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An update regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Mar12

There is no higher priority to the Idaho Humane Society than the safety of our animals, employees, and visitors. We want you to feel confident when visiting the Idaho Humane Society and have recently enhanced some of our cleaning procedures in the interest of our employees’ and visitors’ health and safety. Both campuses are currently open and we have many wonderful dogs, cats and small animals available for adoption.

Our ability to provide care for the most vulnerable population is dependent on your continued support; we need you now more than ever as we hope for the best but prepare for the worst.


  • The Idaho Humane Society already has stringent protocols in place as we regularly encounter animals from unknown sources that may be carrying viruses or bacteria that affect our animal population. We will continue to implement these protocols but have also enhanced a more thorough cleaning to the surfaces that the public and employees encounter. Both facilities are already equipped with advanced HEPA air filters which help to remove airborne particles to assist with protecting both animals and people.


  • We currently have hand-sanitizing stations throughout our facility for the public and staff to use. We will continue to encourage regular hand washing, and ask that employees call in and stay home when sick. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control have stated that there is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.


  • We will continue monitoring any developments and plan accordingly in partnership with local, state, and federal authorities. We recommend the Central District Health office as a reliable source of information.


  • We recommend having additional pet food and supplies on hand should you need to stay inside your home for an unknown period of time or encounter restocking delays. Please visit our emergency guide for additional information.

The safety and health of our community is of the utmost importance to us and we continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. We welcome you to engage with us through our social media channels and our contact page.  As always, we will be here for you as we have since the early 1890’s, as the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in the state of Idaho.



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