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Mission Statement:

The mission of La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS)is to enhance and protect the lives of companion animals by ensuring the provision of sustenance, safety and shelter; educating the community regarding humane treatment of animals; and preventing pet overpopulation.

La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS) is a 45-year old 501 (c) 3 animal welfare organization, based in Durango, CO, and serving the larger four corners region.  Founded in 1971, LPCHS is a member-based organization, which is overseen by a 9-member Board of Directors and an Executive Director.  The staff of approximately 45 team members work in multiple facets of the organization, including:

  1. The Animal Shelter, which provides medical and behavioral assessments and treatments, provides an array of services for all animals prior to adoption eligibility, works in partnership with many other regional animal welfare organizations, functions as the City of Durango and La Plata County impound facility, supervises the foster and volunteer programs, as well as our robust educational outreach programs;
  2. The Medical Services Department, which includes an on-staff veterinarian who provides low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics to the public, as well as all medical and surgical services to the animals entrusted to our care;
  3. The Thrift Store, a resale outlet, which functions as a primary revenue stream of the organization; and
  4. The Animal Protection Services (APS) component, which functions within contracted scopes of service for both the City of Durango and La Plata County. 




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