San Luis Valley Animal Shelter
Conour Animal Shelter
in Monte Vista, Colorado

Home Page

Contact Us:

2850 Sherman Ave - PO Box 369
Monte Vista, CO 81144

Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday thru Friday from 10am - 5 pm
Saturday from 10am - 4pm

Suggestions for the Website or Shelter email:

Donation can be made through PayPal or mailed to the shelter.


   The Upper Rio Grande Animal Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates the Conour Animal Shelter in Monte Vista, Colorado. Conour Animal Shelter is an "Open Admission" shelter providing a temporary, safe and loving environment for dogs until they are adopted.  

What do the phrase "Open Admission", "Open Door", "Limited Admission", and "No Kill"

Open Admission: Sometimes called open door - means that an organization will not turn away any animal that come to their doors.  Many of these animals are healthy, good natured animals who go up for adoption - and for organizations abiding by the Asilomar Accords, there are no time limits on how long they can stay up for adoption.


Adoption Program

The adoption program connects homeless pets in the shelter’s care with adoptive loving permanent homes.  The shelter serves as a temporary home and every dog deserves a healthy and safe environment while waiting to be adopted.  All dogs are vaccinated, dewormed, and provided necessary veterinary care.  The staff provides daily quality care including behavioral modification and grooming for each dog.  The dogs are spayed/neutered and micro chipped prior to going home.  The shelter provides an adoption packet to the new pet owner, which includes materials to help with the new transition, both for the pet owner and the dog.  Pets for adoption are advertised on the website through and as well as through brochures, flyers, newspaper ads and articles to increase adoptions.  The standard adoption fee is $150 for puppies and small dogs, $125 for medium dogs and $75 for older and larger less adoptable dogs.  Special discounts are given in considering the length of time the dog has been at the shelter, the age and size of the dog, and if a dog has a certain defect which makes it harder to adopt.  All animals available for adoption are evaluated based on their known history, health, and temperament.  All animals remain available for adoption as long as they are in good health and acceptable behavior continues.  There is no time limit for how long an animal may remain for adoption, however quality of life for animals is of utmost importance and enrichment activities and foster care are utilized to this benefit.  The average cost for caring for one dog is $250 during the 5-day holding period and the shelter houses at least 30 dogs per day on a regular basis.




Website Builder