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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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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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01
Mar 2017

Mark your calendars! Join us May 12 through June 12 for an amazing fundraiser graciously hosted by Sellars Project Space in Salida. Beautiful paintings by the extremely talented artist, Sally Mather, will be available. Sally has offered to donate 50% of all proceeds to benefit Ark-Valley Humane Society in building the new shelter. Sally is not only an incredible artist but also a loyal and dedicated volunteer with AVHS. We are so thankful for her passion for animals and dedication to partner with Ark-Valley Humane Society. You are invited to an opening......

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06
Feb 2017

With snow on the ground and pets sleeping in their cozy nooks or by the fireside, kitten season seems far off. Outdoor cats are not as noticeable this time of year. February is a time when animals conserve energy. It’s a time for sleeping in and staying sheltered. So, you might ask, why was February chosen to be Spay Neuter Awareness Month? It turns out, now, while the snow is still flying, is prime time for animals to get fixed. Unwanted litters, so often born in the warmer months, can be avoided......

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