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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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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Miss Daisy is all tail wags and smiles for Waggin’ Wednesday! This 10-year-old, 19-pound spayed female Chihuahua mix may be an older gal, but she’s still got plenty of spring in her step. If well-cared for, Chihuahuas can live to be over 20-years-old so don’t let her age deter you! She still has the playful energy of a young dog (without the naughty-puppy behavior!)⠀ ⠀ Daisy is easy-going, affectionate, and very friendly. She LOVES to be around people and other little dogs. She enjoys going for walks, chasing after toys, wrestling with her dog buddies, and performing tricks for treats. So far, she knows “speak”, “spin”, and can even dance on her hind legs. The biggest “quirk” about Daisy is that she’s a bit too fond of treats and can sometimes be a little hasty grabbing them. Teach her to be gentle and give treats to her sparingly to help her maintain a healthy weight. One other thing to note is that Daisy is an excellent conversationalist. She loves hearing her name and responds phenomenally to vocal praise. If you’re ever lonely and need someone to talk to, Daisy is always willing and ready! We believe Daisy would do very well in a home with active seniors or a family with gentle, respectful children. Older dogs can be wary around kids so it may be a good idea to bring any young ones in to meet with Daisy before adopting her. Daisy would enjoy living with another little dog, but we are uncertain as to how she is with cats.⠀ ⠀ You can find Daisy (#35510034) in Kennel 412 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ #wagginwednesday #idahohumanesociety #IHS #chihuahualove #seniordogsaregooddogs #adoptdontshop

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The welcoming of a new dog to any family is an exciting time, but for one Boise family, the surprise gift of an IHS rescue puppy was beyond emotional. Just months earlier, the family lost their rescue dog unexpectedly and was devastated. Many of you may have met Mika during our #IdahoGives celebration. No doubt she will be loved in her new forever home!

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Last week, 112 animals were adopted from our shelter! That includes 52 cats, 57 dogs, 2 ferrets, and Fry the Cockatiel. ⠀ ⠀ Our adopted animal spotlight goes to Packo (top left corner) who has been in and out of the shelter since the beginning of January. He spent some time at PetSmart, PetCo, and the WISKR program before finally being adopted on May 14th.⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Packo and all of the other animals that found their forever homes last week!

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

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Calling all photographers with shelter animals! Enter our summer photo contest for your chance to win $10 in our See Spot Shop pet store. https://buff.ly/2rX3iYS

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Great programs with @petco at the #animalcareexpo #petcofamily

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Enjoying the #animalcareexpo with @maddiesfund #kansascity #shelter #adopt #communitycats

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We had a surprise visit from Strongline Espresso where they donated approximately 1,000 pounds of pet food! They also brought a few dozen pizzas for the staff and other supplies. Thanks Strongline!

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Did you know that one of the most integral pieces of equipment we utilize at the shelter is our washing machines and dryers? We have several sets that are continually running from morning until evening. On an average day, we'll go through 15-18 extra-large loads of laundry. We're grateful to all our volunteers and staff who help the shelter keep running and dutifully wash, dry, and fold all of the blankets, beds, towels and more! #laundryfordays #shelterlife #laundry #everydayislaundryday #adoptsontshop

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ADOPTED: Meet Rango, a 4-year-old male domestic shorthair cat. He's a recent transfer from Elmore County where he was found as a stray. He loves cuddling with people and is very warmhearted. You can meet Rango (#38391279) at our shelter. We're open daily from 10am-6pm! #AdoptDontShop #shelter #instacats #meow #catsofinstagram #catlovers #cat #catstagram Looking for his #Idahome

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Learn about our amazing WISKR program and how it plays an integral part in nursing bottle baby kittens, helping cats recover from medical issues, and further their socialization. Thanks @KBOITV for sharing this story! https://buff.ly/2wkM5xV

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The Idaho Humane Society was honored to be part of Idaho Gives, a statewide day of charitable giving for nonprofits. (And boy did you give!) We're proud to announce that we've won FIRST PLACE for most unique donors! A total of 585 supporters gave $31,908.00 to the Idaho Humane Society. That is also a NEW RECORD for money raised during Idaho Gives! We also won the LARGE LEADERBOARD for most unique donors, so we were awarded $2,000 from the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Overall, $1,559,153.76 was raised for Idaho non-profits which is simply amazing. Thank you, everyone, for all that you do to support the Idaho Humane Society. If you missed out on Idaho Gives day, you can still donate to the shelter any time here: http://bit.ly/IdahoGives2018 #IdahoGives

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We had a lot of fun with you all on Idaho Gives Day! If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, you still have 1 hour 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. 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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The Idaho Humane Society’s Humane Education Program focuses on teaching youth about respect for ALL living things using fun-filled activities and the undeniable connection between kids and pets! Humane education strives to establish a sense of responsibility about making the world a better, more humane place for both pets and people. Kids learn about the importance of empathy, compassion and responsible care for companion animals, so the next generation can continue the important work of making Idaho a more humane state!. Pictured are spring break camper Connor and his pal Mogly, the Bearded Dragon. 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! THANK YOU! Please SHARE to help spread the word today! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 ‪#‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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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.⠀ ⠀ We're featuring three sweet canines currently up for adoption! 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. All three of these dogs have graduated and are currently waiting at the shelter to meet their forever family! To apply for an IDAPI dog, please click on the link in the comments.⠀ ⠀ 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 Wilson. Let us know if you’ve adopted an IDAPI dog! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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Your gift of just a $10 donation (or more) helps us spay and neuter over 8,000 animals a year! We all love kittens but our shelter is sometimes flooded with far too many of these little bundles of joy every spring. Our Veterinary Medical Center works hard to prevent this influx by providing low cost, high-quality spay and neuter services for pets owned by the public as well as supporting a community cat trap-neuter-return program. ⠀ ⠀ We’ve got a lot of momentum this morning with the Idaho Gives fundraising contest! We could be the lucky recipients of the “Golden Ticket” – that’s where the Idaho Nonprofit center randomly assigns a non-profit an award after an individual donor (like you) gives! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 #‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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We are thrilled to share this update about Gnocci, a dog that the Idaho Humane Society rescued from the Korean Dog Meat trade. Gnocci, currently known as Tori, has never had it better. Just last weekend she discovered the ocean and got to dress up for a wedding! She was particularly fond of the wildlife and couldn’t get enough of running up and down the beach. Gnocci’s parents wrote:⠀ ⠀ “We feel like we hit the lottery with Gnocchi. We can only imagine the terrible experiences she endured, her resilience is remarkable. Gnocchi approaches life with the energy and curiosity of a puppy, ever cautious with strange sounds she seeks the shelter of our lab Josie when she has any doubt and then follows Josie’s lead, using her as a measure to unfamiliar experiences. She has truly made our world brighter and we hope we are returning the kindness.”⠀ ⠀ Your donations help pets like this one get a new life away from abuse and neglect. A donation of just $10 (or more!) helps us save more dogs and cats. https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 ‪#‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ #dogmeat #yulin #yulindogmeatfestival #yulinfestival #shelter #shelterdogs

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“Can you tell me the story of how you rescued me again?” If cats could talk, that’s a question that little Phoenix might ask her Idaho Humane Society foster caregivers. She was rescued from a burn pile where she was found abandoned. Feeding, housing, and veterinary care for a thousand kittens is a monumental task and it happens every summer! Your donation helps cats and kittens recover from medical problems and get socialized for adoption. Your gift might even be multiplied many times over if it's selected as a $1000 “golden ticket” winner! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 ‪#‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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“I wondered why the ball kept getting bigger and bigger… and then it hit me.” While not all dogs love to fetch, they all enjoy their time frolicking in the yard during playgroup. We work hard to ensure the pets’ stays at the shelter is as positive and enriching for them as possible. Happy, healthy pets make the best pets to add to homes looking to adopt! Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to find new and innovative ways to enrich the time our pets stays at the shelter. Pictured are our tireless playground enthusiasts, Krystal and Vanessa, sharing time with some energetic pups during a recent dog playgroup. Playgroups give dogs a great opportunity to burn off extra energy, socialize and LEARN from each other. Your donation to the IHS today on Idaho Gives Day helps the IHS stay on the forefront of innovation of enrichment for shelter pets, resulting in even more pets finding forever homes! https://buff.ly/2FDIaf2 ‪#‎IdahoGives‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬