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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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Here are the dogs from Payette!

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Here are the dogs from Wendell!

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Did you know that when you support the Idaho Humane Society, you're not only helping Treasure Valley animals, but you're also helping animals all over rural Idaho! Yesterday we answered the call to animals in need from Burley, Payette, and Wendell!⠀ ⠀ Check out these dogs from Burley!

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Carter and Becks are dreaming of a white Christmas with their forever family! Rats make very loyal, friendly, and loving companions and do best in a same-sex pair. Carter and Becks are one-year-old males; they’re both very curious and don’t mind being picked up and held. They’d make terrific starter pets for kids from one to ninety-two! Please consider adding them to your home to make your season bright!

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This holiday season, you may be decorating your home with some special flowers... but not all seasonal plants are healthy for your pets! Here's a list of common winter holiday plants that are toxic to pets: -Poinsettia -Holly -Mistletoe -Lillies -Daffodils -Amaryllis -Christmas Cactus -Fir Trees (and moldy water at the base of live Christmas trees) If you bring any of these plants into your home, please be careful of where you place them, especially if you have cats that jump onto counters or other high areas. Poinsettias are more toxic to puppies and kittens, your pet would have to do more than nibble on a few leaves to get critically ill. If you believe your pet ate some of these plants are have symptoms, our Veterinary Medical Center accepts walk-in appointments M-F until 5pm, and weekends until 4pm. #NationalPoinsettiaDay #PoinsettiaDay

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Chanelle and Louie are very special second strays. They are a bonded pair who came to our shelter after their owner became homeless. We’d like to get these special dogs home for the holidays – a home filled with love, kibble, and joy.⠀ ⠀ Chanelle is a 9-year-old female Labrador Retriever mix (#40194229) and is easy going and affectionate, she would be easy to cuddle up with near the fire. She would be interested in a calm house where she can dream of snow and cookie dough. Louie is a 9-year-old male Labrador Retriever mix (#40194220) and loves to play and fetch balls! Both enjoy daily walks and are very social, but would need a home without cats. They would be a wonderful addition to make your home merry and bright!

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Nikki is our darling STRAY #1 – She’s a gentle, trusting soul who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s ready to cuddle by the warmth of the fire and give you all her perfect purrs, trills and mews because as a nearly blind cat, Nikki’s world is all about sounds and… YES, all the feels.⠀ ⠀ Despite her disability, Nikki (#39574950) sees some shapes and adapts well to learn her food/water and toy location and will likely pick a cozy, sunny spot to spend time in when she’s not asking for hugs and sweet attention. A petite, 2-year old solid gray girl with soft, medium-length fur and bright green eyes, Nikki will make a lovely holiday addition to a home that’s preferably quiet and without other pets. Children mature enough to understand how to interact with her and her limited vision, could patiently create a loving bond with Nikki and easily enjoy playing together.

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Every once and a while we get a special animal that needs to find a unique home. We'd like you to meet Willy, he's an 8-month-old mini-pig and not even fully grown! Willy's been neutered and is ready to find a family with some land. He's described by his owner as a shy pig who loves peanuts and spinach for a special treat.⠀ ⠀ Willy has grown up around dogs, teenagers, and adults, but doesn't do well around toddlers. He spends his days outdoors and evenings in the garage.⠀ ⠀ Pigs are very smart and clean animals. They can form close bonds with people and sometimes can be very affectionate! They're also natural foragers and like to root which means that your landscape can be destroyed if they're not kept in an area that they can successfully dig. Additionally, a lack of mental stimulation can cause boredom for pigs which in turn can make them aggressive, so it's important to provide enrichment activities.⠀ ⠀ If you're interested in adopting Willy, please check with your CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) to make sure you can legally keep him. If you can and would like to meet him, please visit our shelter: 4775 W Dorman Street, Boise, Idaho 83705. Adoption fee is $100.

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Every cat deserves a loving home for the holidays. We have several black and black/white cats that have been overlooked by potential adopters and we'd like to encourage you to take a look at these beauties. You can take home a new "Oreo" or "Midnight" for just $10! That's right, all black and black/white cats over one year old are just $10.

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We are so happy that we were able to help Cookie who was stolen from @utahhumane, get reunited. She was picked up by IHS Animal Care and Control after a woman had been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and more. Here's the footage of the reunion with staff from HSU! Cookie has already been adopted!

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Ginny is a 2-year-old, female American Guinea Pig and her babies – Newt, Lily, Lavender, Luna, and Fleur – are all 3-week-old, American/Crested Guinea Pig mixes. All of the babies are female except for Newt. Thanks to an attentive foster parent, this adorable family of cavies has gotten used to being handled and held. They are a little shy around strangers but warm up with time. Use leafy greens to your advantage – it’s their FAVORITE treat! It is $5 to adopt a Guinea Pig and the females can be adopted out in pairs. You must provide your own cage. ⠀ ⠀ Fleur has already been spoken for but if you are interested in adopting Ginny (#39936159), Newt (#40185127), Lily (#40185170), Lavender (#40185174), or Luna (#40185195) please email their foster mom, Devona, at Kntrylover71@yahoo.com. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response. Happy #fosterfriday!

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We received an update about one of our past #fosterfriday features, Marlo!⠀ ⠀ Marlo (now known as Marlo Mae) was brought to our shelter last winter as a transfer from Texas. She had Cerebellar Hyperplasia and dealt with hearing and vision loss, as well as tremors and difficulty walking. She was adopted in March last year and she and her family just celebrated her first birthday together. Hooray – Happy Birthday, Marlo Mae! Her family reports that in the last year, Marlo has regained most of her hearing and vision and has very few tremors now. What wonderful news!⠀ ⠀ Thanks to Marlo Mae’s family for sending us a picture of her on her birthday and letting us know how she’s doing; we miss her lots and we’re thrilled she’s found such a great home.

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Don't be a Grinch! When you bring home a new forever animal, you're guaranteed to have your heart grow two sizes! We've got so many PUPPIES -- don't miss out on bringing a new family member home for the holidays... Allie, 1 year old female, Siberian Husky mix, 40215023⠀ Sally, 2 month old female, Black/W Border Collie mix, 40215064⠀ Sue, 2 month old female, Black/W Border Collie mix, 40215058...⠀ Sasha, 2 month old female, White/Black Border Collie mix, 40215055⠀ Tyson, 8 year old male, Pit Bull Terrier mix, 39589829⠀ Steve, 2 month old male, Black/W Border Collie mix, 40215074⠀ Sam, 2 month old male, Brown/W Border Collie mix, 40215069⠀ Sugar, 2 month old male, Tan/W Border Collie mix, 40215056⠀ ADOPTED: Caspian, 1 year old male, Siberian Husky mix, 40215043⠀ Nubz, 2 year old male, Pit Bull Terrier mix, 40198920⠀ Coraline, 2 month old female, Liver/White German Shorthair puppies, 40189424⠀ Lucinda, 2 month old female, Black/White German Shorthair puppies, 40189427⠀ Shadow, 8 year old female, Border Collie mix, 40194257⠀ Zora, 5 month old female, mixed breed, 40196870⠀ Gambit, 3 year old male, Labrador Retriever mix, 30770326⠀ Molly, 5 year old female, Shepherd mix, 40209982⠀ Perry, 4 month old male, Hound mix, 40215016⠀ ADOPTED: Sir Wiggins, 2 month old male, Border Collie mix, 40215092⠀ Asia, 1.5 year old female, Australian Cattle Dog, 40215037⠀ ADOPTED: Abel, 4 month old male, Labrador/Pit Bull Terrier mix, 40198939⠀ Daddy, 5 year old male, Pomeranian mix, 39791009⠀ ADOPTED: Caleb, 8 year old male, German Shorthair Pointer mix, 40072900⠀ Gingersnap, 3 year old female, Bulldog mix, 40141823 We're open from 10am to 6pm daily. 4775 W Dorman Street, Boise, Idaho 83705.

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This Giving Tuesday, visit Boise State Public Radio (NPR) and NOMINATE the Idaho Humane Society to win $1,000 of on-air messaging: https://buff.ly/2E0moG0

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Last week, our shelter adopted out 162 animals! This includes 84 cats, 67 dogs, 5 guinea pigs, 4 rabbits, 1 rat, and 1 parakeet. We had a lot of long-term shelter animals find their forever homes last week, including all of the small animals featured in this compilation post and Mary (center left). Mary was one of the cats rescued from the Super 8 hoarding situation earlier this summer. She was especially shy and ended up going into foster care for a few weeks to help her become more comfortable with humans. We’re happy to say that she found her forever family on November 17th! Congratulations to Mary and all of the other animals who were adopted last week. And a big thank you to the families who took them home! 🏠❤️

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We’ve had a lot of wild birds come through our doors lately! Last night we took in a Great Horned Owl hoo-hoo was found lying on the ground (see what we did there!?! 😉). His feet were entangled together and we were able to successfully separate them in our Veterinary Medical Center. He likely injured them in a conflict while in the air and was stunned from the impact. He is waiting to be transported to the Raptor Center where they’ll give him a final look and release him back into the wild.

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Day 7 of Gratitude: We are grateful for our laundry volunteers! All of these bags lining our hallway and entering the laundry room need to be washed, dried, and folded. We have 3 sets of commercial-sized washers and dryers, typically running 10 loads of laundry in each machine daily to clean blankets, towels, and pet beds. We wouldn't be able to get this work done without help from our tremendous volunteers!⠀ ⠀ If you have blankets, towels, or other items you'd like to donate to our shelter, here is our supply wish list: https://buff.ly/2zzyeCh

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Day 6 of Gratitude: We are so grateful for our Foster Program staff and volunteers. While many animals are adopted shortly after they arrive at the shelter, others need extra attention before they’re ready for adoption. That is where our amazing foster parents come in.⠀ ⠀ Our foster parent program is made up of community volunteers who take animals into their homes, give them care and help them find their forever homes. The shelter provides food, blankets, towels, crates and medical care for the animals. The only expense to the foster family is time and love. ⠀ ⠀ We have a number of options for foster care families: day trips, overnight visits, short-term and long-term care. You get to choose what you’re interested in assisting us with! Some of our animals need socialization, help to recover from medical care, a watchful eye while an animal is pregnant, or even caring for puppies and kittens for a short time until they’re old enough to adopt out. ⠀ ⠀ If you’re interested in participating in our foster care program, please fill out an application here: http://bit.ly/IHSFoster