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03
May 2017

  Dear Supporter, Ark-Valley Humane Society is in a very difficult financial position.  The shelter is very successful by all measures of animal care (Live Release Rate over 97%, Return to Owner rate over 70%, status and dramatically reduced Length of Stay) but in spite of that, the shelter has operated at a significant deficit for the past four years.  We have continued support from the taxpayers of Chaffee County (the mill levy) and our dedicated donors and volunteers but we have had to tap into our operating reserve to fund ongoing......

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19
Apr 2017
Kitten Season

Kitten Season is almost here! So what is kitten season? According to Humane Society of the United States, “Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters. Kitten season is really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.” And why does kitten season occur? Kitten Season occurs because too many kittens are born when cats who are not spayed or neutered mate. Obviously, the easiest way to......

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30
Mar 2017

Did you know the American Humane Association estimates that over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year? Woah. That’s a lot of companion animals and their families separated and scared. It’s statistics like this that remind us just how important it is to microchip your pet. Mirochipping substantially increases the likelihood of your pet coming home by offering secure, reliable and permanent identification. We wanted to provide some commonly asked questions about microchips and even debunk some misconceptions about your pet’s microchip. A microchip implant......

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20
Mar 2017

The week of March 20th is National Poison Prevention Week which we feel is a wonderful time to remind you of the common household items that pose danger for your furry family members. Every year, the ASPCA Poison Control Center releases its Top 10 List of toxins pet ingest. According to ASPCApro.org, in 2016 the list was based on 180,639 calls about potential poisonings, and APCC veterinarians tabulated the 10 subjects callers were most often worried about. We would like to share these with you as a reminder to protect your pets......

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02
Feb 2017

Love is in the air at AVHS! Stop by, call us, or donate online a $5 Valentine to the shelter dog or cat of your preference so they feel the love this Valentine’s Day! To spice things up a bit, we’ll post the Valentine’s on the shelter’s lobby dog or cat room door and the door with the most Valentine’s on it will win a special treat! So what will it be, Kitty Kisses or Puppy Smooches?...

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