There are many great ways for young people to be involved in the Idaho Humane Society’s mission to help animals. Here are some options for participating in our programs.
The Idaho Humane Society depends on generous donations from many people to run the shelter. Kids and teens could help out by hosting bake sales, car washes, collecting aluminum cans and other fundraising programs and events. Kids could even host a party fundraiser by asking the guests to bring money or donations of pet food (or other items from our wish list) instead of presents. For more information on organizing a fundraiser, click here.
Volunteering At Our Shelter
There are many youth volunteer opportunities at the Idaho Humane Society, read more about volunteering at the shelter.
The Idaho Humane Society offers a variety of educational opportunities within our local public and private elementary schools and also at our animal shelter. Additionally, these programs are available to youth groups and organizations. For information about these programs click here.
Collecting Needed Items for I.H.S.
Collect items from our wish list and donate them to the shelter to help the animals.
Make Dog Bones for Our Shelter Dogs
Here’s a fun project to do at home. Make treats for our shelter staff to use for behavioral enrichment of shelter dogs and for use in training. Here’s the recipe:
3/4 cup hot water
2 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/3 cup margarine
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 egg, beaten
Combine butter, bouillon, and water in sauce pan over medium heat until butter is melted and bouillon dissolves. Add this to powdered milk and egg in a large bowl. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each. Knead 3-4 minutes. Pat or roll to 1/2” thickness and cut out with dog bone shaped cookie cutter. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes or until hard and light brown. Makes 1 1/4 pounds.
Biscuits may be delivered to our Behavior and Adoptions Program Director or to the volunteer or foster program offices.
Being Humane Starts at Home
We appreciate our youth volunteers, and just as important as the help you provide our shelter pets is being a humane and responsible pet owner yourself. Here’s some recommendations for being a good friend to your own pets:
- Encourage your parents to have all animals in your household spayed and neutered. Spaying and neutering helps prevent many medical and behavioral problems in dogs and cats and prevents unwanted litters from being born.
Make sure your cat is kept indoors. Loose cats are almost always eventually injured or killed in accidents or by other animals. Additionally, free roaming cats prey on birds and other sensitive wildlife and may be considered a nuisance by neighbors. Neighbors may capture loose cats and take them to a shelter or give them away to someone.
Your dog belongs indoors as well. Dogs that live indoors are healthier, calmer, more easily trained and keeping a dog indoors increases the enjoyment you’ll experience from owning the pet. Dogs kept outside suffer from boredom and from the effects of the elements in both hot summers and cold winters.
Get an identification tag for your dog or cat. This tag will have your pet’s name, your name, your address, your phone number, and possibly your veterinarian’s phone number on it. That way, if your pet ever gets lost, someone can contact you, and you and your pet can be reunited. A pet without an I.D. tag may never find its way home, and if someone finds it, it can’t tell them where it lives! You can have a tag made while you wait at See Spot Shop, our gift shop at the I.H.S. Shelter. * You should also have your dog or cat microchipped at your regular veterinarian or at our Veterinary Medical Center. A microchip is a permanent and safe identification device that is inserted under the skin of your pet – all pets adopted from our shelter are microchipped.
Feed your pet the proper food. Read books about your pet, and ask your veterinarian to find out what kind of food is best for your pet. Make sure your pet does not become overweight, obese pets have increased medical problems and shorter lifespans.
Your pet should have access to fresh, clean water at all times, both when the weather is hot or cold! Since pets do not sweat, they can overheat quickly and possibly die. Change your pets’ water at least every 12 hours and if it spends lots of time outside, and make sure the water dish stays in a shady area. In the winter, water is still important, and it can freeze in the dish.
Exercise your dog or cat EVERY day! It is good for you AND your pet. Play ball with your dog and drag toys for your cat to chase and pounce on. The more time you spend with your pet, the happier he will be! Read our training and behavior tips page for more help.
Advocate for animals by letting elected officials know you care about animals. Visit our advocacy page for more information on how you can speak for animals that cannot speak for themselves and help the Idaho Humane Society achieve its mission. Even if you are not old enough to vote, your opinions are important to our government leaders.