Cap'n JackWags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation saves this tiny kitten! The infected eye had to be removed, and Cap’n Jack looks a bit like a pirate, but is alive and happy. Thank you, Cindy Lee and Wags and Menace! Cap’n Jack will be available for adoption Friday, July 25!

We need volunteers



Are you an animal lover? Now that the shelter is open, we really need volunteers to cover morning and evening shifts playing, feeding, and cleaning for our doggies and kitties. Please consider helping out! We’ll have training sessions every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10am through the month of July. If those times don’t work for you, no problem! Call us at 970.641.1173 and we’ll work something out.

The Shelter is Open!

We’re so happy to report that the Gunnison Valley Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is now open for business! Our current public hours are Wednesdays 5-7pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm, and by appointment. Call 970.641.1173 to make an appointment or for general information. For dog info, call 970.209.7030, and for cat info, call 970.641.1890. Please leave a message if nobody answers.

As always, if you have lost or found an animal, please call 970.641.8000 and talk to the dispatcher at the police department.

Thank you all for your support – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Wags & Menace Make a Difference Foundation

The Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation has donated $2,000 to GVAWL to establish a veterinary care fund. We thank Cindy Lee and the Foundation for continued support of the Valley’s homeless companion animals in need of urgent or emergency care.
Learn more about the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation.

Telluride Animal Foundation

A big thank you to the Telluride Animal Foundation for their gracious $1,500 grant for the Animal Shelter and Adoption Center! We will purchase a cat isolation unit and beds for the dog kennels with these much-appreciated funds. The Telluride Animal Foundation also reached out to the Gunnison community with $2,500 to assist with our November 2013 low-cost spay/neuter clinic. We thank them for this support and financial assistance.
Learn more about the Telluride Animal Foundation.

GVAWL’s Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the welfare of animals by:

  • Caring for homeless animals and placing them in permanent homes
  • Assisting the community with spay/neuter costs
  • Preventing neglect of and cruelty to animals by educating the public about their humane treatment and promoting humane behavior

GVAWL News and Happenings

You might be in our newsletter! Stories, photos, and in memoriam. Check out our 2013 newsletter now!

Spay/Neuter Coupons

Do you need financial assistance with spaying or neutering your dog or cat? Find out why it’s important and how to apply here.

Featured Cat

HoneyHoney, 6, is a large and handsome black male cat. He is coming up on 1.5 years in GVAWL care, and we can’t figure out why! Though he’s a little shy with new people and situations, Honey is very sweet and loving, and he gets along with other gentle cats. Honey is declawed. Call 970.641.1173 or email for more information or to meet Honey.

Featured Dog

WalkerWalker is about 2 or 2 1/2 and is very energetic, smart and loving. He needs a “settled” home situation without small children, and prefers to live with other dogs. Walker will chase cats and other small mammals! To meet Walker or for more information, call Deb at 970.209.7030 or email

Paws-Abilities Thrift Store Open for Business


Paws-Abilities Thrift Store is a privately owned and operated business located at 234 North Main Street in Gunnison, directly across from the Boom-A-Rang.  A portion of thrift store sale proceeds are generously donated by the store owner to the GVAWL.  Donations are calculated in two tiers: when items are brought into the thrift store by people like you who want to support GVAWL, a direct 40% of sale price goes to GVAWL; items in the thrift store that are provided by the shop owner will generate a 25% donation to GVAWL (above store operating expenses).

Paws-Abilities is accepting clean (no stains), quality clothing, furniture, and housewares in good condition.  Your donations will help support the Animal Welfare League. Be sure to shop there and donate there! Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Share Your Success Story

Whether you have adopted from GVAWL, another organization, or have a different kind of story to tell, we would love to hear from you! Using the form below, please tell us your adoption stories, animal stories, rescue stories, or anything you would like to share about your experiences with animals. We do plan to feature some of the stories you send us on this website and in our newsletters, so it is possible that we may contact you by email for images or other information.