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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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Check out the progress at our new shelter and veterinary medical center. Did you know that our new building has been funded entirely on donations for this effort?⠀ ⠀ We envision a facility where pets are housed in a “homelike” atmosphere that will help reduce stress, sickness and the spread of disease. We need more space to accommodate clients at our veterinary medical center that cannot afford services and have nowhere else to turn. We need a facility where children can have proper space to learn about the importance of compassion and being a responsible pet owner.⠀ ⠀ Will you join us in our efforts? Please make a donation today to support the Designed to be Kind Capital Campaign. https://buff.ly/2GbNfND

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Did you know that 1 of 3 pets will get lost? Microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to get returned -and- microchipped cats are more than 20 times more likely to get returned to their owners!⠀ ⠀ Check out our latest article about the benefits of not only microchipping your pets, but ensuring that their microchips are current. #Checkthechipday https://buff.ly/2nEDmj1

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We have several feline friends looking for their forever homes. While we have several kittens available, have you considered the benefits of adopting an older cat?⠀ ⠀ 1. While cute and cuddly, kittens are very energetic. An older cat is much lower maintenance and will still reserve fun playtime for you.⠀ 2. Most older cats are already litter box trained.⠀ 3. Older cats tend to be better with children.⠀ 4. Generally, there's no surprises with older cats. What you see is what you get! You know their size and can get a good gauge of their personality.⠀ 5. Older cats have no shortage of love or affection for their family.⠀ ⠀ Come down and take a look at the felines in our Cattery. Don't forget that seniors over the age of 60 get a free cat one year or older because of our partnership with Pets for the Elderly Foundation. #catsofinstagram #oldercatsrule #oldercatsneedlovetoo #oldercatsrock

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OTIS WINSLOW is a 2-year-old, 11-pound neutered male Domestic Shorthair. Otis was surrendered to the shelter due to his previous owners having landlord issues. He's a sweet, affectionate boy that is a little overwhelmed by the shelter environment. You may find him hiding in his cubby hole or under some warm blankets. He's shy, but he does appreciate gentle pets and attention. He would be best-suited in a quieter, calmer home as an only-cat. Otis is independent and doesn't mind spending time alone, but he is very snuggly and loving with those he trusts. He enjoys chin scratches, cheek rubs, and curling up next to you in a sunny spot. He would be an ideal pet for someone that is looking for animal companionship but isn't necessarily home all the time. ⠀ ⠀ Otis Winslow (#38876662) is available for adoption and can be found in Cattery Kennel 104 at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open every day from 10am - 6pm. For more information about Otis Winslow and other adoptable animals, visit idahohumanesociety.org

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"In the last year, the Idaho Humane Society said it has spayed or neutered 2,133 feral cats, and many like-minded cat lovers manage similar adopted colonies around the Treasure Valley."⠀ ⠀ Fun Fact: Millie painted our See Spot Walk art that is featured on our t-shirt this year! Visit buff.ly/2KGfc0C to learn more. https://buff.ly/2nlSbGV

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We’ve had a great July! Check out all the great work we’ve been up to. #adoptdontshop #shelter #shelterdogs #sheltercats

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Check out some of the kittens available for adoption! It's #InternationalCatDay and we thought we'd celebrate by showcasing some of the newest members of the family. ⠀ ⠀ We're open daily from 10am to 6pm. You can come by and meet them at 4775 W Dorman Street Boise, Idaho 83705.

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Smell ya later! IHS staff and Animal Care and Control rescued a Western Spotted Skunk after it had been hit by a car and ran into an nearby engine. Our veterinary team treated it and released to Animals in Distress for rest and rehabilitation.

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We have a lot of dogs available on the adoption floor! Many of the dogs flown in from @sapetsalive from @dogismycopilotwy are now available. ⠀ ⠀ Ruby, F, 8 years old, Labrador Retriever Mix, #3497784, $35⠀ Rocco, M, 6 years old, Labrador Retriever Mix, #39250065, $100⠀ Adel, F, 10 years old, Spaniel Mix, #39102135, $100⠀ Lindsey, F, 4 years old, Terrier Mix, #39102146, $200⠀ Lambert, M, 1 year old, Chihuahua Mix, #39102158, $300⠀ Kodi, F, 5 years old, Pug/Chinese Crested Mix, #39179135, $150⠀ Thai, 7 years old, Dachshund Mix, #22079302, $150⠀ ?? Not sure on the tan Chihuahua – will update Thursday⠀ Nico, M, 2 years old, Terrier Mix, #39103441, $300⠀ Joey, M, 2 years old, Terrier Mix, #39102192, $250⠀ Lucy, F, 6 years old, Chihuahua Mix, #31120158, $100⠀ Dexter, M, 1 year old, Chihuahua Mix, #39201929, $200⠀ Toni, F, 2 years old, Chihuahua mix, #35943557, $200⠀ Speedy, F, 2 years old, Pitbull Terrier Mix, #39102867, $150⠀ Penny, F, 2 years old, Treeing Coonhound Walker, #37891240, $150⠀ Sky, F, 7 years old, Border Collie, #22424080, $100⠀ Loki, M, 3 years old, Border Collie/Siberian Husky Mix, #31567804, $200⠀ ⠀ The SAPA dogs are not listed above, but you can see them in the shelter and on the video.

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Raelynn is a sweet Chihuahua who came to us from a shelter in California. Just minutes into her arrival, we discovered that she could climb over our six-foot kennels! She has been hanging out in the foster office and is now ready for adoption.⠀ ⠀ She would be best suited as the only dog in the home or as a partner to a laid-back dog. Pictured in the video is a dog introduction where Raelynn is shown being curious but is assertive with him. The right dog for Raelynn will let her be the queen bee.⠀ ⠀ Raelynn is 10 years old and just $35 to adopt! She will be able to climb over chain link fences so you will need to make sure she stays inside when you leave or that she can't escape your backyard. She is potty trained and will hold it until she is on grass.⠀ ⠀ If you're interested in meeting Raelynn, please ask for her at the front desk. We're open daily from 10am to 6pm at 4775 W Dorman Street Boise, Idaho 83705.

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Many of our California transfer dogs are now on the adoption floor. We'll do our best to update the list as the dogs are adopted. Please do not call. We are open daily from 10am to 6pm. 4775 W Dorman St. Boise, ID 83705⠀ ⠀ Lindsey, F, 4 years old, Terrier Mix, #39102146, $200⠀ Lambert, M, 1 year old, Chihuahua Mix, #39102158, $300⠀ Thai, 7 years old, Dachshund Mix, #22079302, $150⠀ Nico, M, 2 years old, Terrier Mix, #39103441, $300⠀ Joey, M, 2 years old, Terrier Mix, #39102192, $250⠀ Curtis, M, 8 years old, Papillion Mix, #39146978, $100⠀ ADOPTED Toni, F, 2 years old, Chihuahua Mix, #35943557, $200⠀ Kenny, M, 2 years old, Pitbull Terrier Mix, #39038389, $80⠀ Shawn, M, 3 months old, Plott Hound, #39116858, $300⠀ ADOPTED Dillard, M, 1 year old, Shepherd Mix, #39067412, $250⠀ Speedy, F, 2 years old, Pitbull Terrier Mix, #39102867, $150⠀ Penny, F, 2 years old, Treeing Coonhound Walker, #37891240, $150⠀ Sky, F, 7 years old, Border Collie, #22424080, $100⠀ Loki, M, 3 years old, Border Collie/Siberian Husky Mix, #31567804, $80⠀ Maggie, F, 4 years old, Great Pyrenees Mix, #39232663, $250⠀ Ruby, F, 8 years old, Labrador Retriever Mix, #3497784, $35⠀ MEDICAL Rotini, M, 1 year old, Terrier Mix, #39102900, $200⠀ ADOPTED Bowdie, M, 10 years old, Poodle Mix, #39063038, $50⠀ Kenai, F, 2 years old German Shepherd Mix, #38184368, $100⠀ Kodi, F, 5 years old, Pug/Chinese Crested Mix, #39179135, $150⠀ Cooper, M, 3 years old, Hound Mix, #39162216, $150

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ADOPTED: “Cause I want you and I need you – Won’t you adopt me for always?” Who knew Drake was actually singing about an adoptable kitten 😹 We just couldn’t resist doing our own take of the #inmyfeelingschallenge. Little Bob purred the entire time we were filming and now he wants his future adopters to know to never ever leave from beside him. Bob is an 11-week-old, 2-pound male Domestic Shorthair. If you’re interested in adopting him, you can find him in the Cattery’s small petter at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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Last week, we adopted out 91 animals from our shelter! That includes 49 cats, 38 dogs, 1 hamster, 1 rabbit, and 2 rats. Diesel, an 8-month old Domestic Shorthair (Top Middle), spent some time in our foster program and was adopted on July 8th. He’s a playful, affectionate kitty and we are so excited for him and his new family!⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Diesel and all of the other animals that found their forever homes last week!

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Last week, we transferred in 54 dogs from California, many of whom were facing potential euthanasia, thanks to our partner Dog Is My CoPilot, Inc.. We are currently processing them and getting them set up for medical procedures (the great majority were not spayed/neutered and many need dental work as well). They will begin trickling out onto the adoption floor later this week and will continue throughout the next several weeks. Unfortunately, we will not be able to answer any questions about the dogs shown or when they will become available.⠀ ⠀ Yesterday, we brought in 56 cats due to a hoarding situation. Our staff and veterinary clinic will be very busy the next several weeks... if you have an animal to surrender please wait a week or two if at all possible.

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A mama cat was recently brought into our shelter after being discovered near highway 21. She was milky and had recently given birth, but the kittens were nowhere to be found. Two days later, the kittens arrived at our shelter! ⠀ ⠀ We didn't know if these kittens belonged to her, but we introduced them and she immediately recognized her babies. She began cleaning them and they latched onto her for milk.⠀ ⠀ As wonderful as this reunion is, this is a gentle reminder to bring in the momma cat and kittens together. Kittens with their eyes closed (generally two weeks or younger) will not likely survive as this is a critical time they need with their mother. If you spot kittens outside and think they may have been abandoned, please keep a watchful eye to see if the mother comes back around. Many times they may be hiding or off hunting. If you have the opportunity, you can sprinkle a bit of flour around where the kittens are nestled and look for paw prints when you return.⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in becoming an IHS foster parent and helping us save lives, you can find information and an application at https://buff.ly/2GGoXyQ⠀ ⠀ You may also contact our foster office at (208) 331-8557 or email them at foster@idahohumanesociety.org with any other questions about bottle babies and our foster program.

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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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Last week, 129 animals found their forever homes! This includes 69 cats, 54 dogs, 4 birds, 1 rabbit, and 1 ferret.⠀ ⠀ Mildred, a 10-month old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix (middle left), has had quite the journey towards finding her forever family! Mildred originally came to us from a shelter in McCall and when she arrived, we knew that she would need a little extra love and care. She is deaf, visually impaired, and VERY active. She quickly became a top candidate for our IDAPI program and spent time at a correctional facility learning tricks and commands via hand signals. Mildred was one of our long-term shelter residents but we’re pleased to say that as of last Thursday, she is loving life in her new home.⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Mildred and the rest of the adopted animals!

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If you’ve ever wanted a Guinea Pig as a pet, now is your chance! We have two Guinea Pigs (also known as Cavies) that are ready to find forever homes today!⠀ ⠀ ORSON is a 2-year-old, brown male Teddy Guinea Pig and BERG is a 2-year-old, tri-color male Abyssinian Guinea Pig. They are both shy and can be nervous about handling at first, but they warm up with gentle pets and tasty treats. If you’ve never seen a happy Guinea Pig, offer these two some blueberries and listen to them excitedly squeak, purr, and chirp!⠀ ⠀ Orson and Berg are the best of friends and we would love to find a home for the two of them together. Guinea Pigs are social creatures can become lonely and depressed if they don’t have a playmate, so it’s important that single Guinea Pigs get lots of playtime and socialization with their owner. Along with giving them daily interactions, Guinea Pigs require a specialized diet and veterinary care. Guinea Pigs eat a diet of mostly timothy hair with fresh fruit and vegetables as a yummy treat. They can live to be 4-6 years old so be sure to do some research before adopting!⠀ ⠀ If you would like to meet these two handsome Cavies, stop by our shelter today! Orson (#38913491) and Berg (#38913501) can be found in our Small Animal Room, connected to the Cattery. We are open every day from 10am – 6pm.

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We’ve got lots of small critters at our shelter right now and the majority of them are rabbits!⠀ These are the bunnies we currently have on our adoption floor, but we also have a few that are in foster care. Our shelter is open every day from 10am to 6pm so stop by and say hello to these cuties! And who knows – you just may fall in love with some-bunny! ❤ 🐰

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Yesterday was the first day the Treasure Valley saw triple digits and our Humane Officers were on the lookout for dogs locked in hot cars. While patrolling Meridian, we discovered this boxer locked in a car with the windows rolled up. Our officer quickly documented the dangerous conditions the dog was being subjected to so that we would have grounds to open the vehicle and remove the dog to safety. The temps registered inside the car were 134 degrees on one side of the vehicle and 103-106 on the other side of the vehicle.⠀ ⠀ In this case, the owner of the dog returned to the vehicle soon after we arrived. This dog was saved from a life-threatening situation, and a potential tragedy was averted.⠀ ⠀ It is far too hot to leave your pets in the car, even with the windows cracked, for any amount of time. Please contact animal control at 208-343-3166 if you are ever concerned about an animal in a hot car.⠀ ⠀ Our Humane Officers will be busy now through the fall rescuing dogs from bad situations and citing inattentive owners.