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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  • This year were going all out for our 3rd Annualhellip
    5 days ago This year we're going all out for our 3rd Annual Cause for the Paws fundraising event, including creating this new logo! What do you think? This year there will be: delicious food, live music, raffle, silent auction, & several new & fun additions! Mark your calendars for Friday October 20th at the Salida SteamPlant & come join us for an evening of fun for a great cause! (Click the link in our bio for more event info, including how to get tickets now)  #C4TP2017   #AVHS   #fundraiserevent   #adoptdontshop   #salidaevents 
  • Join us Friday 1020 at Salida SteamPlant for a nighthellip
    2 weeks ago Join us Friday, 10/20 at Salida SteamPlant for a night of fun to celebrate the lifesaving work or Ark-Valley Humane Society! Click the link in our bio to find out more. See you there!  #AVHS   #C4TP2017 
  • Back in Black Larry and Lyndon from acadianaanimalaid are readyhellip
    4 weeks ago Back in Black Larry and Lyndon from  @acadianaanimalaid  are ready to find their new home in CO! These two were part of the 17 transferred from Louisiana to help make room in shelters for displaced animals affected by  #hurricaneharvey  They're loving the fresh mountain air and ready to find a family! Come by and meet them today!  #adoptdontshop   #catsofinstagram   #rescuecats   #arkvalleyhumanesociety 
  • What? You guys dont wear your giant stuffed snake toyshellip
    1 month ago What? You guys don't wear your giant stuffed snake toys as a bow tie? Weird...  #augiedog   #adoptdontshop   #dogsofinstgram   #arkvalleyhumanesociety 
  • Sweet Lil Bit was absolutely terrified when he was surrenderedhellip
    1 month ago Sweet Lil Bit was absolutely terrified when he was surrendered to us a few days ago. He was shut down and wouldn't let anyone near him. With love, patience and some treats he's come out of his shell and has started showing us his cute little personality!  #adoptdontshop   #dogsofinstgram 
  • Jess and Toby have become fast friends here at thehellip
    2 months ago Jess and Toby have become fast friends here at the shelter and Jess is ready to see Toby go into a home where he can continue to be the snuggle bug that he is.  #adoptdontshop   #mansbestfriend   #rescuedog   #chihuahua 

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Upcoming Events

  1. Cause for the Paws

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

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