Roice-Hurst Humane Society History

A Brief History of Roice-Hurst Humane Society

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 resources.

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.

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.

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.

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