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Current State of the Idaho Humane Society

Manny was one of the 34 dogs IHS took in from one owner’s home who became overwhelmed and had nowhere else to turn.

The COVID-19 pandemic news has been changing by the hour and we’re all trying to keep up with the latest. It’s clear we are entering into a new reality for all of us… but in addition to that uncertainty along with new behaviors like social distancing, it seems this crisis is also bringing us together in new and unique ways.

We are very fortunate to have an incredibly supportive and philanthropic community here in the Treasure Valley. And we’re here to let you know Idaho Humane Society is going to continue to serve our animals in need.

Please know we have taken appropriate measures to keep all of our staff, volunteers, and patrons safe. The level of care we give to the animals continues at the highest levels, so rest assured, there is plenty of love to go around.

Just last week, we took in 34 Chihuahua mixes from one owner’s home who became overwhelmed and had nowhere else to turn. We have altered them and adopted nearly a dozen! Sweet Manny is just one of the many dogs who now have a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of the Idaho Humane Society.

We’ve received several inquiries about what people can do to help. Here are two of our biggest needs:

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We have already begun to be financially impacted by this crisis; please consider making a monetary donation today as we anticipate great losses.


  • If you’re looking to adopt, please see available animals on our online portal and apply to adopt today! We will be contacting applicants in the order received if they are a good fit. The potential adopter will then be able to book a Meet and Greet appointment.
  • We’d like to thank the public for their support in keeping non-emergency owner relinquishments at this time. We have begun to see urgent cases come over from Canyon County; we worry about how this will impact our shelter if the number of intake exceeds our adoptions.

For 75 years, Idaho Humane Society has proudly sheltered and served this community. We know there is a lot of anxiety about what the future holds, but we are confident, with your support, we will persevere and continue to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them neglect and cruelty, and promote humane education, awareness, and compassion. Thank you!


Jeff Rosenthal, DVM
Chief Executive Officer

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