Ark-Valley Humane Society, Inc

A nonprofit organization

$18,526 raised by 160 donors

93% complete

$20,000 Goal

Since 1991, Ark-Valley Humane Society has helped thousands of animals through adoptions, our community programs and services, and our spay and neuter efforts. Our live release rate in 2022 was 98% for all animals and we're proud of the lifesaving work we do. Would you partner with us?


"I adopted a Siamese mix and this place actually took the time to make sure that I was aware of temperament and placement with children. After volunteering hundreds of hours at a shelter back home, I applaud them for actually doing a sort of screening and trying their best to make sure the pets go to good and responsible homes that fit the PETS needs, as well as the family." Rebekah L

"I love Ark-Valley shelter, all the animals are well taken care of and treated with love and care. The people who work there are the best. I remember when my beloved dog passed away, they where so nice to us and treated her remains with loving care. Thank you all." Sarah T


Our mission is to ensure the welfare of companion animals through compassion and care. Our key values are compassion for the animals and people we serve.

Leadership that inspires hope and kindness through education and example.

Kindness towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations.

Transparency regarding the work we do

Background Statement

In the early 1990s Buena Vista, Colorado had only The Shed, which was overseen by law enforcement. It consisted of unheated, short-stay kennels for stray dogs. Dogs sweltered in the heat of summer and water bowls froze in winter. No services were available for cats. A group of concerned citizens decided it was time for a change. In 1991, founding members established Ark-Valley Humane Society (AVHS) as a nonprofit organization to humanely care for stray and unwanted pets in northern Chaffee County. By 1995, the AVHS shelter had opened its doors in Buena Vista. Soon, hundreds of dogs and cats each year were cared for by staff and volunteers until loving homes were found for them.

Organization Data


Organization name

Ark-Valley Humane Society, Inc

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Year Established


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Organization Size

Medium Organization


701 Gregg Drive
Buena Vista, CO 81211


PO Box 1335
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Service areas

Chaffee County, CO, US



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