We are moving towards a new hybrid adoption process in order to move into Phase III of the State’s reopening.

  • Tuesday-Wednesday: Adoptions available via appointment only (we are closed Monday). You can book a general cat appointment or apply for a specific dog. Our shelter team will reach out to applicants in the order received to book a Meet and Greet appointment. A $25 fee will apply for appointments made and will go towards the adoption fee.
  • Thursday-Sunday: Potential adopters will be able to stop by and meet available animals without applying in advance, however, some may be on hold from applications submitted earlier in the week. Please bring a mask and limit family members in attendance; we ask that only serious adopters visit at this time.


A Letter from the CEO of the Idaho Humane Society – March 26, 2020

Craft a Pet Plan to set your pet up for success in case of illness – March 30, 2020

The Idaho Humane Society remains open for business and is persevering through this challenging time. Our leadership is keeping a watchful eye on COVID-19 updates and continues to develop contingency plans to ensure that we can continue to help the most disadvantaged in our community while protecting our employees.

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. Rest assured we are here to help if needed; you can learn more at


The Medical Veterinary Center remains open for limited service including owners with sick animals and critical care. At this time, we will be rescheduling any upcoming routine appointments and elective procedures (spays/neuters, dentals, etc.) booked March 18th thru April 5th.


Animals in need of admissions will continue to be accepted. If the need to surrender your pet is not urgent, we ask that you wait to bring in your animal to allow us to assist emergency cases.


Our foster program remains open, however, we have moved to an online module for training. We are being mindful of this lifesaving program and how it can be utilized to ease the care of animals housed within our shelter. Foster parents will be required to make an appointment with us in advance before they arrive at our shelter in order to limit the number of people inside our building. If you are interested in signing up to foster, please visit:


Our Meals on Wheels program remains operational and we will continue to provide food for our most vulnerable population during this time.


We have closed the following programs as a precaution to limit people from entering our shelter.

  • Youth Programs


We are currently accepting donations of pet food and treats. Canned and dry pet food is essential to our foster program and food insecurity programs: Meals on Wheels and Pet Food Pantry. We have a comprehensive Amazon wish list for both cats and dogs on our website so you can donate from the comfort of your home!


We recommend that you have 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.


We encourage the public to check in with members of your community that may be living alone with pets or those that are in a vulnerable position due to the virus. If you have room in your home, consider offering emergency housing to those that may need to separate from their pet due to hospitalization.

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.