SAN LOUIS — At the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society, located at 9,000 feet in Costella County, “We’re no-kills, we’re classified as a sanctuary/sanctuary,” said Elaine Peck, executive director. says the shelter owner, and founder. of a 35-acre sanctuary. The volunteer organization provides rescue and adoption facilities for dogs and cats.
Elaine and her husband, Frank, mortgaged their home in 2016 to purchase the property for the current shelter. Since then, they have found loving homes for over 10,000 homeless dogs and cats. The shelter was named in the 2020 edition of Best of Alamosa for its humanitarian services.
“We go to Colorado Springs, and we’ve been doing this for Pat Smart for 25 years where they’ve adopted. Most of our adoptions are in the Front Range and Colorado Springs and we have people from those areas come to us. Come on. Yesterday, we had some people go down to the springs and adopt a dog.” On the shelter’s website, a recent adoption fair in Colorado Springs offered a guarantee, “If an adopted animal doesn’t fit into your home, we will gladly take it back and fully rehome it.” will provide a refund. We want all families to enjoy their new companions and all animals to enjoy their new homes.” Peek said.
“Right now, we have about 50 adult dogs and about 20 puppies, adoptions are slow, probably because of the economy, and many shelters are full of dogs.”
The shelter is now named in honor of Lori Schubert who, along with her husband Rick, donated time, blankets, collars, chews and everything else the dogs needed over the years. The couple also made regular generous donations.
“Through several grants, we now have state-of-the-art kennels, inside and out,” according to Peek.
The shelter has a very user-friendly website where tax-free donations can be made. There is also an Amazon.com wish list for items such as grain-free adult and dog food, clear plastic crates, collars and leashes, and green cow chips. Visit www.slvaws.org. Monetary donations can also be sent to the shelter at 76 El Rio Drive, Alamosa, CO 81101. This is a mail-only space.
The website also has pictures of many adorable dogs that are currently up for adoption.
The shelter is located near San Luis and is open by appointment only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 719-588-5560.