today! ❤️
  • Were getting set up now! Be sure to come by
    1 month ago We’re getting set up now! Be sure to come by  @salidasteamplant  from 5-8pm TONIGHT for Cause for the Paws!!!  #salidacolorado   #salidaevents   #c4tp2018 
  • Cause for the Paws is THIS Friday 1012 from 58pm
    1 month ago Cause for the Paws is THIS Friday 10/12 from 5-8pm at  @salidasteamplant  Don’t miss your chance for a fun evening for a great cause! We’ve got live music, food & drinks, fundraising prize games, raffle prizes & good company! Tickets are $20 at the door. Are you coming?  #c4tp2018   #salidacolorado   #salidaevents 
  • Are you coming meow? Our 4th Annual Fundraising Event Cause
    1 month ago Are you coming meow? Our 4th Annual Fundraising Event, Cause for the Paws, is THIS Friday 10/12 from 5-8pm at the Salida SteamPlant. Don’t miss an evening of food & drinks, live music, raffle prizes & fundraising prize games! Click the link in our bio to learn more!  #salidaevents   #salidacolorado   #c4tp2018 
  • Want to help sweet puppy faces like this one while
    1 month ago Want to help sweet puppy faces like this one while having a good time? Join us THIS Friday Oct 12th from 5-8pm at  @salidasteamplant  for our 4th Annual fundraising event, Cause for the Paws! This year, in addition to the food, drinks, live music, raffle prizes & great company, we’re adding fundraising games! There are lots of AMAZING prizes to win- including $500 cash Bring some cash & a smile & join us for a fun evening for a great cause that you won’t want to miss! Click the link in our bio for more info  #c4tp2018   #salidaevents   #salidacolorado   #fundraisingevents 
  • Its true! Whats better than one cat? TWO CATS! Thinking
    1 month ago It’s true! What’s better than one cat? TWO CATS! Thinking of adopting? Now is a great time! We’ve got some amazing cats and kittens so come by and take home two today..for the price of one!
  • Thank you to our Cause for the Paws premier sponsor
    1 month ago Thank you to our Cause for the Paws premier sponsor  @bankofthewest  Salida, CO! We appreciate your continued support of our organization!  #salidacolorado   #salidaevents   #c4tp201 &
  • This year for our 4th Annual Cause for the Paws
    1 month ago This year for our 4th Annual Cause for the Paws event, we’re doing something fun- we’re going to have prize games! Event attendees will have the option to wine bottles of wine gift certificates from local businesses raffles baskets filled with amazing goodies AND prize money buy playing our fundraising games. Bring cash to play! Come play with us on Friday Oct. 12th from 5-8 pm at  @salidasteamplant  Click the link in our bio to learn more!  #salidacolorado   #salidaevents   #fundraiserevent   #steamplanteventcenter 

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