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About Us

The Intermountain Way

Intermountain Humane Society is committed to serving our intermountain community by providing socially conscious animal sheltering, animal welfare education and advocacy, and to be the community’s leading resource for animal welfare, working to improve the lives of people and their pets.

We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Community Focused | Socially Conscious | Progressive | Professional | Impactful

Announcing Exciting News for the future of IMHS!


IMHS is proud to announce a partnership with Dr. Jeff Young and his team from Planned Pethood International who you may know from the Animal Planet series, Dr. Jeff - Rocky Mountain Vet. This is a win-win for two non-profit organizations sharing a similar mission: reduce the number of homeless pets and provide care for those in need. We are so excited to see what we can accomplish together. Both organizations subsist solely on the generous donations of animal lovers and grants and we hope we have your continued support moving forward.


We're working hard to be the best little shelter in the Universe! 


We are passionate about advocating for animals in need and placing them with the very best families; together along with our community, we’ve accomplished so much!  Our vision is to be the leading resource for dogs, cats, and pet stewards in Park County and the surrounding mountain communities. 


At Intermountain Humane Society, we serve, educate and inspire our intermountain community to advance the welfare of animals, elevate their value in society, and improve peoples lives through the unique benefits that only pets can provide.  We work to safeguard, rescue, shelter, rehabilitate, adopt out, and advocate for animals in need. We serve both animals and people by offering programs that promote animal health and responsible pet-stewardship that fosters compassion and improves the animal-human bond.


We are proud that we are a PACFA-licensed sheltering facility! 


We work hard to maintain our certification through Colorado's Department of Agriculture, Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA), not all facilities receive this award, it means the pets you adopt from us, have received the highest level of care possible.


PACFA “is a model program for states across the country and is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of those animals in pet care facilities. PACFA is committed to making sure that pet care facilities meet, or exceed, minimum standards for physical facilities; sanitation; ventilation; lighting; heating; cooling; humidity; spatial and enclosure requirements; nutrition; humane care; medical treatment; methods of operation and record-keeping.”

Our History:

We're not new kids on the block, we've been at this for a long time, we know how to achieve excellence. 


Intermountain Humane Society was first incorporated in 1982. Our “grass-roots” organization arose from a community response to the closure of Park County’s Animal Control Department in 1981.  Greg and M.C. Johnson were the driving force behind this effort to provide some means of dealing with animal issues in the county which, at that time, had neither a shelter nor animal control officers.


From 1982 until 2002, IMHS operated solely as a rescue organization. There was no permanent shelter facility, so foster homes and a local vet clinic were used to house and care for homeless pets. In 2002 IMHS opened a small shelter facility (our current location in Pine Junction). In addition, we continued to provide foster homes for some of our resident animals.


IMHS’s service area of Park County and southwest Jefferson County, Colorado encompasses 2,300 square miles, yet our efforts to promote the human-animal bond reach much farther.  Certainly, we provide shelter and assistance to homeless pets in our local area.  We also network with metro Denver and other Colorado shelters, taking in transfers when we have available space.  Since late 2008, IMHS has participated in rescue efforts in Kansas and New Mexico, taking homeless pets out of desperate situations and bringing them into the IMHS shelter.  Our adopters aren’t geographically limited, either: thanks to the internet, IMHS shelter pets go to their forever homes in Colorado Springs and Cheyenne as often they do to Bailey and Pine.   


Throughout our existence, Intermountain Humane Society has depended entirely upon voluntary donations made by individuals and businesses in the communities we serve; we also benefit from grant monies and donations from philanthropic foundations.  Unlike other shelters in our area, IMHS receives no governmental support.




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