La Plata County Humane Society

The La Plata County Humane Society is the leader on Animal Welfare issues in the Four Corners region. We provide shelter and adoption services for homeless and unwanted companion animals as well as providing low cost spay and neuter options to residents of Southwest Colorado.

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Official Name
La Plata County Humane Society​​​​​​​
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1111 S. Camino del Rio
Durango, CO 81303
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(970) 259-2847 x112
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Mission Statement

The purpose of La Plata County Humane Society is to enhance and protect the lives of companion animals by ensuring the provision of sustenance, safety and shelter, educating the community regarding humane treatment of animals, and preventing pet overpopulation.

Organization History

The La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS) was established as a 501(c) 3 animal shelter in 1973. The Thrift Store was established in 1990 to raise monies for what is now, our current facility, and continues to be a main source of revenue for our yearly operating budget for the organization. In 2000, we added a veterinarian to staff to insure that all animals are spayed or neutered and have all veterinarian care/needs before leaving our facility.

The Shelter is directed by nine elected volunteer board members. The Humane Society currently has the capacity to shelter 50 dogs and 40 cats. In 2013 we took in 3,000 pets. Each animal received a comprehensive medical exam and was treated for illness and injuries including dental issues. Every adopted animal leaves our shelter vaccinated, sterilized, and microchipped.

We have a robust community outreach program and regularly collaborate with local social service agencies. We offer low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services for the public. We hold a day camp for kids which focuses on humane education and proper animal care. Our Kids and Kritters program teaches writing skills to 5th graders who author a weekly column about life in the shelter which is featured in our local paper. We bring humane education presentations to local elementary schools. We have over 70 volunteer foster families who shelter and socialize puppies and kittens too young for adoption. LPCHS offers no-interest loans to low-income pet owners in need of emergency veterinary treatment for their beloved companions. We collaborate with the Women's Resource Center to arrange free temporary boarding for pets in homes in which domestic violence is present. We bring pets to senior centers and offer free services to elderly and disabled folks who require assistance caring for their pets.

We work closely with other shelters and rescues in the Four Corners area. We regularly transfer pets from high euthanasia shelters in New Mexico and on First Nation lands. We provide training, resources, and support for many under-served/under-funded areas. We are regarded as a model shelter for best practices around the region, state, and nationally because of our innovative programs and highly trained staff.

Through our outstanding adoption program, our organization is literally part of 1000's of families in La Plata County and throughout the region


"We LOVED our experience with getting our puppy! She was picked up in Shiprock at 2 weeks old, covered in ticks and losing her hair. Other shelters wouldn't even waste their time or money on a case like hers. Some great people fostered her until she was ready to be spayed and put up for adoption. We happened to go in that day and fell in love! She is so smart and we can't thank all those involved enough for spending time on this jewel!!" - Missy Dougan Sarnow

"Remi and I are so thankful for everyone's help, compassion, & love towards our Little Ashley. It was devastating losing her, but your kindness & professionalism made it easier. You are all wonderful people doing great things. Thank you again for everything." - Karen Torres

"We have adopted two great dogs, the best cat ever, and an amazing bird from the human society. They are great, compassionate , and helpful in many ways. They've been there for us when some of our beloved pets have passed on as well. Good work and thanks." - Colleen O'Neil Theobald

"Best Humane Society anywhere! We foster animals for them. So easy to work with, loving and caring people." - Heidi Thorsness

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