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.

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  • Baby girl always has a spot at our front desk!hellip
    20 hours ago Baby girl always has a spot at our front desk! It's time for this sweet senior girl to go home! She'd do best in a home as your only dog but is -friendly and great greeting dogs out on the town! Come fall in love with Babygirl today.  #rescuedog   #adoptdontshop   #daschund 
  • There were never such devoted sisters! These cuties are readyhellip
    7 days ago There were never such devoted sisters! These cuties are ready to go home TODAY and we suspect they won't be here long..I mean, look at them!  #rescuekittens   #adoptdontshop   #kittens 
  • Come by and see us at sellarsprojectspace today!! Well behellip
    1 week ago Come by and see us at  @sellarsprojectspace  today!! We'll be here until 6pm! Jorge and Marley are here and would love to find their families!
  • Our staff meetings cutest attendant Augie rescuedog adopt adoptdontshop
    3 weeks ago Our staff meeting's cutest attendant, Augie.  #rescuedog   #adopt   #adoptdontshop 
  • Um excuse me human is there room for me inhellip
    1 month ago "Um excuse me human is there room for me in the chair? Okay great, I'm gonna squeeze in there." Reggie is the biggest baby!
  • Sherman says come see me at Community Banks of Colorado!hellip
    1 month ago Sherman says "come see me at Community Banks of Colorado!" We have some great dogs available for adoption!
  • Kristen the dog whisperer adoptdontshop rescuedogs
    1 month ago Kristen the dog whisperer  #adoptdontshop   #rescuedogs 

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