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Welcome to our Designed To Be Kind Capital Campaign!
We’re packing up the pooches and carting up the cats;
we’re ready to lay out the welcome mat!
After several years of fundraising, design, construction, and anticipation, the Idaho Humane Society is thrilled to announce the official opening of our S. Bird campus.
Located off Overland and Maple Grove, the new complex is home to our Adoption, Education, and Veterinary Medical Centers. A sophisticated building years in the making, it will house shelter animals in a gentler environment complete with state-of-the-art HVAC, noise control, and ambient natural lighting. The dogs will be able to take advantage of more frequent playgroups with both indoor and outdoor play yards and our feline friends will have catios for copious amounts of cat naps and connecting with each other and potential adopters.
Our Veterinary Medical Center is getting a much needed new hospital that has doubled in size to help the increasing demand of low-income families. Those individuals using public transportation will have an easier time accessing our facility with two bus stops a few hundred meters from our front door.
Strategic planning for our Designed to Be Kind capital campaign determined that a new Idaho Humane Society campus, with a central location, was our highest priority. The goal of the Designed to be Kind capital campaign is to create a community animal resource center that reflects our core humane values and augments our existing Dorman Street facility while expanding and improving our work in three major areas:
Our current Dorman Street shelter was built under now-antiquated animal sheltering standards to accommodate pets only for short-term stays. The new center will improve living conditions for animals sheltered by the Idaho Humane Society, providing larger home-like enclosures that are more secure and sanitary. That will keep shelter pets calm and healthy. Windows will bring sunlight to animal housing areas, and both dogs and cats will have access to the outdoors. Such habitat enrichment is especially important because an increasing amount of the Idaho Humane Society’s work involves providing training, socialization and medical care to animals that aren’t immediately “adoptable” when they arrive at the shelter.
The facility will also include visitor-friendly viewing areas, animal play areas and staff who are readily available to answer questions about adoption. These comfortable settings will make adopting an animal a far more welcoming experience.
Our ability to provide veterinary medical services will be greatly enhanced through this campaign. We desperately need more surgery, treatment and recovery areas in order to meet the community’s demand for high-quality, comprehensive medical care for homeless animals, injured strays awaiting reunification with their owners and pets belonging to low-income qualified clients who have nowhere else to turn. A new, larger medical center will give us the resources necessary to maintain our American Animal Hospital Association accreditation. It will also help increase the number of low- and no-cost spay and neuter services we can offer and, as a result, achieve dramatic reductions in unwanted litters.
At the same time, we will help educate the next generation of veterinary caregivers in surgery, medicine, and understanding of animal welfare through a unique partnership with Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. This extern program, the first of its kind in Idaho, will provide senior veterinary students with training under the direction of on-site faculty.
The new shelter will provide much-needed space for the human side of our endeavors, including a place to train volunteers, classroom space for children and a dedicated area for dog obedience classes. The Humane Education program will open its doors for thousands of school-aged children to teach responsible pet care and humane treatment of animals and will be a resource for adopters learning to adapt to a new pet at home. It will provide necessary space for behavioral training and temperament evaluations for shelter and public animals.
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Animal shelters are places that warm the heart and break it at the same time. We know this first hand, as we’ve been closely involved in supporting the Idaho Humane Society for over twenty years.
During this time we’ve witnessed the tremendous growth of this beloved organization and its life-changing impact on the pets and people of our community.
Today the Idaho Humane Society provides shelter for more lost, abandoned and abused pets than any other animal welfare organization in the inland Pacific Northwest. The shelter also provides much-needed animal-related services, including our unique Veterinary Medical Center and humane education programs.
But while the Idaho Humane Society is working tirelessly, there is still work to be done. The open-admission facility is stretched thin as the demand for services and new programs continues to increase. This community needs a new and improved shelter.
Our support for the Idaho Humane Society has been a labor of love that is personally very rewarding and we hope you will join us in this worthy effort.
Frances and Roy Ellsworth
Capital Campaign Chairs
Frances and Roy Ellsworth, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Rosenthal, DVM
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Development Officer
Naming opportunities are a lasting way to show your dedication to the Idaho Humane Society and be recognized for your contribution. The new campus will feature several areas that are available for a naming opportunity. Each purchased named area will have a special plaque with the donor name displayed.
The Friends for Life Society recognizes our donors that have contributed $25,000 or more to the Designed to be Kind capital campaign for the Idaho Humane Society.
The corporations, foundations and individuals that are a part of the Friends for Life Society are truly committed to the mission of the Idaho Humane Society and want to see a brighter and more humane future for the animals of the Treasure Valley and all across Idaho. Members of the society will receive a special designer IHS pin, an engraved paver in the Pet Celebration Garden and their name displayed on a donor wall.
Every pledge made for the capital campaign can be paid over 5 years.
Chief Development Officer
Did you know that pledges to the capital campaign can be paid over five years? This allows you to make smaller payments monthly, quarterly or annually that can add up to a significant contribution. The Idaho Humane Society is able to accept payment through check, cash, and credit or debit cards.
Designed to be Kind Capital Campaign
Idaho Humane Society
4775 Dorman St.
Boise, Idaho 83705
Do you want to leave behind a legacy? Consider making a planned gift today. There are several options available:
Looking for other ways to help the campaign besides donating? Help us spread the message and share your passion for the IHS with family, friends and colleagues. Encourage them to support the campaign by making a contribution. You can also help by sharing the news of the capital campaign on your social media pages.
Would you like to donate your time and talent to the campaign? The Idaho Humane Society will need volunteers to help at fundraising events, call to thank donors and assist in a range of other tasks. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact James Hillig.
Please remember that every gift counts. With your generosity, we can help create a more humane world. Your dedication to helping animals is deeply appreciated. We hope this information inspires you to make a meaningful contribution to the welfare of companion animals today and in the future.
For more information about how you can help, please contact:
Chief Development Officer
We have so many more amenities for our shelter pets.
The Idaho Humane Society’s new Overland Road animal care center is a 42,000-square foot facility which opened in November 2019. It includes an adoption center, humane education center, and veterinary medical center.
The project addressed problems the Idaho Humane Society faced in its former Dorman Street location, which was built two decades ago under now-antiquated animal sheltering standards to accommodate pets only for short-term stays. The new facility improves living conditions for animals sheltered by IHS, by providing larger home-like enclosures that will keep shelter pets calm and healthy. Windows now bring sunlight to animal housing areas, and both dogs and cats have access to the outdoors. Such habitat enrichment is especially important because an increasing amount of the Idaho Humane Society’s work involves providing training, socialization and medical care to animals that aren’t immediately “adoptable” when they arrive at the shelter.
“The high-density housing at our former location added to the stress and terror experienced by sheltered pets, which have been taken away from familiar surroundings and families. This impaired their ability to thrive and avoid illness,” said Idaho Humane Society executive director Jeff Rosenthal. “Larger, more sanitary, more calming and more secure enclosures keep the pets in our care healthier and provide us with more opportunities to preserve good behaviors and modify problem behaviors. It provides an environment conducive to healing the sick and injured, and serves our need to maintain so many pets with special needs – whether behavioral or medical – for longer periods of time prior to adoption.”
The new facility addressed another pressing need for the Idaho Humane Society by increasing surgery, treatment and recovery areas that provide high-quality, comprehensive medical care to homeless animals, injured strays awaiting reunification with their owners and pets belonging to low-income qualified clients who have nowhere else to turn. It also expanded the organization’s ability to train the next generation of caregivers through a partnership with Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Despite our efforts, many of the animals entering our shelter are still not spayed or neutered and there are also far too many owners in our community that face the heartbreaking choice of allowing their pet to suffer, euthanizing their pets or relinquishing them because they do not have the funds to pay for veterinary care,” Rosenthal said. “Demand from those with few or no other options to receive care for their pets greatly exceeded our current capacity to provide that service.”
We still have approximately $750,000 left to raise in this $15 million dollar project which has been built solely on donations. Please help us reach our goal of completely funding this new facility.