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Routt County Humane Society

RCHS manages a county-wide animal shelter in Steamboat Springs. We care for the animals entrusted to us and provide compassionate safe haven. Funding goes toward healing their minds, bodies and hearts as we find them new homes. Help our life-saving work for the animals, and the people who love them!

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General Information

Official Name
Routt County Humane Society Inc​​​​​​​
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Headquarters Address
760 Critter Court
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 772080
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Main Phone Number
970-879-RCHS (7247)
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Mission Statement

Routt County Humane Society is a nonprofit community resource dedicated to encouraging respect for the dignity and worth of all animals by providing safe haven, promoting adoption, and decreasing the number of unwanted pets. We believe in second chances and are committed to advocating for animals and the people who love them.

Organization History

Routt County Humane Society was founded in 1985 and incorporated as a non-profit 501c3. Over the next 30 years, RCHS worked closely with the City of Steamboat Springs, providing financial support for spay/neuter and medical care of the shelter animals, which were services that the City did not provide. In 2003, we began an active volunteer program at the shelter. Since 2005, we have provided low income community members with financial assistance for their pets via low cost spay/neuter and emergency medical assistance. On May 1, 2015, RCHS took over management of the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter and has been dramatically expanding animal and community programs to meet growing needs.


"Our practice has participated with the Routt County Humane Society for over 20 years in order to provide spay/neuter and medical assistance to shelter animals at a discount. This has been a very successful program." --John Rule D.V.M., Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital

"I've been a contribution member of the Humane Society for 30 years. When I needed assistance to take care of a feral cat I had been feeding, RCHS was willing to finance an exam, neuter and shots. He is a healthy, happy cat today." --Mary Ellison

"Without the assistance of the Routt County Humane Society our practice would not be able to accomplish our goal of reducing pet overpopulation in our area. This organization has monetarily assisted us with spay and neuter costs for both our low-income clients and shelter animals." --Paige Lorimer, D.V.M., Pet Kare Clinic

"The Routt County Humane Society has been responsible for providing much-needed care for the animals in the shelter ready for adoption. We have joined them by discounting services to help them afford and continue this programs. With these funds animals are released from the shelter spayed or neutered and in good health. These pets find good homes and this helps to eliminate euthanasia due to pet overpopulation." --Michael H. Gotchey, D.V.M. and Lee Meyring D.V.M, Steamboat Veterinary Hospital P.C.

"We adopted Chevy from RCHS last July. I think the staff definitely have the animals' best interest at heart and try hard to find the right fit for humans and animals. After you leave the shelter, the staff continue to be supportive and are happy to answer questions or provide guidance. Although it can get busy at times, they are always there to help!" --Fritha Morrison

"I have adopted from here a few times and my daughter and I go in often to pet the kittens. They treat the animals so well in there just like they were their own. The staff is so friendly and work hard to make sure the animals go to a good home. They keep you updated on animals that have been adopted with pictures which is so cool to see and I think that is really important to people who have had to surrender an animal. They get to see it happy in a new home. Love these guys and bless them for all the wonderful work they do for the animals!" --Ricardo Summer & Cherie Christopher

"Very special place! We are so lucky to have such caring, compassionate people here in Routt County." --Paula Pepper Salky

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