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 843 animals in 2016 with a 98% 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 650 homeless pets in 2016.  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 98% is even more impressive because of the 192 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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  • We arent kidding when we say we have GREAT KITTIEShellip
    6 hours 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
    1 week 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 weeks 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 
  • Benefits of you submitting your pets photo to our photohellip
    3 weeks ago Benefits of you submitting your pet's photo to our photo contest/calendar fundraiser: 1. Your pet becomes the celebrity you've always known them to be. 2. It's cheap! 10 bucks to submit, $1 to vote 3. By participating, you're helping homeless pets! 4. You could win some awesome prizes! Link in bio!!  #shelterpets   #adoptdontshop   #dogsofinstagram   #catsofinstagram 
  • If this collection of pics and videos doesnt convince youhellip
    1 month ago If this collection of pics and videos doesn't convince you Blueberry is the sweetest, most cuddliest dog in the world-we don't know what will! Some refer to Blueberry as a giant cream puff and it's apparent why. Come meet this cuddle bug today!  #adoptdontshop   #dogs   #rescuedog 
  • Weve got three adorable kittens up for adoption and readyhellip
    1 month ago We've got three adorable kittens up for adoption and ready to go home! They're in the playroom so come by and play with them today!  #rescuekittens   #adoptdontshop   #kittens   #theyrepurrmachines 
  • Baby girl always has a spot at our front desk!hellip
    1 month 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
    1 month 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 

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