Upper Rio Grande Animal Society

A nonprofit organization

ALL DOGS HAVE A STORY! Many of our dogs are homeless, abandoned, abused, neglected, lost, or relinquished by their owners. While each dog's story may be different, they all want an opportunity to love and be loved in a "furever" home. Your donation would help serve those without a voice.


"Great, helpful staff. They worked with us on our recent fur baby at a pace that worked for us and we couldn't be happier with our new girl, Finesse." Andria M.

"My husband and I adopted Simon from Conour Animal Shelter in July of this past year. Simon is living his best life. He has a big backyard and our 2 other doggies to play with...Our adopted fur babies are the best! Thank you for saving these sweet babies! Our family wouldn't be complete without them." Katy K.

"We adopted our dog Pearl from your shelter - in March she will have lived with us for 9 years.  She's doing great, and adopting her was one of the best decisions we've ever made.  Thank you for bringing us together!" Kristy F.


The Upper Rio Grande Animal Society Conour Animal Shelter is dedicated to providing a safe environment for the shelter and care of animals in need, and for the prevention of cruelty and abuse of all animals. It is our pledge to nourish the relationship between companion animals and humans through education, media exposure and readily available information and assistance.

Background Statement

Upper Rio Grande Animal Society (URGAS) was incorporated December 17, 2009 and received IRS nonprofit 501(c)3 status on March 10, 2010. On January 1, 2010, URGAS took over the running of the Conour Animal Shelter. In 2011, URGAS opened a pet crematory, the only one in the San Luis Valley. Our board of directors is all volunteer, with no one receiving any pay for their time and efforts. We currently have 2-3 paid employees. We love our dogs very much, and deeply value and appreciate any support you can give toward the cause.

Organization Data


Organization name

Upper Rio Grande Animal Society

Year Established


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Organization Size

Small Organization


2825 Sherman Avenue
Monte Vista, CO 81144


PO Box 369
Monte Vista, CO 81144

Service areas

Rio Grande County, CO, US

Saguache County, CO, US





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