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The shutdown is temporarily over, but Boiseans felt the hurt. Luckily, they had local business on their side.


It wasn’t just services for furloughed workers themselves that were offered around the Treasure Valley. The Idaho Humane Society provided a month’s worth of food from its pantry to furloughed workers with pets.

About 35 percent of people who sought goods at the pantry in the last month were furloughed, IHS communications manager Kristine Schellhaas told the Statesman in an email.

“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who have been impacted by this shutdown,” Schellhaas said. “We see their dedication to our country every day, and we’re proud to not only help our community members, but their pets as well.”

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