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.

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  • Yesit is possible to be THIS cute! These two cuties
    6 hours ago Yes-it is possible to be THIS cute! These two cuties are available for adoption!
  • Looking for a wiggle buttlap dogsquishy faced love bug? Weve
    1 day ago Looking for a wiggle butt/lap dog/squishy faced love bug? We’ve got just the guy King is a precious seven year old male dog who has allllllll the ❤️ in the to give a special family. Come meet King today!
  • If youre thinking of inviting an animal into your family
    2 weeks ago If you're thinking of inviting an animal into your family, please skip the pet stores. Instead, consider adopting a furry friend from Ark-Valley Humane Society. There are so many shelter animals waiting to find their forever homes, and one of them just might be your next BFF!
  • Zephyr is a beautiful two month old female kitten who
    2 weeks ago Zephyr is a beautiful two month old female kitten who is ready to play! This girl will bring so much fun and joy to your life! ❤️
  • The 2019 AVHS calendars are HERE! And Honey approves For
    3 weeks ago The 2019 AVHS calendars are HERE! And Honey approves For just $15 one of these calendars can be yours! All proceeds benefit AVHS and each month you’ll get to see beautiful pictures of cats and dogs!
  • How cute is this new family of four? York and
    4 weeks ago How cute is this new family of four? York and Heath just went to a wonderful home together!
  • Those nose freckles Sweet Stella is still looking for a
    4 weeks ago Those nose freckles Sweet Stella is still looking for a home! She’s a wonderful girl, and would make a family so happy with her bright personality. Come say we open at noon!

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