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10,749

Lost and surrended animals received

6,435

Animals adopted last year

1,690

Lost pets reunited with their owners last year

1,385

Animals nurtured in foster care last year

1,592

Pets transferred in from other shelters last year

154

Dogs trained in our IDAPI program last year

304

Cats saved through our WISKR program last year

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Our feline friends are asking for donations! ⠀ ⠀ We have a lot of kittens in our cattery right now so that means we need a lot of food! Right now, our cattery is asking specifically for dry kitten food and canned wet food donations. We take all brands of food. You can drop these donations off in the shelter lobby in the large plastic bins by the cattery. Our shelter is located at 4775 Dorman St and we are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ If you are not able to donate, please spread the word! Thank you! 😻

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Last week, 118 animals found their forever homes! That includes 56 cats, 54 dogs, 5 rats, 2 parakeets, and 1 rabbit. Abby (center right) was featured as a #fosterfriday last month and after spending 3 months in a foster home was finally adopted on Saturday. ⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Abby and all of the other animals that found their perfect families!

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Check out this crazy #transformationtuesday! ⠀ ⠀ Two weeks ago, poor little Duke came to our shelter as a stray and was in pretty rough condition! He was immediately rushed to our veterinary clinic where one of veterinary technicians, Leslie, spent a couple hours shaving and de-tangling him. Along with his shave, he received eye medication, ear medication, and some pain medication. Duke looks like an entirely different dog now and appears to be much happier! ⠀ ⠀ Duke is not available for adoption quite yet as our shelter staff is still evaluating his health. But in the meantime, let's give a big thanks to Leslie and the rest of our staff that cleaned Duke up and helped him out!

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We perform a number of different surgical procedures at our veterinary clinic and every day there is something new. But one surgery, in particular, was something we don’t see too often!⠀ ⠀ Cloud, a 1 ½ -year-old Ragdoll mix, underwent a unique double eyelid surgery. Cloud was born with a condition called “Upper Eyelid Agenesis” which meant she was missing the upper part of her eyelid in both eyes. Due to this condition, she was unable to blink and needed lots of medical assistance like eyedrops and pain medication. Her eyes were damaged and scarred and it was difficult to determine how good her vision was. Dr. Strope performed surgery on Cloud which involved him taking skin from the lower eyelids, rotating them, and attaching them to the damaged upper eyelids.⠀ ⠀ We took a picture of Cloud after the surgery but we'll admit, the post-operative look was a little gnarly! So we decided to instead share a photo of her during her recheck with Dr. Strope a few weeks after the surgery. She will have permanent scarring and her vision is still limited, but she is at least mobile and not running into any walls (always a good thing!) The healing process is going very well and she is as loving and affectionate as ever. Cloud is currently not available for adoption as she is still living with her foster mom, but we will continue to provide updates in the future.

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POPEYE and OLIVE OYL are 1-year-old Parakeets that were brought to our shelter when their previous owner could no longer care for them. Popeye and Olive Oyl are a little shy around strangers but once they feel comfortable, love to hop up to the front of their cage to say “hello”. They enjoy playing with one another and will likely be best in a home together. Parakeets are very social birds so it’s important to make sure they get daily interaction and playtime. We recommend doing some research about Parakeets before adopting as they do require specialized care. Parakeets can make wonderful pets though and can be very loving and affectionate with their owners. You can meet Popeye (#3874852) and Olive Oyl (#38748456) in our small animal room at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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During kitten-season, many of our older cats are overlooked on the adoption floor. So for today's #caturday post, we couldn’t resist an opportunity to share this beautiful, senior Siamese mix! 🐈 Abby is an 8-year-old, 13-pound, spayed female Siamese mix. She may be considered a “senior” at our shelter but she plays like a kitten! Abby absolutely loves to chase after toys and will even bat them out of the air if you toss them for her. When she’s not busy playing, she loves to snuggle. It took us a while to take photos of her because she was much more interested in rubbing up against us (and the camera) to ask for pets! She seemed curious about the other cats in the shelter but wasn't aggressive towards them. Abby may do well in a home with children and other animals, but always go slow when introducing a new pet! If you are interested in meeting Abby (#38545565), you can find her in Cattery Kennel 06 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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Our transfer dogs have begun rolling out onto the adoption floor. Many of the other dogs transferred in are still waiting for their spays or neuters... In the meantime, check out the beautiful canines we currently have on our adoption floor. We will not be able to provide updates or information about any of the dogs featured... so if you're interested in a dog, please come on in!⠀ ⠀ We're at 4775 W Dorman Street Boise, Idaho 83705 and open from 10am to 6pm daily.⠀ ⠀ Video was taken at 11:30 am 6/15/18. Thanks!

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Greatest nightmare or best day ever? :) We received several rats and we're ready to send them to their forever homes. They're very intelligent, loyal, playful and love human attention. They're also very clean as they spend half their time grooming.⠀ ⠀ Potential adopters should research adopting pet rats. They live 3-5 years if fixed and need daily interaction. They also require a larger cage (two levels is best) which requires cleaning every 3-4 days. Rats do great with young children but should have adult supervision.⠀ ⠀ Rats eat a diet of 75% carbs, 15% protein, and 5% fat (can be purchased at the store). They also enjoy 1-2 fruits or veggies a day, including greens and freeze-dried foods. They also like hay in their cages to satisfy their natural foraging instincts. Rats do best in a same-sex pair.⠀ ⠀ If you're interested, come down and visit with our rats. We have plenty of colors and sizes to choose from! Each rat is just $5 and they make a great starter pet.

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If you've driven by the new building lately, you'll notice it's beginning to look like the artist renderings! The second-floor wood framing and mezzanine steel are being erected this week. Several parts of the roof have also been installed! We also have a lot of electric and plumbing going in at the hospital clinic.⠀ ⠀ You can check out the latest drone video of the new building as well as learn more about all the exciting features or donate to the Capital Campaign fund by clicking here: https://buff.ly/2MhW9LW

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We have another great #caturday post! Yesterday, our cattery received a wonderful donation from Mrs. Bunn’s 4th-grade class at Pepper Ridge Elementary School. Mrs. Bunn’s students learned how to knit on a round loom and they decided they wanted to make small blankets for all of the furry felines at our shelter. As you can see in the video, our kitties LOVED the blankets! Some of the students were even able to successfully knit/crochet a few toys for our adoptable kittens 🐱⠀ ⠀ Thank you so much for this thoughtful donation. We appreciate all the time and effort that went into this project, and we know our cats loved the gifts as well!⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #ShelterCats #RoundLoom #Donations #Kittens #Cats #AdoptDontShop #PepperRidgeElementary #ThankYou

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“Red hair, and a hand-me-down robe? You must be a Weasley!”⠀ ⠀ Weasley is a 7-year-old, 9 ½ -pound neutered male Domestic Shorthair. We’re pretty sure that Weasley would fit in very well with the infamous, red-headed family he’s named after! This cat is adventurous, playful, and loyal to his best friends. Weasley gets along great with people and LOVES rump scratches. He was found as a stray so we’re not sure how he is with children or dogs, and he’s a little uncertain about the other cats in our cattery. Always carefully monitor animal introductions and allow time for them to get used to one another.⠀ ⠀ If you’re interested in adopting Weasley (#38427786) you can find him in Cattery Kennel 100 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.⠀ ⠀ Happy #caturday and remember: don’t let the muggles get you down! 😼

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They say kids these days spend all their time with their faces in their electronic devices...⠀ ⠀ Thanks to our IHS foster family for sending these hilarious "Cat TV" photos in!

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We’ve had a great May. Check out what we’ve been up to! We returned almost twice as many dogs to their owners in May compared to April. With Independence Day around the corner, please make sure your pets are microchipped and that the information is up to date!

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It’s #fosterfriday and we have somebody we’d like you to meet! Or should we say… some-BUNNIES we’d like you to meet! 🐰❤️⠀ ⠀ Cinder and Licorice are both 1-year-old, 4-pound, neutered male rabbits. Cinder is jet black and the larger of the two, whereas Licorice is smokey grey and a little smaller. They are the best of friends and ready to find their forever homes together!⠀ ⠀ Cinder and Licorice can be a little shy when you first meet them but become very friendly and affectionate once they feel comfortable with you. Their foster mom describes them both as being social, playful, and curious. When they’re not busy jumping around or on top of their cardboard box fort you can usually find them snuggling on their pillows. Cinder and Licorice aren’t the biggest fans of being picked up, but they do enjoy being petted and scratched behind the ears. These two rabbits LOVE their daily vegetables, timothy hay, and banana treats -- so use that to your advantage when bonding with them! They are used to living indoors in a large kennel (with daily playtime and socialization) and they are both litter-box trained.⠀ ⠀ If you would like to meet Cinder and Licorice or have questions about them, please call or text their foster mom Jen at 208-989-8902. You may also email her at 47north@gmail.com.

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Bottle-baby kitten from the Idaho Humane Society makes national headline news at the dodo! Blue, the Bottle Baby kitten, survived panleukopenia with critical care provided by IHS veterinary staff and her foster mom.⠀ ⠀ Blue was originally recommended for euthanasia by another veterinary clinic in the Treasure Valley, but the foster mom sought a second opinion with IHS and we were able to save him! https://buff.ly/2HrJdzN

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We want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to our donors who do so much for our organization. If you are a patron of any of these businesses, make sure you give them a high-five for supporting the Idaho Humane Society.⠀ ⠀ If your business sent a donation at the end of the month, it may be featured in the next month's thank you due to processing.

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Giving a Saint Bernard a bath is always an adventure filled with smiles! We transferred this big guy, Duke, to our partners at Idaho Saint Bernard Rescue to help him find his furever home. ⠀ ⠀ Earlier this spring, we worked with the Idaho Saint Bernard Rescue helping 8-month-old Hagrid. He was brought to us after his owner couldn't afford surgery to repair his leg and was surrendered to the ISBR. We successfully performed surgery on him at no cost them thanks to a grant we received from PetSmart Charities. We then returned Hagrid to them for rehabilitation, daily care, and eventual adoption. ⠀ ⠀ We love working with other shelters and organizations to make great things happen!

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Today we want to give a huge shout-out to one of our younger volunteers!⠀ ⠀ Gretchen Backer is 18 years old and has been volunteering at IHS since she was 12. She has become invaluable in our veterinary clinic, particularly when it comes to preparing and organizing surgery packs. We’re happy to say that Gretchen will be working as an intern this summer in our education department. She’ll be helping our education director run kids’ camps, activities, and miscellaneous youth events. Thank you for all of your years of dedication and hard work, Gretchen! We’re so thankful for all you do!⠀ ⠀ We have plenty of teen volunteering opportunities at our shelter so if you or anyone you know is interested please contact our volunteer director, Melanie, at volunteer@idahohumanesociety.org

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It’s not every day we see coyotes in our vet clinic!⠀ ⠀ Mady Rothchild, a prominent member of the Animals in Distress Association, brought two coyote siblings into our veterinary clinic with leg injuries and other medical concerns last month. Dr. Strope was able to examine them and administer care, and Dr. Rosenthal even performed orthopedic surgery on one of them!⠀ ⠀ The injured coyote pups were originally discovered by a member of the public and dropped off at the West Valley Humane Society, believing they were dogs. Thankfully, West Valley was able to find a temporary foster home for them until AIDA could take over. One of the coyote puppies, unfortunately, was unable to recover from their injuries. However, the remaining three are happy, healthy, and currently being rehabilitated in northern Idaho!⠀ ⠀ The Idaho Humane Society is proud to work with Animals in Distress in administering veterinary care to injured wildlife. The Animals in Distress Association is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and successful release of injured, displaced, or orphaned wildlife. Whenever injured wildlife is brought to our shelter, we offer whatever veterinary care we can and contact AIDA to assist in helping orphaned wildlife find temporary safe housing.⠀ ⠀ If you or anyone you know finds an injured/displaced wild animal, PLEASE contact AIDA or Animal Control. Wild animals need to be treated with caution and respect. AIDA and/or our Animal Control officers will help you assess the situation and guide you on what you should do next.⠀ ⠀ You may contact AIDA’s 24-hour Hotline at 208-367-1026 and Animal Control at 208-343-3166. For more information about AIDA, go to https://buff.ly/2JwDCwQ

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"Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever."⠀ ⠀ Loving all these pictures of our IHS dogs finding their new forever homes...