Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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A Guide to Pet Adoption

Find the right pet for you.



Do you love cats, dogs, and other pets? Then come join our cause…


What is your commitment to saving lives?

Ark-Valley Humane Society serves Chaffee County, Colorado as an open-admission shelter while maintaining a Live Release Rate for animals of 95% or above.  AVHS is committed to saving the life of every healthy or treatable animal, including feral cats, under the care of the organization.  

Do you offer any programs where I can get my pet spayed or neutered for no charge or at a discounted rate?

Yes, we do. To learn more and fill out an application, click here.

I need to report a lost or found pet. What should I do?

Please fill out our Lost or Found form and include a picture if possible of the cat or dog missing. We will put it on Facebook and get the word out.

My pet just passed away. Do you offer pet cremation services?

Yes we do. To learn more, please visit our pet crematory page.

There are feral cats lingering around my property and I’m not sure what to do about them. Can AVHS help with this?

Absolutely! To learn more about our community programs, please visit our programs page. 

If I witness an inhumane act being done to a pet, what should I do?

Ark-Valley Humane Society is not animal control. Please call your local police authority to help with the situation.

What is a microchip and can I get one for my pet at the Ark-Valley Humane Society?

A microchip is a small device implanted in your pet used to aid in the reuniting of owners with their pets. It is a minimally invasive procedure, very similar to giving your pet a vaccination. Currently over 7,000,000 pets in the United States have been microchipped. We are happy to microchip your pet for $25.00.

My pet was dropped off at AVHS. What do I need to do?

Please call the shelter at 719.395.2737 during business hours, Noon to 5:30PM daily, to schedule a time to pick up your pet.

Is there a fee to surrender my pet to Ark-Valley Humane Society?

A surrender fee of $40 per dog (or litter of puppies) or $30 per cat (or litter of kittens) is requested at the time of surrender.  If you cannot afford the surrender fee, please discuss this with an AVHS staff member. 

Out-of-county surrender fees are $100 per animal (or litter).

To learn more about surrendering your pet, click here. 

What donations are you currently accepting?

Donations are always welcome! To see a complete list of current donation items needed, check out our Amazon Wishlist or visit our donation page. 

I want to help AVHS but am unable to walk dogs or play with cats. Are there any other options for me?

Absolutely! If you are unable to volunteer at the shelter, there are plenty of ways to still help the shelter animals. You could foster an animal whether it be a litter of kittens or an unsocialized dog. Or we have a list of DIY projects you can do from home like baking dog treats or making cat toys! Please start by filling out a volunteer application here.

Does AVHS have a location in Salida?

Yes! We now have AVHS South located at 247 W HWY 50 in Salida (right next to Gone the Dogs). This is always accessible to law enforcement 24/7 for stray dog and cat drop-off and open to the public on Sundays 1:00-5:30pm June through August for cat adoptions, microchips, spay/neuter coupon assistance, a pet food pantry, Kitty Yoga and more! For additional question regarding AVHS South, call 719.395.2737.

Our Newsletter


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    3 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
    3 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
    3 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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    4 months ago Have you seen a cuter bumblebee (or should we say Bumble Bull or Pit Bee )?? Ganon loves Halloween and would love it even more if he was celebrating with a family! Come by and meet this sweet boy today! ❤️
  • Were getting set up now! Be sure to come by
    4 months ago We’re getting set up now! Be sure to come by  @salidasteamplant  from 5-8pm TONIGHT for Cause for the Paws!!!  #salidacolorado   #salidaevents   #c4tp2018 
  • Cause for the Paws is THIS Friday 1012 from 58pm
    4 months ago Cause for the Paws is THIS Friday 10/12 from 5-8pm at  @salidasteamplant  Don’t miss your chance for a fun evening for a great cause! We’ve got live music, food & drinks, fundraising prize games, raffle prizes & good company! Tickets are $20 at the door. Are you coming?  #c4tp2018   #salidacolorado   #salidaevents 
  • Are you coming meow? Our 4th Annual Fundraising Event Cause
    5 months ago Are you coming meow? Our 4th Annual Fundraising Event, Cause for the Paws, is THIS Friday 10/12 from 5-8pm at the Salida SteamPlant. Don’t miss an evening of food & drinks, live music, raffle prizes & fundraising prize games! Click the link in our bio to learn more!  #salidaevents   #salidacolorado   #c4tp2018 
  • Want to help sweet puppy faces like this one while
    5 months ago Want to help sweet puppy faces like this one while having a good time? Join us THIS Friday Oct 12th from 5-8pm at  @salidasteamplant  for our 4th Annual fundraising event, Cause for the Paws! This year, in addition to the food, drinks, live music, raffle prizes & great company, we’re adding fundraising games! There are lots of AMAZING prizes to win- including $500 cash Bring some cash & a smile & join us for a fun evening for a great cause that you won’t want to miss! Click the link in our bio for more info  #c4tp2018   #salidaevents   #salidacolorado   #fundraisingevents 

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