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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  • BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Cause
    10 hours ago BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Cause for the Paws last night to support Ark-Valley Humane Society!! With over 170 guests, it was our biggest Cause for the Paws yet! Thank you to our sponsors & the  #salidasteamplant  for hosting! Thanks to Kalamatapit for the delicious food and Two Weeks in Fiji for the great music! Stay tuned for our announcement on the open house for our new addition
  • Were here setting up for Cause for the Paws! Hope
    1 day ago We’re here setting up for Cause for the Paws! Hope to see you tonight at 5pm at the  #salidasteamplant  !
  • Will we see you at causeforthepaws tomorrow at the salidasteamplant
    2 days ago Will we see you at  #causeforthepaws  tomorrow at the  #salidasteamplant  ?! Come out and enjoy live music by Two weeks in Fiji, delicious food by Kalamatapit, drinks, dancing, games and more all while supporting the lifesaving work of Ark-Valley Humane Society! Pick up your tickets today at the reduced price of $15! (Stop by AVHS, Salida Steamplant, BV or Salida Chamber of Commerce, or Free the Monkey!) or get them at the door for $20! Hope to see you there!
  • Bubba is ready for Halloween! Hes got his costume
    3 days ago Bubba is ready for Halloween! He’s got his costume & beautiful smile, now all that’s missing is the perfect family to spend it with!  #adoptdontshop   #adoptme   #shelterdog   #shelterdogsofinstagram   #avhs   #adoptionsaveslives 
  • Sweet Pumpkin is still patiently waiting for her perfect family!
    3 days ago Sweet Pumpkin is still patiently waiting for her perfect family! This sweet dog gets along with other dogs and LOVES to play! She needs a family that will help teach her good doggy manners, and she’ll repay you with a million kisses! Come meet her today!  #adoptdontshop   #pumpkin   #dogsofinstagram   #shelterdogsofinstagram   #shelterdogs   #avhs   #rescuedogsofinstagram 
  • Cause for the Paws is THIS FRIDAY!! Hope to see
    4 days ago Cause for the Paws is THIS FRIDAY!! Hope to see you at our biggest fundraiser of the year! Come out and play one of our great fundraising games, enjoy live music, delicious food and great company!  #causeforthepaws   #events   #avhs 
  • Anyone looking for an absolute Casanova? Sylvester is your guy!
    1 week ago Anyone looking for an absolute Casanova? Sylvester is your guy! How could you say no to those beautiful green eyes? (Swipe to see )  #catsofinstagram   #adoptdontshop   #adoptionsaveslives   #avhs   #sheltercat 
  • Will you be at our 5th annual Cause for the
    2 weeks ago Will you be at our 5th annual Cause for the Paws?! We’ll have live music, delicious food catered by Kalamata Pit, awesome fundraising games and more! Pick up your tickets at Free the Monkey (BV or Salida), BV or Salida Chamber of Commerce, the Salida SteamPlant, or AVHS!

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