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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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We’ve had a great December. Check out what we’ve been up to!

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Thanks to @titosvodka, we received a brand new microscope that will help us treat the thousands of animals we provide care for each and every year! ⠀ Thank you Joey Dimarco and Tito’s for your continued support of Idaho shelter animals and more! #vodkafordogpeople

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ADOPTED: Flip Flop is a male mallard duck that came into us as a stray. No owner reached out to claim him, so he's now up for adoption! He must have spent a lot of time around humans because he comes over to say hello when he hears voices and will even let you pet him if you approach slowly.⠀ ⠀ This cutie will need to be adopted into a home with other ducks... ducks are very social and need to be with at least one, but preferably with two other ducks. They will also need access to water for swimming. Ducks are natural foragers which means they'll turn up grass and dirt looking for insects and worms, and they'll naturally eat weeds and grass as well. Ducks love fresh berries and will eat small fish and their eggs in a pond as well. Plan on feeding your ducks layer pellets as their main feed, and then supplement with sunflower seeds, corn, mealworms, fruits, veggies and more.

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Today we were honored to serve 57 people and 149 pets with 3,779 pounds of pet food, treats, and litter through our Pet Food Pantry.⠀ ⠀ 33% of those who utilized our pantry today were furloughed federal workers who owned 49 pets; they brought home 1,130 pounds of cat and dog food this afternoon.⠀ ⠀ We'd like to thank our generous donors who brought pet food into our shelter and those who ordered supplies online to help us stock our pantry! We are anticipating a higher demand for pet food through the shutdown... so this generosity is greatly appreciated! If you'd like to contribute to our Pet Food Pantry, you can drop supplies by, donate online, or ship supplies from our Amazon wish list: https://buff.ly/2CffOIw #shutdownstories #shutdown #governmentshutdown

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Brrrrr it’s still cold outside! Guess this weather is perfect for #NationalCuddleUpDay! And who makes a better cuddle buddy than your beloved pet?⠀ ⠀ We’ve got plenty of animals at our shelter that are anxious to celebrate this day with you. Featured above are three adoptable animals that would each make a perfect cuddly companion. ⠀ ⠀ Ramonda (#37932862) is a 5 ½ year old, 13-pound spayed female Domestic Shorthair. She has been declawed so she needs to be an indoor-only cat and prefers clay litter. Other kinds of litter hurt her paws and she may have litterbox accidents. She's a sweet cat that loves to love!⠀ ⠀ Groot (#39165571) is a 1-year-old, 75-pound neutered male Siberian Husky mix. He's a loving boy that has a lot of energy! He is best with children who are at least 12 years old, and needs to be the only animal at home. ⠀ ⠀ Faya (#40460429) is a 12-month-old spayed female Lionhead Rabbit. She's a little shy with people at first, but warms up with gentle pets and leafy greens!

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It’s #NationalBirdDay! 🐦⠀ ⠀ It’s not every day we have a bird available for adoption but when we do, the animal-loving community always rises to the occasion to help us find a forever home for them. In 2018 we adopted out 56 birds from our shelter, including the beauties pictured below! We hope they’re doing well and loving life with their forever families.⠀ ⠀ Share the love for our feathered friends and comment below with a picture of your bird at home! (Bonus points if they’re an IHS alum❤️)

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Joey (#40491858) and Jerry (#40491857) are a pair of Hairless Rats! These 9-month-old brothers are incredibly social and friendly with most humans they meet. They give affectionate little love nibbles and love to scamper around their kennel.⠀ ⠀ Hairless rats require a little bit more care and effort than regular rats so future adopters, do your research! Hairless rats require more fat and protein in their diet because they have a harder time maintaining their body temperature. They also drink more water than their hairy counterparts so make sure you are checking their water throughout the day.⠀ ⠀ Without the layer of a protective coat, hairless rats get scratches easily. Any type of wood chips or shaving for bedding is not recommended. Hairless rats can also get cold easily so make sure the cage is in a dry, warm spot and that they have plenty of small blankets for them to burrow under. You can use any soft cotton material for bedding.⠀ ⠀ And lastly, hairless rats can be susceptible to skin problems like rashes and dry skin. If their skin is dry, do not use lotion or hand creams! Rats lick themselves and will consume the lotion/cream by mistake. Instead, use olive oil as a moisturizer. It’s safe for them to eat, but make sure it stays out of their eyes, ears, and nose. Of course, you should always consult a veterinarian if rashes appear and skin problems persist.⠀ ⠀ For more information about caring for hairless rats, check out this link: https://buff.ly/2Trzsru…⠀ ⠀ You can find Joey and Jerry in the small animal room at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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It doesn’t matter which angle you look at it from, Pablo Picasso is a handsome feline!⠀ ⠀ This 1 ½-year-old, 9-pound neutered male Domestic Shorthair was one of the cats rescued from the Super 8 hoarding situation in July. In the last 6 months, Pablo has come a long way! He has learned how to love and trust people and will greet strangers at the door with a friendly meow. He loves to be picked up and held and isn’t afraid to let you know that he wants attention! Pablo is a very talkative cat so be prepared to have all sorts of fun conversations with him. He and his foster parent like to have “meow-offs” to see who can meow the loudest 😹⠀ ⠀ Pablo is great about using his litterbox and he is used to being an indoor-only cat. He will be best in a home with other animals as he LOVES dogs, gets along well with other felines, and hates being left alone. Although Pablo is great with other critters, he would prefer a home with adults only or children who are no younger than 10 years old. He is easily startled by loud noises and quick movements.⠀ ⠀ Pablo is a unique cat so future adopters should be aware of some of his quirks. Not only does he have an interesting history, but Pablo has difficulty moving his back legs and putting any weight on them. Our shelter veterinarians believe he was born this way as it doesn’t appear to cause him any pain and he is still able to move around easily. However, because of his injured back legs, Pablo uses his front claws to drag himself around and climb. He NEEDS to go to a home with someone who will not declaw him and who is okay with a couple scratch marks on their furniture. Pablo loves to perch on the couch and look out the window, so please don’t prevent him from doing so! He will also be best in a home with mostly carpet floors (he has an easier time moving that way.)⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in adopting Pablo (#39130098) contact our foster office at Foster@idahohumanesociety.org. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response.⠀ ⠀ Spread the word and help us find Pablo Picasso his forever home! Happy #FosterFriday!

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🎶Hey Jude🎶⠀ ⠀ It’s another Furry Friday and Jude was today’s guest on 107.1 KHITS. This gentle giant is the sweetest cuddlebug you will ever meet. She loves to give kisses, lean up against her human friends, and sit on laps – despite being 98 pounds! This 6-year-old spayed female German Shepherd mix is certainly the biggest lapdog at our shelter!⠀ ⠀ Jude appears to be house-trained, knows "sit" and "shake" with both paws, rides well in a car, and enjoys going for walks on a leash (although she can be a little distracted by all those interesting smells!) She does well with meeting new people and she loves to love, but we unfortunately don’t know how she is with kids or other animals. Based off of her easy-going temperament, we think she would do well in a home with older children so long as they are gentle and respectful with her. We haven’t had an opportunity to see Jude interact with many dogs, but whenever we take her outside on the leash she doesn’t bark or pull towards the other dogs that walk past her. She has the potential to do well with another dog in the house, but a dog introduction is always recommended before bringing a new canine home! Someone told our shelter staff that they thought they saw Jude resource guard her toys, so please monitor playtime with toys until you get to know her better!⠀ ⠀ Jude is a bit overweight so her future adopters should plan to exercise her every day, limit treats, and help her find a nutritious diet. You can consult with one of our shelter veterinarians about meal plans and exercise tricks!⠀ ⠀ You can find Jude (#40389019) in Kennel 401 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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Need some New Year's Resolutions? We'll be rolling out a new resolution each day to make with your pet! ⠀ ⠀ 1. Make a date with your veterinarian⠀ ⠀ Early visits with your veterinarian are important so they can be on the lookout for unusual health concerns. They have the ability to catch problems in their infancy before they become large problems, which not only helps your pet, but also your pocketbook. These visits are called wellness exams, and we do require them before we can provide new vaccinations. During these visits, doctors will check your pet’s mouth, gums and teeth; ears; eyes and vision; skin; and joints.

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Jax is a real sweetheart and is often looked over because he reacts to other dogs barking on the adoption floor. You can see in this video that Jax walks well on a leash and takes treats nicely! He can be a bit aloof with unfamiliar people but is curious about his surroundings and is interested in other dogs so he may be a good companion animal for your dog at home. We do recommend that you bring your pup over for a dog introduction if you're interested in adopting him. Jax (40202388) must be adopted to an adults-only home. To meet him, please visit our shelter, we're open from 10am to 6pm daily! You can also read more about his profile online: https://buff.ly/2Qf13uh

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What a majestic cat! 😻 LEONA is a 2 ½ -year-old, 8.5-pound spayed female Maine Coon/Domestic Longhair mix. She was surrendered to the shelter when her previous family could no longer care for her. Her former owner described Leona as being friendly and cuddly, although she can be a little shy with strangers. Leona is an independent cat that enjoys playing with toys and prowling around her home, but she will come find you if she's craving attention. She will meow, rub up against you, and hop on your lap to ask for affection. Leona is a gorgeous cat, but please keep in mind that her fur will need regular brushing. She is litterbox trained and used to being an indoor-only cat. Leona previously lived with young children so she should continue to be fine in a home with little ones, so long as they are gentle and respectful. However, Leona is not a fan of other felines and will need a cat-free home. If you're interested in adopting this long-haired beauty, you can find her in Cattery Kennel 103 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are normally open every day from 10am - 6pm, but we will be closing early tomorrow at 3pm for New Year's Eve and we will be closed all of New Year's Day.

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Did you know that every month 2200 lbs of dog food and 250 lbs of cat food are needed to feed the dogs and cats at the shelter? Please consider donating today! https://buff.ly/2zk0OYc

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The Idaho Humane Society will be closed on Christmas Day. If you have an animal emergency, please call police dispatch and they will contact Humane Officers.⠀ ⠀ We will reopen during regular business hours at 10am Wednesday morning, December 26th.

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Haven't gone Christmas shopping? No problem!⠀ ⠀ GET JOY: Each time you give a life-saving gift through our Holiday Gift Catalog, you'll automatically be entered into a contest to win a custom painting of your beloved pet! Check out these great examples from Millie Reddig who created the cover art for our 2018 See Spot Walk and our 2019 Sip 'n Purr! Winners will be chosen every Tuesday!⠀ ⠀ GIVE JOY: This holiday season, a perfect gift for a friend, family member, or co-worker is a lifesaving donation to the Idaho Humane Society memorialized with a card that you can give. https://buff.ly/2Cg5z7S

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The Idaho Humane Society will be closing early at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. We will also be closed on Christmas Day. If you have an animal emergency, please call police dispatch and they will contact Humane Officers.⠀ ⠀ We will reopen during regular business hours at 10am Wednesday morning, December 26th.

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Our 2019 calendar makes a great holiday gift! Shipping is included or pop by our shelter to pick one up in person! Proceeds from calendar sales help the Idaho Humane Society feed, shelter, provide medical care and find adoptive homes for thousands of animals every year.

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Dillard (#40376068) and Marcus (#40376057) are 1 ½ -year-old, neutered male Lop Rabbit mixes. Both of these rabbits are sweet, gentle, and enjoy soft pets between their ears and along their backs. Dillard (brown) is a little bit more outgoing than Marcus (grey). He likes to explore his surroundings, sniff at your fingers, and groom Marcus. Marcus is quiet and easy-going. He enjoys leafy greens and will lean in close to whoever he’s snuggling with. ⠀ ⠀ Dillard and Marcus are a bonded pair so they need to find a forever home together. It is only $25 to adopt both of them but you must provide your own kennel/hutch. You can find Dillard and Marcus in the small animal room at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St.

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Winter Break has started for the kiddos! ⠀ Are you looking for something for them to do after the holidays have passed?⠀ ⠀ Our Mini-Camps are filling fast, but there are still spaces available! Mini Camps run 9am-3:30pm and include a Pizza Party Lunch! What a great way to spend a day off from school than with hands-on learning and interacting with our shelter pets.⠀ ⠀ *January 2nd (5-7yr olds)⠀ *January 3rd (8-12 yr olds)⠀ *January 26th, MLK Day (7-10 yr olds)⠀ *February 19th, President's Day (7-10 yr olds)⠀ ⠀ Register Today!⠀ https://buff.ly/2EKbggC