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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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Meet PigPig and Cow: 4-month-old brothers who are ready to find a forever home! PigPig and Cow were very shy and overwhelmed when they first arrived at our shelter so we sent them to a foster home where they could recover from kitty colds and work on their socialization. Over the last couple of weeks, they have really come out of their shells! They enjoy wrestling, napping, and figuring out how each of their new toys works. ⠀ ⠀ PigPig (orange and white) is the more adventurous of the pair and likes to explore all corners of the house. During playtime he will chase his yarn ball down the hall and bring it almost all the way back to your feet, ready for the next throw. Comfortable being held, he is happy to purr along as you pet his chest and under his chin.⠀ ⠀ Cow (black and white) likes to give people headbutts to let them know he would like some attention and scratches, please! And not just head scratches; he quickly plops down and flips onto his back to make sure you know to get his tummy too. This might seem like a trick, but Cow really likes his belly rubs! Yarn balls and running through tunnels are fun, but nothing beats chasing after a shoelace to keep Cow entertained.⠀ ⠀ Both are learning to make use of their scratching boards and have excellent litter box manners. They are neutered and up to date on vaccines, so they are ready to go to their forever homes!⠀ ⠀ If you’re interested in adoption PigPig (#42413121) and Cow (#42413124) please contact their foster parent, Paul, at 347-631-9643 to set up a time to visit them. ⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2LQwV8g⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #FosteringSavesLives #AdoptableCats

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BARLOW is a 1-year-old neutered male Domestic Rabbit. He was surrendered to our shelter when his previous owner could no longer care for him. He is friendly, curious, and enjoys gentle pets. Barlow loves to run around and check out his surroundings.⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in adopting Barlow (#42392603) you can find him in the small animal room at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #SmallAnimalSunday #AdoptableRabbits

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MAMA is a 3-year-old, 15-pound spayed female Domestic Shorthair. She is our current Cattery Favorite and has been in and out of our shelter for the last year. She was originally brought to us as a stray then adopted and returned on three separate occasions due to owners moving away or being unable to keep her. ⠀ ⠀ Mama is easy-going, gentle, and affectionate. She enjoys a snoozing on warm blankets but will stand up and greet you when you open her kennel job. One of our favorite things about Mama is that she likes belly rubs! She also enjoys chasing after her toys. Mama is a bit overweight so be sure to get her on a consistent, nutritious diet and play with her every day. ⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in adopting Mama (#38779554) you can find her in Cattery Kennel 26 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St.⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptDontShop #AdoptableCats

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SYRINGA is a 3-month-old spayed female Domestic Shorthair mix. She has been in a foster home for the last month as she recovered from a femur fracture. In mid-August, Dr. McGrath surgically repaired the fracture with a pin and wire then decided to foster Syringa so she could monitor the healing process. Syringa has recovered beautifully since surgery and now gets to enjoy "tearing around the house like a wild woman". Clearly, the surgery has not affected her ability to run and play! 😹⠀ ⠀ Syringa is incredibly affectionate and loves to drape herself around your neck like a scarf. She'll purr in your ear the entire time, too! Her foster home includes three dogs, an adult cat, and another 3-month-old kitten; Syringa gets along great with all of them. She has a fun, playful personality that is difficult to resist! ⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in adopting Syringa (#42390850) contact her foster parent at amcgrath@idahohumanesociety.org. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response!⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #FosteringSavesLives #AdoptableCats

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LOKI is an 8 ½ -year-old, 72-pound spayed female Alaskan Malamute. She is a friendly, easy-going girl who just wants to be close to her human friends! Be sure to keep up on her grooming (brushing and trimming only — shaving a double-coated dog makes them more susceptible to sunburn and heat strokes.)⠀ ⠀ Future adopters should be aware that Loki had a large mass removed from her right hind-leg. The mass was submitted for biopsy and came back as a low-grade mast cell tumor (the most common type of skin tumor in the dog). Some mast cell tumors are cured with complete excision (low-grade tumors) and others recur (generally high-grade tumors). Our recommendation is to monitor the surgical site for swelling, dehiscence, or regrowth of masses over time. Please monitor for further growth of masses elsewhere on Loki’s body as well as signs of systemic illness. Future adopters should disclose this information with their family veterinarian and follow their recommendations for monitoring going forward. Further care related to this concern will be the responsibility of the adopter.⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in adopting this sweet senior gal, you can find Loki (#21777464) in Kennel D10 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptDontShop #AdoptableDogs

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Happy #FosterFriday!⠀ ⠀ WILLOW is a 5½ -year-old, 50-pound spayed female American Pit Bull Terrier mix with possible Pointer and/or Spaniel. She is an energetic, playful girl who graduated from the IDAPI Program in 2015. For the last 4 years, Willow has lived with an owner who doted on her and kept her at the center of attention. Sadly, they passed away unexpectedly and Willow is now looking for another companion to dote on her and keep up her extensive training – she loves to perform on command.⠀ ⠀ Willow is very people-oriented and would do best as an only pet (no dogs or cats) and in a home with no small children. She gets along with other dogs and enjoys play dates, but can resource-guard people and other items. Dog introductions may be done at the foster parent's discretion.⠀ ⠀ Willow is very well-behaved on walks, enjoys car rides, and loves interacting with people -- especially if it involves snuggles! Willow likes chew toys and will, when the mood strikes, play fetch with a tennis ball.⠀ ⠀ Future adopters should be aware that Willow does struggle with separation anxiety. Her anxiety has gotten better as her foster parent has gradually been leaving her at home for longer and longer periods of time, but future adopters should be prepared to continue working with her on this.⠀ ⠀ For more information about Willow, please contact her foster mom Vangie at vangieoz@yahoo.com or 208-407-6038.⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2AiEpvq⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #FosteringSavesLives #AdoptableDogs

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What an August we've had! We adopted out 663 animals last month which consisted of: ⠀ ⠀ 356 Cats⠀ 272 dogs⠀ 15 rabbits⠀ 9 rats⠀ 4 guinea pigs⠀ 3 hamsters⠀ 2 parakeets⠀ 1 lovebird and ⠀ 1 ferret⠀ ⠀ 1,049 animals came into the shelter in August – 544 cats and 451 dogs, 23 rabbits, 11 rats, 4 hamsters, 2 guinea pigs, 4 chickens and ducks, a parakeet, ferret, raccoon, and a wild bird! ⠀ ⠀ We couldn't do the work we do without the support of our amazing community -- thank you!

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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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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. https://buff.ly/2nEDmj1⠀ ⠀ #checkthechipday

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We recently shared a video of a sweet kitty who "called for her own rescue" by pulling the fire-alarm at our shelter. "JK" dubbed for Just Kidding, is now available for adoption! She does have a bit of a kitty-cold, but she is on medication and we will send that home with her new adopters. She is very loving and loves being pet. Please ask to meet her if you visit our shelter! https://buff.ly/2ZJCif3⠀ ⠀ If you missed the earlier story, this sweet feline had been rolled a bit too close to the fire alarm pull and took advantage of this opportunity to hail for an imminent rescue! Of course, cats and firefighters have always had a special bond... so she could have been possibly calling for a special someone to bring her home as if she had been stuck in a tree... or perhaps she wanted to bring more attention to her feline friends who are waiting to be adopted into their forever homes.⠀ ⠀ Maybe she wanted to let you know that we're still running our cat and kitten adoption promo: adult cats are just $25, kittens $40 and seniors you can name your adoption price -- the adoption price includes spay/neuter, current vaccines, microchip and more! Don't forget that seniors age 60+ can adopt an adult cat for free!⠀ ⠀ We're located at 4775 W Dorman Street, Boise, Idaho 83705. We're open daily between 10am to 6pm. #InternationalCatDay

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We've had a terrific July! We adopted out 532 cats and dogs last month alone! Thank you to all the families who adopted, donated, and supported our shelter.

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This kitten just wants to play play PLAY!! 😸❤️I⠀ ⠀ KATIE is a 9-week-old, 2-pound spayed female Domestic Shorthair and, seriously, what's not to love about her! When she’s all tuckered out from playing, she loves to be held and snuggled by her human pals. Katie is a friendly girl who gets along with everyone she meets. She loves people of all ages and does well with other felines. We’re not sure how Katie is with dogs, but we imagine she would do well with those who are cat-savvy and gentle. ⠀ ⠀ Come meet Katie (#42286504) at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2OBCVq1⠀ ⠀ #IHS #IdahoHumaneSociety #Kittens #KittenSeason #AdoptDontShop

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BOO is a 3 ½ -year-old, 6 ½ -pound neutered male Chihuahua mix. This little guy is getting braver and braver with every passing day! When he first came to our shelter, he was shut down and terrified of everyone. He can still be easily overwhelmed by loud noises and quick movements though so it’s important to go slow with him. However, once Boo feels comfortable with you he is incredibly loving and affectionate. He loves to sit on your lap and snuggle up close to you. Future adopters should note that Boo can be very talkative and vocal when he gets excited, so please keep this in mind! He is also a little uncertain about the leash so it will be important to walk him regularly and get him used to it. With lots of rewards and encouragement, he will learn how fun it is to go for a walk.⠀ ⠀ Boo needs a quiet home with adults only or with a family that has children 10 years or older. He gets along well with other little dogs but is uncomfortable around larger dogs, so a dog to dog introduction is required for any potential housemates. Also, Boo does not do well with cats and will need a feline-free home.⠀ ⠀ If you would like to meet Boo (#40549506) you can find him in Kennel D11 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/334xaV3⠀ ⠀ #IHS #IdahoHumaneSociety #AdoptableDogs #ShelterDogs #RescueDogs #Chihuahuas #AdoptDontShop

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Diego can't help but smile because it's FURRY FRIDAY! ⠀ ⠀ Diego is a 4-year-old, 20-pound neutered male Jack Russell Terrier mix. This handsome fellow was the guest of honor on 107.1 KHITS this morning. He was a little shy at first but by the end of the radio segment, he was wagging his lil tail and giving kisses to everybody. ⠀ ⠀ Diego was surrendered to our shelter because he chases cats, rabbits, and other small animals. However, he gets along well with other dogs and children of all ages. Diego can be submissive when you first meet him and has a tendency to freeze when he's nervous. However, with soft words and gentle pets, it won't take long before he's crawling onto your lap and asking for love and attention. ⠀ ⠀ if you are interested in adopting Diego (#42272101) you can meet him in Kennel D21 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ #IHS #IdahoHumaneSociety #AdoptDontShop #FurryFriday

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It's another "Furry Friday!" ⠀ ⠀ Alex was brought to us as a stray but he is very comfortable with people. He loves pets and attention and is perfectly content to be held and snuggled. We could tell he was having a good time at 107.1 KHITS -- he purred the entire time we were on air!⠀ ⠀ ALEX is an 11-week-old male Domestic Shorthair mix. He is friendly, playful, and incredibly affectionate. He loves being close to his friends, whether they're feline or human. We don't know how he is with dogs or children but based off of his personality, we think he has the potential to do well in just about any home. ⠀ ⠀ Now is the purrfect time to adopt because we are offering discounted cat adoption fees! Kittens are $40 to adopt (normally $75) and that includes their spay/neuter, microchip, and up-to-date vaccinations. ⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in adopting Alex (#42162065) you can find him in Cattery Kennel 01 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/30R4b5h⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptableAnimals #AdoptableCats #AdoptableFelines #ShelterCats #RescueCats #Kitten #KittenSeason #FurryFriday #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've had a great June, check out all the great work we've been up to!

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CAMO is a 2 ½ -year-old, 80-pound neutered male German Shepherd mix. If you’re looking for a playmate, this silly, fun-loving dog is the perfect match for you! It's not uncommon for Camo to lean up against people and nudge their hand with his nose, asking for pets! Along with being affectionate and friendly, Camo is also extremely intelligent. He has learned several obedience skills and easily works for treats or a tennis ball. He’s still learning the pattern of fetching a ball and returning it to you, but we’re confident he’ll get the game soon enough. Some other favorite activities for Camo are setting out a kiddy pool for him to splash and play in, as well as giving him some puzzle toys and feeders. He will keep himself entertained for hours with one of those! Our exercise routine with Camo usually includes a harness and long line, so he can wander and sniff on walks, without worrying about us keeping up with him and those stilts he walks on. He checks in regularly, doesn’t pull once he reaches the end of the line, and will happily return to you when called. He loves to chase tossed treats and sniff them out in the grass (he’d be great at nosework!) and will sit, down and shake on cue. He is also house-trained and crate-trained. After some exercise, Camo is happy to lie down with something to chew on. ⠀ ⠀ Camo's only restriction is that he needs to be the only animal in his home. He gets very nervous around other dogs and his previous owners report that he does not like cats. ⠀ ⠀ Camo is looking for an active and engaging home that appreciates his intelligence and will continue to teach him new things. He will be your shadow and partner in everything you do, so long as he’s made a member of the family. We hope you’ll give the big guy a chance and grow to love him the way we have!⠀ ⠀ Camo (#34160142) is available for adoption but is in a separate kennel as the adoption floor makes him very nervous. Please ask a staff member for assistance and we'd be more than happy to have you meet him! ⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2JA1aPy⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptDontShop #ShelterDogs #AdoptableDogs #RescueDogs #GermanShepherd #Dogs

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July is off to a great start!! 🎆 ⠀ ⠀ Last week, we adopted out 143 animals from our shelter. This includes 87 cats, 52 dogs, 3 rabbits, and 1 chicken. ⠀ ⠀ Butterball (top center) is a 1-year-old Domestic Shorthair mix who came to our shelter as a stray with a broken leg. After an orthopedic surgery and two months in foster care, Butterball was finally cleared to go onto the adoption floor and was adopted on July 6th. ⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Butterball and all of the other animals who found their forever homes last week. And a big thank to the families who adopted them! ❤️🐾

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Caption this! 📸😹⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Melanie and Gerri are 2-month-old siblings who are ready to find their forever homes! Don't forget about our running cat promotion where we've reduced adoption fees for our shelter kitties. Now is the purrfect time to welcome a furry feline to the family! ⠀ ⠀ You can meet Melanie (#41801087) and Geri (#41801078) in Cattery Kennel 13 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. ⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2J3oK8q⠀ https://buff.ly/2Ytik7B⠀ ⠀ #IdahoHumaneSociety #IHS #AdoptDontShop #KittenSeason #AdoptableKittens #AdoptableCats #ShelterCats #RescueCats #FriendlyFelines #Cats #Kittens #Felines #siblings #CaptionThis