All animals adopted through LPCHS receive a number of services. Each animal is altered, vaccinated, examined and receives a microchip. Dogs with behavior issues are trained at the shelter then receive free training sessions at their new homes.
Although Durango is no longer overpopulated with dogs and cats, our neighbors in Farmington, Atzec an Cortez still are. The more animals adopted through LPCHS, the more animals we can transfer in from our neighbor shelters.
Typically, just under 3,000 animals (dogs and cats) every year including livestock, birds and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs).
As an “Open-Admission” shelter, we do not turn away any animal based on their age, breed, health, behavior, or aggressive tendencies in La Plata County. Our live release rate is 96% – this is well above the required 92% required for an organization to call itself no-kill. LPCHS does not call itself a no-kill due to the confusion and inaccuracy of the term.
La Plata County Humane Society does not have a time period after which to euthanize animals, meaning we do not euthanize after time or for space. We keep animals available for adoption as long as we can if they stay healthy, happy and are safe around people. If an animal needs extra attention, we place them in temporary foster care while others may be transferred to other shelters or recuses to be adopted.
We are an “Open-Admission” shelter, meaning that we will take any animals that come through our door in La Plata County. Our live release rate is 96% – this is well above the required 92% required for an organization to call itself no-kill. LPCHS does not call itself a no-kill due to the confusion and inaccuracy of the term.
We work hard to avoid euthanizing any animal, and we treat all animals in our care. We only euthanize if behavior or medical issues cause their quality of life to suffer. It is also our responsibility to ensure that all animals that come through our doors are safe to the general public. We encourage all pet owners to spay and neuter their pets to help reduce over population.
As an “Open-Admission” shelter, we do not not turn away any animal based on their age, breed, health, behavior, or aggressive tendencies in La Plata County. Our live release rate is 96% – this is well above the required 92% required for an organization to call itself no-kill.
outgoing transfers, and return to owner/guardian) by total outcomes (total live outcomes plus
euthanasia not including owner/guardian requested euthanasia or died/lost in shelter/care).
If you plan to take ownership of the animal until the owner is found, please keep in mind that after 72 hours of caring for a stray animal in the State of Colorado, you will then be considered the owner. If you decide to bring the animal to our shelter after the initial 72 hours, you will need to complete owner surrender paperwork. For more information, visit Bringing an Animal to the Shelter page.
Please review the information on our Bringing and Animal to the Shelter page for guidance on surrendering your animal, bringing in a stray, or returning an adoption.
La Plata County Humane Society is an open-admission shelter, and we accept all animals that come through our doors. Saving lives and finding forever homes for the pets in our care is our mission at LPCHS. We understand, however, that there are circumstances that may occur where the guardian must relinquish ownership of the pet. Please call (970) 259-2847 x101 to speak with a member of our behavior team and discuss other options prior to surrendering your pet.
Yes, we offer low cost vaccines to the public. You can come in 7 days a week, during normal business hours, no appointment necessary to get your pet vaccinated (excluding rabies.) You must make an appointment to get your pet vaccinated for rabies.
Please visit our Vaccines and Other Services page for more information or call (970) 259-2847 x101 to make an appointment.
La Plata County Humane Society offers humane euthanasia and cremation services. We are here to listen and help you determine which end-of-life services best suit your needs. Please visit our End-of-Life Services page for more information.
At the shelter or online! You may come in 7 days a week, during normal business hours, no appointment necessary to license your pet. You will need to provide proof of your pet’s current rabies certificate, proof of spay and neuter and pay the $10/year fee (altered pets). Other fee apply for unaltered pets.
Please visit our Licensing page for more information.
90% of lost pets that have identification, microchip and/or ID tags are reunited with their families. This quick, simple and almost painless procedure is used to help identify your pet and a microchip contains a unique identifier that corresponds to your contact information.
Yes, we offer micochipping services 7 days a week, no appointment necessary. The microchip cost $35 (includes registration). View our Hours & Location page to find a time that fits your schedule.
Our animal protection officers respond to animal cruelty complaints in La Plata County. Please call Central Dispatch at (970) 385-2900 to report suspected cruelty, or if the incident is an emergency.
Please call Central Dispatch at (970) 385-2900, they will help assist you.
You can become a LPCHS volunteer by submitting a volunteer application and attending a mandatory orientation. As a volunteer, you become part of a committed team providing loving, enrichment and quality care for pets in need.
Please visit our Become a Volunteer page for more information.
Yes! LPCHS hosts weekly classes to assist you with animal communication and excel with your dog. pranaDOGS basic manners classes are set up as drop-in classes, so you come anytime your schedule permits…or when your dogs behavior demands it.
Please visit our Classes and Training page for more information and class schedule.
Yes! From preschool to college, groups, individuals and beyond, we offer tours that will work for you.
Please visit our Education and Outreach page for more information or call (970) 259-2847 x120 to schedule a tour.
Thank you for considering leaving a legacy donation that will make an impact on future pets in need! Contact the Director of Animal Services at (970) 259-2847 x104 to find out how you can help.
For more information, visit our Leave A Legacy page
Yes, we allow individuals to complete community service at the Shelter or Thrift Store. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. La Plata County Humane Society will not accept individuals convicted of theft or any violent crime towards people and/or animals. For more information, please call (970) 259-2847 x101.