Be part of the pet overpopulation solution!

Be part of the pet overpopulation solution!

By: Emy Nettleblad, AVHS Outreach Manager

In 2023 Ark-Valley Humane Society helped 264 community pets get spayed or neutered through our owned feline spay/neuter program, owned pit bull spay/neuter program, low-income spay/neuter program for other dog breeds, and our trap-neuter-return program for feral cats.

Our goal in 2024 is to help even more community pets get fixed to prevent the birth of unwanted animals, working to help resolve the pet overpopulation crisis in our country.

We are fortunate here in Chaffee County to not euthanize for time or space as our wonderful community is incredibly supportive and helps our healthy, adoptable animals to have positive outcomes! However, many shelters across the country are still struggling due to a lack of time, space, and resources for the animals in their care. They work to save as many pets as possible, but adoptions are not keeping pace with the number of animals coming in, which is leading to the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.

The more pets we can assist to get spayed and neutered helps to stem this problem. You can help locally by fixing your pets today!

Reducing the number of unwanted litters entering the shelter allows us to further help the pet overpopulation crisis by transferring-in animals from overcrowded shelters when space allows. In 2023 we were able to transfer in 125 additional pets–74 cats and 51 dogs. Transfer programs such as ours provide relief to overcrowded shelters by taking in animals in need, which frees up kennel space at the originating shelter and allows them to serve even more animals. We wouldn’t be able to take in these additional pets without our successful spay/neuter programs here in Chaffee County.

Learn more about our spay/neuter programs and apply at

Pictured here is a recent litter of puppies, the ‘David Bowie litter’, that was transferred in from neighboring shelter- Humane Society of Pikes Peak- Pueblo. All of the puppies have recently been adopted into loving homes.


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