Paws for Thanks

Paws for Thanks

By: Judy Hamontre, AVHS Board Member & Volunteer

Autumn colors are fading, wind blown leaves carpet the ground, and a new season of thanksgiving begins. It is a time to celebrate families and friends, cherished pets, our beautiful valley, and our caring community.

It is the perfect time for us, the Staff and Board of the Ark-Valley Humane Society, to celebrate all of you, our supportive community, by hosting our second annual Open House, “Paws for Thanks,” Sunday, November 5, 12:00-3:00PM, at the Buena Vista location, 701 Gregg Drive.

You do so much for our shelter to ensure the quality care and welfare of our companion animals.

You generously contribute your hard earned dollars, as the fall edition of “Paw Prints” indicates. 400 names were listed as donors for just one quarter, and that does not include those who chose to remain anonymous nor the money from collection boxes.

You also give by bringing pet food and supplies to the shelter and participating in the food drives of local businesses in both Salida and Buena Vista.

You buy t-shirts, calendars, pet ID tags, memorial leaves and bricks and have “bad” portraits made of your “good” pets.

You enter photos of your pets in our annual Feline and Photo Contest (going on now) and pay to vote for your favorites in hopes they will win and appear in our calendar.

You sponsor and participate in our events, including Tails on The Trail and Movie Night at the Comanche.

You adopt! Thus far this year 303 amazing animals have found loving fur-ever homes.

You foster! 38 homes have fostered 115 unique animals to date this year, but because many animals spent time in multiple homes, there actually have been 166 foster placements.  Our data also shows that 38% of animals adopted this year spent a fair amount of time in foster care.

You volunteer! To date, 57 active volunteers have logged in 1,632 hours, surpassing the total for all of last year.

You promote our shelter with your stories, photos and posts on Social Media.

You are an amazing, huge community of animal lovers who help make the Ark-Valley Humane Society as successful as it is. We applaud you publicly in this article and sincerely hope you will join us November 5 for a proper and personal thank you for all you do.

There will be a bit of food and drink (water and soda) and the opportunity to visit with our new Executive Director, Nikki Ritter, new and “old” staff members, and the Board of Directors. You can tour the facility if you would like, ask questions and share your favorite pet stories and adventures.

It is a special day to gather together at AVHS, in mutual love of companion animals and their welfare, a day to “Paws for Thanks.”