Frequently Asked Questions

What is the relationship of the Idaho Humane Society to national groups such as the Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA?

The Idaho Humane Society receives no funding from these or other national groups, nor are we governed by or affiliated with any national animal welfare group. We are a local nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to taking care of animals in our community. The only way to help local homeless, abandoned or abused pets is by donating directly to the Idaho Humane Society or to other local animal welfare and rescue organizations.

What is an animal welfare organization?

Here is the essential distinction between animal welfare and animal rights organizations: Animal welfare refers to the mainstream view that it is morally acceptable for humans to use non-human animals for companionship, for food, in research, as clothing and in entertainment so long as unnecessary suffering is avoided. Simply put, it’s the view that the overwhelming majority of caring individuals share in regards to how animals should be treated. This is in contrast with the animal rights position, which holds that animals should not be used by, nor regarded as the property of, humans. You could also refer to groups such as the Idaho Humane Society as animal protection organizations, which believe that since animals, like young children, cannot assert themselves they should be afforded protections but not rights.

Is the Idaho Humane Society a government agency?

No. The Idaho Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization supported by tax deductible donations and fees for services. In addition to our advocacy and the many services we provide on behalf of animals, we also contract with local government to enforce state and local laws regarding the care and keeping of animals and to shelter stray pets. Our humane officers are deputized to enforce animal welfare laws by the Ada County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, we serve as an animal licensing authority for our contracting municipalities, which are the cities of Boise, Kuna, Eagle, Meridian and Garden City, and the unincorporated parts of Ada County.