Ark-Valley Humane Society
701 Gregg Drive
P.O. Box 1335
Buena Vista, CO 81211
7 Days/Week, 11 am - 5 pm

Sunshine Shelter
P.O. Box 215
10128 W. Hwy 50
Poncha Springs, CO 81242
7 Days/Week, 12 pm - 5 pm


Our Mission...

Ark-Valley Humane Society
    •  Maintains a compassionate no-kill animal shelter for homeless, lost and unwanted pets without regard for time or space,
    •  Reduces the number of unwanted pets through spay/neuter programs,
    •  Connects homeless pets and adoptive homes,
    •  Offers support services for the prevention of cruelty to animals,
    •  Presents public education for responsible pet ownership.

Click here  for our 2013 Annual Report.

Now hiring!
Please visit the Employment Opportunities section
for more information.


Feisty and fun one year old lady who would love to be your new best friend! She's particular about her animal friends but loves people! Come meet her today!
Lovely two year old Shepherd mix looking for an active family to take her on many adventures. Kipper is sure to be your best hiking buddy!
Lively thirteen year old Border Collie mix who is just looking for the best retirement home ever. He is happy and spry for his age but would prefer to be the only pet. Do you have room in your home and heart for this mature fella?


News & Events
Don't Miss Out!

The Great Salida Cat Fix is HERE! 

FREE Spay or Neuter Surgery for Cats!  


AVHS was recently awarded a grant from PetSmart Charities®, geared specifically toward intact owned cats living in the 81201 zip code. Feral cats are covered, too! 

Please call or drop by the Sunshine Shelter in Poncha Springs to take advantage! 
Everyone who owns an intact cat and lives in zip code 81201 can participate. 

This program is free and covers the cost of spay or neuter surgery for income qualifying cat owners in Salida.  If you don't income qualify, it's no problem!  It's just a $20 co-pay.  Get the application here!

This is an amazing opportunity for cat lovers and the cats, too!  We're helping to prevent unwanted litters AND helping our community by covering the cost. 

Thank you, PetSmart Charities®!  For partnering with us in carrying out the AVHS Mission of compassionate care for ALL critters in our area.  This program is for a limited time only.  Act fast and take advantage of a great opportunity for yourself and your feline best friend!   


AVHS - compassionately connecting pets and people