About Us

Founded in 1991, Ark-Valley Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization. Ark-Valley Humane Society operates an open admission animal shelter, serving Chaffee County with locations in Buena Vista and Poncha Springs. We do not euthanize for time or space and as a non-profit, we rely heavily on private donation and grants to fund our operations.




Our Mission

Our Mission Statement:

Advocating for the welfare of all animals through compassion and care.

Our Vision Statements:

  • To enhance the lives of all companion animals through humane education and partnerships
  • To create a safer and happier world for all companion animals
  • To enhance the human-animal bond through education and responsible pet ownership

Our Key Values:

  • Compassion: for those we serve, animals and humans.
  • Leadership: inspiring hope and kindness through strength, education and example.
  • Kindness: towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations.
  • Transparency: in our relationships and partnerships with the work we do.

The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms we strive to provide each animal every day,
what are they? The welfare of an animal, which includes its physical and mental state, has been defined as the Five Freedoms:

    • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
    • Freedom from Discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
    • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease: by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
    • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
    • Freedom from Fear and Distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

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  • Looks like weve got some new pets in the lead!!
    6 days ago Looks like we’ve got some new pets in the lead!! Remember, TODAY only, we’ve got a flash sale where votes are DOUBLED! So if you donate $20 in votes, you’ll actually receive 40! you’ve got until midnight tonight! Vote here: www.gogophotocontest.com/avhs
  • FLASH SALE! Today only! If you donate 10 in votes
    6 days ago FLASH SALE! Today only! If you donate $10 in votes you’ll actually receive 20 votes! Vote today and help homeless animals! Vote here: www.gogophotocontest.com/avhs
  • Have you? Pictured are some of our adorable entries! 11vote
    1 week ago Have you? Pictured are some of our adorable entries! $1=1vote and you’re making a big difference in the lives of animals looking for a home at AVHS! Vote today at www.gogophotocontest.com/avhs You’ve got until June 29th! ❤️
  • Want to make your pet a STAR?  Enter arkvalleyhumanesocietys
    1 week ago Want to make your pet a STAR? ⭐️ Enter  @arkvalleyhumanesociety ’s Feline + Fido Photo Contest running through June 29! Submit your pet’s photo + story, then share your page to get votes! $1=1 vote (with a $5 minimum) and all proceeds benefit animals in need! The pet with the most votes will win its photo on the front of our AVHS 2018/2019 calendar along with some other incredible prizes! No pets? You can still participate by voting for your favorites! Your pet does not have to be a rescue or local!
  • Support the lifesaving work of ArkValley Humane Society in our
    2 weeks ago Support the lifesaving work of Ark-Valley Humane Society in our third annual Feline + Fido Photo Contest!
  • Want your pets photo on the front of our AVHS
    3 weeks ago Want your pet’s photo on the front of our AVHS calendar like Millie and Yeti? We’re a week away from our third annual Feline and Fido Photo Contest And Calendar Fundraiser and we can’t wait! This year we’re offering our lowest photo submission cost ever at just $5 per photo! it all starts June 11!
  • Huge thanks to one of our awesome volunteers Judy H
    3 weeks ago Huge thanks to one of our awesome volunteers, Judy H, for donating these beautiful flowers for the front of our BV shelter from Merrifields!
  • Dunes two siblings have been adopted leaving sweet Dune all
    4 weeks ago Dune’s two siblings have been adopted, leaving sweet Dune all alone 🙁 we know his family is out there somewhere! Come by and meet this sweet kitten!

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