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I adopted Frida (formerly Bonnie) from the Idaho Humane Society (PetSmart location) a little over a month ago. I initially came to the shelter with hopes to adopt another dog that I saw online, however when we arrived that dog was on hold and the situation didn't feel like the right fit. I decided to look around and that is when I found Frida! When I adopted her I didn't know what to expect as I was told she is approximately 8 years old with little history and received a good amount of medical care when she was taken in.
I am so thankful we found each other because she has brought so much happiness to my life! She is the most loyal, sweet and loving little chihuahua – not to mention she has such a funny personality. Her passions include sleep, cuddling, lying in the sun and socializing with other dogs on walks! My whole family has fallen in love with her and we can't imagine little Frida not being in our lives! As I type this she has her head resting in my lap and is not pleased that my hands are being used for typing and not petting her! Thank you Idaho Humane Society for bringing us together!
My name is Aurora. I was adopted by my mommy on July 3, 2014. The morning after I came to my new home, I decided to wake my mommy up by laying on her chest and licking her all over her face! Since being adopted, I now spend my days playing in my house, stalking ping pong balls, laying on my window perch squirrel watching, and licking my mommy’s face still. I am a spoiled little girl, and love my mommy. I even share my king bed with her sometimes! I love my new home, and am so happy!
I first got Ellie (formally Alice) from the Idaho Humane Society over a year ago. I fell in love with her the moment I met her! Ellie was very shy and timid at first but once she realized she was "home" she is now a ball of energy! Ellie-Belle is a happy girl who loves hikes, the snow, and meeting other dogs! I love her and can't imagine my life without her.
Thank you Idaho Humane Society!
Faye, formerly Zoey, is a 10½-year-old lady dog we recently adopted from the IHS. She has fit in so well with our little family. A year ago we lost our senior boy Genghis (also from the IHS) and there has been a hole we've been unable to fill. Until we met Faye at the Petsmart IHS mini shelter. Our three other dogs treat her like she's always been here and this is where she belongs. We are so thrilled to have her. She sticks out her tongue when she's happy and acts like a puppy when it's time to go for a walk. She would follow me into the bathroom if she could. We are so happy to share our home with her as her forever home. Thank you to the IHS for allowing this truly precious old lady to spend her final years with us. She's simply perfect and our family is now complete.
Thank you IHS!
- Shawn and Whitney
Bella & Quincey
We have adopted two beautiful babies from the Idaho Humane Society in the last four years.
Our first was Bella, our Mastiff (originally named Aubrey), in the summer of 2011. She was so mellow and calm when we first met her. We assumed she was going to remain that way after we fell in love with her at the Humane Society and eventually adopted her. Three days later, her true character came out and we were introduced to an entirely different dog than the one we met at the shelter.
Although she will be turning 8, Bella is a hyper, charismatic and loving soul who craves attention and affection. She loves my husband and absolutely adores our 3-year-old son. We were worried because of her energy and size that she would be a handful after we had our son but she’s been the perfect companion for him and all of us.
She’s the perfect addition to our family and we can’t imagine our life without her.
Our next adoption came with much resistance from my husband in the summer of 2013. I had grown up having cats and can’t think of a time in my life when I didn’t have one – until my husband and I got married and he informed me that he was allergic. Out of respect for him, I avoided getting a cat for a couple of years.
Until I saw an image of the most adorable calico kitten posted on the website and I was in love. Our son (6 months old at the time) was napping and my husband was working on a project when I informed him that I was going to adopt a kitten and he had no say in the matter. (Fortunately, my husband has a love for me and for animals so I knew he wouldn’t contest.)
I met Quincey at her foster home, fell in love and went to the IHS to finalize the paperwork.
I was grinning from ear to ear when I walked through our front door to introduce our new little bundle of fur to my husband and son.
Quincey is different from all cats I’ve ever owned and, by definition, is a cat. She’s witty, spoiled and quite conceited. The only time she shows affection is if we are eating cereal and she wants our milk. In the summer, Quincey, proudly, brings us a dead mouse, snake or rodent of some sort and leaves it on our doorstep every morning. She doesn’t tolerate much and isn’t afraid to let us know when she’s fed up with our attempts at affection.
We wouldn’t have her any other way. She puts up with our dogs, our son and even with us so we are grateful to have her ... even when she has to smack us back into reality sometimes.
I'm posting this after the loss of our Genghis. I adopted him from the IHS in late 2010. He instantly became my darling. His previous family had surrendered him after having a child. But he swiftly became my child. Three years after getting married (he was our baby), we had to say goodbye. Thank you IHS. We loved him, and continue to love him, so much. We lost him last year. It's been hard not having his smiling face and wagging tail. But we loved him. He was our baby.
The Idaho Humane Society picked up a mangled broken Lab mix who had been hit by a car in January of 2015. IHS worked tirelessly to save his life. I had been looking for my next dog for a few months and had high criteria. I wanted my next dog to be my first therapy dog to go and help people in the community. I had looked at a few dozen dogs before meeting this boy. I wasn’t even there to meet him, I went to meet some other dogs when he was suggested to me. With in a few minutes I knew he was what I had been waiting for. Once home, his name became Riggins to honor being the first dog adopted after moving to Idaho. We bonded very quickly and strong. He is my companion first and foremost, and he brings me so much joy. He is amazing with my young children and senior dogs. He also likes the cat, sometimes a little too much.
In just six months of becoming partners with Riggins he has earned his AKC CGC title, which means he can do obedience pretty well. And even more important and amazing we have earned our therapy team certification as well. I am amazed at how he touches people’s lives and honored that I get to be a part of his life. On one visit in a medical recovery center a man was having his pulse rate taken. When he was done he pet Riggins for a few minutes and chatted. Out of curiosity, the nurse took his pulse again and it had gone down 16 points. That is what Riggins does, he calms people. He was meant to be a therapy dog. He can read emotions, be mellow despite only being a couple years old and silly when it is needed. I am so honored to go on this adventure with him to see who he helps because IHS helped him get better and helped him find me. People have complimented me on MY adventure with Riggins, and I simply have to say “I just hold the leash."
Sir Jackson & Mia
Last Father’s day we decided to go look for a new kitty :-) we lost ours earlier that year. We ask the girls who would be suitable for a large family with big dogs. They pointed us toward Sir Jackson, he is the most amazing cat ever! For my birthday I decided to go back and see if there was another kitty that might fit in our family :-) we just adopted Mia. She is amazing! We love our little kitties :-)
Hello everyone, I wanted to tell you about my new family. My name is Violet Moon (I used to be called Meiri but my new 11 year old 'Mommy' liked my new name better). I'm such a wonderful and happy little girl! At first I was a bit shy and tentative around everyone, to include my new brother (looks for his story under 'Clyde'), but now I'm a little ball of energy! Some of my favorite things to do are are sleep on a lap, curl up in a small box, sharpen my claws on my cardboard scratcher, and play with my bouncy toy ... it looks like a combo of a mouse and bird attached to a spring that's attached to a long pole. If you other kitties out there don't have one, I HIGHLY suggest getting one. I can jump about 4 feet into the air when I play, which is surprising because I'm just a tiny girl. My family loves me so much and I love them just as much in return. I'm so glad they chose me to be part of their life!
Hi everyone! My name is Cheops (I used to be called Clyde, but my new Mommy thought this name was more dignified and regal and fit me better for being the stunning little man I am). I became part of my new family a little over a week ago and I'm LOVING it! I started out a bit mad at being moved from the Humane Society, but very quickly warmed up and became quite a sweet and loving boy. My sister (look for her under 'Meiri') took a bit of time to warm up to me, but after just a couple days we're like any other siblings ... sometimes nice, other times chasing each other like crazy around the house. So far I'm proving to be the perfect little Turkish Van: I talk constantly (especially if I'm being ignored), I'm quite athletic, love to watch birds, and I'm quite sure I fit in with my human children quite well as my 11 year old 'sister' carries me near constantly. My new family has made me so happy! I love them bunches and I know they love me just as much!
We adopted Vienna in January the best dog we could ask for. We want to thank Jenn for everything she did for us. We are planning on going camping she has already been in the motor home. And seems to like it. I am excited to go
Lyka - I already had two cats, one named Gizmo who has her own success story on this website, but I really missed having a dog around. I had always grown up with dogs and something about living on my own and not having one didn't feel right. I convinced my boyfriend that we had to get a puppy. I had researched breeds, how to make dogs get along with cats, and most importantly where the best place to get a dog from. There was a resounding answer of your local animal shelter, so I began scouring the local shelters and looking on all of the pet finder type websites everyday hoping to find the dog of my dreams. After a couple months of looking with no luck I was beginning to consider going to a breeder, but then I stumbled upon a litter of golden retriever/border collie puppies on Petango. Their pictures nor description were anywhere to be found on the IHS website, but Petango stated that they were definitely at the shelter. I gave the shelter a call to confirm that they actually had the puppies, and was told that all of the males were at the Pet Smart adoption center and the females were in the IHS kennels.
One of the female puppies, who had very bright colors, caught my eye on the website. My heart was set on that brightly colored female, so I rushed over to look at the puppy as soon as I could. Fate would soon prove to have other plans. My heart sank as I walked into the IHS and overheard a woman and her daughter talking about adopting both of the female puppies I had came all the way to Boise to see. I was told by the kennel manager that I could go in and look at both of the puppies, but that I could not take either of them out until the woman and her daughter had made a decision. I decided to take a look, and just by visiting them through the kennels my heart was still set on the bright colored female, and I had thought the lighter colored female seemed far to hyper and noisy for my liking. We waited for what seemed like an eternity, but realistically it had only been about 20 minutes. Suddenly the mother and daughter returned from the kennel with the brightly colored puppy I had been so deadest on taking home. The kennel manager, told me that they had only decided to take the one puppy, so the light colored sister was still available.
I explained my concerns to the kennel manager about the puppy being a little more hyper than I thought I could handle, but the kennel manager told me that sometimes after one of the siblings leave it is easier to judge the true character of a puppy. She also told me that she had been playing with them and actually thought the lighter puppy was the more mellow dog of the two. I was too disappointed to consider the possibility that the puppy I was so set on may have in the end been the wrong choice for me, so my boyfriend and I started the drive home without a puppy. About half way home my boyfriend, seeing how disappointed I was, mentioned that it really couldn't hurt to go take a look at the other puppy. We made a decision together to give the lighter puppy another chance.
Once we arrived at the IHS we hurried back to the kennels hoping she was still there, but we were very disappointed seeing the kennel where the girls had been was empty. As we were leaving the kennel manager recognized us and informed us that the light female had not yet been adopted, but there was another family looking at her. She told us that they were not sure that they were ready to purchase a puppy, but had just wanted to look at her. No sooner than she finished her sentence than the family emerged from the meeting room with the puppy. They handed the puppy to the kennel manager and stated that they were not ready for a dog yet.
Our luck had began to turn, as we took the puppy into the meeting room. She was a completely different dog than the one we had seen in the kennel with her sister. She began rubbing on us and trying to get into our laps. Then something happened that sealed the deal, she walked over to my boyfriend put her head in his hands and just started at him lovingly. As though she was asking us to please take her home. From that moment we knew that we had to take her home.
After getting her home we decided to name her Lyka. She has been a breeze to take care of, she was potty trained in less than two weeks, she learned basic obedience within the first month of coming home, learned to leave the cats alone very quickly, and she is the happiest and most social dog I have ever met. She has never met another person or animal she doesn't like, much to the cats dismay as they get big slobbery puppy kisses from time to time. Here we are 8 months later and we love her just as much now as when we brought her home. She will be starting her agility training this fall. Although I had been so set on Lyka's sister I would never change the way things turned out for us. We recently brought home a new puppy and playmate for Lyka and she is absolutely thrilled. A big thank you to everyone who helped us make this huge decision.
Cassy & Andrew
We were looking for a pug when we saw Yuri on the IHS website, and we immediately went in to meet him. Though shy at first, due to a round with kennel cough, we decided to adopt his 4 year old Pyrenees butt.
It took him some time to get used to a new family, but he has always been the sweetest thing. His big chocolate eyes are so expressive.
He likes to spend his days sleeping on the cold tile floor in the bathroom, roaming the perimeter of the backyard, and getting lots of pets. While still food aggressive, he's well behaved around other dogs so long as they don't run up to him upon first contact. He loves to go camping with us and on hikes, so long as the distance isn't too far or he gets tired. He thinks lawn furniture is a threat to the homestead and barks at just about everything, but we still love him. We take him anywhere and everywhere we can, and he is always a major hit!
He is such a loving and loyal dog that it's hard to believe someone would give him up, though we're glad they did. He's our baby, and we can't imagine life without him.
We adopted Cindy Lou from the Petsmart location on Christmas Eve after putting our sweet dachshund Molly down due to illnesses we couldn't get her better from. We decided to go check out the adoption center the same day and I fell in love with this little dog. Cindy has stolen my heart and is such a joy! I am thankful for the shelter and ALL that they do! I believe our home is where she was meant to be and I love her brown spots and markings she reminds us so much of our molly. The black dachshund in the picture is my daughter's and Cindy and Takoda have become the best of friends. Thank you.
I adopted Benny on March 28, 2014. He is a great dog and he makes me laugh everyday. Thank you for letting me adopt Benny.
I just adopted Cleo two weeks ago. She has really made herself at home in my house. Cleo and my dogs have started to form a very special bond. Cleo is very attached to me. She will lay very close to me or on me. It has been so special to have Cleo join my home. Cleo is a very playful kitty and I'm enjoying watching her play. I just thought I would send an update!!
(Cleo loving her new castle! She saw a bird fly by!)
After our cat that we adopted 9 years ago passed away we knew we wanted to adopt again. We figured a kitten would be best so we could raise it with our 4 kids. However as soon as we saw Nikko we knew he was the one. He is the biggest love and always cuddling with the kids. We are so happy to have him as part of our family now!
This is Marley! I adopted him when he was 7! He is10 and doing well. He is the best dog I have ever owned! The kindest, well mannered, most gentle soul! I love him dearly!
Lady-Bug, originally known as Lady came into our lives June 2010 from IHS. At the age of one, she was timid and shy, fearful of new surroundings. After a few days she became secure and more playful and has warmed our hearts ever since.
Thank you IHS,
Shelter pets are the best! All animals deserve a happy healthy home and I encourage everyone to adopt and not buy their pets. Ella is our newest fur baby and she fit in from the moment she arrived. #adopt #shelterpetsrock #idahohumanosocietysaveslives
Hi Humane Society!
First I wanted to thank you for providing me with the light of my life. Bolt, my Argentine Dogo I rescued from Petsmart, couldn't make me a happier girl. Him and I are attached at the hip, however he does have another best friend here in our house, a black lab Great Dane mix named Cash. At the moment he has a chicken speaker toy that he is obsessed with and even sleeps with. Thank you again for my blessing named Bolt.
We stopped by the Idaho Humane Society one day because we were considering adopting a dog. We were mostly on a fact finding mission when we happened upon a very cute 5 month old puppy playing in the yard. It was love at first sight. Henrietta has been with us for two and a half years now. She is a delight. She lives with three cats and two chickens. She has a great time playing with the neighbor dogs. Her favorite activities are playing frisbee, fetching anything thrown, swimming and being an all around good dog. This photo is from a 5K we did to support a non-profit that trains and gives service dogs to veterans with PTSD. Many thanks to the Idaho Humane Society for helping us find such an unexpected and precious gift.
She has turned out to be a darling.
After losing our beloved dogs, we decided to go to the Humane society and adopt a rescue dog in honor of our them, this time deciding to get a mixed breed just as we were unsure about our decision her sweet face caught our eye. We have had her for a little over a year and she has become part of our family and she has made our loss less painful, and we hope that we have given her the best possible home that she can have “A forever home"
Pequena & Dominiqueja
-Bell was a 3 month old mix breed female puppy brought into the Humane Society because she was having trouble breathing. It was discovered that Bell had a bruise on her lung. Even though someone in her family had hurt this little girl they did the right and gave her up.
We came in one late afternoon to pick up our little chiweenie Pequena from her surgery that morning.
I remember walking in to the adoption side and seeing this adorable yellow puppy.. she came right over to me and as I snuggled her I knew she was waiting for us.
Pequena was 6 months when we adopted Dominiqueja within two weeks the girls were
best-est friends and now are rarely seen apart.
We didn't know it at the time but our family was completed by the arrival of little Dominiqueja.
Letia A. & Patricia H.
Butters arrived at our home in Idaho Falls, ID as if she was always supposed to be a part our family. We have renamed her to Margie McButters. Margie has gone from weighing 101 lbs to 85 lbs to her new diet that consists of 1 cup of Victors Dog Food in the am and 1 cup in the evening. We credit her healthy success to her new diet, her 9 month old little sister Zoey who has boundless energy, and the three little girls ages 13, 8, and 4 that play with her constantly. Margie is the sweetest animal I have had a pleasure of knowing and she has been a perfect addition to our family!
This success story is about my baby girl, Tootsie. My fiance and I brought Tootsie to her forever home with us on December 26, 2012. We had been out most of the day looking at the shelter at the different dogs, hoping to find one that we would be able to adopt. After awhile, we decided to go home, having not found a single dog that we felt would fit in with our family.
As we were driving down the freeway, I decided that we should go and look in the PetSmart adoption center, even if it was without luck. We walked in and started looking around, and there was this little dog who was black with a brown face and white neck. She was so cute and came right up to me with her tail wagging, she looked so happy to see me. I asked to bring her into the play room so we could actually interact with her. As soon as we got in there and we sat down, our baby came right up to me and jumped up on my lap. I knew that we had found our puppy.
We took all the money we had and adopted her right there. When we were filling out the forms, I named her Princess, because that's what she was going to be, our princess. We quickly realized Princess wasn't going to stick because as soon as we were five minutes from the store, she started tooting and I jokingly called her Tootsie, but the name fit so well. When we first got her home, she was very skittish. She was very hesitant to go up to anybody, and if she broke out of the backyard, it took us easily an hour to get her back in.
Eventually, she wormed her way into everybody's hearts. She is playful, friendly, and all around the best dog I could have asked for. Today, Tootsie enjoys going over to my family's house and playing with her friends Tiny, Zeus and Otis. While there she also loves going to the dog park and running around off the leash with all the other dogs. But at the end of the day, she loves to come home to me and my fiance and cuddle up close to us and lick our toes. Tootsie has definitely found her forever home with us, and we look forward to many more years with our love.
I adopted Holly from the Humane Society on Labor Day weekend in 2013. I had wanted a dog for ages and could finally adopt after buying a home. Holly was scared at the shelter and seemed reserved and stubborn, but very sweet. I had second thoughts when she whined non-stop and went number one and number two while we were waiting in line to finish the adoption. Luckily I went through with it and Holly has never had another accident. She was a stray, so I knew nothing about her, but she turned out to be completely house trained. It took her a while to warm up to me and realize that I wasn't going to abandon her. She was standoffish for the first few months until she started trusting me.
Now we're inseparable. The best part of my day is coming home to play with her. I love spoiling her with new toys, but she would be happy as long she had a stuffed hedgehog (her favorite toy) and a tennis ball to toss around. She loves hiking, playing fetch, getting belly rubs, and cuddling. She's happiest when she is around her people and she gets upset when anyone in her family is out of sight. When we hike, she'll keep running up to the leaders and back to the stragglers to make sure everyone is okay.
Holly takes care of me as much as I take care of her. She's the best dog and she has added so much to my life.
Pablo aka LeBron is doing great. He loves to snuggle, play fetch and is getting along great with our other two dogs Simon and Sahara. He loves our 15 year old son Justin. Pablo follows him all throughout the house and insists on sitting on his lap while he does homework. We love our new forever friend.
Stephanie, Tom and Justin
In September of 2013 I moved out of my parent’s house to live with my fiance. It was strange to be living at a new place, but what was even stranger was not having a cat around. I had had a cat since the age of three and did not know what it was like living without one. My fiance, however, was not a huge fan of cats so I was unsure if we would ever own one. After living without a cat for about 4 months I was starting to go crazy, begging my fiance to consider getting a cat. For my birthday he finally caved and took me to the shelter to just LOOK at cats. A few moments later we were signing the adoption papers for Ginger. Shortly after bringing Ginger home we discovered that she had no fear of water, in fact one of her favorite napping spots is the bathroom sink! She has been such an amazing addition to our family. She even turned my fiance (now husband) into a cat lover.
Thank You I.H.S.
The Rieger Family
Dino & Mollie
My mom ended up at your Petco adoption site when we heard about the Chihuahuas coming in from California back in 2012. Mollie (previously named Myrah) ran to my mom while in the cage and immediately knew she was the one. Taking her home, she was very timid and had trouble eating at first due to her past hardships, but had more than enough love to give. Now, Mollie is a member of our family. She loves to fetch, snuggle for hours on end, and howl with her brother Dino (Bevo) who we adopted from IHS in 2013.
We weren't planning on getting another dog since we already had two at the time, but my younger sister volunteered for the day at IHS and fell in love with a different dog there. My parents agreed to go look, decided he was too big for our other dogs, and came across Bevo. As soon as they got him into the yard, they found he was docile, loving, and a little bit stubborn (in a good way). So we adopted him on the spot.
They are like brother and sister, snuggling and chasing each other in circles at top speed. I am so thankful for both of my dogs and don't know what I would do without them in my life. Huge thanks to the Idaho Humane Society for everything they do!
Our success story didn't start out as well as most people would like. I went to Petsmart looking for a medium sized dog. I even feel in love with a little black dog. But on the way to the isolation room (so I could take a better look look at the black dog) I saw Bear playing in the play area with a bunch of other dogs. Something just made all the other dogs invisible and he just stared at me. I couldn't take my eyes off of him.
I brought him into the isolation room and he just put his head on my lap and curled around me. He wedged himself between me and the wall. Stayed there after about ten minutes. I had to leave because of other plans. But I couldn't get him out of head. Instead of Bear, I kept calling him Alma. I returned back to Petsmart to see the black dog being adopted out by someone else. So I knew Alma was the dog for me. (He even knew his new name the moment I put the lead on him.)
Growing up my family adopted a couple of dogs from the humane society, so I know adoption can be hard on an animal. Adoption often requires time, patience, and training.
After 3 weeks of being home Alma I had come to the conclusion that Alma had shown signs of abuse that made him stubborn thick headed and in need of military style training. On top of dealing with abandonment issues (which considering I'm the fourth owner is totally understandable. He was put on sale on Craigslist list the people that got him didn't like him gave him to the pound and then he was adopted out for a week than returned). I was worried about it, I had scars from my past too and military style training was hard for me to do. Come day 30 of having him. We had gotten nowhere, he didn't trust me. And we where both to stubborn to give.
That morning just as I was about give up, he didn't eat his breakfast (which being apart lab was rare). Within a couple of hours he became drastically ill. Alma was throwing up, he had diarrhea and he just smelled very sick. I rushed him to the vet. Turns out that he contracted a virus from the stray cats in the neighborhood. That virus was a blessing to us both. The first night, was a very long one where I just sat by his bed petting soothing him. I had finally earned his trust. I came to the realization that Alma and I where more alike than I thought. We're both stubborn, we both have trust issues and have a past that still affected us both.
Though it's been a long year and half with training on both our parts. I cannot imagine life without Alma. We are just as stubborn and occasionally we (both Alma and I) have relapses in training. But our relationship is one in a million. A relationship that has ended up saving us both
I adopted Sparrow last year in June, and I've never been happier! She is the sweetest kitty, and loves to lay on me n be with me at all times. She's a great cat from my anxiety as she knows when I'm upset and will comfort me and calm me down with her purrs and headbutts. She's also a very curious kitty and loves to jump in the tub when I'm out of the shower! Surprisingly, her favorite toy is my hair ties. I've gotten her other toys but she just loves those hair ties! She likes to throw them around n run after them. Wears herself out!
Anyways, Sparrow is doing well and is very loved by me!!
I adopted Henry and have found him to be a very loving and laid back kitty. He is a ten year old tuxedo cat but still loves to play and chase around the house. He has the most distinctive meow and gets along so well with the little menagerie in my home. I definitely recommend adopting a senior cat. They still have so much joy to give and experience once they know they've found their true forever home!
I got Bailey at 12 weeks old from the Idaho Humane Society back in December of 2010. She has been with me through all my tough times and even got to come on my new adventure of moving out of my parents house. She is such a sweet girl and I couldn't imagine my life without her. Thanks IHS!
We recently lost our wonderful Lexie to cancer, 12 years after we adopted her from the Humane Society’s foster care program.
She must have had “service” in her genes as this wise, loving, beautiful being thought it was her only job to take care of all of us. Don’t think she ever had any concept she was a dog and it was our job to take care of her.
It seemed people could not get enough of her deep soft coat and sweet calm disposition.
Her favorite trip was to Home Depot where she always drew a crowd. The common question was “what is she” and “are there more like her somewhere”? We never could understand how anyone could have given her up for adoption but we were so grateful to have her. “Thank you to whomever for our greatest gift” (and shame on you to whomever shot her with buckshot.)
-Don and Irene
2014 was a rough year - I had to put down my 15 year old poodle, Princess, and then my 14 year old cat, Mitsy. I couldn't imagine a home without a furry friend, so I started looking at the animals on the I.H.S. website. I was out of town when I saw Lincoln's picture online, and I couldn't wait to get back to meet him! Even though he's has only been with me for a few months so far, it already feels like we've been together our whole lives! He is 10 years young and has such a sweet and gentle spirit. The first time I met him was in the PetSmart visiting room, but he had to be taken to I.H.S. for some medical attention. He has some arthritis in his hips, but he doesn't let that hold him back! He will play fetch for hours, and he is a perfect running companion. He already knew how to sit and come, and it's true that you can teach an old dog new tricks; he now gives kisses, shakes, lies down, and can play hide and seek! Crating him was a dream, he didn't need any coaxing but just walked right in and curled up. He is my little shadow, and always wants to be in on the action. I live in an apartment without a fenced yard, so it was so much easier to get an older dog who was already house trained, and who was fine to be left on his own. I can't imagine my life without Lincoln, and I am so grateful to everyone at the I.H.S. for helping us get together!
Milo & Otis
My daughter adopted two kittens in June 2013. She named the orange one Milo and the black/white one Otis! After living in Boise for one year, the three of them drove across the country and now live in Virginia, where my daughter attends grad school. Milo and Otis were the best travelers ever! They are the most adorable grand kitties in the world, and are well-loved!!!
After losing my 14 year old kitty, Rizzo, during the summer, I couldn't wait anymore. On Thanksgiving Day, I looked online and ran across the picture of "Franko" and after reading his description, was hooked. I called to see if he was available on Friday morning and was thrilled when I was told yes. "But people are lined up outside because it's black Friday and all adoptions are half price. I can't guarantee he will remain long." I decided I'd have to pick up a litter box after I had him in hand. (Rizzo didn't like litter boxes and always waited at the door to go out). I drove, rather fast I think, wondering if the policeman who pulled me over would understand my panic....
When I arrived, there was a line and people were filling out adoption papers ahead of time.... I was directed to the cattery; found him still in his kennel and opened d the door. He climbed right into my arms and purred. A volunteer asked if I needed help and and I said, "No, I found him!" She laughed at how fast I made my choice. I just knew he was it!
It's only been a couple of weeks, but he is amazing. Gets along with 3 big dogs, is happy, sweet, and cuddly. Thank you, thank you, IHS! I love Zeke so much.
Leo is definitely loving his new family and we are giving him lots of love :)
A year ago after babysitting my brother's cat for almost a month, I realized that I needed to finally get a kitten for myself. I had been looking at the Idaho Humane Society's website and saw this adorable orange tabby kitten. So, on a whim I went to the shelter to check her out, but sadly, when I went to pick her up and play with her, she bit me! But, I in the next row of cages was a little Siamese mix baby "Angelo," now named Noodle. The minute I picked him up, he purred and I knew I had to have him.
Now almost a year later, I could not be happier. He's the most talkative and cuddly cat that I have ever owned. Going into the humane society that day was simply meant to be. Thank you!
It was around July of 2013 when I had asked my parents if I could get a dog for my birthday. With the mindset of a male dog, I looked on the IHS website and fell in love with a male Catahoula Leopard dog. I had gone in and visited him with my family, since the dog had to be kid friendly. He wasn't very interested in me or anyone for the fact. So I took him back and we looked around the kennels for another male dog that was still a puppy a little longer. I just couldn't find a dog that I liked. I went back in a few days later with my little sister, and I saw a male Black Lab and I pulled him out, and he was too crazy. Jumping all over me, and not listening. Granted he is excited to be out of the kennel, but it was too much for me to handle. When I put him back I looked in the kennel next to him. I saw this little black female dog that was scared to death. The IHS worker asked if I would like to meet her, being polite I said sure. After visiting with her for about two minutes I knew she was the one. She was polite, didn't jump up, she listened, knew basic commands already, and best of all she loved my little sister. I had to wait till my parents got off work to come and look at her and say that I could get her. Even though I didn't want a female dog, I just couldn't let her go, she was perfect. My mom came back with me and said that if I really wanted her, then we would get her. I found out that she was only there for one day, fresh out of being spade, and I was glad that I got to snag her before anyone else could. I didn't even think of a name for a female dog so I had to think quick. My little sister had heard me mention the name Jezebelle earlier, and that's the name she got. I am in love with my One year old (November 20) Lab/Border Collie/ Retriever dog. Best of all she thinks that she is a lap dog and loves to lay and fall asleep in my lap, and snuggle with me in my bed. I wouldn't ever trade her for a different dog, she is the best thing that has happened to me.
In 2004 I was a single mom, and my kids and I decided we wanted a dog. We went to the shelter to find our new family member. We looked at a couple of dogs, and almost decided on one female husky mix. One of the staff members noticed that we were looking at huskies. She told us that she had a five year old male husky mix that was the sweetest dog ever, and that we should at least meet him before we made our final decision. We later found out that this was Buddy's third go around at the humane society and was we where his last hope. We took Buddy home and after all four of us adjusted to eachother, he became the greatest dog we had ever owned. We learned of his quirks up front, he had separation anxiety. Probably the reason that he had been back to the shelter a couple of times. We made adjustments by getting him a crate so he felt secure and not leaving him alone in the car. A few years later we added a puppy to our home named Duke, a Chocolate Lab. Duke helped Buddy be even more secure and his anxiety was hardly noticeable. Buddy had a great life with us until the age of 14 years old and just passed away July 15, 2013. His brother Duke our Lab became ill and left us only three weeks later. We believe that they were meant to stay together and that Duke was to go with Buddy to keep him secure and comfortable. I wanted to share Buddy's story, because it is so meaningful knowing that a dog can have a second chance, and live a FULL life with the right family. We have since adopted Max, a six year old German Shorthair Pointer and he will also have a full long life of happiness and love.
Maya & Dozer
We adopted 6 mth old Maya in October-2011 and 6 mth old Dozer (short for Bull Dozer) in February-2012.
We initially adopted Maya to help our daughter with anxiety and PTSD issues and it went a long way in her recovery.
Dozer was a gift for my birthday in February. These two are the goofiest ever and bring so much joy to our home.
They wrestle and run around the yard at mach speed! And at the dog parks they are the center of attention.
Everyone tries to guess what they are – we call them our mini aussie shepherd and tea cup pit bull! Maya is
super smart and knows lots of words, and Dozer knows the words, but is pretty stubborn unless you have a treat.
They have brought so much happiness to our home and I can’t imagine how it was before them!
In September 2012, my husband I decided to become a foster family with the Idaho Humane Society. Other than the dogs our families had growing up, we didn't have much experience with animals. After completing the foster family orientation, we headed back to the kennels to select a dog to bring home. We looked at three dogs and finally picked Remmi (formerly Jersey)! Remmi was one of the last two "Jerome dogs" to be adopted or fostered. She was cowering in the back corner of her kennel and shook the entire drive home. Her fearful and timid nature are no doubt why she was hard to place in a forever home.
One year later, we are happy to report that Remmi is a WONDERFUL, happy, healthy, polite, and affectionate dog! We have seen such an incredible transformation! A calm, stable, and loving home can make all the difference!
Thanks, IHS, for taking her in, providing her shelter, food, and medical care until she became ours! We have never loved a creature so much.
Never got round to give an update on our beloved dog Kera which my husband and I adopted in Feb 2008. We stayed in the US for 2 years and moved back to Austria in 2010 where we live now with Kera. She was very timid and shy in the beginning but she is enjoying her life very much. She got a big family and a huge garden to play in. We still talk to her in English but she definitely knows some German words such as Leckerli which means treats. Kera is one of the best things ever happened to us. xxx
-J & B
Being 21 means taking on new responsibilities and living on my own. I knew that I needed a companion to share my these exciting years with. I wasn't specific, except that whichever dog I chose could not be a shedder. After weeks of looking on the IHS website and failed Craigslist encounters, I spotted the 10 year old poodle mix named "Shadow" on your website. It must have been fate because I was able to get off of work before the shelter closed, so I decided to go "just to look" (....like that is ever the case). Even though I fell in love with almost every dog that greeted me while I made my way toward Shadow, I knew in my heart that the gentle girl that greeted me at the cage was going home with me. And she reaffirmed that notion when she bounced and played in the grass when I took her outside.
I am a true believer in love at first sight thanks to the Idaho Humane Society. First with my cat I adopted on my 12th birthday ten years ago, Leonardo DiCatrio, and now with the sweet black poodle I re-named Maisy. She is the perfect addition to my life and even though I have had her for a few months now, I still miss her while I'm at work. She always finds her inner puppy when she sees me pull out her pink leash for our nightly stroll or running to the grocery store, and she LOVES wearing the outfits I get her (by the way I'm not being sarcastic, she really does love it). I should also mention that I had to have picked the movie star in the bunch because I saw an Idaho Humane Society commercial and there she was! My Maisy! I know that people are skeptical about adopting senior dogs, but she is perfect for my lifestyle and extremely easy to take care of. I wish all the future adopters all the happiness that I have found!
I got Jasper almost 3 years ago, (will be in April). My parents weren't happy, they didn't want another cat, but this big guy is the most amazing thing to happen to our family. When I moved out two years later, my parents fought with me over him. They wanted him. I told them no and took him with me. He is the light of my life and I love him dearly. He's still very curious, like what his foster mom had said, but he sure it talkative and we love it. He's got so much personality and when I'm home, I'm not allowed to leave his sight, or he will follow me. He's an amazing cat and I'm so glad I was able to get him from you guys. He's my baby, my son and there is nothing on this planet that will change that. He certainly has found his forever home and forever family.
Our story begins when my Luke was a little over four months old. I ran into a guy at Zamzows on Fairview who said he had a little pit bull puppy that he had found and needed to get rid of cause his other dogs were bullying him. I told him I was interested and he took me out to meet the puppy in his truck. I instantly fell in love with him, he was a bundle of clumsy excitement and oh so cute. We made an agreement and I took Luke home with me. At that time I was in a not so good relationship and sometime after that ended up leaving and moving back in with my parents. Things were fine for a little while but Luke was getting to be a bit older and causing some problems. Chasing the cat, digging holes in the yard, etc. And so my Mother told me he had to go. I didn’t have the money saved up yet to get my own place so I ended up putting Luke on craigslist and giving him to a family in meridian. It broke my heart and I cried for days afterward, but I had gotten phone calls from the family and was assured he was spoiled and happy. 8 months later my boyfriend and I went to the humane society to just look around. I talked with one of the ladies that was taking dogs out for walks in the yard, expressing my love for pitties and such, and she told me about a pit bull that had recently come in that was so pretty and such a good boy. I told her I'd love to meet him if she could bring him out. When she came back she walked out with my all grown up Luke. I couldn’t believe it......I called out his name and he practically drug that girl across the yard to get to me. There was no doubt in my mind that was my boy, and I had to get him back. The staff said he was picked up as a stray, but no one claimed him. To me it was a sign that he was meant to be with me, so I adopted him back and vowed never to give him up again. At that time he was about a year old, now he is 5 years old and is happy as ever. I am so thankful that I decided to go walk through the pound that day and was able to get my boy back.
We were out for a ride in the early fall of 2008 and decided to stop at the Humane Society to see the dogs that were available. The kennels were in absolute bedlam as we walked through, but one dog was sitting in his kennel, tongue hanging out and we later agreed that he was smiling at us. We read his sheet and found that he was about a year and a half old, a Border Collie mix, and the remarks about him were very positive. We took him for a walk, and the deal was closed. His first morning at our home in the mountains, he explored the property on the end of a leash. The second morning, I decided to let him run, and during the following five years, he has never been on a leash at home. Except for two encounters with skunks, he's never had a problem and knows his home. My wife and I have owned many breeds of dogs in our 70 years, but Chuck is absolutely the smartest of them all. It is amazing to see him actually "reason" out problems and his vocabulary is HUGE. We've finally figured out why people sometimes treat pets like children, and he returns the love we give him ten-fold. He may be a 'rescue dog', but I think that it is Carol and I that got rescued by him.
We saw Thor the first day he had been dropped off at Petco, and we instantly fell in love. He was the perfect dog in our eyes. Unfortunately at the time, our housing situation just wouldn't work out with a dog. Then, as I was looking through the website about 2 months later I stumbled upon Thor and my heart skipped. We just had to adopt this dog! Just a few weeks later and an adjustment in our living situation, we took this boy home. Now he spends every day working on the ranch with his dad and is loving every second of it. If he had it his way he would spend every moment right by your side, whether snuggled up in bed or sitting right next to you in the car. Thor is the best part of our family, and we couldn't have asked for a better dog. So sad to think that a dog so precious as Thor was given up. Thank you IHS.
This is Princess, and she was adopted from the PetSmart adoption center in July of 2012, when she and my daughter fell instantly in love. After some time getting to know her new "sisters", (shown in the 2nd picture) Princess is thriving and very happy in our home.
We adopted our Pom-Chi Clare (formerly known as Tacoma) on June 27th,
2012. She immediately went to work on winning our hearts by showing us
her best manners. We were told she was house trained and proved herself
to be a good girl by giving us affection each and everyday. She loves
walks, sitting on top of the sofa to monitor the backyard for squirrels
and seeing her Nana and Papa. She has even given her blessing to allow
another dog to be part of our house. While Clare is Momma's dog, she
puts up with the rest of us knowing how good her life is now. We can't
imagine not seeing her little face and her energetic jumping when we
arrive home each day. She is truly one of the family. Thank you for
putting us together!!
We adopted Ellie, our little Pit Bull / Blue Heeler mix, from IHS on August 18, 2012. In this picture, she is heading out for her first camping trip with her big brother, Bear (also a rescue…from a different county)! A few weeks prior to adopting Ellie, we had to put our old man boxer, Danzig, to sleep because of cancer. “Z” was 12 ½ years old. He was also Bear’s “dad”, and Bear was definitely sad, depressed and lonely on his own. We knew we had to get him a companion ASAP. I searched your website daily for about a week. One morning, I went to your website and the first picture up was this darling little pup! I sent the link to my husband and he emailed me back right away and said to call you immediately. Jen brought Ellie (she was calling her “Fuzzy”) over for a home visit and Bear fell instantly in love. When we actually adopted Ellie the next week, Bear was so happy to have her back (he was sad when she had to leave at the end of the home visit) he immediately took over the “dad” role for Ellie and has been nothing but a patient and tolerant brother ever since….and let me tell you, Ellie was quite the energetic handful that first year! It took Ellie a few months to notice we were even there because she was all about Bear! He was her world. After she finally realized that the two robots who had been feeding her and caring for her were actually living beings, she started to bond with, and love us, almost as much as she loves Bear. She is such a lover and kisser and sweet, sweet girl! Bear was her saint, Ellie was his savior, and they are inseparable…literally…Bear whines like a baby if Ellie is out of sight for long! These two have added so much to our lives, and we are grateful everyday that they are our kids.
-Joe and Stephanie Fuller - Boise
Kevin & Ricky
Last November, my sister (and roommate) decided she wanted to adopt a dog. We already had a cat, 7-year old Sophia, who had just lost her brother, Fred, earlier in the year. We could tell she was lonely, so I encouraged my sister to consider adopting a cat, instead of a dog (Sophia is a no-go with dogs…). Right after Thanksgiving, we decided a trip to the shelter was a good idea. We spent about an hour there, looking carefully in the Cat/Kitten room, helping my 5-year old daughter hold and pet so many of them. Then we went back out to the lobby, feeling like we hadn’t found the right one yet. We saw a large cage of kittens, all litter mates, sleeping intertwined like little kitty pretzels. Their foster mom, Peggy, was standing by the cage, and helped my daughter reach in to pet them. She then pulled out two little black kittens, giving one to me, and one to my sister to hold, suggesting we consider taking home one of them, as they would most likely get along well with an older cat, as well as my daughter. They were both adorable. My sister decided the one she was holding (later to be named Kevin) would be coming home with us. As I sat there, with Kevin’s brother on my lap, his motorboat purr roared to life, and I decided two kitten brothers are better than one.
Kevin and Ricky have been such an incredible addition to our home. My sister is a full blown cat person now, and Kevin obviously loves her too. She can’t sit down with an empty lap for more than a few moments before Kevin leaps up to cuddle. He loyally followers her around the house and naps beside her while she watches TV or works on her computer. Ricky has grown into such a floppy cat, and will drop at your feet, belly up, in hopes for a good belly rub. He sleeps with me each night, and greets me at the door when I come home. Sophia still plays protector of our house, and keeps the boys in check whenever they’ve been caught tearing up toilet paper, or stealing (and hoarding!) bobby pins from the bathroom. Both boys love couch cuddling, fresh food in the morning (Kevin loudly insists on it) and burrowing under blankets. My sister and I are so glad Peggy recommended these kitten brothers to us, and are so happy to have them in our lives each day. Thank you!
-Tera & Lara
Puppy (originally Tinker, known as Mickey Mouse too) was 3 months old when we got him and is now 7 months. I was originally going to buy a rat, but my dad surprised me by taking me to the pound and letting me get a dog. He's a rat terrier and smart as all get out! =) He's a handful but also the love of my life. =) I'm hoping to keep him until I'm moved out because he's a great companion. He's great at fetch (unlike Dusty) loves toilet paper rolls, anything that squeaks and people. He has my other 9 year old dog playing fetch for the first time (without the returning part =) ) and our cat has had more exercise than ever trying to get away! He's a great learner and knows lots of tricks but its the listening part that gets him. =) All in all I just want to thank you IHS for giving me my first (self owned) puppy and the joys of cleaning up stuffing, squeakers, toys and the yard! =)
We adopted our Rottweiler/Pit Bull Mix - ZYNA from the Idaho Humane Society in July, 2012 after losing our lab, OREO of 9 years (rapid advanced lung cancer). Heartbroken as we were, we knew just where to go to find another great dog. We showed up at the shelter not sure what type of dog we would end up taking home but, after walking through the kennels, we decided ZYNA was the dog we would get to know in the play yard at the back of the facility. She was a beautiful year old rotti/pit mix and from the moment we saw her we fell in love. She amazed us even more when we played fetch and she returned the ball to us to play again and again.
After getting her home, we realized she was house broken, crate trained and, off leash trained as well. How lucky were we! Although, Zyna struggled to overcome fears of being beaten, loud noises, being left alone and being put into her crate for the first several months with us, she responded well to an adult dog refresher training course and some patience and follow up work on getting over her fears of being in her crate and hearing loud noises. The trainer was so amazed with how fast she learned any new tricks we tried to teach her she wants us to consider training her as a therapy or rescue dog.
ZYNA is now a very valued member of our family and neighborhood. She freely goes into her crate when we ask her to, knows it's okay to come investigate loud noises she hears in the house and understands that an outreached hand is used for administering love rather than hate. Her anxiety of being left alone and her ability to overcome being beaten took many months of patience and A LOT OF LOVE but we can report she is loving life now. It took her several months to even bark for the first time. When we finally heard her voice we were thrilled. She was so excited with our reaction she repeated herself a few times for good measure. She has become quite spoiled with a dog park to play in just a few blocks from our home where she now enjoys her evenings running with her doggie friends in the neighborhood and chases balls for any child or adult who wishes to toss it around with her. She enjoys playing hide and seek with the children around the park and is the best stick finder in town. She has a family full of people who adore having her by their side day and night doing everything from running errands, walking around town, visiting friends and hanging out in the backyard for a BBQ. She loves riding shotgun next to Dad as he conducts business around town and can inform all her doggie friends where the best treats are with banks and drive thru' s being her favorite stops. Dad's clients love her so much that they now stock her favorite treats in their offices just so she will come by and visit. She also enjoys Animal Planet as much as the next dog on any given lazy Sunday afternoon. She has recently taken up swimming and loves how it keeps her cool on the hot summer days so she can enjoy being outside with her humans soaking up the sun. We are so glad to have found ZYNA and are looking forward to many years together with her.
I had stopped into the Petsmart near the Boise Towne Square Mall and noticed a few people wearing IHS shirts walking towards the back of the store. I quickly learned that this particular Petsmart was an IHS Off-Site Adoption Location. I wandered into the facility to take a look and was extremely surprised; it is a welcoming and bright facility with staff that was knowledgable, friendly and attentive to both the animals and their visitors. Although sometimes adoption centers can be a bit chaotic or overwhelming, this particular location was extremely organized and none of the animals were stressed out (which is always nice to see). A great place to search for a new special friend.
I wandered into where the adoptable cats were located and there was a little kitten who looked at me and screamed like crazy for me to hold her and let her out of her cage. Once she was in my arms the screaming (she's part siamese) stopped and her motorboat purr cranked into full gear. She had me at 'meow', but when I spoke to the staff they told me that a family was considering adopting her and had placed her on a 24 hour hold. I left my name and phone number just in case anyone changed their mind, and was thrilled to receive the call the next day that our adoption could proceed. She has been happy part of our family ever since and is settling in as though she's always been here.
We have named her Daphne and upon review of her records, we learned she was brought into the IHS with her mom as an abandoned animal found in Eagle. I am thankful that the IHS found and cared for Daphne and were able to provide our kitten and her mom with safety, medical care, and the opportunity to be adopted out to a new families that can provide them with the safe and happy environments they both deserve. This picture of Daphne I've chosen to share is worth a million meowwwwws!
We placed our IHS donation in the donation barrel the day that we were able to take Daphne home and I continue to encourage others to support the IHS whenever possible so that your good work can continue. Daphne is a little kitty billboard for your good work and that adoption is a great option for those considering four legged additions to their family. Thank you IHS for all you have done and will continue to do for the animals in our community.
Pam Matthews and The Matthews Family
I very reluctantly agreed to let the family talk me into adopting Vito last February when they called me from the Humane Society. They brought him home and he melted my heart within minutes. He loves strangers and immediately jumps in their laps and cuddles with them. He was a stray but I do not see how anybody could have lost him and not looked for him. He loves his tennis ball, plays fetch, and makes up his own clever games with it. He is very smart, eager to please, and quickly learned the basic commands after taking classes. We put in a doggie door and he does all of his business outside. I much prefer cats over dogs but we cannot own a cat because of allergies in the home. But this dog is as much like an affectionate cat as a dog can be. So we got the best of both worlds. We just adore him. Thank you so much!!!
Six months ago tomorrow we brought Ava to her new home.
She had had at least two previous owners and had spent several months at
IHS. She's been to two obedience classes (Adult 1 & 2 at Petco), a few
one-on-one training sessions and has taken Introduction to Agility. The
Petco classes helped us to understand Ava's needs and to learn how best
to communicate with her.
The agility class is helping her learn to fly -- watch out squirrels!
-- David Hayes, Julia Lull, and Ava
This little guy stole my heart from the first time I held him in my arms. I was just turning 17 years old (in 2007) and decided that for my birthday I was going to buy myself a kitten. I was dead set on finding a white female kitten and instead I fell in love with a black and white tuxedo boy who was already 6 months old. I got so incredibly lucky finding him at the Idaho Humane Society, he is a special breed of cat off of the Ragdoll called a Ragamuffin! Because of his breed he is extremely intelligent and follows me around like a puppy, even comes to me when I call him! I named him Romeo because when I first held him at the shelter he reached out a paw and gently touched my cheek, staring into my eyes saying take me home and that was it I had to have him! J I am now 23 and couldn’t picture my life without him! Thank you Idaho Humane Society for rescuing my little prince, I will forever be grateful.
All our love,
Jennifer & Romeo
This is Stanley the cat, I came to you in mid January and wasn't there long before I found my home. I just wanted to update you and let you know that my first night I found the coolest blanket in the world- it's always warm! My family has 3 girls who love me and let me cuddle all the time and they give me lots of good food. I am very happy in my home and I wanted to thank you guys so much for taking care of me until I found my family.
Stanley Drew Bento
Sophie the Boxer
My name is Brittany. My husband and I adopted Sophie the deaf boxer back in October of 2012 from the IDAPI program. She is loved so much by our family and especially our kids. She is the sweetest thing ever and I am so glad she is a part of our family. She enjoys playing outside and loves snow a lot, when she runs through it she leaps like a deer. We get such a kick out of watching her. She is doing great on her commands and we show her off to our friends, family, and even strangers regularly. The IDAPI program is a wonderful thing. And we are so thankful that you can make dogs like Sophie easily adoptable. It is a wonderful thing your program does. The last photo in the car, is the day we brought her home, and she already looked like she was part of the family. Thank you so much.
Just wanted you folks to know that my adoption of Luna was truly a very special event in my life. She did great on the 3 1/2 hr trip back to Pendleton and has settled in. She absolutely loves her big fenced back yard and has already brought so much joy to my life. A special thanks to Calli for obviously providing a great foster home and giving me all of Luna's things with her. I have decided to call her Sophie and she already knows her new name. She is exactly what I was looking for and family & friends believe she is about one of the cutest dogs they have every seen! Again thanks to all of you for making it such a rewarding process.
We adopted William (previously Willie) in early December 2012, and he has been such a silly addition to the family. Now 9 months old, this little guy still is the highlight of the household. He greets us at the door when we get home and purrs louder than any other kitty I've ever met. Although he is often a handful, I couldn't imagine my life without Will the pill. He never fails to make my boyfriend and I laugh at the constant weird/funny things he does. From chasing the laser pointer until he's panting for breath, to literally watching movies with us, William fits in perfectly with the family. We always have to have our phones on hand to snap pictures of his bizarre actions and positions. It isn't odd to find him laying on his back with his belly in the air, or curled up on the radiator in the kitchen. William is a huge goofball and we love him very much. Thanks for bringing him into our lives!
-Emily, Marc and William!
In 2012, I began looking for a dog. I have always worked and lived with dogs but I had finally decided I was in a place where I could have a dog of my own. I obsessively checked the various adoption websites multiple times daily. One day, I came across Cesar and his sister Cleo at IHS. I fell in love instantly but wasn't fast enough to swipe him up before someone else adopted him. Several months went by and I found a little scruffy puppy to take home with me. We were very happy but Hazel definitely wanted a companion.
In October 2012, we accepted a new foster dog at work. I had no information on the dog that we would be accepting to foster. To my complete surprise, in walked Cesar. He had grown substantially since the photos I had seen but he was perfect nonetheless. His previous home had not worked out and so he had been returned to IHS. I knew that he had been through a lot in his short life and that he had to come home with me. I spent a week or two ensuring that he got along with Hazel (who is exactly the same age as Cesar) and it was a perfect fit. He fits in amazingly at my home, at my work, and with my other animals. I could not be happier with him. Hazel and I are thrilled to have found a lifetime companion in Cesar.
Thank you for giving him all the chances and love he needed to make it to me.
Dobby & Kreacher
Champ's story begins with an owner surrendering him to the Idaho Humane Society. We visited the shelter to try to track down a yellow-lab mix puppy we had seen on the website. When we got there, we found out that the puppy was actually in foster care and not at the shelter. Since we were there, we decided to walk through the kennels. We had our hearts set on adopting a young puppy since we haven't had one in quite some time, our last adoption was of an older dog and although we had him for seven years our time with him was not nearly long enough (it never is though really, is it?). We took several dogs for walks and loved on them for a bit, and then we saw Champ. He was a gangly-looking black-lab mix with a very long nose and a curly tail. He was about eight months old and was extremely talkative.
That night we went home and thought about Champ. We decided to go back the next day to see if the yellow-lab mix puppies were at the shelter yet. They weren't so we decided to take Champ for a walk and that was that. He stuck to us like glue, pretended to be well-behaved on a leash, and left the cats alone when they offered to "cat test" him for us. Needless to say, he came home with us that day and was promptly renamed "Dobby" after the house-elf in the Harry Potter series. However, at eight months old he was just too rambunctious for our elderly lab-mix female. She growled at him, and snarled, and he yip-yip-yipped at her constantly. After a week they still hadn't found a balance and in exasperation, my partner said, "I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think we have to get a dog for Dobby." So back we went to the website searching for a "dog for Dobby." And there he was! Lemonade. A beautiful year-old yellow-lab, who had the same soulful look in his eyes as our Blizty-Boy, who we still missed very much. We immediately put Dobby in the car and went to the PetSmart adoption center. Dobby and Lemonade seemed to get a long well, so we adopted Lemonade (soon to be renamed Kreacher) on the spot.
We now have three rescue dogs--our old lady lab-mix who seems perfectly content now that the two boys have each other to annoy, and Dobby and Kreacher, our two silly house-elves.
My name is Jordan and I adopted a pup when he was 2 months old. Buddy is almost 5 months old now and he is one of the best things in my life!
Last September, after our beloved pug died (that we had also adopted from IHS years ago), we decided to head back to IHS to find a new addition for our family. We were so lucky to find just the dog we needed at your PetSmart branch. We adopted Jango (formerly known as Jonnie). We have 3 boys (2 years old and 8 year old twins) and Jango has been great with all of them. He knows when to be gentle and when it's time for play. He loves going on walks and also enjoys teasing our other dog. He's done great with our cats as well. He's so full of love and is eager to show it. We are so happy to have him and to give him a forever home. Thank you IHS for all you do to help these animals!
Hello. We brought Denver, now Vader, home last Thursday. He has been with my 15 year old daughter almost non-stop since then. They are totally right for each other. Vader came to us with a farily unknown past, but a very sweet spirit, and the best floppy ear ever. It turns out he is completely house trained and not an agressive bone in his body. He has already learned how to walk on a leash, and goes boarding with my daughter. They are looking forward to a very happy future together. Thank you for bringing such joy to our home. Vader is the best.
Dear folks at IHS, and especially dog fosterer Heather,
Twelve years ago, I adopted a most wonderful dog from you, Spencer; so named by the Idaho Humane Society and he always loved that name. Heather told me that Spencer and I were perfect for each other and she was so right. Spencer was a wonderful friend; big, gentle, and wise. He loved all humans and any animal. He raised a tiny, nearly-blind kitten, made friends with chickens, and let my young horse stroke his long hair with her mouth. My cats loved him, and so did every person who ever ruffled his soft brown fur.
Spencer went camping and did geology with me, chased squirrels and other small wild animals that he couldn’t catch, became a great fan of black powder rendezvous, and loved the excitement of rural Idaho street dances. He loved to be with bunches of people to get LOTS of pets, and also to be alone with me at the barn, doing chores. Spencer knew common dog-words like “dish” and “pizza”, but also words like concept words like “weekend”. He was so smart, and kind, and soft, and loving, and wonderful. He was better than you can imagine; wiser, softer, friendlier.
I was fortunate to have Spencer as my companion every day for twelve years. We loved each other so much. Spencer passed away today, as his big-dog body finally wore out. This great, kind dog bought me an ocean of love; many tears today as I lose him, but so much happiness for so long. What a great friend.
Thank you, Heather, for seeing the best in Spencer and encouraging me to try him out and make him my forever pal. You were right, he was amazingly special and the very best.
Formerly of Challis, ID and now of Pilot Rock, OR.
I adopted Echo in September of 2011, she is the silliest most spoiled only child! Every morning I am cuddled as soon as I wake up and every night I come home to her meowing at the window until I pick her up and she starts purring right away. As a special privilege only mom (me) may touch her super soft belly! She loves to watch movies and sleep in odd positions but no matter what she is always up for playing!
We adopted Willow in May 2011 and she has totally completed our family. It was a bit of as rough start for her sister Alice, who wasn't too keen on having another dog in the house, but Willow's laid back personality made it so much easier. A year after adopting her we all moved to Canada where Willow has very much enjoyed the cooler weather and romps in the snow. Alice and Willow are never apart and we are so thankful that she is a part of our family! Thank you so much IHS for all the hard work you do!
We rescued Jolee in Feb of 2011 when she was 8 months old....and we could not be more pleased. Although we did not know it at the time, she came fully house and crate trained. She has learned so many commands in the short 2 years we have owned her. She accompanies us everywhere...jogging, hiking, biking, vacations, etc. If we cant take her, we simply do not go. We recently had our first child. As most first time parents, we were extremely nervous about the baby and Jolee. But as usual, she impressed us; forever gentle and loving with our son. I truly believe rescue dogs know they are rescued. She loves us as much as we love her. Thank you Idaho Humane Society!
Amanda, Bryan, and Evan
Just wanted to drop a note to say what a JOY Brax (aka Max) has been in our lives. To think this beautiful boy was given up!!! What a great addition to our GSD family.
Kristina O. and Rebecca D.
Attached are photos of Jazz and my son Jared. We got Jazz from your program in November of 2008. He’s 4 years old now and still follows the commands he learned in your program. He has been a great dog and is loved by all the children in our neighborhood. We tell everyone how amazing your program is. Thank you for all you do.
I was up & down about getting another dog; my previous dog had died. I periodically checked your website & others. I visited your site a couple of times. One day there was Ramona. A little larger than I had been looking for. I came out to your site for a face to face. I fell in love; what a sweetie. She has lived up to everything I wanted. I can't believe she was voluntarily turned in. This was in August & we are getting along fine. She is loving, over-attentive (but I have plenty of time to give her), pretty mellow for having been in a least 3 homes. I have never rescued a pet before; I am thoroughly sold. I feel so lucky that she & I got together. Thank you for taking good care of her while she was waiting for me to find her!!
Tigger & Piper
We had put our 13 year old kitty down in July of 2012 (Chaney – she had been adopted as well) – so I was a bit on the fence about adopting so soon. However, my daughter did endless research on the website and came to the conclusion that we needed these kitties that she saw on the website – so I contacted the foster family to get the scoop.
The foster family said they were on their way to the Humane Society to show them in the lobby – I’ve never seen my kids get ready so quickly! We adopted Piper (was Bella – the calico) and Tigger (was Buttons – the orange kitty) in August 2012. They have since won everyone’s hearts even our 6 year old cat, Claire (adopted her as well!) and our 2 small dogs. They give us endless entertainment each day as they play and run around the house! They are littermates and still cuddle up with each other when they want to nap. Thanks for giving us the gift of the kitties!
~ Su S.
I had to stop going to the shelter because it would always break my heart knowing I couldn't save them all, but in August I felt compelled to visit your Petsmart office. I'm so thankful I did. Our Tag-a-long boy (Tag) was there. I think you all had named him Elliot. We couldn't leave without him so our family grew one more.
When he came home he was a thin (62lbs), scared, little guy who just wanted to be loved. His actions and efforts were so tentative and enduring. Needless to say, he was welcomed with open arms and has flourished into a robust 78 lb confident guy. His Pry smile is always present. We couldn't be happier. Thank you.
Oh btw, he is our 4th "pound puppy". Our others have passed ranging in age 13 to 18. We got them as pups.
Keep up the great work!
The two pictures are Tag when he came home and Tag today.
I wanted to give you an update on Ranger (formerly Ricky), one of the rabbits who came through IHS this year. I started toying with the idea of a rabbit to act as an office therapy animal this spring and met several throughout the summer, both through IHS and elsewhere. I decided that small size, calm demeanor and being ok with strangers were the top criteria since the bunny would need to interact with several people as well as handle the trip from home to work several times a week.
I originally met Ranger at the IHS building and then again when he was placed at one of the Petco adoption centers. He definitely wasn’t what I was looking for - he was big and white and had already been adopted once then returned to the shelter for not getting along with other pets and people.
For several months, I saw him sitting in the glass box at Petco until September rolled around and I told myself if he was still there when I went in again for dog food, I’d take him home. Sure enough, there he was.
From the first night, he has owned the household, including the 85-pound Akita mix! He comes to the office several times a week and in a time of workforce reductions and daily stress, he entertains everyone with regular antics and has even been passed around a conference room table to sit on laps and offer some soft, fuzzy touch therapy for a couple of hours.
This Halloween, he also suffered the quiet indignity of being stuffed into a coat and pocket watch as the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, and sat patiently while kids of all ages pet him.
He’s full of personality with just the right mix of feistiness and sweetness. He seems to know exactly when someone needs some TLC and will actually snuggle and offer nose bumps before he’s off again to get into mischief or torment the dog. I can’t believe that he was in the system for so long but am glad he was since he’s such a huge part of the family now.
Thank you for all you do and for giving rabbits like Ranger a chance! (Renamed by the way since he bears such an uncanny resemblance to a certain masked man.)
I adopted Daisy in March when she was just ten weeks old and eleven pounds. We are now weeks from her first birthday! Thank you guys for all your hard work, I can't imagine my life without this little lady!
Raya & Emmy
During this Thanksgiving my husband and I are both thankful for our friends, family, and home. Our friends, Raya and Emmy, were both adopted from the IHS shelter. Raya is the most loveable creature there is! She was so timid when we got her, but now she is lively, loving, and the perfect sidekick. Emmy is so silly and curious and never fails to put a smile on our faces. Without them our home wouldn't be home. We are so thankful to have two wonderful additions to our family, and to the Idaho Humane Society for making it happen. Thank you IHS!
~ Kayla and Kyel
Today marks the One Year Anniversary since we adopted Izzy from the Id. Humane Society.
Obviously we all had some adjusting .....and a few obstacles to overcome!
We learned quickly why she was a stray... She was a runner, Loved to go visit all the neighbors & found any way possible to do it. So after many new fence posts (for ourselves and for the neighbor) and many large dogs bones to keep her busy while we were away during the day.. the battle was won.
She also had some of the worst separation anxiety I've seen... but the reason I am telling you this, and to make the story of our first year together shorter :)
Izzy quickly became the most amazing addition to our family, she has gotten better & better every day with her anxiety to the point it’s almost non-existent.
She is AMAZING with Kids plays tag & dress up with our 2 girls, Iz will literally stay in a tutu for hours, HA!
She acts as a dog pillow when needed,
She loves to go running so much that when she sees the running shoes come out she does this hilarious bark/whimper/whine that’s impossible to ignore.....
So this Holiday season we HAD to say THANK YOU to the Idaho Humane Society for everything they do for the animals in the Treasure Valley.
Our family is Thankful for you.... all of you, and we Truly appreciate everything you all do!
Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season ;-)
Nikki, Ken, Lilli, Sophia, and of course Izzy (aka The Great Iz)
I adopted Montie a 3yo Golden Retriever about 3 years ago. When I first saw him at the shelter he was supper skinny and his hair was all matted and tangled. When I started to talk to him through the kennel he started to get really hyper and jumping up wanting me to take him outside to play and get to know him better. I took him outside for about an hr and he started calming down so I tried some of the basic commands sit, down, shake and several others and he responded to them very well. After bringing him home I spent 4 or 5 hrs bathing, coming and cutting out mats out of his hair. I had a whole other dog when I was done. Now he is a big part of my family and is loved by everyone. He loves his walks and car rides but his favorite thing to do is going boating. Whoever surrendered him obviously did not know what a great dog he really was. Thanks again I.H.S.
My boyfriend and I had been discussing adopting our first kitten for
some time, and in August of 2012 we finally decided to go down to the
IHS. We happened to stop by on a day when several foster kittens were
there looking for their forever homes. There was one kitten in
particular that caught our attention. She was a tiny, scrawny,
fuzzball of a kitten with a very distinct kink in her tail. We took
her into one of the small rooms to see how she acted out of her cage
and within a few moments we just knew this was the one. We talked to
Cindy, her foster mom, and she told us that the kitten then known as
Shila was a stray found on the side of the road in Boise. Shila, now
Gizmo's, foster mom was a huge help to my boyfriend and I, because she
was able to help us with any and all questions we had about Gizmo.
Here we are four months later and we can hardly recall life before
Gizmo. She has taken rule of the house and our hearts. She lets you
know when she wants attention by jumping into your lap and batting at
your face with her paws to pull you closer. Gizmo enjoys giving kitten
kisses, snuggling up close whenever she has the chance, and showing
off her trick of giving high fives. She is the sweetest kitten I have
ever met, and I would like to give a big thanks to the IHS and her
foster mom for rescuing her and giving us the opportunity to have her
in our lives.
Cassy and Andrew
Here is our little success story! This is Nala. We got her as a little kitten a month ago. She is very spunky and keeps my older cat on her toes! I have always loved my animals and while I know they love me, they have always preferred to sit or sleep with my husband. Well not this little one. She is in my arms, on my lap, on my pillow or perched on top of me at night! She is so loving and sweet. But as you can see she has her naughty side! I saw my Christmas tree shaking and found this little stinker sitting about 2 feet up inside the tree. Who could resist this little angel's face! What a perfect christmas card this would make! We get so much enjoyment watching her and Crystal, my other cat, running through the house, climbing whatever is around, and keeping each other company! She has to put up with an 8 and 3 year old dragging her here and there and does it with a lot of tolerance! She is a precious little gift. Thank you for allowing us to adopt her!
The end of November my 13 year old son, Ricky and I visited the Idaho Humane Society and met a 3 legged black lab. We took him outside and played with him and fell in love. We didn't have the money to adopt him that day, but I told my son that if he was still available the following week we would come back and get him. I called in the next week and found out he was still there and my son told me that all he wanted for Christmas was this dog. So we adopted the 3 legged lab, named him Tri Pod and took him home. From day one he has been the perfect pet. He is only 10 months old, is house trained, chews only on his toys, gets around great on his 3 legs, is so lovable, and became a perfect fit in our home. Thank you to the person who contributed the extra money towards his adoption because this allowed us to bring home this perfect addition to our family.
I adopted Chevy a few years ago from IHS and she has been the love of my life since! Chevy has such a crazy personality, she loves to play with her catnip mouse toys and manages to toss every single one of them under the oven. I have to retrieve them for her multiple times a day! On her own terms, Chevy loves her cuddle time. Rather than sleeping next to me, she chooses to sleep directly on top of me. Although her loud purring and drool (Yes, drool!) occasionally wake me up, I love her company. I am so grateful to the IHS for bringing Chevy into my life. The love and laughter that Chevy brings to me makes college a whole lot easier. Thank you IHS for all that you do!
Spirit adopted us November 21st and as you can see from the photo she is having a grand time!! She is a 2 year old Border Collie mix and took little time to adjust to her new living situation. She came into a home with a 6 year old cattle dog/border collie mix female and it only took a couple of weeks before they became the best of friends. It was obvious to see that her former owner took exquisite care of her, loved her dearly and took the time to properly train her. Spirit is very trusting, affectionate and a delightful ball of energy!! We live outside the city limits so when we are on walks Spirit is able to run free in the surrounding hills leash free--and she absolutely loves it. She is well behaved and is very receptive to voice commands---even with the temptation of chasing a cow, if I tell her "No" she obeys and stays near. She is a perfect fit!! I understand that her former owner had health issues, but if they inquire please assure them that Spirit is happy, healthy and loved. Thank you, Idaho Humane Society for the wonderful services you provide--Spirit is our third [and counting] rescue dog!!
Owen our Pitbull/Bull Mastiff mix has been an awesome addition to our family. We adopted him from IHS when he was 9 months old in July of 2012. Owen loves going on long walks, swimming, and playing with his buddies out in the yard. He is the most gentle, well behaved dog I have ever had, I have zero complaints :)
For months I researched dogs at the humane society. We visited, took dogs for walks, but none of them seemed to be the right one. In one last attempt to find the right furry friend, my mom and I visited the Humane Society's Petsmart adoption center.
That's where we came across Brandy. A sweet, German Shorthair Pointer who stood in the playroom, amid hyper and active dogs looking miserable. The caring adoption center volunteer said she didn't play much and had a sweet disposition. "No one had been interested in her because she was 10 years old."
She melted our hearts right away.
Within no time she has become an integral member of our family. With walks every day and a healthy diet, she has lost that extra weight and has much more energy. While she still isn't interested in play or spending time with other dogs, she loves her people. Her mellow temperment make her a great family pet for when children come to visit, she is patient, loves the outdoors and is extremely cuddly. She views herself as a lap dog, even though she's 50 pounds.
She is a gift my family and I are thankful for every day.
Had to share this picture of our IDAPI dog, Dixon with his “daddy” Brian Demma. Dixon is SUCH a wonderful addition to the family and we love him TONS! He keeps us going, since he LOVES to run, walk, hike, play, swim (he was afraid of swimming until “daddy” taught him how, now we can’t keep him out of water!)
I made the best decision I’ve made in a very long time when I adopted sweet little Harvey (formerly Osito) in January 2012. What a terrific dog!
Harvey’s about the size of a large house cat, but he’s a dog through and through. He likes what a lot of dogs like: meals, naps, car rides, squirrel chases, walks in the foothills. He also likes munching on apples and bananas; relocating my shoes; and bounding like a tiny deer through the backyard landscaping. I’m fortunate to work at a dog-friendly company, so Harvey gets to spend his weekdays alternately hanging out under my desk and being lavished with affection by visitors to my office. He can handle a 12-mile day hike in the mountains without batting an eye (and probably adds another 4 to it between running back and forth between the front of the group and the back to make sure everyone’s okay). He's a good tent companion and a sound sleeper, though he's been known to occupy sleeping bags that are not his own.
Harvey’s intake form indicated that his previous owners brought him and another pet to IHS for financial and other reasons. I’m grateful that they took care of him until that time and then made a responsible decision. And I’m so grateful for the work that IHS and other humane societies do to take in dogs like Harvey and help find them find new homes.
Harvey’s such a great little dog—soulful and exuberant (he's been described as "fizzy"), devoted and scrappy. How did I get so lucky? The stars must have aligned.
Even this is late – I was looking at the stories and thought I’d submit mine.
The attached picture is of Chaney. We adopted her 13 years ago and recently had to put her down because of cancer. She loved to snuggle on my lap when I was working and slept on my pillow every night. She loved our dogs and liked to cuddle with them as well. When we’re ready – we’ll adopt again. Thanks for giving us 13 wonderful years!
~ Su Stearns
I wanted to share the story of Pickles the dog and how he completed our family.
My husband (then fiance) and I had discussed getting another dog for a long time but we're having some difficulty deciding what type of dog we wanted, as well as what type of dog our Pomeranian would tolerate. About 2 weeks before we got married a dog wandered in to our yard. Before Vince could put him in our yard, the dog ran out into the street and got hit by a car. The woman who hit him asked if it belonged to Vince and then left. Vince is an animal lover and decided to take the dog to the Humane Society. The dog had a collar but the only tag was a number to a vet. Vince asked to be contacted if the Humane Society was unable to locate the owner. A few days after the incident I called to check on the dog and to see if the owner had been found. I was told a potential owner had been contacted but no one had come to pick him up yet. They informed me he was doing well and though a piece of the woman's car had fallen off during the accident, he was ok! I told Vince the news and though we both were happy his family found him, we were a little sad we wouldn't be getting a new family member. On Wednesday, the following week, we got a call saying his family didn't come to pick him up and if we still wanted to adopt him. We said yes! We took our Pomeranian, Piper, with us and on the way there I told Vince that if Piper didn't like him we would have to leave him there. Piper, though very sweet to people, never really cared for other dogs. We were both nervous when we (along with an employee at the Humane Society) introduced them but to our surprise they got along great! We adopted him and named him Pickles.
Piper and Pickles seem as though they've always had each other though their the funniest combination of dogs I've ever seen. He's about 70 lbs now and still growing, she's 7 lbs and full grown. She grooms him everyday and he returns the favor. They sleep next to each other when no one is looking and he follows her around the house and especially when we take them on walks. Pickles has been the best addition to our family and we're so glad that the Humane Society was there to take care of him after he got hit by the car and that they have the "finders first" program. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for animals that wouldn't have homes if it wasn't for the dedication and love of your organization!
Sam, formerly known as Mitchell, was an impulse adoption. We were at the Shelter to meet a dog in order to see if he would be a good fit, in the time that we were waiting we entered the Cattery and I happened to open Sam's cage. He immediately hopped out into my arms and gave me a hug and head rubs, and I had to have him. He was a lucky one in that his paper said he had only been in the Cattery for 3 days before I came to find him. He's slowly becoming used to the two dogs that I already have and the dog my boyfriend just adopted, though he still hisses every once in a while. He's a complete cuddlebug when it comes to people, though, especially me. He may very well be my soulcat.
Cleo came to live at our house August 2011, after having been raised in a foster home 4-5 months. What a great friend and companion she has been. She still thinks she is a little itty bitty kitten and still wants to snuggle on your shoulder in your neck, which makes for very warm in the summer. These pictures show her as a beautiful adult, darling teen and just seriously cute baby fur ball that won our hearts over. She does have a little quirk, she turns her nose up at canned cat food....but she sure loves her Grandma Z's dry cat food. She is a love and makes for great entertainment!
We adopted our beautiful Mishka with Jen's help about 4 months ago. She's an adorable, sociable, gentle little kitty who sometimes can't help ambushing our 105-pound dog. He doesn't seem to mind. She climbs a little walkway to our bedroom window so she can come and go as she pleases. She spends a lot of time behind some leaves in the perennial bed, watching the world go by. When she comes inside, she loves to spend time with us and attack our innocent houseplants.
-Eric & Anne A.
This is our beloved dog Stanley on the beach at the Oregon Coast. We adopted Stan the Man as a puppy in January 2006. We happened to see the Humane Society officer who had rescued him. He had been abandoned as a four-month-old in a freezing backyard in January by some renters who just moved out without him. Now he's very sensitive to touch on his feet and tail, and we think it's because of frostbite. But he's a delightfully good-natured goofy, athletic guy who explores the mountains with us, swims in rivers, and loves to sleep on the couch. He's brought us a lot of joy.
Eric & Anne A.
My grandson asked me to go visit the IHS dogs at our local PetsMart. I thought 'We aren't looking for another dog, but why not?' So we went.
We walked through all the cages and stopped to look at a few dogs. On the second row we saw him. Brown curly hair, sweet face, and grand stance...Finnigan! It was love at first sight.
I read through his profile and paused...'jumped a 6 foot fence and killed the neighbors cat.' Seeing that my family volunteered at Idaho State Correctional Institute, we believed in rehabilitation and second chances. We asked to visit with Finnigan.
That visit was the first bonding moment with our 'jail bird'. He immediately went and sat in my grandsons lap and loved on him. We adopted him and brought him home.
This has been one of the greatest additions to our family. Finnigan bonded immediately with our other dogs and acts as if he's never been anywhere else. Thank you for saving our newest family member. We love him and are so excited about his second chance!
I just wanted to take a moment to say "Thank you so much" for the most wonderful and amazing kitten. I adopted Oliver from you at the Petco in Boise and he has brought nothing but joy and laughter in our home. His nickname is "monkey" because he loves to act like a crazy monkey. As I write this he is laying upside down purring and having kitten dreams. When I come home from work I call him and he comes running and brings a big smile to my face! He is so loving, playful and the purrfect fit in my home. Thank you! I have attached a picture of him playing with his favorite toy he received when I adopted him.
Hi there, my name is Beau, and I adopted a lovely little puppy in June 2010. My old dog had passed away several years earlier, and I decided it was time to get a new one. My fiancee Dani and I went out to the humane society to look at dogs for my birthday. As those who have been to the humane society know, whenever someone walks into the kennel rooms, all the dogs start barking like mad to draw attention.
We were walking around, and Dani noticed a mostly-brown puppy, looking at us but almost looking through us, as though she knew we were just going to keep walking. That's when we noticed that she wasn't barking, at all. We stopped and pulled her card, and at first I didn't want her, because she looked so subdued, and I wanted a dog with lots of energy that I could play with. We walked around a bit more, and found a couple other dogs I was interested in, but none of them felt like a good fit. We ended up back in front of this quiet little brown dog, and when we stopped the second time, she looked at us, as if she knew something we didn't. My biggest restriction for a dog at the time was that I was living with my parents, and my mom is handicapped, so we couldn't get a huge dog, as our house wasn't the biggest. I took my phone out to take a picture of her, and I noticed two things: first, she was really pretty, and second, she was posing for the picture. We took the picture, and a height measurement, then I called my parents and told them I found a dog I liked. I was worried that if I didn't adopt her, someone else might, so I paid to put a hold on her, and went home to discuss it with my parents. That night, the biggest topic of discussion became not whether I could get the dog, but rather what we should call her. My dad suggested "Zoe", and the name just sounded perfect. So the next day, the day after my birthday, we went back to the humane society, and walked out with a lovely new puppy named Zoe. As it turns out, Zoe was exactly the dog I was looking for. She loves to play tug-o-war, with any toy she can get her teeth around! She's grown into a really great dog, and I can't believe that anyone would abandon her, because I never will. Thank you to all the staff of the humane society for caring about animals that need it.
Hi there. Our family adopted Zoey in May 2012 and couldn't be happier.
We had recently lost our 15 year old lab and we weren't sure if we could find another dog who would tolerate our young family. For a month we had looked at several different dogs and although all were nice, they just weren't "the one" for us. We came out to the Humane Society on a fishing expedition. To look at dog breeds/sizes we hadn't originally considered. We warned our children that just because we were here didn't mean we were going home with a dog today. I saw Zoey (Faith at that time) in her kennel and she looked just like a dog I had when I was young. We took her outside and played with her, she was very gentle and tolerant of our kids especially for being a 4 month old puppy. We were smitten. We took her home that day. I was a little concerned about getting a puppy what with all the training that is required, but we lucked out! To my delight, we discovered that she was potty trained, walks ok on a leash, sits, doesn't beg at the table...she's unlike any puppy I've ever had. My kids are excited to start puppy classes with her soon to continue her training. And while I still miss our lab, this has helped with the grief more than I ever expected it would, and I just wanted to say...
thank you, thank you.
A few months after I had to have my dog put to sleep (liver failure) my mother was visiting the humane society with my grandmother. I had already told her that I was thinking about getting another dog. (My huge yard needed a friend!)
I was volunteering at the medium security prison that night, but she kept calling me about an eight-year-old dog she'd found. I told her to put him through his paces (everything I learned about training and treating dogs came from her) and that if she believed it would be a good fit to get him.
His name was Rosco. He was extremely hyper, but loved to play fetch and with enough attention he simmered down. He had been returned to the shelter because he was prone to seizures and was more than the adoptive parent could handle.
When I came home that night and met him for the first time, he walked around the door and looked at me, wagged his tail and clearly said, "Hi. Welcome to my home." I started calling him Mister as a term of endearment, and it stuck since he responded to it so much better than his given name.
We are the best of friends. He is quite the snuggler, putting his whole body behind his efforts and since he weights about 80 pounds, that is significant! He came with a few bad habits, and I had to do some things differently to help him stay out of trouble but we have acclimated nicely. The seizures have yet to occur in the three weeks since I adopted him, but if they do, we'll meet that challenge. He has a safe, loving place in my home, and I have found an excellent companion. My roommate and I just love him!
Thank you for taking care of him until I could do so.
Linus & Pepper
Hello IHS, can't thank-you enough for taking care of this wonderful boy! He has been the perfect dog and fits into our family like he has always been here. This is a picture of Linus, now Hunter, with our Hurricane Katrina dog, Pepper. They are such a joy to have in our lives, thank-you for all that you do!
~Jess C. & Austin K.
My wife and and adopted palmer about two months ago, and it was the best decision ever! His new name is Rosco and he is loving his new life with us. He is very energetic and loves our outdoor lifestyles.
Minnie is our little 3 year old chiuaua/corgi mix adopted from the Humane Society on February 23rd 2012. I wanted to share her story and the joy she has brought to my family in hopes to inspire others to choose a shelter pet.
It all started after months of debating about getting a dog. We had never owned a dog before and one day I woke up and said “let’s go to the Humane Society today…right now…hurry”!! I had a feeling and we just couldn’t seem to get there quick enough. When we walked in we saw her in the 2nd kennel, it was love at first sight! She cuddled our hands against the fence and she was forever in my heart.
We do not know a lot about her history, we only know that she is the best thing we could have asked for in a dog. It’s been 3 months now and we have found her to be very well mannered, loving, house trained, can perform tricks, obeys commands and cuddles between us every night. She wakes up our daughter every morning by jumping in her bed and licking her face until she gets up. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE she meets is her new best friend and she loves all children.
We think we have given Minnie a wonderful home, she has a big back yard to play in and she has us all to herself. We are looking forward to many many years of happiness with her and I can’t tell you how happy I am to have adopted her at the Humane Society. Thank you for everything you do, now we are one COMPLETE family…
Hi there! I just wanted to drop a quick note off of how much we love our dog. We adopted Cupid, now called Hannah about a month ago. She has been the perfect fit for our family. She is so loving and wonderfully playful. Hannah and our two year old were made for each other. Hannah gets lots of attention and play time. She is has become a part of us and goes where ever we go. We dont know how we functioned with out her and the best part is she tolerates our kitties! She has even formed a tender relationship with our black and white cat we adopted from you guys six years ago. Thanks for everything.
We adopted Diesel (Known as Mickey at the adoption center) in April of this year. I was still healing from the recent loss of our 13 year old lab. I wasn’t sure I was ready for another dog, but we saw Diesel’s picture on line and immediately fell in love. The next day, we stopped by the Adoption Center at Petsmart and were delighted to see that he was still there.
The instant he was let out of the kennel he jumped in my lap and covered me with sloppy kisses. I knew right then that he was coming home with me! He has been the cure for my broken heart and my constant companion.
I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
Thank you IHS!!
Hello, my boyfriend Alex and I adopted Kovu from the humane society in August, not knowing how amazing of a dog he'd be! Kovu has quickly adapted to our large yard and loves to play fetch and go to the dog park. We adopted him when he was 4 months old and man has he grown! Everyday he wakes us up at 7am ready to play! He's wonderful with other dogs and loves to be chased! Kovu is like a child to us and we love him unconditionally, every day is a surprise when with him, and the amount of rollers needed to rid our clothes of his hair is never ending! We could never express the impact he has had on our lives and will gladly adopt another from the humane society when the time is right! Thanks so much for granting us this wonderful dog, nothing would be the same without him!
- Sierra and Alex
We adopted Bella about the 11th of Feb. What a joy she has been! She and our other new addition, Crystal a DMH rescue, have become friends. They run the house now! She is purrrrrfect! Very loving and spunky. Usually around 5 am the two of them decide it is time to run races throughout the house. They climb their cat tree and chase toys. Bella definitly has that "catatude" that I love. You know the one... I will give you the time of day when I choose to! Which is usually when I am trying to type or read.. I just love it! And I love both of them. Her paper said that she didn't like pillows... well I am, here to tell you that is not the case at all... She makes herself to home on my body pillow every night and sleeps quite comfortabley with me. Thanks for allowing us to adopt her!!
I would like to say it's been about 2 months since my parents Jason and Genny adopted me. They were looking for a dog because they had such fun dogsitting their 2 nephews, Nero and Luther, 2 enormous labs. Once my mom saw my goofy grin on the humane society website, she knew her and my dad needed to check me out. Once they got an opportunity to play fetch with me with my FAVORITE TOY...tennis balls! They knew I needed to be part of their family.
Now I am loving life with daily games of fetch and walking and snuggling on the couch with my parents in the evening. I get weekly trips to the dog park and obedience classes where I'm actually learning to tolerate other dogs!
And one day I will convince my parents that I need to drive the car vs. Just riding in it!
Lots of love,
Lola, Jason, and Genny
I love my new family! I have lived here 11.5 years! Thanks Idaho Humane society!
We adopted Queen Abby of Poocherooni just over one year ago from the IHS. we swore we'd never get a dog, and then somehow after three weeks of visiting the IHS to play with dogs, she ended up at our home. know we can't imagine life without her!
I adopted Rudy from IHS in 2000. He was being returned as a failed adoption while I was standing at the front desk. He never made it back to the kennels.
This is Duke the Drahthaar, adopted in 2006. He is the most fantastic dog! Here you can see how gentle and loving he is - he actually watched over Mr. Buns, protecting him from harm! He is truly a part of our family and we love him very much.
-Patrick & Jaime R.
This is 'The Sarge'. Adopted in 2007. A lover and hunter. And a shedder. And our friend.
-Patrick & Jaime R.
We adopted Hefe from IHS in 1999 right after we moved to Idaho from Arizona. She is now 15 years old! and still going strong. She has lost most of her hearing but everything else is working, especially her ability to predict when and where to get her treats. She can still run laps around the house when excited. Thank you IHS for my best friend. She's seen us through some really bad times and given us a lot, more than we've ever given her.
We adopted Mattie (aka Matilda) from the Idaho Humane Society yesterday and she's doing great! She's great with our cats, such a relief. Lots of sleep for her today. IHS, thank you for this wonderful girl!
I just wanted to say thank you for my wonderful kitty. I adopted Belphegor (AKA 'Cat') in January of 2009, and she's been such a joy to have. I came to the humane society looking for a best friend, and I definitely found one. She was chatting with me from inside her cage, and when I pulled her out to hold her, she immediately started licking my nose and purring. Love and first sight!! When we got a tiny kitten a year later, she immediately adopted him as her own and still gives him baths even now. =) She's ridiculously cuddly, carries on conversations, loves bags, and always runs to the door to greet me after work and asks how my day was. Cat came to you as a stray, but she found her forever home by my side... hopefully for all 9 lives!
Gideon the black lab mix with the goofy look was a wonderful dog. I adopted him when he was 6 years old and he lived till a ripe old age of 15.
He was my first dog from the Idaho Humane Society and that is why I adopted another. If you look at the other success stories you will see Roxie the American Bulldog.
She is another reason why everybody should adopt from here. Well I had to put Gideon down in February 2011…..I was heart broken.
But I have enough love to give more lonely dogs homes now and in the future.
The corgi formerly known as Mitzi... we call her Gidget now (Saint Gidget Roberta Seger is her full name). She is hilarious, sweet, well behaved and as cute as can be. Thank you for being there to help all animals.
We adopted Marley (formerly Blitzen) from the Pet Adoption Center at Petsmart. My boyfriend saw him when he was taking our other dog to the vet. He brought him home and we immediately fell in love. He fits in so well with our family. Marley loves to play with Asha our Rhodesian Ridgeback. He can keep up with her level of energy. They are best friends. We wanted another dog to play with her, but hadn't intended on getting one at that point. I am so glad we did. Marley is such a cuddle bug. He thinks he is a lap dog. One of his favorite things to do is cuddle on somebody's lap and fall asleep. We thought that Asha would have problems when my boyfriend deployed, but Marley has helped her to get through it. They won't go anywhere without the other. It's like we've always had both of them. They both love going to the park to play with each other and other dogs. We are starting training soon to work on some of his bad puppy behaviors, but he is so smart I'm sure he will pick up quickly. He has already learned some commands that we have just been working on at home. Both dogs can get rambunctious, but I am so glad we have them and they have each other. Thank you so much for making our pet family complete!
Gidget is still a sweet girl...but also a wild woman! She is super obsessed with birds and will spend hours and hours.....and hours outside chasing them! Recently, I was playing ball outside with her when she suddenly dashed off and I realized she had heard some birds chirping! Away she went! It's really funny to look out the back door and see her swinging from a tree branch. She is very interested in trying to tear down the tree to get to the birds!
She is completely not prohibited by anything in spite of her 3 legs. She is like a bullet and has been since she came home! One day she escaped and ran 1.2 miles! Fortunately my son was able to keep up with her and bring her back home. We instantly realized why she probably had been hit by a car!
When ever I am cooking or the kids are eating something sweet, she starts to lick the air! It's so stinking cute! She loves to play with her Brother, Bronco and her Sister, Bella. It's fun to watch her zip back and forth across the back yard chasing and being chased by Bronco. Bella participates sometimes too but usually she supervises.
We love that girl and she is stuck with us! We are so happy she is part of our family!
Scout & Maggie
We adopted Scout a year ago and absolutely love him. This year, we felt we were ready to bring another one home. We adopted Angel and named her Maggie. It was the day after black Friday. It took her some time to open up and show her true personallity, but we gave her space and time and now she is so playful and loving. She is learning tricks fast. She learned the boundaries of the yard in one training session with the invisible fence. She has integrated well into our family. She has even more energy than Scout, something we never could have imagined. Lol.
She loves to follow me while riding my horse. She leaps and bounds back and forth during the entire trail rides. I really wish I could capture the two (Scout & Maggie) on video so you can see them playing in the yard and on the trail.
Thank you for such wonderful pups. We love them both and look forward to all of our adventures. The attached picture is Scout on the left and Maggie on the right, just after an hour and half of constant running and playing in the yard. (the only way we can get them to sit still long enough to get a photo of them together) They slept well that night.
Wes and Amy
Hi I adopted Rizzo while doing dog food demoing at the event at Northwest Pets last Saturday. I just wanted to write and tell you how much we love him, my son renamed him Henry and he is just the best, sweetest little dog. I have started training him to help avoid any run ins with our chickens and so far he is very responsive, our other dog and him are trying to adjust still but they are working out their pecking order. I was not looking for a dog when I went to work but the minute I saw him we connected and I fell in love with him.
I also wanted to praise the volunteers you had at the event, they were so sweet and friendly. They said our Henry hit the jackpot coming to live on a farm with my family but I think it is us who hit the jackpot!
Thank you for helping us find our newest family member.
Oh and by the way funny story he found some tomatoes I had in a box on the floor and chowed down, we have never seen anything so silly. Then later in the day while we were digging potatoes and carrots he gobbled a couple of those too!! He is going to be my garden partner now! Although we might have to flip a coin to see who gets to eat the produce!
In March of this year, we attended an open house for the IDAPI program at the Idaho Humane Society. It was then that we were introduced to the light of our lives, Bugsy (formerly known as Sparky), an 11-pound Chug. We adopted Bugsy and he quickly settled into his new home with us. Now he’s living the dream…and so are we! J
While Bugsy has (and probably always will have) a “tough guy” attitude , don’t let his name fool you...he’s as lovable as they come! Bugsy is not only special to us, but he’s also become a loving friend to our mom and dad, whom he enjoys taking long walks with along the Greenbelt. Some of Bugsy’s favorite activities/things are: eating, ice cubes, walks, laying in the front of the heater on a cold morning, laying in the sunshine, chasing squirrels, chasing our cats, eating, snuggling in our bed, tug o’ war, stealing socks from his owners and performing the tricks he learned while in the IDAPI program.
As with any member of the family, we now have a few nicknames for Bugsy including: Bugs, Bugsinator, Bugsilicious, Buggy and The Raisin. We adopted our two cats, and now Bugsy, from the I.H.S., and are so thankful for all the unconditional love they bring to our lives.
Rachel and Casey B.
We adopted Florence (now called Macy) the weekend after Thanksgiving this year (2011).We named her Macy after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We already had two cats at home, so we weren't planning on getting another one. My daughter begged me to just "look" at the animals at the shelter. We looked at the cats and fell in love with Macy. When we held her she purred and was so loving. We pulled her tag because we were interested in her, and then decided to check out the dogs before we made a decision. We came back to the cats and held her again and fell in love with her! She is such a sweet and loving kitten, and so playful! A week after we brought her home, she got an upper respiratory infection and we took her in and after a few doses of antibiotics she is back to her normal self! All four of my kids adore her and I have even found her sleeping, snuggled up to my little boy at night. I have yet to introduce her to the other cats, because of her cold, but I am sure they will get along fine after introductions. She has already met my two boxers and they love to sniff and lick her. She has been a great addition to our family. Many thanks to the Humane Society for all they do for the animals, while they are waiting for their forever homes!
Bruzer & Sassy
Our family adopted Bruzer, an akita border collie mix, in June 2011. We had wanted to buy a puppy, but while browsing the IHS one day, 4-year-old Bruzer picked up his stuffed animal and tried as best he could to shove it through his kennel door to me. All thoughts of a puppy instantly vanished; I knew he was meant for us. Due to his size and energy, IHS staff suggested we not adopt him into our family with 3 children (then ages 8,9 and 10), but he had already won me over, so we brought him home. Bruzer was definitely rough around the edges but love and patience has done much for his manners. He loves to play his own version of fetch (he loves to retrieve tennis balls then pretend to bring it back and tease you with it), has a seemingly endless reserve of energy, and sit next to the couch if there's a lap to put his head on. Our Siamese mix, Sassy was adopted in August 2011 as a kitten (then called Noser) and was an instant click with out family. She immediately attached to our 3-year-old male cat, and while she's always tolerated her rambunctious canine brother, Bruzer, she has finally warmed up to him and loves to wind around and rub against his legs. Playful, cuddly, loving, and curious, Sassy is just about the perfect cat. She is missing the talkative trait of her Siamese ancestors, and while very rarely heard, has the most endearing little meow. She sounds like what I imagine a mouse would sound like after inhaling helium. She's not big on personal space and often climbs onto my chest to flop down and wiggle until she has pushed away whatever I was doing so she can be comfortable. My lap has become her primary sleeping spot. Thank you IHS for connecting our family with it's newest members!! Bruzer and Sassy have completed us.
Hello. I just wanted to share our pet success story. Our family adopted a bunny we named "Thumper" from the shelter. We had not had any pets (except fish) prior to getting Thumper, but he has proven to be a great addition to our family and we enjoy him everyday.
Thank you for taking such good care of him until we were able to bring him home!
~ The Hull Family
Bosko, Hudson & Franky
My house is full of pound pups and kitties. Bosko is a border collie mix and is now 5. He was adopted as a puppy and is a very sweet boy who lives to play fetch. Hudson was adopted 1 year ago from the prison program. He is proudly a Mutt! My Hudson is the most unique and personable dog I have every known. Franky was a kitten adopted during the free adoption period. He is a sweet and frisky cat. A house is not a home without a dog!!
I recently lost my 9 yr old black lab to cancer and then shortly after that moved from California to Idaho. My other dog and I were going through mourning and a little bit of separation anxiety. Someone suggested getting another dog. So I started looking... I adopted Bailey (formerly known as Bella) on October 1, 2011 when she was only 11 weeks old. I took my 10 yr old German Shepherd, Lassen, with me to the Humane Society to see if the two would get along. Well it was magic from the very start. The two sleep, eat and play together. If one is out of sight of the other, it isn't for long. Bailey has put a spark back in both of our lives. She is pure joy to have around.
On August 8, 2011, My fiance, Trevor Suntken, and I, Stephanie Upshaw, adopted a tiny kitten. She did not have name; she was known as # 13752996. Though she was really skinny and had a few minor health problems, which we have helped her clear up, we fell in love with her. Now she is 3 months old and happy as can be. She attached on to my spaniel, Chloe, as soon as she met her. They are known to clean each other and snuggle on the floor together. They are truly best friends. Here are a few pictures of miss Bentley, the kitten we adopted.
We adopted our cat back in February. Named Reno, he had suffered a severely broken leg, had surgery to repair it, and had just been OK’d for adoption by the fine doctors at the Humane Society. We changed his name to Stanislaus (after the Patron Saint of Broken Bones), and he has been the best little pet we could hope for. Even the most vehement cat-hater can’t help but love this little guy, who is goofy, affectionate and very, very funny.
Thanks so much!
Ann Braley Smith
Ozzy, Zoey and Abby
We recently lost our two cats of 15 years within 2 months of each other. Just before labor day, we decided to check out the Idaho Humane Society, to see if we could find a couple of kittens to fill the hole in our hearts. We found Tino and Daisy, now known as Ozzy and Zoey, the two bigger kitties in the picture. What a joy they have been! After finding out about the webcam at the I.H.S., I became hooked on watching the kitties play and became attached to a small Torbie kitten that was there. When my husband saw me, day after day, watching her every move, he suggested we go see her. That was all it took. Trixie, as she was known at the I.H.S., became Abby and ours. It took a few days for Ozzy and Zoey to warm up to Abby, but as you see, they are now best friends. Thank you to the Humane Society for what they do and for our new kids.
Stacey & Tim
Oh my, this is the most wonderful, happy, loyal little dog in the world. She jumps for shear joy and runs around like a puppy even though she is 6 years old. We are so glad that we found her. And what a wonderful animal shelter: THANKS! (Foxy was adopted in June, 2011)
We adopted Hunter from IHS in December 1994. He was our first family dog and he was such a good boy - easy to potty train, nice to the cat, and a blast to take Rollerblading, camping, hiking and swimming. He shed like a snowstorm year round, and we're sure his fur has traveled across the country (and even around the world) by way of our luggage.
Hunter loved baked goods and would sneak them whenever he could, everything from chocolate cake to plain bread. In his puppy years, he also loved to much on undies so we had to keep all laundry out of his reach.
We had our dear Hunter for 17 healthy and happy years. He needed one ACL surgery at age 12 and some random vet visits here and there, but overall, he was the best genetic mix anyone could ask for in a dog. Although he lost his hearing a few years ago, his eyesight was good and he could catch a crumb out of the air until his very last days. He even walked the full mile at See Spot Walk last year!
My brothers and I are now grown with dogs of our own, and although none has been as perfect as Hunter, I think we have to credit him with convincing us that dog ownership is a wonderful thing. :)
Chryssa Rich (and family)
This is a picture of little Jake. His name is now Jet Stream, due to his fast running. I've had him for a little over eight months now and he has adapted to our family amazingly! He turned a year old a couple of weeks ago. When we first got him he would run all over the place and wouldn't sit still for a moment, unless sleeping. He used the litter box with out any incentive or help, my family and I were so proud! He does love his treats though! He knows the exact sound of the container and come running when ever he hears it. He gets along very well with our other pets and now has a little brother. He's grown big and is constantly stealing attention and wrestling with his brother. At night he tries to steal the pillows when it's time for bed and when there's water running in the sink he's always right there to play with it! This big guy has wriggled, pounced, and purred his way into mine and my family's hearts. I'm not sure what I would do with out him. Big thanks to the Humane Society for saving him from his stray kitten life and allowing me to rescue him and give him the big spoiled life of a house cat!
I adopted Kip (formerly Blue) in Sept of 2006. I had only been living in Boise for a few months and was missing having a dog around. Kip was in the kennel next to the dog that had brought me to IHS initially. That dog and I didn't click, but Kip and I clicked immediately. He had not been at the shelter for very long so the staff didn't know that he had separation anxiety (plus he didn't show any signs while at IHS). While working with a behavorist, I signed Kip up for herding and agility lessons. Although Kip has herding instinct, agility is where he shined. I recently retired Kip from agility, but you will still see him at the agility demo at See Spot Walk (we did the weave pole demo on stage this year - 2011)! He loves to go for walks, fetch balls, ride in the car and well, doing anything that involves him getting to hangout with me! :-)
Meet my very best friend in the entire world, Nilla (formerly known as Star). I adopted her from IHS when she was 4 years old and I was 15. I wanted a dog so bad my heart was hurting every day. My parents finally allowed me to get a dog, and I chose to adopt. I was expecting to get a puppy, but when I got to the kennels and saw her my heart skipped a beat. She looked at me with her beautiful eyes and I knew she was the one I wanted.
I'm now 20 and I take her with me everywhere I go. She is my everything. She is spoiled rotten and I would do anything for her. She cuddles with me every night and keeps me company on my bad days. Some people think you need to have a puppy to make them 'bond' with you, but she is so faithful and never leaves my side. I think rescuing an animal creates a bond that time could never give.
Kelly & Nilla
My Maecee baby came to us last November after we thought we'd missed the opportunity to adopt one of the Doxies that came in the large group from Oregon. I had been in contact but with work we were unable to visit the shelter til the weekend, then got the call..."please come look, we would like to have them all adopted out before the weekend is over".
Excitement...we thought we had missed our opportunity to add a little doxie girl to keep our sons mini dapple doxie company when his buddies moved into our daughters new home with her. My husband and I both spotted her hopping up and down in the first pen we were escorted to and fell in-love with our 1 year old little long hair russet colored baby at first sight. She came to us as Scarlett Lady...hmmm...the least we could do was try Lady Scarlett...a little more dignified for our "miniature Irish Setter"
She answered to neither, so I started trying out new names...about 5 days in I looked at her and said "Maecee...how would you like to be Maecee? She brightened and came scampering to me. For the better part of that month we battled kennel cough, day and night with her between us so we could take care of her during the night easier. Of course it spread so we were doctoring our 4 legged grandkids who were still waiting to move into their new house too. We were grateful our Vet Student daughter was just a text away.
Maecee is my velcro baby...always in my lap...always gazing at her mama with those loving brown eyes. I've been told she starts waiting at the back door for my return from work and on a recent trip when she stayed in the car with my husband while I was in a shop I got my face washed when I returned like she hadn't seen me in weeks. I know just how she feels. I can't wait to get home to her. The many people who have met Maecee are amazed at her story and fall in love with her...and the usual statement is "She sure knows her mama doesn't she?" After all the years of raising kids and their beloved pets and 4-H/FFA "show pets" I finally have my own baby girl. She needed us...but I've found I needed her more.
Thank you for bringing this precious little girl into our lives,
My name is Jessica and I adopted my dog Andy in June, Andy is a wonderful dog and quite a ham haha not to mention he's a 45 lb lab that thinks he's a 5 lb Chihuahua. He's the best companion I could ever ask for and he goes every where with me. I am so thankful to the Idaho humane society for giving him the second chance he deserved and allowing me to find an incredible companion for many laughter filled happy years to come.
Luna (previously Juliet) has brought so much joy to our lives! She is very sweet and gentle but also energetic and playful. She loves going on runs and is slowly getting the hang of retrieving. At first, she was very timid around strangers and other dogs, but she has come out of her shell and is very social now. She was trained so well in her foster home, which made for a very smooth transition. She is a perfect fit for our family and we are so grateful we found each other. Thank you!!
Stuart Little has made a "big" place in our hearts. When my fiancé' and I first met mister Stuart, he and our first Chihuahua, Guitara, immediately hit it off. A sense inside me instantly said, "He's the one!"
It's taken Stewie a bit in getting readjusted but he's making great progress! Him and Guitara had his first visit to the dog park just recently and I've never seen a happier boy than Stewie that day.
We love having him as part of the family and we all look forward to more happy years to come! Thank you IHS and (foster parent) Grant for everything you do!!!
A Foster Dog Success Story
Shared by longtime IHS Foster Parent & Volunteer: June Disotell
A little black Pomeranian was rescued from a puppy mill situation. She had been kept in a small pen, putting out Pom puppies all her life. She was terrified in the shelter. So I brought her home. They had named her “Beauty” and it fit her.
Beauty had no idea what it was like to be a dog or a pet. When I picked her up she was stiff in every muscle, every part of her body. I had to pick her up to take her outside for a “walk”, which consisted of doing her “business” and standing there until I carried her back into the house. Her tail was always down, she hardly moved her head.
For at least two weeks, she had to be carried to her food dish, carried to the water bowl. She would sit in front of my fireplace where cool air leaked into the house and watch the other dogs. At first she just sat, without moving anything but her eyes. Then gradually she began to turn her head to watch my dogs getting pets, praise and treats. After another couple of weeks, she would relax on my lap and let me pet her, and she walked around with her tail up, at least most of the time.
By the time she had been here for about six weeks, she was at last acting like a pet dog, interacting with me and my small dogs. She still needed more time to adjust, but someone had contacted the IHS asking about Pomeranians, so they were referred to me. First the woman came to look, then her husband the following day, then a few days later, both came to visit her. I explained she still was depressed and needed help, and they were willing to give her the special training she needed. They seemed like a wonderful couple, so we arranged for the adoption. About six months later they sent me an email and pictures of Beauty, renamed Ellie.
This is what Beauty/Ellie’s new owners had to say about her, “I included some pictures of Ellie on our trip to the coast, what a different personality. She ran so much and played so hard, it was like she was never depressed. By the last day she only wanted to sleep, when the rain finally stopped that day we went down to walk on the jetty, my Mom had to stay home with Ellie because she wouldn't go unless we carried her, she was just too tuckered.”
Noel, Hortense & Maeby
Who knew we'd end up with three lovely cats! We adopted our first girl, Noel in September 2009. She was obviously very shy and anxious, but over time she has calmed down a great deal and is happy and safe in her forever home. In October 2009, we got our second lady, Hortense who was only 9 months old at the time. Her outgoing personality really helped bring Noel out of her shell and learn to interact with other cats. In June of this year (2011) we found our most recent addition, 4 month old Maeby who is loving having older cat sisters to take care of her. Thank you IHS for all you do for animals and for keeping our girls safe until we found them! They bring us lots of laughter and happiness!
Recently we decided to adopt. We wanted something protective, bigger that would help watch the house. We decided on a pitbull, but after seeing Beezy, I couldn't leave him. I now have a two month old son, who he watches over. He never leaves his side! He's the a goof, but when he needs to be, he let's people know he doesn't want them around 'his' baby. Just shows if you give something love and attention, they'll be your best friend always.
Jet is an absolute joy to have around. He gets better each day he's with us, probably as he gets used to us and his surroundings. He's such a good dog and he's very sweet. He goes to work with my husband at his locksmith shop. My husband says he's good with new people and dogs. Jet really loves running around our yard. You can see the joy in him as he runs and plays with us.
Either my husband or I take him for a walk every day and he loves to fetch a ball and play with his rope. Although my husband probably wouldn't admit it, he's totally smitten with Jet too. He told me the other day that it seems like Jet has always been ours.
Jet is a perfect match for us and I can't imagine not having him around.
Thanks again for all that you do.
I just wanted to send you an update on Bailey (Breeze). She is an amazing dog. She is sweet, and she listens so well. I am highly impressed with the training that she received. She is a little skiddish, but that is to be expected with all of the changes in her little life. Today, I left the house for a little while and she waited for me by the door until I came back. The boys tried to get her to play but she wanted no part of it. It is funny how she has bonded with me already. She sleeps in her kennel without even a whimper. I just love her to pieces and am so grateful for her. Thank you for matching her with us. We truly love her. On a sidenote, the boys don't think she is too energetic. I think we are really tiring her out with all of the playing. I am convinced that she has some beagle in her, because her little sniffer is working full time around here. Thanks again for bringing her into our lives.
We are the proud owners of Schubert the chug, (previously known as Raider). He has been the most amazing addition to our lives. We are a young couple who wanted a mature dog, and we were so excited to find Schubert at the Idaho Humane Society. Schubert didn't have the greatest life before we found him, but he is spoiled rotten now. I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't love him to pieces. We are so excited to give him his forever home. It only took about a week for us to fall in love.
I just want to remind everyone that older dogs can make the best pets. (look past the puppies!) At 8 years old Schube still has plenty of awesome years ahead of him, and still spunky as ever.
Thank you so much for our wonderful addition!!! He makes us laugh everyday and we couldn't be happier. :)
Love, Katie and Jack
We already have two toy poodles, but we had discussed the possibility of adding another poodle to our family. While looking online at the Idaho Humane Society website, we found an ad for a toy poodle, the dog who would soon be called Sadie, and we went to look at her on May 28, 2011.
Not much is known about Sadie's history. Sadie was found in a field by the humane society in Salt Lake City, but she is so well trained we believe that she might have gotten lost from her old family and they just never found her. She was one of ten dogs transferred to the I.H.S because the other shelter was having problems of some kind. The ten dogs were going to be put down had they not been transferred, and this toy poodle had been at the I.H.S for only a few weeks before we found her.
My sister and I walked down to the kennels to look for her while my mom stayed at the front desk to ask questions. Sure enough, we saw her toward the back. She was curled up on her bed but came over when we walked up to her cage. My sister told me to wait with Sadie, and she went and asked an attendant if we could look at her, and he said that she was on hold for someone else to come look at her first, but we could take her out to the yard to play.
We took her out to the play yard and walked her on the leash. I stayed outside with her while my sister went back into the building to find my mom. When my sister returned, we played with her in a dog run for a few short minutes until the manager came outside and told us that Sadie wasn't even supposed to be in the kennels, but was to remain in the clinic area for a while longer since she had recently been spayed. She wasn't supposed to be available to look at yet, but the manager told us my mom was very adamant about wanting her. Then she said that the person wanting to look at her before decided not to come, but there was another woman expressing interest that was already outside playing with another dog. So we went back inside to wait while the woman played with Sadie, and the manager said that if we both wanted her they would do a drawing.
We went back to the front desk where my mom was waiting, and we were all very nervous, hoping the other woman would say that she didn't want Sadie. My mom was willing to pay whatever price the shelter asked so we could have Sadie, even the $300.00 we were originally told it cost to adopt a dog like Sadie. Several long minutes later, the manager walks out holding Sadie, hands her to my mom, and says, "She's yours." My mom was so happy that she was crying, and had several of the workers crying. And as luck would have it, we paid only $150.00 for Sadie, since it was a Memorial Day Adoption special.
Sadie truly is an amazing dog, and we easily made accommodations for her. She is very smart! She walks outside with us to go potty without being on a leash, and knows to run back inside the house with us when she is done. She barks to let us know she needs to go potty or is hungry. When she wants to get your attention if you are busy, she will climb into your lap and block your view from whatever you were doing! She knows several tricks now, like 'sit', 'stay', 'come', 'leave it', 'drop it', 'shake', 'high five', 'wave', 'dance', and 'crawl'.
She does the 'crazies' several times a day, where she runs with the other two dogs around the house. Then she has to stop for a drink, and Sadie sure is a noisy drinker! She laps up the water and it dribbles down her chin and onto the floor every time. Sadie also loves playing with toys, and has the most adorable habit of taking a toy in her mouth and throwing it. Sometimes she even catches it in her mouth, like her own little game of fetch. She is my Mom's Dog, and follows her everywhere.
Sadie has changed our lives forever, and we all love her very much. She is everything we could ask for and more. We will always be grateful to the Idaho Humane Society for making it possible for her to join our family.
- Courtney Z. & Family
I would like to let you know that Rosalie Sookie Elena, "Rosie" is the best addition to our family. She is doing amazing. She fits in perfect with our family. When I adopted her she was skin & bones. She is now happy & healthy. She loves boating, camping, playing with her stuffed squeeky toys, & riding in the car. I am so blessed that I was able to adopt this wonderful dachshund from you. I couldn't imagine life without her. Thank you to Channel 7 news for running the story in November about the IHS rescuing all those dachshunds. If it hadn't been for IHS & KTVB I would not have my Rosie. Everyone that meets her loves her. I am so grateful for the chance to be able to adopt this wonderful dog. Thank IHS for the wonderful gift of love.
Mama & Finn
Mama came into my life as my foster cat. I took her and her 6 kittens in. She spent most of the time under the futon, not talking to anyone. Once her kittens were adopted, I decided to keep Mama, and boy did she change! Once she knew she was in her forever home she became quite the lap cat. She still has an independent streak, but at the end of the day is always there to offer love and support, in exchange for a fair number of belly scratches of course!
I found Finn while hiking in Hells Canyon. He was only a few weeks old and had terrible eye infections. The doctors at the clinic took wonderful care of him, and when he was released he went straight into foster at my house. We have been attached at the hip ever since. He is the ultimate mama's boy, and I wouldn't have it any other way! He also knows how lucky he is to have such a wonderful sister cat in Mama.
Thank you IHS for helping me find such wonderful life partners! Keep up the good work!!
Mackie (human), Finn and Mama Welch
Ginny & Shadow
We have adopted 4 dogs from the IHS over the past 22 years. We adopted Ginny March 23 2011, she was formally known as Ginseng. She is a Border Collie and a great dog she will be three years old in September.
We had lost our 15 year old dog Shadow (from IHS 15 years ago) in February and wanted a new dog to join our family and be a sibling to our 13 1/12 year old dog Freckles a Border Collie/Heeler mix, who was missing her sister. Ginny is happy and loves walking and doing agility training and jumps. She is so smart. We are so happy is part of our family.
We believe shelter dogs make great pets; they just need a chance and lots of love. We have always had two dogs since 1978, and find they keep each other company when we are gone to work etc. However as fate may have it, we now have 3 dogs. We just adopted Jack a Border Collie who is 3 ½ from the Canyon County Shelter. We were only going to foster Jack, but after a week in our home, we adopted him. He and Ginny play great together and both love their older sister. Shelter dogs make great pets and we will continue to support our local shelters and encourage others to adopt.
We have enclosed a picture of Ginny and also one of all three of the gang. The shelter was great about us bring our current dogs to the shelter to meet before we brought them home to see how they would get along. Thanks IHS, you do a great job.
Sue and Gerry M.
It has only been 9 months since we adopted Bandit, a Blue Heeler, but he has quickly become part of the family. Bandit was 1 year old, owner surrender when we visited the shelter. Once we spotted him he stole our hearts. It took three tries to coax him out of his pen because he was very shy and fearful. It took him some time to warm up when we spent time with him in the visiting rooms, but we could see he was the right fit for us. He learned commands quickly and is a calm, well behaved dog. He has brought out the best of us and he loves to exercise. His favorite things to do include frisbee, chasing flies and hiking with his doggie back pack in the foothills. We recently added another member to our family, Stout, an adopted Blue Heeler/Boston Terrier mix from the Canyon County Shelter and Bandit is adjusting well. Thank you IHS for all you have done for our family.
Bandit is pretty camera shy but has completely come out of his shell. At 12 years old he was so sad and missing his people. Now he is happy and healthy and i am soooo glad to have him with me. Here he is getting used to his life of luxury on the sofa and hanging out with his favorite stuffed toy, Babe. Love him.
I wanted to submit some photo’s of my IHS Success Story - Pepper. Pepper was one of the La Grande Puppy Mill Rescue Dachshunds that came in last November. When I first saw the pictures that KTVB posted Pepper was the Black and White puppy that caught my attention right away and I was not looking for another dog at the time as I already had Gracie and Old Man Otis, but the opportunity to find a Wire Hair Doxie for adoption is Boise was just too much to pass up. When I got the phone call that they were available for adoption I was pessimistic that she would still be available by the time I could get there – but she still was so, Thank You to everyone who left her for me. I remember reading an article that warned that these rescue dogs may have a difficult time adapting to being inside as they had always been crated out on a porch, but the first thing Pepper did when she got home was jump up on the couch and make herself comfortable and then once she figured out her food bowl was always going to be full meal times became a lot calmer in just a few days.
All 3 dogs got along from the beginning, Pepper was very gentle and calm with the Old Man Otis – she would just curl up with him and cuddle with him the last 3 months of his life. Gracie and Pepper have been the best of friends from the beginning, they play from morning to night – most the time as you can see by the pictures that Pepper is the Instigator and Gracie the Enforcer, but they do everything together from chasing squirrels, taking naps in the sun, going for long walks, and just being with their human. The first 5 months of her life were not the best, but it did not deter her from being the happy and content dog that she is now and she can expect to have the best life possible with her forever home.
Just wanted to let you know how our Border Collie Ammo is doing, but while he was there he was known as Thatcher. :) We adopted him in March and he had just turned 1. We chose his new name shorty after bringing him home. Ammo at first was very timid. But as soon as we got in the truck, he hopped in my lap and cuddled up to me. He is VERY loyal. I mean this as the most loyal dog i've ever seen. But only to my fiance and I. He is never more than 3 steps behind us and when we leave sings a very sorrowful tune. We are still working with him on fighting other dogs and his aggression towards any dog that is bigger than him but he loves small dogs. His best friend is out neighbors 8 lbs chihuahua. :) It is the cutest thing ever to see them play for hours on end. :) He loves to run and play and swim in the river! We love him tons and could not ask for a better pup! Thank you so much for giving us this gift.
Ashley and Edward
Roxie used to be “Little Lizzie” when the Idaho humane Society had her. She is the American Bulldog in this picture.
Roxie…….what can I say about Roxy. She is the most wonderful dog I will ever own, she is perfect in every way.
She was kennel stressed and was put into foster. She had really bad allergies and this picture was taken while I was in the process of changing her diet, meds, treats to everything wheat & gluten free.
If you look at her feet now, they have new fir growth and she does not chew anymore. I bathe her weekly and she is on a grain free diet, I also make her wheat & gluten free biscuits myself. She is also on a medication called Atopica.
That took about 3 or 4 days to start working but with medicated baths and diet, meds, and my homemade biscuits she is wonderful now and so beautiful.
Please adopt from the Idaho humane Society because I have got lucky once more with their animals.
Terri M.-Volunteer with the Idaho Humane Society
I adopted Virgil (formerly known as Duke) in May 2011 from the IHS. I had just lost the second of my two 16 year-old cats that had been with me since they were 8 weeks old after having lost the first one only six months earlier. I knew I couldn’t and wouldn’t be without a cat for long, but whatever cat came home with me would have really big shoes to fill. Luckily for me, my sister volunteers at IHS so she was keeping her eyes and ears peeled for me. I went to the shelter to look at cats, I went and saw foster cats and I perused the IHS website in search of a new companion. One evening I saw a cat on the IHS website that was on display at one of the local Zamzows and had a lot of the qualities I was looking for. As luck would have it, I happened to be going right by there the next day, so I thought I would stop by and check him out. The instant I saw him I knew he was the one. Once I held him, the deal was sealed. He was such a lover boy! The only thing that gave me pause was that his history said he was okay with “mellow” dogs. Well, I have two high energy German Shorthairs who don’t have a mean bone in their body, but mellow??? I think not. My gut instinct told me it would be okay with time and sure enough, it worked out better than I could have imagined. Let’s just say, it didn’t take Virgil long to not only get used to the dogs, but actually get along well with them and of course, take over our universe. Although I will never forget my faithful companions of 16 years, Virgil has brought me more joy and laughter than I would have thought possible. We are thoroughly enjoying having him in our life and he is enjoying being the king of our castle, #1 bug slayer, laser chaser extraordinaire and an all around bundle of love. Thank you for giving special animals like Virgil a second chance at life so he could find his way into our home.
We've had Gus, our Basset Hound, for a year now. My daughter got her for me last year for my b-day. I've owned Dachshunds and love the Hound group, so decided to try a Basset. He was 2 at the time and had already been surrendered twice. We knew he had separation anxiety (still does), but I was used to that with my oldest Doxie. He's the goofiest guy ever! He's such a sweetheart, absolutely LOVES everyone and just wants to be wherever we are. He and our Doxie, Eddie, play tug-o-war every night. And every Thursday, I watch a friend's lab/collie mix (also a rescue from IHS!) and they play nonstop for 2 solid hours before crashing, wake up and start all over. Gus' favorite places are the couch and the recliner and once he falls asleep, good luck waking him up! This is my first experience rescuing a dog from IHS and I wouldn't hesitate doing it again. You are AWESOME!! The first pic is Gus and our Doxie, Eddie, in Daddy's lap in the recliner. The 2nd pic is Gus playing with Bear, his IHS Rescue friend :)
We adopted a great dog from you guys about year and a half ago. She's a pure bred beagle named Dixie. My son just fell in love with her the minute he laid eyes on her. We had to put a hold on her cause he only wanted her. She's been the best dog for us. My son still is in love with her. He took a picture of her and entered it in the fair and won second prize. That's the picture that I'm sending you. My son also walked with her in the holiday parade. He walked the whole parade with her while it was snowing.
I adopted Tallulah “Turtle” (previously Lilly) 5 weeks ago. Her bio said she was a colony cat and was afraid of adult cats. I went back and forth and finally decided she was so young she would get used to the other 2 cats. I call her Turtle because she was so shy she would hide her head when people were around. She instantly took to the other cats, Walter and Daisy (both adopted from IHS), but her true love and whom she seems to think is her “Daddy” is Buddy. I adopted “Saint Buddy of the Beagles” from IHS 8 years ago and he is the most special dog. He allows Turtle to sleep with him, disciplines her when she is misbehaving and makes sure the others don’t get too rough with her. The picture is from their afternoon siesta.
Here is a picture of Sophie.
We have changed her name to Marley because she responds to it.
We have only had her for four days; however, she feels right at home. She knows when it’s bed time and will run to our room and hop on the pillows!
She is very independent during the time that she is playing with her toys, but her favorite thing to do is sit next to us, wherever we are, and purr.
She is also very smart. Every time that she uses her litter box, she will come and tell us so she’ll get the “Good girl” and a kiss.
She is our first pet together, so she is already very spoiled.
Thank you so much for making us a little family!
We are looking forward to many happy years with her, and are very surprised by her love of people.
She wouldn’t be such a friendly kitten if it wasn’t for your staff.
We are very grateful for all of the help and the wonderful people working at the Idaho Humane Society!
Thank you so very, very much!
Ashley Carpenter & Kevin Crowder
Houndog and Mouse
It was around 1992 when I was watching Pet's on Parade. I saw a long-haired Blue Heeler X and I took a trip out to the shelter to meet her. She was in a kennel with 2 other dogs and barking her head off. She didn't present well at all. I got a leash and took her for a walk out on the back lawn and she was suddenly a different dog. Attentive, obedient, wanting to please. I have never regretted having her in my life. She was turned in by her previous owners and her name was Cope. She was about 8 months old and she was pretty energetic, but I never understood the name. It was obvious there had been a young girl in her life as she went nuts every time she saw one on a bicycle. I called her Houndog and we had 13 awesome years together. She started developing tumors and after several removals I had to put her down. Still miss her to this day.
In 1998 I adopted a 10 year old solid black cat I named Mouse. He also had a strange name I didn't care for. He was surrendered because his owners had a two year old daughter they were not willing to train to leave the cat alone. So they dumped him at IHS thinking he would get a new home. When I saw him he was just a couple of hours away from being put down. I think he was half Siamese from his build and actions and was one of the best cats I ever had. He also developed tumors shortly after I lost Houndog and after several surgeries I had to put him down. He had an awesome life, we were together 6 years and I also miss him to this day.
My parents finally gave into a lifetime of begging for a dog and promised to try it out as a graduation present. They had two conditions, it had to be between 25 and 35 pounds and an IDAPI graduate. I searched the current IDAPI classes and found an adorable 38 pound Lab mix, Elliott, and talked my parents into allowing the extra three pounds! I applied immediately and when he graduated (about a week after I did) we went to meet him. At first I wasn't sure, he didn't seem terribly interested in me at the meet and greet and was a little aggressive toward the other dogs. But then we went to the class. About 20 minutes after Elliott and I first met the instructor took him to the center of the circle of dogs and adopters and told him to sit and stay then went on talking around the circle. Elliott sat there for a couple minutes looking around the circle then got up and walked straight back to me! I knew then that he was my boy :) I started calling him Toby and he took to it immediately.
Two years (and ten pounds of muscle) later he is my little shadow all over the house, my biking buddy and my best friend. He is still a little reactive to strange dogs but he has a few dog friends and a "cousin" he lives with, and I can't wait to get another IHS dog when I can! Despite the fact he is now 13 pounds over my parents original limit and the fact that they "aren't dog people" they both love him. Thanks IHS for giving him a home and second chance when he needed it most!
Pepper and Bailey
Idaho Humane Society,
Six years ago we adopted our first pet from you with the help of a volunteer Andi Foley. Someone had returned an IDAPI dog after having her for a year. She was originally named Carley and was found at a farm in Mountain Home at only a year old and had puppies. A prison gaurd fell in love with her and adopted her and then had to move out of state for his job. I needed a dog that was good with cats and Andi told me she thought that she was the one. I walked in and immediately fell in love with her scruffy cute face :). We got her in September of 2005 and renamed her Pepper. She is the BEST dog! She does have some seperation anxiety issues but once we knew what to do with her when we leave home, she became perfect. She just loves her people and doesn't want to be apart from us! Our old cat passed away in 2007 and Pepper was so sad. Again, Andi Foley picked an adult cat out for us at the shelter that she thought would be good with dogs. As you can see in the picture she and Pepper are the best of friends. Her name is Bailey and she had been turned in by a family who had her for 6 years. She has quite the quirky personality but is wonderful and patient with our two small children. So, Pepper and Bailey (and our other dog Dixie) have been a great addition to our family. We can't imagine life without them! Thank you to Idaho Humane Society for letting these awesome creatures be in our lives.
The Larkin Family
I rescued Murphy from ihs a while ago. He was scared of everything at first but now he is comfortable and apart of the family. He plays great with dogs, people, and my little 3 month old baby. He is the sweetest most well behaved dog I could ever ask for. I'm truly blessed to have him apart of our lives.
This is Max (lovingly referred to as Maxie-Pad by our extended family). We adopted him from the Idaho Humane Society in 1996 when he was just 4 months old. He had been found abandoned in an apartment with two other dogs. When we found him at the shelter, he was the quietest dog there. He wasn't at the front of the cage trying to get anyone's attention, but was curled up in a corner, and we almost missed seeing him. It was love at first sight, and we enjoyed his wonderful spirit and companionship for the next 14 years. He was the sweetest, most loving dog, and it was as if he spent those 14 years thanking us for giving him a home. We knew, however, that we were the lucky ones to have found him.
Max spent 6 of his 14 years visiting local third graders and teaching them to be kind to animals. He loved just sprawling out on the classroom floor and letting the kids pet him. No matter how crazy the kids got, he remained calm and loving, and was a living testament to how kindness to animals is rewarded with kindness in return. He lived a long and happy life full of mutual love, and it was one of the most difficult decisions of our life when we realized that his health had deteriorated to the point that he needed to be put down.
We miss him dearly and know that no other dog can ever take his place. However, we have since taken in two other shelter dogs (one from Canyon County and one from Meridian), both of whom were originally adopted by others into situations that did not work out. One we have kept and the other we found a loving family to give her a forever home. We are grateful to the Idaho Humane Society and the other area shelters for giving dogs a second chance and educating the public about responsible pet care. There will probably always be a need for animal shelters, but we hope that the day comes when they serve as simply a temporary home for lost animals waiting to be united with their owners or a temporary home for a small number of animals who need new homes. Through no fault of the shelters, too many dogs and cats arrive there with no future beyond living in a cage or being put down. Hopefully, one day ALL pet owners will understand the consequences of not spaying and neutering their pets and will learn that caring for a pet is a lifelong commitment.
Ginger and Smitty
Since you asked so nicely, and I have 2 wonderful stories to share.
The first was December 1980, and I hadn't had a dog for several years. I was pregnant with my son and so missed the comfort my earlier pomeranian was, so I called one day before going to the city. You had one, a young adult female. She was in a pen with puppies from another dog when we got there and it was love at first sight. Ginger was my constant and much loved companion until she died of heart disease at about age 13.
The other was my son wanting and getting a puppy from his father when he was 9. We made several trips to the shelter to look at puppies but none seemed right. On our 4th trip, there was a little collie golden retriever cross that he fell for on sight, also. Smitty lived with us, was loved and adored and one of the best pets we've ever had. He died at age 15 when he developed cancer.
Both dogs were a joy, pleasure, and completely family members. Thank you for bringing them into our lives.
I adopted Roxie from the IDAP. She loves the chase frisbees and play tug of war. My grandchildren are from 6 mths to 7 yrs old and Roxie is gentle with them all. She has won the hearts of all who see her. Since she was trained by IDAP we have had no disaplinary problems with her except she sometime thinks "should I obey or play".
We adopted Timber in early 2004 and loved him for the very second we took him home. He brought a lot of joy to our family. Timber was a crazy little guy that loved to cuddle and would chase the water from the hose if it was on. Sadly, Timber became very ill and had to be put to sleep this spring. He is very missed. But, we are thankful for the years that he gave us.
Jeff and Jenni Schell
I adopted Miller, formally known as “George” last winter. He is everything I have ever wanted in a cat. He thinks he is a dog, he loves to be the center of attention and he loves his belly rubs!
Miller is loved greatly and I wanted to thank you for giving me my special boy.
-Audra & Miller
"Dear Idaho Humane Society,
When we found out we were moving to Boise from Japan, one of the first things we agreed upon was that we would get a dog. A puppy. When we got to the Humane Society to find our puppy we were overwhelmed by the number of older dogs in the shelters. We came to the Humane Society a couple of times and each time couldn't commit to any of the dogs we saw. Then my husband found Abby. She won us over instantly. She is the apple of our eye - we just adore her and are so thankful that we were able to give her a place in our home and in our hearts. We love every minute we have had her and can't imagine our lives without her. She is just the best! And so are you!
John, Sonya and Abby"
Coors and Lily
We adopted Coors in September and Lily was adopted in April. These two dogs have been the best additions to our family! They are both very sweet and for some reason both think they are lap dogs :). Every night they push me and my boyfriend to the very edge of our bed, but we wouldnt have it any other way! These guys are our best friends!
I would like to tell you about my adopted dog, Dexter. His "papa," Nate and I adopted him from the Idaho Humane Society in August 2005 when he was around 5 or 6 years old. We went through every kennel about 3 times before Nate noticed a big, black, calm boy patiently waiting at the door of his kennel cage. When he gently whined at the door in the visiting room after I left to get his information papers, Nate knew he was going to be ours.
We had nearly missed meeting our "doggy soul mate" because of the dreaded "black dog syndrome!"
6 years later, he's lost a front tooth and his muzzle has gotten grayer while our love for him has only grown. He only barks at strangers at the door, he doesn't lick or guard his food, he lets little kids pull his ears and his lips and ride him like a pony. He loves soft toys and other dogs, especially the little ones who try to bite him. The naughtiest thing he's ever done is try to steal a stuffed animal he thought was a toy. He is literally the sweetest, most even-tempered, well-mannered, and all around GREATEST dog we've ever met (and we're really, truly, sincerely, absolutely not saying that just because he's ours).
Some people think he is spoiled because he gets to sleep anywhere he wants, including the furniture. But we are the lucky ones because we get to have him greet us at the door every day. -Angie
I just wanted to let you know how much fun I am having with this adorable dog. (IDAPI Grad, Myka) She is really settling in well, still scared of one of my killer, scrawny, spayed female cats, but otherwise thinks she owns the place. She has really done well with the kids and she makes me laugh at least once every day. I caught her twice sitting bolt upright on the couch, which is ok at my house, watching tv. The first time it was an AKC dog show, the second time it was a pro basketball game. She has also created a number of games for outside to keep us entertained. Her favorite is called "go". She takes one of her rope tennis ball toys and goes to one end of the yard with it in her mouth then stands there and waits for me to tell her "go" then runs to the other end of the yard, turns and again waits for me to tell her to go. This is accompanied by jumps over sidewalks and going around the corner where she can't see me, but still waiting for me to tell her what to do, sometimes switching toys when I am not looking, etc. So all I have to do is stand in the middle of the patio and holler go at the appropriate time and she wears herself out several times a day. She also loves going for walks and riding in the car. I am enclosing some pictures of her and will send more later. I love this girl! What a great program. Thanks so much, -Anne
Just wanted to touch base and give you an update on Emma, the shy little dog I adopted from the IDAPI program a couple of months ago. You probably won't remember, but I was very hesitant at first, not sure whether I should adopt Emma or not. BUT I am glad that I did!
Emma is so sweet and well behaved. She's still like a puppy in that she likes to chew on my shoes and takes all the stuffing out of her squeaky toys. She is everything I wanted in a dog - she follows me around the house, sits by me, comes when called, loves to chase balls, and doesn't run away. AND, she has been so good for Ginger, my very skittish scared-of-everything Husky mix. I can now take Ginger and Emma on walks in the foothills OFF LEASH and they absolutely love it! I have never been able to take Ginger off leash before because she would always run away. Not now, and that's all because of Emma. Ginger learns from Emma and I am so grateful to have both her and Ginger. I look forward to going on walks with them now.