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:

Ensuring the welfare of companion animals through compassion and care.

Our Vision:

A safe and humane world for all companion animals.

Our Key Values:

  • Compassion for the animals and people we serve.
  • Leadership that inspires hope and kindness through education and example.
  • Kindness towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations.
  • Transparency regarding 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.

Our Newsletter

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  • DEADLINE EXTENDED! Weve extended our guaranteed Tshirt deadline to THIS
    10 hours ago DEADLINE EXTENDED! We’ve extended our guaranteed T-shirt deadline to THIS Thursday April 25th! Sign up by this Thursday & get a guaranteed shirt + discount pricing for our 2nd Annual Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals. We have a beautiful powder blue shirt this year. You won’t want to miss it! Click the link in our bio to register for the event. Event is Sunday May 19th at the Salida Dog Park.
  • ArkValley Humane Society is honored to receive a 5000 investment
    1 month ago Ark-Valley Humane Society is honored to receive a $5,000 investment for our in house feline spays and neutered and to serve the  @petcofoundation ’s mission to raise the quality of life for pets and people who love and need them.  #petcofamily 
  • Join us Sunday May 19th at the Salida Dog Park
    1 month ago Join us Sunday May 19th at the Salida Dog Park for our 2nd Annual Tails of the Trail 5k Run/Walk for the Animals!!! This is a family & dog friendly event you don’t want to miss! Sign up by April 22nd for guaranteed race T-shirt & early bird pricing. Click the link in our bio to learn more & register
  • Have you heard the good news?!! Our 2nd Annual Tails
    2 months ago Have you heard the good news?!! Our 2nd Annual Tails on the Trail 5K Run/Walk for Animals is coming up on Sunday May 19th! Last year was a blast for runners, walkers & dogs! Don’t miss out. You can register now & get a guaranteed race T-shirt & discount pricing. Click the link in our bio to register today!
  • Save the Date Our 2nd Annual Tails on Trail 5k
    2 months ago *Save the Date* Our 2nd Annual Tails on Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals is coming up on Sunday May 19th! Register before April 23rd for early bird pricing & a guaranteed race t-shirt! Don’t miss out on this family & dog-friendly event benefiting the life saving work of AVHS! Click the link in our bio for more details  #salidaevents 
  • Give where you live on givingtuesday! Your support today means
    5 months ago Give where you live on  #givingtuesday ! Your support today means the world to the dogs and cats we care for every single day. With your help, these animals will find loving homes and receive a second chance at life! Click the link in our bio to give through  #coloradogives  ❤️❤️
  • Woohoo!! Our T Shirt fundraiser has been extended! If you
    5 months ago Woohoo!! Our T Shirt fundraiser has been extended! If you missed your chance, click the link in our bio to pre order yours today! These would make great Christmas presents for a wonderful cause! ❤️ [not to mention the funky design + incredibly soft t-shirt!]
  • 24 hours left in our tshirt fundraiser!! These shirts are
    5 months ago 24 hours left in our t-shirt fundraiser!! These shirts are super soft, come in a women’s and unisex fit and designed by local artist, Patti Vincent! All proceeds help us as we build a better future for our animals through the new addition! Click the link in our bio to purchase your shirts today!

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