San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society

San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill shelter. Over the past 18 years the caring, devoted people of this all volunteer organization have rescued and found loving homes for over 10,000 homeless dogs and cats.

The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society is the largest animal welfare organization in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Since 2000, with minimal resources, the SLVAWS has rescued and found homes for over, 10,000 abandoned, abused, needy, or suffering creatures. The Society's mission is to improve the well-being of animals in the San Luis Valley, the poorest region of Colorado, through rescue eff

The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society is the largest animal welfare organization in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Since 2000, with minimal resources, the SLVAWS has rescued and found homes for over, 10,000 abandoned, abused, needy, or suffering creatures. The Society's mission is to improve the well-being of animals in the San Luis Valley, the poorest region of Colorado, through rescue eff

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Senior girls Jasmine, Ariel and Snow White went to a wonderful home with Clarence and April.  "Oh what a difference we b...
09/19/2021

Senior girls Jasmine, Ariel and Snow White went to a wonderful home with Clarence and April. "Oh what a difference we brought them home and we wanted to show them that we had got them each a bed and of course they only wanted to sleep in one bed and by the evening they’ve taken over my bed they’re so beautiful so loving so full of life." Thank you for opening your hearts to this furry family.

Please come by to visit our puppies and dogs at our weekly adoption fair at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, betw...
09/17/2021

Please come by to visit our puppies and dogs at our weekly adoption fair at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, between 10:30 and 3. And come by and volunteer!!!! Pictured below are 4 boxer mix pups, 3 lab/husky pups, 2 chihuahua mixes, Jonathan, Buddy, Blitz, Blackie, and more.

ANOTHER UPDATE SWEET TAYLOR: "Taylor is doing just great. We adjusted his Rx per our vet, have him on glucosiquin and CB...
09/15/2021

ANOTHER UPDATE SWEET TAYLOR: "Taylor is doing just great. We adjusted his Rx per our vet, have him on glucosiquin and CBD, and he is doing very well. He uses the entire backyard and has no trouble getting around. We have removed many of the rocks so he does not have any obstacles. He is on the move most of the day and smiles a lot. He and Lucy are getting along well and he is learning our routine and we are learning his as well. Thank you again for Taylor..
Bruce, Carol and Lucy..."

ANOTHER UPDATE SWEET TAYLOR: "Taylor is doing just great. We adjusted his Rx per our vet, have him on glucosiquin and CBD, and he is doing very well. He uses the entire backyard and has no trouble getting around. We have removed many of the rocks so he does not have any obstacles. He is on the move most of the day and smiles a lot. He and Lucy are getting along well and he is learning our routine and we are learning his as well. Thank you again for Taylor..
Bruce, Carol and Lucy..."

Update on George, now Big Mac, from Panda Paws Rescue.  He will be going home soon.  They have many applications for him...
09/12/2021

Update on George, now Big Mac, from Panda Paws Rescue. He will be going home soon. They have many applications for him and are accepting no more. "XL BigMac is cleared for adoption!!!! (Don’t judge him, he’s currently still shaking off the sedation) Today Dr. Shawn Thomas at Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency Did x-rays and really thorough exam… He has perfect hips, hocks and his patellas stay in really well. In fact he could not get them to pop out. Obviously this is a unique birth malformation but there is nothing surgically for us to do for him and bracing is not an option. At three years of age, he does have a little arthritis in his knees but being as large as he is, that’s not surprising. He will greatly benefit from staying lean, nice orthopedic cushy beds, A healthy diet, CBD and gabapentin if he displays any signs of pain. He is a very, very low key, low energy dog & that benefits him as well. BigMac gets along with literally everyone! He’s soooo sweet!"

Update on George, now Big Mac, from Panda Paws Rescue. He will be going home soon. They have many applications for him and are accepting no more. "XL BigMac is cleared for adoption!!!! (Don’t judge him, he’s currently still shaking off the sedation) Today Dr. Shawn Thomas at Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency Did x-rays and really thorough exam… He has perfect hips, hocks and his patellas stay in really well. In fact he could not get them to pop out. Obviously this is a unique birth malformation but there is nothing surgically for us to do for him and bracing is not an option. At three years of age, he does have a little arthritis in his knees but being as large as he is, that’s not surprising. He will greatly benefit from staying lean, nice orthopedic cushy beds, A healthy diet, CBD and gabapentin if he displays any signs of pain. He is a very, very low key, low energy dog & that benefits him as well. BigMac gets along with literally everyone! He’s soooo sweet!"

Baby Buttons goes home with a stay at home mom, an older aussie and a young Yorkie playmate.  She is a little afraid to ...
09/12/2021

Baby Buttons goes home with a stay at home mom, an older aussie and a young Yorkie playmate. She is a little afraid to be away from her littermates. We have 3 of these beautiful, sweet lab/huskies still needing a home. Buttons is signed up for obedience classes. Thank you for a wonderful home for this baby. This family loves to go hiking. Yorkie and Buttons will need backpacks.

Baby Buttons goes home with a stay at home mom, an older aussie and a young Yorkie playmate. She is a little afraid to be away from her littermates. We have 3 of these beautiful, sweet lab/huskies still needing a home. Buttons is signed up for obedience classes. Thank you for a wonderful home for this baby. This family loves to go hiking. Yorkie and Buttons will need backpacks.

Carolyn adopted Ozzie in June.  She came back to get him this sweet playmate. The photo on the right is with Ozzie.  Tha...
09/12/2021

Carolyn adopted Ozzie in June. She came back to get him this sweet playmate. The photo on the right is with Ozzie. Thank you, Carolyn, for bringing home 2 pups.

Puppy Bedu gets an awesome home with Joyce, Jack and their cat.  He is high energy but settled right down at Jack's feet...
09/12/2021

Puppy Bedu gets an awesome home with Joyce, Jack and their cat. He is high energy but settled right down at Jack's feet. Their 15 year old dog passed away about a month ago. Bedu had belonged to a homeless man. He now wants to stay close to home. Thank you for opening your hearts to this precious guy.

Puppy Bedu gets an awesome home with Joyce, Jack and their cat. He is high energy but settled right down at Jack's feet. Their 15 year old dog passed away about a month ago. Bedu had belonged to a homeless man. He now wants to stay close to home. Thank you for opening your hearts to this precious guy.

Jonathan turns out not to be a Basenji mix, but the following DNA test results reveal his parents and grandparents.  Jon...
09/12/2021

Jonathan turns out not to be a Basenji mix, but the following DNA test results reveal his parents and grandparents. Jonathan still needs a home. He is 6 months old. Slightly injured his leg but is ready to play again. He is a very smart kiddo.

At our adoption fair now at 5020 N Nevada Petco. Three senior chihuahua mixes and one three month old chihuahua mix pupp...
09/11/2021

At our adoption fair now at 5020 N Nevada Petco. Three senior chihuahua mixes and one three month old chihuahua mix puppy. Will be here until 3:30 pm.

Tomorrow dogs and pups need homes:  big dogs, little dogs,old dogs, puppies.  5020 N. Nevada Petco, 11-3:30. We always e...
09/11/2021

Tomorrow dogs and pups need homes: big dogs, little dogs,old dogs, puppies. 5020 N. Nevada Petco, 11-3:30. We always encourage volunteers to help us with the dogs. Get your dog fix tomorrow.

Pups go home on Saturday, Sept. 4.  In order of photos:  Finn, Hunter, pup Heather, Dora, Andretta.  Come by Saturday to...
09/09/2021

Pups go home on Saturday, Sept. 4. In order of photos: Finn, Hunter, pup Heather, Dora, Andretta. Come by Saturday to 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, to bring home one of Andretta's siblings. Thank you, everyone, for giving them awesome homes.

UPDATE ON FOUND DOG.  We were at last able to track down the owner of "Mouse."  He explained they had rescued him from a...
09/05/2021

UPDATE ON FOUND DOG. We were at last able to track down the owner of "Mouse." He explained they had rescued him from a shelter in Ft. Worth which had chipped him. They assumed the shelter had taken care of the chip information with owner's information on it. This is why the chip was not registered. The dog had been a bait dog and has had life long anxiety. He recovered from his many physical wounds. They have taken the dog to a veterinarian who recommended various kinds of food. They have had Mouse for 6 years. We are grateful to the finders for keeping Mouse with them Saturday night at their camp site We are also grateful to the Costilla County Sheriff's department for suggesting the finder call us Saturday night. We are open for emergencies 24/7. And we are grateful to the owners for rescuing this dog from a shelter and for loving him. Based on the story of this poor dog, we will not be charging a reclaiming fee as they saved this dog; however, we do accept donations to help us continue to help dogs and humans. It takes a lot of money to run a no kill shelter/sanctuary such as ours. We have one paid person per day. Everyone else, including president, director, etc. are volunteers, including Aileen. Aileen and her husband mortgaged their home to acquire the shelter property to save dogs.

Tomorrow should not be a Labor Day to find the right family member. Come and spend all day visiting, petting and getting...
09/04/2021

Tomorrow should not be a Labor Day to find the right family member. Come and spend all day visiting, petting and getting to know them, from large to small to puppy to adult. You may even decide you would like to volunteer for us. We are at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, from 11-3:30.

UPDATE:  Taylor is fitting in perfectly with his new family.  Bruce says he is really doing well and he is a true deligh...
09/01/2021

UPDATE: Taylor is fitting in perfectly with his new family. Bruce says he is really doing well and he is a true delight. Here is a link to an article Bruce wrote for Mother Earth News.

https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/the-story-of-taylor-zbcz2109

UPDATE: Taylor is fitting in perfectly with his new family. Bruce says he is really doing well and he is a true delight. Here is a link to an article Bruce wrote for Mother Earth News.

https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/the-story-of-taylor-zbcz2109

11-year-old TAYLOR WENT HOME TODAY WITH RETIRED COUPLE BRUCE AND CAROL.  Bruce toiled away for weeks to put in a door so...
08/31/2021

11-year-old TAYLOR WENT HOME TODAY WITH RETIRED COUPLE BRUCE AND CAROL. Bruce toiled away for weeks to put in a door so he could walk to their level back yard. Bruce says he is still recovering from the strain of it all and knows how Taylor must feel with his hip and leg problems. He has 4 orthopedic beds to choose from. He is all tuckered out from his trip up their steep lot in the mountains near our shelter, but he got lots of help and rest periods. Thank you, Bruce and Carol, for opening your hearts to this sweetheart old dog.

Sparky & Sparkles have just passed through Salt Lake City on their way to their new home in Washington state on 7 acres ...
08/31/2021

Sparky & Sparkles have just passed through Salt Lake City on their way to their new home in Washington state on 7 acres and a pond!!!! They are happy, happy travelers. Thank you adopters for giving them the home of their dreams.

Sparky & Sparkles have just passed through Salt Lake City on their way to their new home in Washington state on 7 acres and a pond!!!! They are happy, happy travelers. Thank you adopters for giving them the home of their dreams.

So many pups went home this week.  Daisy & Duke, Charlie Brown, Sparky & Sparkles, Haley & Nora, Hobbs, Matthew, Fuzzy, ...
08/30/2021

So many pups went home this week. Daisy & Duke, Charlie Brown, Sparky & Sparkles, Haley & Nora, Hobbs, Matthew, Fuzzy, and Pete. They all, except Charlie Brown, went together with other dogs or siblings went together. Charlie Brown went home to Taos as an only dog. Sparky & Sparkles got a home in Washington state on 7 acres and a pond. Daisy & Duke went home to a big yard in Buena Vista.

We have 7 chihuahua mix babies about 3 1/2 months old available on Saturday, 8/28/21 at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado S...
08/26/2021

We have 7 chihuahua mix babies about 3 1/2 months old available on Saturday, 8/28/21 at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, or available from our shelter near San Luis. Please email: [email protected] for more information.

We have 7 chihuahua mix babies about 3 1/2 months old available on Saturday, 8/28/21 at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, or available from our shelter near San Luis. Please email: [email protected] for more information.

Gentle, tender Avalon goes home with Melinda and Brian and children, aware of her needs.  She will get lots of love!!!!
08/24/2021

Gentle, tender Avalon goes home
with Melinda and Brian and children, aware of her needs. She will get lots of love!!!!

Gentle, tender Avalon goes home
with Melinda and Brian and children, aware of her needs. She will get lots of love!!!!

Thank you Jenn and Matthew for bringing happy Max  to your happy home.  He has 2 playmates.
08/22/2021

Thank you Jenn and Matthew for bringing happy Max to your happy home. He has 2 playmates.

Thank you Jenn and Matthew for bringing happy Max to your happy home. He has 2 playmates.

See what you missed at the adoption fair yesterday?  This is Haley.
08/22/2021

See what you missed at the adoption fair yesterday? This is Haley.

See what you missed at the adoption fair yesterday? This is Haley.

Please visit our doggies tomorrow at the 5020 N. Nevada Petco adoption fair from 11-3 PM.  We will have 7 chihuahua mix ...
08/21/2021

Please visit our doggies tomorrow at the 5020 N. Nevada Petco adoption fair from 11-3 PM. We will have 7 chihuahua mix pups and Diesel, Coconut, Max (border collie/aussie), and sweet Avalon, Great Dane.

Scarlett and Goldie go to their forever home with folks who have adopted from us before.  Thank you Ernie, Cheryl, Derre...
08/19/2021

Scarlett and Goldie go to their forever home with folks who have adopted from us before. Thank you Ernie, Cheryl, Derreck, and Emily for giving them a loving home. By the way, we have many more chihuahua mixes on Saturday at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, 11-3, who need a home.

Scarlett and Goldie go to their forever home with folks who have adopted from us before. Thank you Ernie, Cheryl, Derreck, and Emily for giving them a loving home. By the way, we have many more chihuahua mixes on Saturday at 5020 N. Nevada Petco, Colorado Springs, 11-3, who need a home.

Blue finally has a playmate, Mia, and doesn't want to escape over the fence as was his behavior in the past.  Thank you ...
08/19/2021

Blue finally has a playmate, Mia, and doesn't want to escape over the fence as was his behavior in the past. Thank you Teresa and Mark for giving him a happy home. In the first photo, he is on the right; next photo, on the left next to Mark. A matched pair.

More photos of sweet George in his new temporary home.
08/17/2021

More photos of sweet George in his new temporary home.

08/17/2021

George has arrived at the PandaPawsResue with foster Amanda, who is the Founder & President. She is frequently on Animal Planet. One of Amanda's teenage girls is 5 ft 5 ". Check out big George. From Amanda: He is GREAT! His orthopedic specialist renamed him BigMac the Baby Elephant. :) He has a lot of separation anxiety, like the typical velcro Dane. He loves all the other animals, the couch and sleeping! :) Everyone loves him here! :) Please send donations to PandaPawsRescue for their help for George. Please see more photos below.

George is off to PandaPaws Rescue in Washington State.  His legs'/hip problem will be diagnosed by specialists. If he ha...
08/15/2021

George is off to PandaPaws Rescue in Washington State. His legs'/hip problem will be diagnosed by specialists. If he has surgery, he will have access to their new hydropool. Last night was spent near Salt Lake City and tonight he will be with foster Amanda, the Founder and President. PandaPaws often has programs on Animal Planet. Thank you, Amanda and Panda Paws, for arranging transportation and giving George a wonderful life!!! Photos below of his departure from Ft. Garland. Ron and Jack saying goodbye. George checked out the front seats. Sorry, George, you won't fit. He looked pretty forlorn as Ron and Jack waved goodbye.Thank you, Robin McClure, for transporting him the first leg of the journey to Colorado Springs. THANK YOU, SUSAN HAFER, FOR ARRANGING THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE GEORGE A HAPPY, HEALTHY LIFE!

Raider/Ranger at last has his forever home with Lisa, her retired parents and the rest of her family including dogs.  He...
08/10/2021

Raider/Ranger at last has his forever home with Lisa, her retired parents and the rest of her family including dogs. He fits right in, she said in a recent call. Perfect home for a perfect dog. He will have homemade food with supplements, Cosequin and everything a 5 year old dog could want. He will no longer have to suffer from separation anxiety. Someone is always there to love him. Thank you, Lisa, and family for the loving home.

Raider/Ranger at last has his forever home with Lisa, her retired parents and the rest of her family including dogs. He fits right in, she said in a recent call. Perfect home for a perfect dog. He will have homemade food with supplements, Cosequin and everything a 5 year old dog could want. He will no longer have to suffer from separation anxiety. Someone is always there to love him. Thank you, Lisa, and family for the loving home.

UPDATE!!!!  DOG OF THE WEEK:  10 YEAR OLD TAYLOR.  Taylor WILL GET A HOME with the nice couple who have a 3 year old fem...
08/09/2021

UPDATE!!!! DOG OF THE WEEK: 10 YEAR OLD TAYLOR. Taylor WILL GET A HOME with the nice couple who have a 3 year old female German Shepherd. Everyone cried because he couldn't climb the steep hill to their house. He thought he had a home. The senior owners will put in a door that connects to their back yard, which is mostly flat!!! If you would like to donate towards their contractor expenses to home Taylor sooner, please TEXT OR CALL 719-588-5560. We take, credit, debit, or checks to 76 El Rio Drive. Alamosa CO 81101. Please note on your check they are for Taylor. Thank you! ! Thank you!!! https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/taylor-the-shelter-dog-zbcz2108

UPDATE!!!! DOG OF THE WEEK: 10 YEAR OLD TAYLOR. Taylor WILL GET A HOME with the nice couple who have a 3 year old female German Shepherd. Everyone cried because he couldn't climb the steep hill to their house. He thought he had a home. The senior owners will put in a door that connects to their back yard, which is mostly flat!!! If you would like to donate towards their contractor expenses to home Taylor sooner, please TEXT OR CALL 719-588-5560. We take, credit, debit, or checks to 76 El Rio Drive. Alamosa CO 81101. Please note on your check they are for Taylor. Thank you! ! Thank you!!! https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/taylor-the-shelter-dog-zbcz2108

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Mail Only: 76 El Rio Drive, Alamosa, CO 81101
Alamosa, CO
81101

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
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The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society is the largest animal welfare organization in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Since 2000, with minimal resources, the SLVAWS has rescued and found homes for over 9,000 abandoned, abused, needy, or suffering creatures. The Society's mission is to improve the well-being of animals in the San Luis Valley, the poorest region of Colorado, through rescue efforts, educational programs, and regularly scheduled spay/neuter clinics. The SLVAWS networks with shelters across Colorado and northern New Mexico to rescue animals that would otherwise be euthanized. In 2006, Aileen and Frank Peek mortgaged their home to purchase the current Battle Mountain shelter facility. The shelter buildings still need additional retrofitting to help reduce the huge utility costs and to accommodate more animals. Thanks to generous grants from the Animal Assistance Foundation in Denver, the SLVAWS dogs are housed in state of the art Mason kennels. Due to a shortage of animal adopters in the San Luis Valley, pet adoption fairs are held each Saturday in Colorado Springs to take advantage of the much larger pool of potential adopters. Every Saturday, Aileen and a driver endure a sometimes grueling 22-hour day, as they leave before dawn and return sometimes after midnight if they have a van breakdown. As with all animal welfare organizations, the obstacles are great, but the remote, rural shelter location of the SLVAWS increases the challenges. Some of the greatest challenges include: • Distance to veterinary care • Difficulty hosting fundraisers in a high poverty region • Lack of shelter Internet access makes communication harder • Constant need to educate the local population on spay/neuter and humane treatment of animals • Lack of support from the local community • Lack of reliable labor pool • Few adoptions at the shelter facility • Lack of widespread name recognition The SLVAWS is primarily funded through adoption fees. For each animal the Society places in a loving, permanent home, another animal can be rescued. Donations of time, talent, money and supplies are greatly appreciated. The Society's team is especially grateful for veterinary assistance and donations of veterinary supplies. For more information, please contact the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society as follows: Email: [email protected] Phone: 719-587-9663. Colorado Springs pet adoptions are held every Saturday from 10am to 4pm at Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Petco, University Village. Thank you for your interest and support! Please note: This page is maintained by SLVAWS volunteers. Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the SLVAWS founders or board of directors.

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Good evening. Please share this information to help bring Tiger home. He went missing during a rest stop because he was scared off by the noise from a truck on August 6th in the area marked on the map. Thank you.
Missing!! Please help!!! Please!!
Missing from Sangre de cristo ranches in fort Garland
Lost our little dog Mila while camping weekend before last on CO RD311B. Between Fairplay and Buena Vista. She was last seen Sat 7/10 near CR rd 309 and 311 about two miles from Hwy 285 off 311. She is White with black spots and black ears, white face. No collar (she slipped off) or chip. Campers nearby were shooting guns and spooked her. I can be reached at 303 548 3902 or on FB messenger. We were back out last long weekend with scent station, food, water, etc. She didn’t turn up. I have her posted on nearby shelters, paw boost, pet harbor. Hoping someone picked her up and can be found in a nearby city.
Hello. This dog was found near the sand dunes but being fostered in Florence. Wasn't sure if anyone had checked to see if you knew of a missing dog, or could share this with your page?
This is from https://www.facebook.com/Opposing-Deceptive-HB21-1160-100607208787478Regarding regarding House Bill 21-1160, a major threat to no-kill shelters and rescues. There is a bit of confusion about why we are still working towards stopping or having House Bill 21-1160 amended after proponents removed the words healthy and safe from the bill. We asked them to remove Socially Conscious Sheltering from the bill, which they have refused. We asked for removal because SCS is a branding and will allow SCS the ability to leverage smaller organizations to gain market share where they could be fined or closed by PACFA, and branding their shelter model, SCS, at the expense of lifesaving organizations. The terms healthy and safe are already branded with vague definitions from Socially Conscious Sheltering. The definition they use in their marketing is the same definition they will force upon all shelters and rescues in Colorado should this bill pass. The words and their definitions continue to be a major concern for all opposing organizations of House Bill 21-1160. SCS definitions: Healthy is defined as either having no signs of clinical disease or evidence of disease that a veterinarian determines has a good or excellent prognosis for a comfortable life. Safe means that the animal has not exhibited behavior that is likely to result in severe injury or death to another animal or person.
This little puppy we got December 16th just loves her life here in northern Colorado. She spent the winter in AZ in an RV park and now back home loving the freedom of a big back yard and no leashes!
Here Blue (aka Blueberry) is with her best buddy Brody (the white boxer). They have been pals since day one and are constantly with each other. We adopted Blue a couple of years ago at the PetSmart during your adoption fair. She was so timid when we brought her home. But, with time and her friend Brody, she has learned to courageous and a very sweet dog. ❤️
I adopted Lady Bird from you in September 2010. Last month we celebrated her 16th birthday. Her health is starting to fade but wanted to share with you that she has had a long wonderful life with us in Denver. Thank you for all you do for the animals.
Vida (star) is having an amazing Valentine’s Day
This fundraiser goes through the 19th of January. Every little bit helps and all donations go to SLVAWS, no fees deducted. https://www.facebook.com/donate/209693517541120