Our Mission

The Verde Valley Humane Society exists to humanely care for unwanted, lost and abused animals; and to promote animal adoptions and welfare through its policies and presence in the community.

Our Story

In 1982, a group of animal lovers formed the Verde Valley Humane Society. In March 31, 1986 ground was broken for the first shelter. In the 20 years that followed, the community grew tremendously and in late 2009 ground was broken for Phase 1 of construction for a new facility. We moved into our current structure in March 2010, and hosted the official ribbon cutting ceremony on April 16, 2010.

VVHS has grown into a vibrant animal shelter with a dedicated staff at the heart of  operations. We have amazing support and assistance from a passionate Board of Directors and a tireless army of volunteers. Each of us is honored to better the lives of the cats and dogs who depend on us each day. It’s our people who allow the Verde Valley Humane Society to thrive and serve the beautiful animals that find their way to us.

Verde Valley Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization EIN# 74-2400312. 100% of your donations go directly to VVHS. We are organized exclusively for animal welfare, charitable, and educational purposes. 

Our Board of Directors directs and manages the business, property and affairs of the organization. They establish policy, set goals and objectives. They provide for the maintenance and employ personnel. Board Members are volunteers who actively participate in community outreach and gift solicitation and event and campaign planning.

The Board of the Verde Valley Humane Society is a “working” board. This means many roles and tasks that in larger organizations are undertaken by paid staff are done by Board Members.

Did you know that Verde Valley Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization? We are not affiliated with any other shelter or humane society, either locally or nationally. We rely on the public to support our efforts and 100% of your donations go directly to caring for the animals.

About Verde Valley Humane Society

Who We Serve

Our shelter serves communities throughout the Verde Valley. We currently have contracts for the intake of animals from the City of Cottonwood, the Town of Clarkdale, and Yavapai County. Unincorporated Yavapai County north of the mountains includes Cornville, the Verde Villages, the Rimrock-Lake Montezuma area, Page Springs, and the Village of Oak Creek. Our volunteers come from all these areas as well as Sedona and Camp Verde. We provide an adoption center for all of the Verde Valley and for anyone who comes from afar to adopt one of our great pets.

In addition to the strays that animal control officers bring to us, we take in pets that people in the community bring to us and animals from other jurisdictions—when space is available. Recently, more desperate pet owners have surrendered their beloved pets due to economic or housing problems.

No Kill Policy

As a socially conscious shelter we strive to ensure the best outcome for each homeless cat and dog in our care. Our goal is to place each healthy, safe animal in a forever home. Our most difficult job is to alleviate suffering with appropriate euthanasia decisions.

We have never euthanized one animal to make space for another.

Our Board

President: Alice Klies
Vice President: Maxine Belcher
Treasurer: Hank Abrahams
Board Members: Mary Clark, Catherine McCan, Marywave Van Deren


Our Staff

Animal Shelter Manager: Melanie Lucas
Our Team: Animal Care, Front Desk, and Adoption Matchmakers
Volunteers: Provide our residents with TLC and exercise to keep them happy and healthy
The Office Cat: Jacob