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 Who We Are - What We Do

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  Tues. - Sun. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Roice-Hurst is an animal shelter and adoption 
center, providing loving care for homeless dogs and cats. We never euthanize animals because of a lack of space or resources. All healthy, treatable, and adoptable animals are cared for until they are adopted - whether it take weeks, months, or longer.

Roice-Hurst Humane Society has served the homeless 
dog and cat population of Mesa County for fifty years. 
Through the decades, the organization has weathered 
financial ups-and-downs of our local economy and 
substantial population growth.


In January of 2010, the Board of Directors of RHHS adopted new Mission and Vision statements and developed guiding principles to help promote consistency, accountability, and transparency. It is with these new pillars that RHHS will move forward into the future.  

Our Mission: 

To provide safety, shelter and care for homeless dogs and cats and place them in loving and "forever" homes. We work to educate our community about the importance of responsible pet ownership.

Our Vision Statement: 

We envision a unified Western Slope society that values the life of every companion animal; where no healthy, treatable, and adoptable dog or cat is euthanized; and where every pet find a safe, loving and permanent home. 

Our Guiding Principal:

WE WILL DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT, COMPASSION and COURAGE in our efforts to lead by example and be transparent and authentic in everything we say and do.


A Brief History of Roice-Hurst Humane Society
Roice-Hurst is a long standing animal shelter serving Mesa County and Western Colorado. We have helped thousands of amazing pets find loving human companions since 1963.  Roice-Hurst was founded by a grass-roots citizen's group led by the Ival Hurst and Joe Roice families who were concerned for the welfare of animals in, at that time, a predominately agricultural area.

Initially the goal was to simply provide a home for stray, unwanted animals with whatever monies the two families and their friends could spare. Joe Roice donated the first shelter, a chicken coop on his land. With diligent work the families brought the small rescue operation to life and the Society was formally born.
Today Roice-Hurst Humane Society finds homes for hundreds of animals each year. Our newly remodeled facility allows us to offer shelter to more animals and our enhanced skill level offers a consistently higher level of care. 

As long as an animal that arrives at our shelter is healthy or treatable and capable of being adopted, we will care for that animal until we find it a loving, forever home...no matter how long it takes! 

We do not euthanize animals because of a lack of space or resouces. 

We champion outreach in our community, low cost spay/neuter opportunities and engage a group of dedicated, animal loving volunteers to help us fulfill our life-saving mission.
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Roice-Hurst Humane Society is a member of WeCare (Western Colorado Animal Resources). This coalition covers 14 counties and 25 agencies. This coalition is tracking statistics using Asilomar Standards to track individual agency live release rates and also as a means of determining a live release rate for our region.  
We are a member of Maddie's Fund Community Collaborative Projects

The ability of diverse animal welfare groups to work together in an environment that 
promotes trust, cooperation, and harmony is important for creating a community-wide, 
no-kill safety net for companion animals.

Maddie's Fund supports coalitions of animal control agencies, traditional shelters,
adoption guarantee organizations, and private practice veterinarians so entire cities,
counties, and states can pool their talent and resources to end the killing of healthy
and treatable dogs and cats.

Projects are funded in diverse geographic, demographic, and socio-economic regions to demonstrate that models of lifesaving can be created throughout the country.
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The Office Team 
The Kennel Team 
Cindy & Xanadu 
Adoption Counselor & Foster Coordinator 
Ashley & Alpine 
Office Supervisor 
Shannon & Olivia 
Event Coordinator 
Dorothy & Lady 
Operations Manager 

Brandon & Miss Jade
Kennel Technician  

CeCe & Tiny 
Kennel Technician 

Tina & Fred 
Kennel Technician 
Putt & Pixil
Cat Facility Supervisor 
Meet Our Staff at Roice-Hurst 
Roice-Hurst Board of Directors 

Mark Davis- President 
Kelsey Sharpe-Vice President 
Karin Lichtenstein- Treasurer 
Sue Gormley-Secretary 
Julie Butherus 
Linda Dannenberger
Linda Eden
Elaine Johnson-Craig
Rick Thurtle 
Holly Sizemore-Best Friends Animal Society Advisory Member 

Emily & Puppies 
Adoption Counselor 
Jonah & Emmit 
Kennel Technician 
Jeni & Abby 
KennelTechnician 

Natasha & Kittens
Kennel Technician
Van & Oreo
Kennel Technician
Rick & Gideon
Vet Technician

Business Description:

Roice-Hurst Humane Society, Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing safety, shelter and care for homeless dogs and cats in Mesa County, CO, since 1963. We promote no euthanizing of any healthy, treatable and adoptable pet. As a private 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, the society is funded by contributions, service fees, and grants.

Today, the shelter remains a vital, supported, and recognized community asset in helping to provide a safe haven to homeless pets in the Grand Valley.