Latest Past Events

Paws for Thanks: An open house event

Ark-Valley Humane Society (AVHS) is welcoming the public to their second annual Paws for Thanks, an open house event on Sunday November 5th between 12-3PM.  AVHS Board members and staff will be giving guided tours throughout the shelter. Animal snuggles and light refreshments will be provided.  “We’re thrilled to welcome the community back for our second annual open house! We have had some big staffing changes over the past few months and are excited for you to meet our wonderful board and staff team while touring the shelter,” said AVHS Executive Director, Nikki Ritter. Ark-Valley Humane Society is located at 701 Gregg Drive in Buena Vista, Colorado. AVHS is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 12-5PM for pet adoptions, pet cremations, stray intake, owner/guardian surrenders, and more. AVHS serves all of Chaffee County.

Feline & Fido Photo Contest & Fundraiser

Ark-Valley Humane Society (AVHS) is thrilled to announce that its 8th Annual Feline & Fido Photo Contest & Calendar will be returning this year, from Monday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Nov. 3.  Anyone can enter their photos at It is $5 per photo submission and $1 to vote (with a $5 minimum). Once a person has entered their pet's photo, they can share the contest with family and friends to garner more votes.  The contestant with the most votes will have their photo featured on the cover of the 2024 AVHS Calendar. Each of the top 12 photos with the most votes will be a featured pet photo for one of the twelve months. All photos submitted will be featured in smaller photos throughout the calendar.

Moonlight Monday

Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub 242 F St, Salida

Ark-Valley Humane Society will be the beneficiary of Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub’s Moonlight Monday promotion on September 25th. The restaurant at 242 F St in Salida will be donating 10 percent of all sales to AVHS.   We hope you will join us for some delicious pizza and good company on the 25th. You can even bring your furry friends- dogs are allowed on a pet-friendly section of their patio. Proceeds will benefit the life-saving work of Ark-Valley Humane Society.  This will help us serve the homeless pets of Chaffee County and beyond. We offer a myriad of pet-retention services including our community pet food pantry, emergency medical fund, and low-cost spay neuter vouchers.  Find out more about all of our programs and services at