Life-Saving Statistics

Every Outcome Matters




Ark-Valley Humane Society tracks the status of every pet using a nationally recognized standard. The data provided gives us a detailed report of the health and outcome of every animal in our care.

Positive Outcomes for 852 animals in 2017 with a 99% Live Release Rate

In 2016, our shelter intake was 49.2 animals per 1,000 Chaffee County residents. This was the highest in 5 years. This number is also higher than the national average, which is reported as 30 animals per 1,000 residents by the Humane Society of the United States.  Ark-Valley Humane Society found homes for over 580 homeless pets in 2017.  All pets were spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to going back into the community.  Ark-Valley Humane Society maintains a high Return-To-Owner (RTO) rate for stray dogs; over 70% of stray pets were reunited with their families in 2016.  Again, through all of this, our LOS (length of stay) for animals staying in the shelter was shortened by 14-days.

Pets at Ark-Valley Humane Society are never euthanized for space or time reasons and remain available for adoption as long as necessary.

Our live release rate of 99% is even more impressive because of the 195 animals we had transferred in from other animal welfare agencies in Colorado and around the country (this includes, New Mexico, Arizona and Louisiana.) These dogs and cats were transferred in and given a second chance at finding a home when time and resources had run out at their original shelters.

We are confident in our adoption figures and save rate as they are calculated according to the nationally recognized Asilomar Standard. This lets us track the many options for our pets such as adoption, return-to-owner, or animal transfers. On top of this, we also conduct a daily physical inventory to ensure our reports are accurate.

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    1 day ago Kitty Close Ups! Looking for kittens? We got ‘em! Come by the shelter today and meet our ‘G’ litter! We’re open until 5:30 today!
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    2 weeks ago Chelsea LOVES the kind ladies at Community Banks of Colorado! They are always so welcome and friendly, Chelsea feels right at home!
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    2 weeks ago Early Registration for Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals ends on Thursday May 17th! Sign up now to get discount pricing on this family & dog-friendly 5K! The race is Sunday May 20th at 9 am at the Salida Dog Park (check-in & day of registration 8-8:45) Click the link in our bio to register & learn more!
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    2 weeks ago Come see Chelsea at Community Banks of Colorado in Salida! We’re here until four! Chelsea will be giving away hugs and kisses!
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    2 weeks ago Photo shoot with Coral this girl will not last long! Great personality, beautiful coloring, easy-going...What’s not to love?
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    3 weeks ago Thank you to our sponsors of our 1st Tails on the Trails 5k Run/Walk for Animals! (Not all sponsors shown here)We couldn’t put on this fun event without your support! Proceeds from this event will benefit the lifesaving work of our organization! Tails on the Trail is Sunday May 20th at the Salida Dog Park. If you’re interested in participating, it’s not too late to register (click the link in our bio)  #thankyou 
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    3 weeks ago Did you know that several amazing businesses sponsored our upcoming Tails on Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals? We’re so grateful for their support! The ones mentioned here aren’t even all of them!!! Thanks guys! Your support helps us with our mission to advocate for the welfare of animals through compassion and care!
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    3 weeks ago You planning to come out to Loyal Dukes Dog Park in Salida on Sunday May 20th? You should. It’s gonna be fun! Our 1st Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals will be starting at 9 a.m (registration/check in at 8 am). This family and dog-friendly 5k will be one you won’t want to miss! We’ve got: prizes, goodie bags, snacks, kiddie pools (for the pups), mountain views throughout the course, a downhill finish and soooo much more! Click the link in our bio or visit www.ark-valley.org/TailsontheTrail to learn more & register!

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