The mission of the Idaho Humane Society is to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane education, awareness, and compassion.

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11,684

Lost, surrendered, and transferred animals received

6,152

Animals adopted last year

1,796

Lost pets reunited with their owners last year

1,638

Animals nurtured in foster care last year

1,066

Pets transferred in from other shelters last year

169

Dogs trained in our IDAPI program last year

307

Cats saved through our WISKR program last year

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Today is International Chihuahua Appreciation Day. We have four beauties available for adoption if you're looking for a new family member! #ChihuahuaAppreciationDay

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We have a cute 1-year-old hamster who is looking to find his forever home!!⠀ ⠀ Hamsters generally live up to 2 years and are better housed alone. Hamsters eat a diet of pellets as well as fruits and/or veggies as a tasty supplement! It’s important that you provide plenty of toys and activities for your hamster to do. Many of us have seen a hamster run on a wheel, but they also loving igloos, running in and out of tubes, and chewing on wooden toys. It’s important to provide safe chew toys for hamsters because their teeth are constantly growing. Chewing allows them to keep their teeth neat and trim.⠀ ⠀ His adoption fee is $15 and that DOES include his cage! If you are interested in meeting this hamster (ID #41407236) you can find him in the small animal room at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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VIVIAN is a 3-year-old, 11 ½ pound spayed female Domestic Longhair. She was adopted and returned to us because she does not get along with other felines. However, she loves people and is great with strangers! ⠀ ⠀ You can meet Vivian (#40834081) in Cattery Kennel 13 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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Earlier today, a string quartet from BSU performed a variety of songs for the shelter animals, volunteers, staff members, and visitors. Studies have shown that classical music can have a calming effect on animals, particularly those in a shelter environment.⠀ ⠀ Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit and share your wonderful talents with all of us here at the Idaho Humane Society!

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Happy birthday, Olivia!!! 🎉🎂⠀ ⠀ Olivia is celebrating her 1st birthday today and what an amazing year she's had! In early January, Olivia made her journey to Idaho when she was transferred to us from a shelter in Phoenix, Arizona. She went on to graduate from the IDAPI program and have a bilateral FHO surgery in April. She has since healed wonderfully and we're so happy that she got to go out and celebrate with her future adoptive parents.⠀ ⠀ We hope your birthday is filled with lots of treats and belly rubs, Olivia! ❤️

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Your compassion for homeless and abandoned animals is heartwarming! The Idaho Humane Society received a total of $159,100.62 from 603 donors. Together we’ve saved thousands of lives this year and improved the quality of life for thousands more.⠀ ⠀ Every post read, liked, shared, forwarded and responded to helps us each day… and we're honored to have received your support on Idaho Gives! If you haven't seen our Idaho Gives video (below) you can discover highlights and statistics including how many people and animals we've helped last year.⠀ ⠀ We have an exciting announcement coming later today (Friday), stay tuned! https://buff.ly/2XTNYuu

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We’ve had a lot of fun with all of you on Idaho Gives Day! If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, you still have 2 hours left to donate!⠀ ⠀ We are so appreciative of the donations that were made today! But we also know that today's donors are the same folks who support us EVERY DAY, all year round, in MANY other ways. You've adopted amazing pets from our shelter, advocated for spaying and neutering in our community, promoted pet adoption with your friends and family, visited our medical center, purchased a bag of pet food to support our pet food pantry programs, volunteered your very valuable time & talents, opened your heart & home to a foster pet, and turned out to support us at our community events--for all these things and more, the pet lovers of Idaho are simply the BEST and we couldn't do all that we do without YOU! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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We are so thankful that we are able to coordinate with other shelters, located within Idaho as well as elsewhere in the nation, working together to find forever homes for our animal friends. Last year, we transferred 1,066 animals to our shelter!⠀ ⠀ We could not have achieved this without the countless hours spent by staff and volunteers at our facility and at our partnering shelters and rescues. It takes a lot of time and people power to make these transfers happen and we are so grateful that they do! ⠀ ⠀ Pictured here is Boomer, a cat transferred from Weber County Animal Services in Ogden, Utah. He came to us with a broken leg that we were able to fix in our Veterinary Medical Center. He is currently recovering in foster care and will soon be available for adoption. Please donate today and help us make more purrfect pets like Boomer get the medical care they need. https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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This year, we’ve brought several new exciting programs from our Humane Education program to children all across the Treasure Valley. Education is a crucial component of our mission to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane awareness and compassion.⠀ ⠀ We rolled out a Rodent Rescuer program that allows elementary classrooms to foster one of our small animals. The program fulfills certain state math and science standards for K-5th-grade students. Not only does ‘Rodent Rescuers’ provide kids with a safe and fun opportunity to learn about responsible pet care and real-world animal science, it also allows for the small animal to be socialized and cared for outside of our animal shelter. ⠀ ⠀ Your generous donation TODAY to Idaho Gives will help us educate the next generation of youth and create a more humane future for us all! Please SHARE to help spread the word today! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 ‪#‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬⠀ ⠀ Want to see more Humane Education footage? https://buff.ly/2IURp0D

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We couldn't rehabilitate and adopt out all the cats and kittens that we do without our tremendous WISKR program. The Women Inmate Social Kitty Retreat (WISKR) program brings sick cats and young kittens into a tier of the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center for around-the-clock care by inmates.⠀ ⠀ WISKR participants have assisted with a range of cases, but they most frequently work with cats recovering from upper respiratory infections, mother cats and their babies, and orphaned kittens that need bottle feeding. This is particularly important during the spring and summer season when the Idaho Humane Society can easily see more than 100 cats come through its doors in one week.⠀ ⠀ Please donate today, help us make save more furry felines – your $10 donation moves us one step closer to winning the Idaho Gives contest for most unique donors! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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A cat’s solar recharge, AKA the cat nap, is an integral part of his day. We don’t want his routine interrupted because a family hit a bump in the road financially. Idaho Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry works as a safety net to help keep well-loved companions in their original homes, preventing owners from having to surrender them to the shelter. This year, we were proud to support any furloughed federal worker with support as well, no questions asked. ⠀ ⠀ Did you know that when we have pet food that exceeds our needs, we supply rural cities on a regular basis like Idaho City, Garden Valley, Emmet and more? We also provide monthly pet food deliveries to pets of homebound seniors in the valley. A faithful pet may be a senior’s only companion, and is vital to their quality of life. Your $10 donation helps vulnerable families keep their pets fed, safe, and housed in their own loving homes. Donate today: https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 ‪#‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬

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You may remember learning about Gnocci, a dog that we rescued from the Korean Dog Meat trade. Gnocci, formerly known as Tori, has never had it better. After discovering the joys of playing in the ocean last year, she’s since gone camping and hiking and has enjoyed many outdoor adventures. ⠀ ⠀ “It was truly fulfilling to see the joy she discovered as she ran free outdoors for the first time and it has become her favorite activity. Learning how to swim is a work in progress but she does enjoy lake kayaking on a sunny day. We can’t thank you enough for taking a chance on us, she has brought us tremendous joy and fits our family like a glove,” Gnocci’s owner writes in. ⠀ ⠀ Your donations help pets like Gnocci get a new life free from abuse and neglect. A donation of just $10 (or more!) helps us save more dogs and cats. https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 ‪#‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬⠀ ⠀ Psst – don’t forget to head on down to the Idaho Gives Block Party with us at Lost Grove Brewing from 5:00pm-10:00pm tonight!

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Your gift of just a $10 donation (or more) helps us spay and neuter more than 8,000 animals a year! Just last month, we brought in 20 dogs from an elderly resident of Meridian. He had kindly taken in four dogs belonging to a neighbor that died.. None of the dogs had been given veterinary care including spaying and neutering. Pretty soon, four dogs turned into 20 and we were notified of the situation. In this case, the senior was trying to do the right thing but became overwhelmed and didn’t know who to turn to for help.⠀ ⠀ Our Veterinary Medical Center jumped into action by providing spays and neuters as well as necessary medical care. Many of the dogs have already been adopted into loving homes and others are becoming more socialized in foster care to help them become adopted as well. Unwanted litters happen when owners don’t have access to preventative surgeries and IHS is proud to provide low cost, high-quality spay and neuter services for pets owned by the public. Last year, we altered over 5,000 pets belonging to the public, including over 2,000 free roaming cats that were rounded up, sterilized, and re-released through our trap-neuter-return programs.⠀ ⠀ We’ve got a lot of momentum today with the Idaho Gives fundraising contest! Each $10 gets us closer to winning the most unique donors! Give today at https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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“Can you tell me the story of how you rescued me again?” If our transfer animals could talk, they’d tell a tale of how they flew or drove across the country or Idaho to get a second chance at a life at our shelter. Last year, we transferred in 1,066 animals.⠀ ⠀ We provided medical care for dogs like Lucas who was living at an underserved shelter in Southern California and was on a countdown for euthanasia if he didn’t get transferred immediately. Thanks to our partners, we were able to successfully get Lucas here. We fixed his shattered, broken leg in our Veterinary Medical Center and sent him to foster care for recovery. He has now been adopted into a loving home and has a new lease on life.⠀ ⠀ Please donate today and help us provide new opportunities for desperate shelter animals. Tip: Idaho Gives suggests using multiple emails when donating to the Idaho Humane Society, so if you have them, please split your donations up! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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We’re a little more than halfway through this one-day fundraiser! Last year, we won first place for the greatest number of unique donors, so we really mean it when we say that every donation counts! Did you know that Idaho Gives offers a peer-to-peer fundraising challenge? Share your donation and help us win!⠀ ⠀ Our staff and volunteers care so much for the pets we rescue, shelter and rehome, when we encounter suffering and abuse it is especially hard on all of us. So, when a tragic case of neglect has a happy ending, it’s cause to celebrate. One recent victory was when Idaho Humane Society Humane Officers jumped into action after learning of a hoarding situation where dozens of cats were languishing in a cramped and disease-filled domicile. We rescued the cats and kittens over the course of two days in mid-July. What began as 59 felines grew to 74 felines, as many of the cats were pregnant and had babies at our shelter.⠀ ⠀ Your donations help animals like these recover from abuse and neglect and find new loving homes. Please give today: https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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We've got our booth set up at The Village in Meridian for #IdahoGives with @idahononprofits - come down and see us from 12:00pm-3:00pm! We'll have some our the dogs we've helped at our Veterinary Medical Center!⠀ ⠀ Donate online: https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2

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IT REALLY DOES PAY TO GIVE!! When you donate to IHS on Idaho Gives, several local businesses are passing along discounts as a way of saying thanks for supporting our shelter animals (HERE'S THE SECOND HALF).⠀ ⠀ All of your donations made on Idaho Gives Day will go towards medical care for shelter animals, to include transfers from Idaho and across the United States! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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We’re halfway through this one-day fundraiser! IT REALLY DOES PAY TO GIVE!! When you donate to IHS on Idaho Gives, several local businesses are passing along discounts as a way of saying thanks for supporting our shelter animals. Check out these great discounts! ⠀ ⠀ Don’t forget to visit the downtown Panera between 4:00-8:00pm where 20% of your purchases will be donated back to IHS. If you use Rapid Pick-Up or Delivery: PRFUND is your Promo Code!⠀ ⠀ All of your donations made on Idaho Gives Day will go towards medical care for shelter animals, to include transfers from Idaho and across the United States! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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Your Idaho Gives donation of just $10 (or more!) goes to help low-income pet owners receive much-needed veterinary care for their pets. Last year, we provided more than 1.6 million dollars worth of free or discounted veterinary medical care to low-income families and shelter pets. There’s nothing more heartwarming than reuniting a family pet with their grateful owners after a life-saving surgery, many of whom had nowhere else to turn other than the Idaho Humane Society. One of our wonderful clients wrote us recently:⠀ ⠀ “Our Chihuahua was deathly ill, and they let us walk in on a Saturday, even though they'd had many such cases that day and were way behind. We could not afford all of the costs for the tests and treatment she needed, but they were able to help us out with a grant. They gave us a blanket made by a volunteer. Everyone was so nice, even though they'd had a long day that wasn't over yet.”⠀ Please help us raise funds for Idaho Gives so we can continue to help those in need. The Idaho Nonprofit Center is awarding prizes to organizations with the highest number of individual donors, so we really mean it when we say that any donation counts! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬⠀ ⠀ Are you looking to own a sweet Chihuahua of your own? Bugg is available for adoption at our shelter! https://buff.ly/2vyQgDe

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IHS founded the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) where some of our most difficult to place shelter dogs – generally young, especially exuberant dogs – become well-socialized, trained family pets.⠀ ⠀ The program helps train dogs with manners, confidence, and socialization. For 8 weeks, these sweet dogs worked one-on-one with inmate trainers who taught them obedience commands. Your donations help these dogs find new homes in the community and get a new lease on life.⠀ ⠀ This program is entirely funded by donations, give just $10 now to help more dogs like these. https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬⠀ ⠀ Have you adopted an IDAPI dog? Let’s see your photos!⠀ ⠀ Want to see more IDAPI footage? https://buff.ly/2ZLsdPj