Ark-Valley Humane Society has announced Amber van Leuken as its new executive director. Van Leuken will fill the vacancy of former executive director, Jonathan McDonell, after he accepted a position at a shelter in the Northeast. “We are very pleased to announce this new appointment,” said Dr. John Ellis, Ark-Valley Humane Society Board Chair. “Amber’s experience and dedication to Ark-Valley Humane Society will make her a tremendous asset as our leader.” “I am humbled and honored to step into this new role,” van Leuken remarks. “It’s an exciting time to be in......
If you’re in the BV area or on any of the BV Facebook groups, you may have seen this cutie’s picture (potentially with a cute Christmas sweater on.) This is Jade. Jade is a fighter. Let me rephrase that, Jade has literally had to fight for her life. At an estimated age of sixteen, Jade was found on the side of the road in Buena Vista by a Good Samaritan. Extremely skinny and matted, Jade was looking rough. Upon seeing her we noted two things: 1. She was so, so sweet and......
Join us at our third annual fundraising event, Cause For the Paws! Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvre from Kalamata Pit with special musical guests, The Riff. We’ll have a silent auction along with some incredible raffle prizes-you don’t want to miss it. Cause For the Paws is a benefit supporting the lifesaving work of Ark-Valley Humane Society. With over 25 years of serving the homeless pets of Chaffee County, with your help we’ll help over 1,000 animals this year. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. To find out more,......
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it’s difficult for us to fully comprehend the devastation and hurt this natural disaster has caused so many people. Ark-Valley Humane Society is making efforts to help animals in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey by accepting transfers of adoptable animals from shelters that are taking lost and/or abandoned animals that are directly affected. On Wednesday, August 31, AVHS received seventeen cats from Acadian Animal Aid near Lafayette, Louisiana. If you would like to support our efforts locally, we are currently seeking donations of Purina Cat Chow......
Ark-Valley Humane Society is honored to receive the ‘Lifesaving Luminary’ award from nationally recognized animal society, Best Friends Animal Society. Executive Director Jonathan McDonell accepted the award on behalf of the shelter while attending the Best Friend’s National Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey in July. Ark-Valley Humane Society won the award for the Mountain West Region, which includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. While presenting the award, Judah Battista, Chief Regional Programs Officer for Best Friends Animal Society, recognized the shelter’s positive changes noting, “Ark-Valley is an......
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......
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......
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......
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......
We’ve got a new logo that we’re so excited to share with you all. This logo represents so much for us. It represents forward-movement, vision and unity. All good things. With the unveiling of our new logo, we also wanted to share with you our updated mission and vision statements, and our key values. These are all so important to us and represent our heart and mission. These words will constantly be at the forefront of our minds as we continue to help animals through 2017 and beyond. We hope these words......