Our Mission & Values

The Telluride Humane Society passionately strives to respect and value the life of every animal.

Our Mission is to:

  • Build and foster a No Kill community
  • End the overpopulation of homeless dogs and cats through mission-critical programs and efforts
  • Better animal welfare in the way which animals are treated by setting higher standards of practice and leadership which focus on compassionate and sustainable solutions

We Value:

  • Respect for all life
  • Community
  • Transparency
  • Compassion
  • Education
  • Involvement
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability

The foundation blocks of the Telluride Humane Society’s Mission & Values comes from our community of volunteers and leaders partnered with local organizations, services and government.

Every life counts!



  • A Comprehensive Adoption Program that matches homeless animals with new pet owners; there are no time or space limits for any animals in our adoption program. We receive nearly all the area’s surrendered animals, as well as animals from local animal control facilities. We are the stray animal holding facility.
  • Affordable Spay/Neuter Services open to the public.
  • A Medical Fund to assist qualified pet owners through tough financial times.
  • A Pet Food Bank to assist qualified pet owners through tough financial times.
  • Compassion Programs for children and adults designed to teach compassion, respect and responsible care for pets.
  • Intervention Programs for people to end neglect and abuse and break the cycle of violence against pets and animals.
  • Outreach Programming to serve owners with pets in under-served areas.
  • A Foster Program for animals in need of new homes.
  • Dog Training classes for dogs and puppies.
  • A Wildlife Rehabilitation Center that provides rescue, appropriately allowed rehabilitation and release back into the wild.


Dog Adoption


Coco | Female – Boxer…Coco was found shot in the head and having seizures on the side of the road by brown Ranch on December 27th, 2018. Dr. Smolen and the staff of the Animal Hospital of Telluride saved her life, have worked to rehabilitate her, and find her a new, forever home. She is playful and inquisitive and has lots of energy. Coco is best suited in a home where she is the only dog and gets a lot of exercise. She still has some physical challenges in her recovery but overall has made incredible progress. Coco is ready for a foster and forever home!
Meet Silas! Male | Black Lab Mix, 1-2 years old…Silas was rescued from the Roswell, NM animal control after having gone through a very difficult life in his short 1-2 years. Severely malnourished and having some optical impairment, he is on the rebound and loves playing with other dogs and living life to the fullest. He is socialized with other dogs but needs a home that is thoughtful to his vision impairment. He is current on medical exam, vaccinations and neuter and is excited to meet his loving foster and forever home!
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ADOPTED!! Meet Gracie! Female | Yellow Lab Mix, 1-2 years old…a beautiful and gentle little girl rescued from the euthanasia list, Gracie is discovering a world of human love and new adventures. If you would like to adopt Gracie, or foster her, please contact us!
ADOPTED!! Meet Otter! Male | Mixed Breed of Lab and Bassett Hound, 6 years old…Otter was rescued from the euthanasia list and is as sweet and as full of character as he looks. If you want a lovable and grateful companion, look no further than Mr. Otter! He has been neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, had his bloodwork done – he is all ready for his forever home with you!

Thank you for visiting our Dog Adoption page!

Puppy adoptions under 6 months old can vary from $200 to over $400 a puppy at a shelter or rescue. Puppies have a $200 adoption fee, non-refundable, which includes vaccinations, de-worming, micro-chip, and a certificate for spay/neuter, which will be required and agreed to in the adoption application. Adult dogs have a an adoption fee of $175, non-refundable which equally includes as need be to the following: being up-to-date on vaccinations, de-worming, micro-chipping and spay/neuter.

Please contact us at 970.728.1082 or submit request below if you are interested in adopting any of our dogs or puppies. We will provide you with an adoption application. Details on our adoption procedures can be found on the “Adoption Procedures” page.

If you are not able to adopt a dog or puppy at this time but are interested in fostering a dog or puppy, or being a sponsor of one of our dogs or puppies, please call us at the number above or submit the form below.


Cat Adoption

Thank you for visiting our cat and kitten adoption page. At this time we have adopted the cats and kittens in our care.

Please contact us at 970.728.1082 if you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten. Details on our adoption procedures can be found on the “Adoption Procedures” page.

If you are not able to adopt a cat or kitten at this time but are interested in fostering a cat or kitten, or being a sponsor of one of our cats or kittens, please call us at the number above or submit the form below.


Every life counts!

And you can help save a life.

The Telluride Humane Society exists 100% on donations in order to make every life count.

We are a registered tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity with the IRS – EIN 83-2275318.

Please click here to learn about “Where Your Money Goes” when you thoughtfully donate to the Telluride Humane Society.

There are so many ways you can donate:

  • Monetarily – As a donation, as a grant, as a gift of your estate, in memoriam
  • Your Time – For an event, walk a pet, foster a pet
  • Professional Services
  • Supplies – Any supply that may assist in our care of pets, we gladly accept – this includes crates, old towels & rags, good condition collars & leashes, stainless steel bowls, etc.
  • AmazonSmile – Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Here is the link to where your eligible Amazon purchases can assist Telluride Humane Society: https://smile.amazon.com  Shop and help pets at the same time!

Thank you for considering the Telluride Humane Society as a meaningful mission and charitable cause you wish to support!

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