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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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SAL is a 3-year-old, 9-pound neutered male Domestic Shorthair mix. He was brought to our shelter as a stray so we, unfortunately, do not know much about him. During his time at our shelter though, we've found him to be incredibly friendly and affectionate with people. He loves it when cattery visitors open up his kennel door to say hello! He’ll rub his face up against your hands and flop onto his back while you’re giving him pets.⠀ ⠀ Come say 'hello' to Sal (#41938385) in Cattery Kennel 10 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2Y1l381⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptableCats #AdoptableFelines #ShelterCats #RescueCats #Cats #Cat #AdoptDontShop #ShelterLife

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Thank you to all of you who donated aluminum cans during our Boise Kind can drive! This is a year-round program and you can drop cans off at our shelter or any Treasure Valley Zamzows any time. We also would like to thank our 8am and 10am crew who volunteered to sort and crush cans for us. Last year, we brought in around $8800 so it really does make a difference for our shelter animals. Finally, we would also like to thank those families who brought in treats for shelter dogs and cats. We really appreciate your support and wouldn’t be the shelter we are without our tremendous community. #BoiseKind #shelteranimals

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Lupin doesn't have any chocolate on him, but he can give you lots of cuddles instead! 🍫❤️⠀ ⠀ LUPIN is an 8-week-old, 2-pound male Domestic Shorthair mix. He was today's "Furry Friday" guest on 107.1 KHITS and he purred the ENTIRE time. He enjoyed being held and cuddled by everyone in the studio but he was also very interested in playfully batting at the microphone and people's fingers. ⠀ ⠀ Lupin was surrendered to our shelter as a stray, but we think he has a lot of potential to do well in a home with children and/or other animals. Just be sure to monitor introductions!!⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in meeting Lupin (#41801380) you can find him in the Big Petter at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #KittenSeason #Kittens #Cats #Felines #AdoptableCats #AdoptableFelines #AdoptableKittens #FosteringSavesLives #Foster #AdoptDontShop #ShelterCat #RescueCat #KHITS

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Happy #Caturday!!⠀ ⠀ BULBASAUR is a 5-year-old, 8-pound female Domestic Mediumhair mix. She was brought to our shelter as a stray so we, unfortunately, do not know much about her history. Bulbasaur is a sweet, easy-going cat who would prefer a quiet household. She can be shy at first but enjoys gentle pets, particularly along her cheek and behind her ear. ⠀ ⠀ You can meet Bulbasaur (#41347823) in Cattery Kennel 106 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptableCats #ShelterCats #Cats #ShelterKitties #AdoptDontShop #Boise #Idaho #Bulbasaur #RescueCat

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CREED is a 3-year-old, 15-pound neutered male Terrier mix. He is also part-muppet, part-energizer bunny, and today's "Furry Friday" guest at 107.1 KHITS. Creed was doing laps around the sound room, wagging his tail and greeting everyone he came in contact with. He would occasionally flop onto his back for belly rubs -- but only for a moment! Then he was right back to running around the room at top speed.⠀ ⠀ Creed is going to need an active home that can keep up with his energy level. When he's not doing zoomies around the yard, he loves to chase after tennis boys and chew on nylabones so be sure to stock up! Creed will "sit" for a treat but doesn't appear to know many other commands. Focus on reminding Creed to keep all four paws on the ground and help him learn the command "heel" on the leash. We think that Creed has the potential to make an AWESOME running companion! Creed gets along very well with other little dogs and may be happiest in a home with another friendly, playful canine. Creed loves people of all ages but may be overwhelming for young children.⠀ ⠀ You can meet Creed (#41674192) in Kennel D20 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptableDogs #ShelterDogs #RescueDogs #TerrierMix #Muppet #EnergizerBunny #AdoptDontShop #Dogs #AdoptDontShop

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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.

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We had a great May! We adopted 549 animals and returned 159 animals to include a tortoise!

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Last week, we adopted out 93 animals from our shelter. This includes 59 cats, 29 dogs, 2 rabbits, 1 rat, 1 mouse, and 1 parakeet. ⠀ ⠀ Khloe (top right) is an 11-year-old Domestic Longhair who had been surrendered to our shelter on three separate occasions. Our cattery staff was very fond of her and her loving disposition – she couldn’t resist cheek rubs and rump scratches! We’re happy to say that Khloe was adopted on Thursday, May 28th! This senior sweetheart deserves to live out her golden years in a purrfect forever home. ⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Khloe and all of the other animals who were adopted last week – and a big thank you to the families who adopted them! ❤️🐾

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Percie is reaching out to let you know that he would love to find a forever home! ⠀ ⠀ Percie is a 10-year-old, 10-pound neutered male Domestic Longhair mix. He was surrendered to our shelter because his previous owners felt he needed a quieter household. Percie previously lived with dogs and cats and while he got along great with the dogs, he needs to be the only feline in his future home. He LOVES people and has the funniest, rumbliest meow when he's trying to get your attention. When Percie isn't busy doing zoomies around the house or chasing after string toys, he loves to snuggle with his favorite humans. ⠀ ⠀ You can meet Percie (#07541422) in Cattery Kennel 26 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2WjiwcP⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptDontShop #Adoptablecats #sheltercats #rescuecats #cats #domesticlonghair #fluffy

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With that adorable head tilt and those "please pet me" eyes.. how can anyone resist falling in love with June! 😍⠀ ⠀ JUNE is a 1-year-old, 38-pound spayed female Australian Cattle Dog mix. She was surrendered to our shelter as a stray so we, unfortunately, do not know much about her history. During her time with us though, June has proven to be a friendly, affectionate, and fun-loving dog! She will be happiest in an active home where her family can give her plenty of physical and mental exercise. She appears to know the command “sit” but she is capable of learning even more. June is intelligent and eager to please so use this to your advantage and focus on positive reinforcement-based training. June appears to enjoy being around other canines but her playstyle may be a little overwhelming for some dogs. We always recommend doing a dog-to-dog introduction before bringing another canine home. When June’s not busy running and playing, June loves to snuggle with her human friends.⠀ ⠀ You can meet June (#41716888) in Kennel D24 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2EIasY0⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #Adoptdontshop #adoptabledogs #shelterdogs #rescuedogs #australiancattledog

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Did your dog spend a lot of time in the water over the long weekend? If your dog's tail is looking limp, they may have what is known as "Limber Tail," also known as "Swimmer's Tail." If you have a working or sporting dog that loves the water, their tail may have been working overtime with all the time spent in the cold water. The good news is that this is not a permanent condition and your dog will recover in a short amount of time. In the future, you can help ease your dog into activity and limit the cold water to help prevent this condition from happening.⠀ ⠀ If you took your dogs outdoors, please check them for ticks! We're seeing a lot of dogs in our Veterinary Medical Center with ticks on them. For tick prevention, you can get a prescription from your veterinarian that lasts anywhere from 30-90 days depending on the medication, or you can stop by your local animal or grocery store to pick up Front Line.⠀ ⠀ You can also speak with your veterinarian about Heartworm prevention medication. In Idaho, approximately 15-20 cases are reported each year. We screen the dogs we transfer in from warm climates, however many people moving from out of state or even snowbirds are unknowingly bringing this disease with them to Idaho.⠀ ⠀ Finally, and this is the BIG one, check your pets for CHEATGRASS! It's everywhere and it's a big problem right now. We have seen cases of it lodged in dog's ears, paws, mouths and more! Any time you take your dog outdoors, please brush and check them as soon as they return to prevent the cheatgrass from getting into places where veterinary care (or even surgery!) is required.

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Last week, we adopted out 149 animals from our shelter – wow!! This includes 65 dogs, 64 cats, 8 rabbits, 5 hamsters, 2 ducks, 2 parakeets, 2 rats, and 1 gerbil. ⠀ ⠀ Dominick (top left) is a 2-year-old German Shepherd dog mix who had been in and out of our shelter since mid-March. This handsome pup LOVES people and always greeted kennel visitors with a happy tail wag. We are thrilled to say that Dominick was adopted on Thursday, May 23rd. ⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Dominick and all of the other animals who found their forever homes! And a big thank you to the families who adopted them ❤️🐾

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Happy #Caturday!! 🐱❤️⠀ ⠀ MARTIN is a 1-year-old, 9-pound male Domestic Shorthair mix who was brought to the shelter as a stray. However, Martin is very comfortable around people and loves having cattery visitors. He absolutely loves string-and-feather toys and could play with them for hours. If you're looking for a friendly, affectionate cat who LOVES to play then Martin would be the purrfect companion for you! ⠀ ⠀ Come say 'hello' to Martin (#41626471) in the Cattery Big Petter at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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We regularly partner with organizations across Idaho to save as many lives as we possibly can. Mary Holley from Anythings Pawsable Foundation Inc (APF) works with us to save animals from rural Idaho.⠀ ⠀ Mary discovered that someone had abandoned 3 puppies and their momma in a cramped kennel next to the railroad tracks in Jerome County. APF rescued the dogs and unfortunately, they couldn't save the mother in time. The puppies were sick and they needed help. She brought them to us here at the Idaho Humane Society. Thanks to your donations, we're able to care for animals and provide a chance at a new life.⠀ ⠀ These 3 puppies recovered and are available for adoption at our shelter.⠀ ⠀ Porthos: https://buff.ly/30Cr2SM⠀ Athos: https://buff.ly/30Cv1yD⠀ Aramos: https://buff.ly/2VEYAMh (adopted)⠀ ⠀ If you'd like to help save animals from underserved areas in Idaho, please donate today! #rescuedog #muttsofinstagram #shelterdog #savinglives #terriersofinstagram #dogoftheday #puppylove #helpingothers #mutt #doglover

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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