The Intermountain Way
We think we are 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.
Our mission is 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.
Our goals are…
To maintain our 100% placement rate for adoptable animals.
Act as a lifeline to under-served regional shelters.
Reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats through spay/neuter.
Provide educational programs to regional schools.
Promote animal health and responsible pet ownership
Assist under-served community members through pet retention programming.
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.”
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. This “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 continue 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 reaches 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 in to 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.
The majority of veterinary services for IMHS residents are donated and/or provided at nominal cost. A paid staff of four, an all-volunteer Board of Directors and a group of dedicated volunteers offer the administrative and technical expertise needed to protect and improve the lives of animals in our care.