Upper Rio Grande Animal Society Conour Animal Shelter
The Upper Rio Grande Animal Society Conour Animal Shelter is dedicated to providing a safe environment for the shelter and care of animals in need, and for the prevention of cruelty and abuse of all animals. It is our pledge to nourish the relationship between companion animals and humans through education, media exposure and readily available information and assistance.
Shelter Hours 11 am until 4 pm Tuesday through Friday. 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Monday.
The Upper Rio Grande Animal Society is a 501 c (3)
non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Tax ID# 27-1518094
The Upper Rio Grande Animal Society is a totally volunteer group which does business as the Conour Animal Shelter and the Conour Animal Crematory. We generally have four to five paid employees and welcome all volunteers to help serve the needs of the dogs.
The Conour Animal Shelter is a socially conscious shelter for dogs. We directly serve Rio Grande County, Saguache County and Mineral County. We often receive dogs from Alamosa County, Conejos County, and Costilla County. All of these counties are located in the San Luis Valley, which is about the size of Connecticut extending 125 miles long and 65 miles wide. There are only two other shelters for dogs in the San Luis Valley, one in Alamosa and one in San Luis.
You’ve heard the phrase “everyone has a story”, well it’s the same for dogs too. Our dogs come from every corner of the San Luis Valley and they all have a story. Many of them were homeless, abandoned, abused, neglected, lost, or relinquished by their owners. While each dog’s story may be different, they all just want an opportunity to love and be loved. On any given day, our shelter is home to more than 30 dogs waiting to meet you and find their forever home. Check out our Adoption and Fostering information!
The Conour Animal Crematory accepts a variety of animals. This is the only animal crematory in the San Luis Valley! Check out our Crematory page for more information.
The shelter and crematory require approximately $180,000 a year to operate. This includes wages, maintenance of facilities, and first and foremost serving all the needs of the dogs! We do receive about a third of these costs from our governmental supporters. Fees do bring in some funds but do not begin to cover costs. Therefore, we rely heavily on grants and donors like you! See our Thankful Paws and Get Involved web pages for more information.