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Ark-Valley Humane Society (AVHS) announced this week that it has purchased 1425 E Street (previously home to 14ers Wieners food truck) in Salida, Colorado.

This 400 square-foot, tan stucco building with green roof is located on the north side of U.S. 50 at E Street in Salida. It will act as the AVHS new animal impound facility serving southern Chaffee County.

If a member of the public finds a stray dog or cat in southern Chaffee County, including Salida and Poncha Springs, they are asked to call Chaffee Dispatch at 719-539-2596 to have an officer meet them to take in the animal.

Locals, visitors and their dogs all enjoy special events at Riverside Park. Merrell Bergin photo

With the summer season in full swing and many visitors in town, there is even more likelihood that some vacationing family’s pet will get loose, especially near the Riverwalk, on F Street, and in the numerous area parks.

Salida is a haven for pet owners who would certainly hope for this kind of help if their own pets were lost while away from home.

Locals are encouraged to make a safe connection with any stray pets found wandering. The Ark-Valley Humane Society is asking that you take a few minutes to call Chaffee Dispatch to arrange for a meet-up and transfer of a stray will help prevent heartbreak and save a terrified pet from hunger or being hit by a car.

Pet lovers know that dogs and cats that are wearing collars and tags, or are microchipped, are much more likely to be returned by the finder or responding officer. This Salida-based facility is not a staffed location and animals received at this facility without a known owner will be promptly transferred to the Ark-Valley Humane Society shelter in Buena Vista for owner reclaim or adoption services.

Awaiting my “forever home”, but safe and well cared for at Ark-Valley Humane Society. Photo courtesy AVHS

“With the purchase of this property, we are excited to establish a permanent presence in Salida to continue to serve the animal welfare needs of our county,” said Executive Director, Amber Vanleuken.

She notes that “with a Live Release Rate of 97 percent, Ark-Valley Humane Society is dedicated to providing each animal with the care they deserve and the hope for a second chance.

More than 1,273 animals were helped in 2021 through our programs and services.”

Featured image: Amber Vanleuken, Executive Director, Executive Director of Ark-Valley Humane Society and a furry friend visit the new Southern Chaffee County Impound Facility at 1425 E Street in Salida. Photo courtesy Emy Luebbering, AVHS Outreach Manager.