About Us

Founded in 1991, Ark-Valley Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization. Ark-Valley Humane Society operates an open admission animal shelter, serving Chaffee County with locations in Buena Vista and Poncha Springs. As a no-kill organization, we do not euthanize for time or space and as a non-profit, we rely heavily on private donation and grants to fund our operations.




Our Mission

Our Mission Statement:

Advocating for the welfare of all animals through compassion and care.

Our Vision Statements:

  • To enhance the lives of all companion animals through humane education and partnerships
  • To create a safer and happier world for all companion animals
  • To enhance the human-animal bond through education and responsible pet ownership

Our Key Values:

  • Compassion: for those we serve, animals and humans.
  • Leadership: inspiring hope and kindness through strength, education and example.
  • Kindness: towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations.
  • Transparency: in our relationships and partnerships with the work we do.

The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms we strive to provide each animal every day,
what are they? The welfare of an animal, which includes its physical and mental state, has been defined as the Five Freedoms:

    • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
    • Freedom from Discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
    • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease: by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
    • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
    • Freedom from Fear and Distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

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