ARK-VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY INC

Unleash Compassion

Buena Vista, CO   |  www.ark-valley.org

Mission

Ensuring the welfare of companion animals with compassion and care.

Notes from the nonprofit

AVHS is under construction and expanding the shelter facility in Buena Vista. The project is expected to cost $500,000 and will expand the facility by 1,200 feet. Expected completion by Fall of 2019.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mrs. Amber Vanleuken

Main address

PO Box 1335 701 Gregg Drive

Buena Vista, CO 81211 USA

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EIN

84-1161648

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With our main shelter located in Buena Vista, Colorado, Ark-Valley Humane Society continues to operate as an open-admission shelter for Chaffee County, while maintaining exceptional Live Release Rates for the animals in our care. In 2020, of the 421 animals sheltered, 77% of cats and 85% of dogs originated in Chaffee County. Others received were relinquished by owners living in surrounding counties. Our Community Spay and Neuter Programs provided reduced or no-cost spay/neuter for 227 owned cats and dogs living in Chaffee County. In addition, 22 reduced or no-cost microchips were offered to owned pets. Additionally, all 241 dogs and cats adopted from the shelter were spayed or neutered, up-to date on vaccinations, and microchipped before leaving our doors. Our return to owner rates for strays were 84% for dogs and 15% for cats; considerably higher than national averages.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Programs & Services

In 2020 our team of eight staff members, ten board members and 60 volunteers helped 1,249 animals through our sheltering, spay/neuter, microchipping, safety net, and adoption programs. In doing so, the average length of stay for animals at our shelter was 13.6 days and our Asilomar Live Release Rate was 99.05%. With our main shelter located in Buena Vista, Colorado, Ark-Valley Humane Society continues to operate as an open-admission shelter for Chaffee County, while maintaining exceptional Live Release Rates for the animals in our care. In 2020, of the 421 animals sheltered, 77% of cats and 85% of dogs originated in Chaffee County. Others received were relinquished by owners living in surrounding counties. Our Community Spay and Neuter Programs provided reduced or no-cost spay/neuter for 227 owned cats and dogs living in Chaffee County.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Current Certification 2013

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA)

Best Organization to Volunteer 2012

Best of Chaffee County

Current Certification 2014

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA)

Current Certification 2015

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA)

Current Certification 2016

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA)

Current Certification 2017

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA)

Current Certification 2018

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA)

Current Certification 2019

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA)

Affiliations & memberships

Best Friends Animal Society Lifesaving Luminary Award of the Mountain West Region 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Programs & Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Provide Live-saving behavior programs.
2. Help more animals, keeping our Length-of-Stay low and Live-Release-Rate high.
3. Improve Staff Retention & Wellness.
4. Utilize Supportive & Efficient Communication

Live-saving behavior programs:
More dog enrichment and training.
More hands on animal training for staff.
Reinventing our use of Cat Pawsitive.
Spending more time interacting with animals.
Implement Bite Quarantine enrichment.

Helping more animals, keeping our Length-of-Stay low and Live-Release-Rate high:
Increase our transfer-ins and develop new relationships with partner organizations.
Continued all-team support for marketing harder to adopt animals.
Increase videos of animals and start a TikTok page.
Engaging our volunteers in new and creative ways and recruiting new volunteers that can do new things for the organization.
Continue to improve animal desirability by addressing and correcting behavior and/or medical issues via individually focused training, enrichment, medical intervention/medical diagnostics.

Staff Retention & Wellness:
Live our culture.
Increase team building opportunities
Recognizing the early symptoms of compassion fatigue in ourselves and others.
Continue to set the next person up for success.
Work/life balance and the ability to leave work at work.
Celebrate one another’s successes, big or small.

Supportive & Efficient Communication:
More concise communication.
Collaborative thinking and supporting innovation.
Support, mentor, and uplift each other, volunteers and fosters.
When faced with conflict, focus on the situation or the problem rather than the individual(s) involved and bigger picture thinking.
Recognizing healthy boundaries and respecting each other's boundaries.

With 8 staff members, 8 board members, and 60 volunteers, Ark-Valley Humane Society operates an animal shelter and community assistance programs. AVHS has been sheltering animals for over 25 years and is supported by mill levy taxes and dedicated donors to provide a secure base. AVHS has partnered with local veterinarians to provide spay/neuter assistance services and collaborates with neighboring community shelters for animal transfers and professional development.

Through expansion of our services, spay/neuter, and education efforts, AVHS operates an animal shelter serving Chaffee County, Colorado. In-county shelter intake has been declining since 2011. We are now able to reach out to surrounding shelters in need of transferring animals for adoption. On-going goals include reduction of births of unwanted litters and increase community retention of animals. Further we've been able to expand our programs to include a pet food pantry, behavior training, and emergency boarding.

Financials

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Operations

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ARK-VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Terri Buchanan

no affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2022

Ruth Phillips

No Affiliation

Gregg Phillips

No Affiliation

Sarah McMahaon

No Affiliation

Allison Gergley

No Affiliation

Tom Purvis

No Affiliation

Mary Davidson

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/17/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data