The Idaho Humane Society welcomes guests to visit our facility and the animals up for adoption. We can also send speakers to classrooms, civic organizations, clubs and other interested groups. Representatives can discuss IHS programs as well as various animal-related issues, emphasizing responsible care of pets.
Guidelines for tours (school or church groups, etc.)
- We can accommodate tours of up to 20 people per group. Minimum age is 4 years.
- There must be a minimum of 1 adult chaperone per 4 children attending.
- In order to provide the best educational experience possible, we ask that you limit the participation to designated chaperones and scouts/students (bringing siblings and friends is discouraged).
- Please feel free to bring cameras and take pictures!
- Tours must be scheduled in advance with the Humane Educator. Groups who arrive later than 20 minutes for their scheduled time will not be given a tour.
Guidelines for Scouts
Please visit our Scout page for more information.
Educational presentation and tour info
Location: 1300 S. Bird Street in Boise. Enter at the Education Center (north end of the building)
Length of Tour: 1 to 1.5 hours
- Brief Discussion based on questions and interest.
- Education Presentation which includes overview of IHS, safety (to include shelter rules), and respectfully approaching animals.
- Tour of the facility to include cattery, dog kennels, and small animal room.
- Follow up of questions/answers.
Tours will accommodate each group’s needs and we will work with you to determine the best fit for your goals and outcomes.
Signed waivers & suggested donation
- All minors must submit a signed Waiver/Permission Slip.
- All adults must sign a Release of Liability Waiver.
- Signed Forms may be emailed to [email protected] or turned in the day of the scheduled tour.
We are not charging for tours, but would appreciate donations of dry cat food and wet kitten food. Donating aluminum cans is also welcome!
Potential group projects for students
Are you interested in hosting a group project benefitting the Idaho Humane Society? Here are some ideas:
- Collect Aluminum Cans: One of our greatest needs is collecting and encouraging friends, family, schools, or businesses to do so! Last year, our recycling program raised nearly $33,000! Most area Zamzows have drop-off sites (not including Lake Hazel) and IHS has bins at both locations. Volunteers collect these cans, sort, and turn them into a recycling center where we receive special pricing (approximately 60 cents per pound).
- Pet Food Drive: We are always in need of pet food, but especially dry and wet cat food. The Idaho Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry provides pet food to people impacted by unemployment, disability, or other financial hardships, providing food for 50 to 200 pets monthly. Pet food donations also support shelter animals (last year IHS welcomed 4,625 cats into our shelter), animals in foster care, and recipients of our Meals on Wheels for Pets program. You can get started by filling out our Donation Drive form.
We would love to come out to you or for you to come to us for a presentation. Please contact us at least three weeks before you’d like to have your group’s presentation.
Please contact us at (208) 377-1716 or [email protected].