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. As a no-kill organization, 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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  • Sweet Lil Bit was absolutely terrified when he was surrenderedhellip
    6 days 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
    3 weeks 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 
  • We arent kidding when we say we have GREAT KITTIEShellip
    2 months ago We aren't kidding when we say we have GREAT KITTIES AND PUPPERS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! Summer is such a great time to welcome a new family member so come on by AVHS, we're open daily 12:30 to 5:30!  #adoptdontshop   #romeolikesbellyrubs   #whodoesnt 
  • Think its safe to say the TBK bank employees havehellip
    2 months ago Think it's safe to say the TBK bank employees have fallen in love with these three! Come by TBK bank in BV to meet these three and take one home!  #adoptdontshop   #rescuepuppies   #puppies 
  • This picture brought to you by cheese  Baby Girlhellip
    2 months ago This picture brought to you by cheese. . Baby Girl made an appearance at Sally Mather's closing reception at Sellars Project Space today (she's still available for adoption!) Come by until 6pm for one last chance to check out her beautiful artwork-50% of proceeds go towards a new shelter for AVHS!  #adoptdontshop   #daschund   #seniordogs 

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