As an animal lover, she said, she felt compelled to act.
“We are not putting animals down anymore due to space,” Lee said.
She works closely with Paws Rescue Inc. and with the Idaho Humane Society, which take the majority of dogs from the facility.
“It’s about building those relationships and that takes time,” Lee said.
The animals are then spayed or neutered and put up for adoption, which comes with costs the city can not afford, she said.
Last year, 381 dogs came into the six-kennel shelter. That’s 100 more dogs than the year before. Of those, 154 were returned to their owners, 217 were transferred to rescue partners, eight were adopted and two had to be euthanized, she said.
Burley employee changes dire outcome for many lost, stray dogs