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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  • Thank you to everyone who came out today for our
    4 weeks ago Thank you to everyone who came out today for our 2nd Annual Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals! We had an awesome turn out with 114 participants and 60+ dogs! Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers & community supporters as well. We couldn’t have done it without you! Here are a few highlights from the event. Stay tuned for more pictures & event results.
  • Have you signed up yet? Discount pricing for our 2nd
    1 month ago Have you signed up yet? Discount pricing for our 2nd Annual Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals ends tomorrow (Friday May 17th). Click the link in our bio to secure your spot at a great rate now!
  • Are you coming?!? register today! Link in profile!
    1 month ago Are you coming?!? register today! Link in profile!
  • Are you signed up to join the fun? Dont miss
    2 months ago Are you signed up to join the fun? Don’t miss out on our 2nd Annual Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals coming up on Sunday May 19th at the Salida Dog Park. Register by May 17th for discount pricing. Click the link in our bio to register & learn more.
  • Grab a friend and a pup and join us Sunday
    2 months ago Grab a friend and a pup and join us Sunday, May 19th for the 2nd Annual Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals!!! The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Salida Dog Park. Friendly & vaccinated dogs are allowed; 2 per adult. We welcome all runners/walkers too; dogs aren’t required to participate. Register by May 17th for discount pricing. Click the link in or bio to register today. ‍♀️  #salidaevents   #5kraces   #coloradoraces   #colorado5k   #salidacolorado   #animalwelfare   #humanesociety   #runningevents   #5krunwalk   #dog5k   #tailsonthetrailsalida   #tottsalida   #tottsalida2019 
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED! Weve extended our guaranteed Tshirt deadline to THIS
    2 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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

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