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10,749

Lost and surrended animals received

6,435

Animals adopted last year

1,690

Lost pets reunited with their owners last year

1,385

Animals nurtured in foster care last year

1,592

Pets transferred in from other shelters last year

154

Dogs trained in our IDAPI program last year

304

Cats saved through our WISKR program last year

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A mama cat was recently brought into our shelter after being discovered near highway 21. She was milky and had recently given birth, but the kittens were nowhere to be found. Two days later, the kittens arrived at our shelter! ⠀ ⠀ We didn't know if these kittens belonged to her, but we introduced them and she immediately recognized her babies. She began cleaning them and they latched onto her for milk.⠀ ⠀ As wonderful as this reunion is, this is a gentle reminder to bring in the momma cat and kittens together. Kittens with their eyes closed (generally two weeks or younger) will not likely survive as this is a critical time they need with their mother. If you spot kittens outside and think they may have been abandoned, please keep a watchful eye to see if the mother comes back around. Many times they may be hiding or off hunting. If you have the opportunity, you can sprinkle a bit of flour around where the kittens are nestled and look for paw prints when you return.⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in becoming an IHS foster parent and helping us save lives, you can find information and an application at https://buff.ly/2GGoXyQ⠀ ⠀ You may also contact our foster office at (208) 331-8557 or email them at foster@idahohumanesociety.org with any other questions about bottle babies and our foster program.

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We want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to our donors who do so much for our organization. If you are a patron of any of these businesses, make sure you give them a high-five for supporting the Idaho Humane Society.⠀ ⠀ If your business sent a donation at the end of the month, it may be featured in the next month's thank you due to processing.

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Last week, 129 animals found their forever homes! This includes 69 cats, 54 dogs, 4 birds, 1 rabbit, and 1 ferret.⠀ ⠀ Mildred, a 10-month old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix (middle left), has had quite the journey towards finding her forever family! Mildred originally came to us from a shelter in McCall and when she arrived, we knew that she would need a little extra love and care. She is deaf, visually impaired, and VERY active. She quickly became a top candidate for our IDAPI program and spent time at a correctional facility learning tricks and commands via hand signals. Mildred was one of our long-term shelter residents but we’re pleased to say that as of last Thursday, she is loving life in her new home.⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Mildred and the rest of the adopted animals!

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If you’ve ever wanted a Guinea Pig as a pet, now is your chance! We have two Guinea Pigs (also known as Cavies) that are ready to find forever homes today!⠀ ⠀ ORSON is a 2-year-old, brown male Teddy Guinea Pig and BERG is a 2-year-old, tri-color male Abyssinian Guinea Pig. They are both shy and can be nervous about handling at first, but they warm up with gentle pets and tasty treats. If you’ve never seen a happy Guinea Pig, offer these two some blueberries and listen to them excitedly squeak, purr, and chirp!⠀ ⠀ Orson and Berg are the best of friends and we would love to find a home for the two of them together. Guinea Pigs are social creatures can become lonely and depressed if they don’t have a playmate, so it’s important that single Guinea Pigs get lots of playtime and socialization with their owner. Along with giving them daily interactions, Guinea Pigs require a specialized diet and veterinary care. Guinea Pigs eat a diet of mostly timothy hair with fresh fruit and vegetables as a yummy treat. They can live to be 4-6 years old so be sure to do some research before adopting!⠀ ⠀ If you would like to meet these two handsome Cavies, stop by our shelter today! Orson (#38913491) and Berg (#38913501) can be found in our Small Animal Room, connected to the Cattery. We are open every day from 10am – 6pm.

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We’ve got lots of small critters at our shelter right now and the majority of them are rabbits!⠀ These are the bunnies we currently have on our adoption floor, but we also have a few that are in foster care. Our shelter is open every day from 10am to 6pm so stop by and say hello to these cuties! And who knows – you just may fall in love with some-bunny! ❤ 🐰

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Yesterday was the first day the Treasure Valley saw triple digits and our Humane Officers were on the lookout for dogs locked in hot cars. While patrolling Meridian, we discovered this boxer locked in a car with the windows rolled up. Our officer quickly documented the dangerous conditions the dog was being subjected to so that we would have grounds to open the vehicle and remove the dog to safety. The temps registered inside the car were 134 degrees on one side of the vehicle and 103-106 on the other side of the vehicle.⠀ ⠀ In this case, the owner of the dog returned to the vehicle soon after we arrived. This dog was saved from a life-threatening situation, and a potential tragedy was averted.⠀ ⠀ It is far too hot to leave your pets in the car, even with the windows cracked, for any amount of time. Please contact animal control at 208-343-3166 if you are ever concerned about an animal in a hot car.⠀ ⠀ Our Humane Officers will be busy now through the fall rescuing dogs from bad situations and citing inattentive owners.

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We've had a great June! Check out all the great work we've been up to!

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We are so thrilled to be able to partner with several Idaho shelters. Today the ladies from Simply Cats came and picked up a few of our cats that needed a bit of TLC.⠀ ⠀ Don’t worry, we still have a number of great cats and kittens available for adoption. Cats one year and older are just $25!

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The Idaho Humane Society will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. If you have an animal emergency, please call police dispatch and they will contact Humane Officers.⠀ ⠀ We will open early – at 8 a.m. – on Thursday, July 5th for owners searching for lost pets or people who want to drop off stray animals they have found.

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We're having a Red White and Paw sale at the Idaho Humane Society! All dogs are 25% off and cats one year and older are just $25. We’re preparing for an uptick in dogs and cats brought into the shelter due to fireworks.⠀ ⠀ Since Friday, we've received: 57 dogs (34 stray, 23 owner surrender) and 92 cats (65 stray, 27 owner surrender). If you are thinking of surrendering an animal to IHS, please wait until next week if at all possible.⠀ ⠀ Accidents can happen even with the best planning, so make sure that your pet’s identification tag has your most current contact information and is attached to a well-fitted collar. Update your pet’s microchip information if you’ve moved or changed phone numbers since it was implanted. These steps will make it much easier for your pet to find its way home!⠀ ⠀ Your pets will do best locked safely in the house when fireworks begin. Close windows and pull down the blinds to minimize the amount of chaos they can see and hear outside. Turning on the radio or TV and giving pets a special treat or toy to keep them distracted helps as well. Don’t be tempted to take pets with you to celebrations where crowds can add to their stress.⠀ ⠀ Our shelter will be closed on July 4th, but we will open early – at 8 a.m. – on Thursday, July 5th for owners searching for lost pets or people who want to drop off stray animals they have found.

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Scooby and Shaggy, Ben and Jerry, Bert and Ernie… meet Boo and Benji! These two brothers are quite the handsome #caturday duo and they are ready to find their forever homes today!⠀ ⠀ Boo is a 1-year-old, 9-pound neutered male Domestic Shorthair. He’s a suave, charming cat with sleek black fur. He’s a confident cat that loves to play and chase after his toys. When he’s not busy playing, he loves to chirp and talk with his human friends. If he’s really enjoying the conversation, he’ll even roll over and ask for belly rubs.⠀ ⠀ Benji is a 1-year-old, 10-pound neutered male Domestic Shorthair. This beautiful orange, tiger-striped tabby is quite the lovebug. He is calm, easy-going, and more reserved than his brother Boo. He absolutely loves to snuggle on laps and enjoys chin scratches and head rubs.⠀ ⠀ Boo and Benji are both completely litterbox trained and used to being indoor-only. They do not have to go to the same forever home, but their foster mom would not be opposed to adopting them out together!⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in adopting Boo (#38589382) and/or Benji (#38589390) please email our foster office at fosterprogram@idahohumanesociety.org

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It’s #caturday but it looks like Ms. Shelly didn’t get the memo. She’s too busy being a parrot! 😹⠀ ⠀ SHELLY is a 1–year-old, 7 ½ -pound spayed female Calico Shorthair. She’s about as affectionate as they come and simply can’t get enough pets and attention. She absolutely loves hugs and enjoys being held and cuddled. We’re pretty sure that if we let her, Shelly would hang out on our animal care attendants’ shoulders all day. ⠀ ⠀ Shelly was found as a stray but seems to be very attached to her human friends. Shelly would do best in a home where she is able to spend lots of time with her adopted family and is allowed to cuddle and be close to them. She’s a mellow, easy-going cat that only asks for love and affection in return. She doesn’t seem to mind children or other animals, but introductions should always be carefully monitored. Shelly would be a wonderful companion animal for someone who is looking for a lifelong friend and snuggle buddy. ⠀ ⠀ If you would like to meet Shelly (#38891467) you can find her in Cattery Kennel 23 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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Pauline arrived at the shelter with an unusual and tragic history and is in need of a good, loving home. She loves attention, which is clear when she leans to be petted, and cuddles on the couch. There is no doubt she will make for a great family dog. She adores respectful children and has lived with them, but please supervise new introductions. Although she is a large girl (80 lbs) she doesn’t jump on people and has a gentle nature.⠀ ⠀ Pauline is house trained and waits patiently at the door to go out. She is very calm and does well inside the house, but she seems apprehensive walking on wood and tile floors (she is adapting though). She appears most comfortable outside, but don’t make that her permanent home. She wants to be with people whether in the house or yard. Socialization with lots of different environments is always beneficial.⠀ ⠀ Pauline definitely has a playful side! Her games include chasing tennis balls or squeaky toys and sometimes she will even bring them back to you for another round. She enjoys walking around with a toy in her mouth while wiggling her body. She also does a great job protecting the yard from squirrels. Pauline enjoys walks but can pull a bit too much – squirrel! A good obedience class may help her gain confidence and bond with new people.⠀ ⠀ Pauline does well with other sociable dogs to interact with, so with careful introduction, another accepting, friendly canine buddy could be beneficial for her. She is a Rockstar in our shelter playgroups and has helped shy dogs be more confident. Pauline does great with cats (and chickens) and has no problems sharing her home with them.⠀ ⠀ She knows a few commands (sit, stay and come) and is capable of learning more! She is a smart girl and wants to please. Pauline also would benefit from losing a few pounds through good nutrition and regular exercise. Please give this girl a chance to have a long life with a loving family!

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We have a lot of cats and kittens in our cattery… help us save a life and come down and adopt a new family member. The first 10 adopters get a free cat bed, free cat litter, cat toy, and bag of cat treats! All cats over one-year-old are just $25 through the weekend!⠀ ⠀ We're open daily from 10am to 6pm. 4775 W Dorman Street Boise, Idaho 83705.

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Come on down to IHS and check out all the great small animals we have for adoption!⠀ ⠀ Cockatiel $50 (you must have your own cage)⠀ Ferret $50 (you must have your own cage)⠀ Rabbits $25 (they come spayed/neutered)⠀ Bonded Parakeets $40 with cage...⠀ Guinea Pigs $10⠀ Rats $5⠀ Gerbils $5

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Our Animal Care and Control Officers have received several calls this week of animals left in hot cars. Please remember that warm weather can be very dangerous for pets. It is far too hot to leave your pets in the car, even with the windows cracked, for any amount of time. Even in 70-degree weather, temperatures inside a car can quickly reach 90 degrees. Please contact animal control at 208-343-3166 if you are ever concerned about an animal in a hot car. Our Humane Officers will be busy now through the fall rescuing dogs from bad situations and citing inattentive owners.

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Last week, we adopted out 96 animals from our shelter! This includes 53 dogs, 41 cats, 1 rat, and 1 hamster. Victoria (middle right) is a 3-year-old Siamese mix that was brought to our shelter as a stray. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with her regal looks and personality. Victoria spent a month in our cattery before she was finally adopted last Sunday. Hooray!⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to Victoria and all of the other adopted animals that found their forever homes! We are so thrilled for you and your new families 🏠❤️

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Some of you may remember Mocha, a kitten with Cerebellar Hypoplasia, who we featured in a video a couple of weeks ago. We're pleased to say that many of you spread the word about Mocha and we were quickly able to find a forever home for her. We just received an update from her new family and everything is going GREAT! Mocha -- now known as Juniper -- gets along very well with the family dog, Koda. As you can see, they love to play and snuggle! Koda keeps a watchful eye on Juniper and enjoys following her around the house. They have another cat named Jewel that is still getting used to all of Juniper's kitten energy, but everything is going very well.⠀ ⠀ We want to thank Juniper's foster mom - Katie - for taking such good care of her until she could be adopted, and then we’d like give a BIG thank you to Juniper's new family for giving her a purrfect forever home. ⠀ Congratulations Juniper!

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Last week we had our second camp session of the World of Pets and it was a huge success! Every day was filled with new activities, animals, and lessons to learn about different pets. On Tuesday, campers learned how to check for fleas and ticks on pets -- with some help from shelter alum, Roscow. Then our Community Cat Coordinator, Jen, visited the campers on Wednesday to talk about the importance of microchipping your pets. ⠀ ⠀ Thanks to all the campers that joined us last week. We hope you had as much fun as we did!⠀ ⠀ We still have spots available in our 1-day Mini Camps on August 1st and 2nd so don’t forget to sign up: https://buff.ly/2lreASn

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For our next #Caturday feature, we want you to meet Sirene! ⠀ ⠀ SIRENE is a 1-year-old, 7-pound spayed female Domestic Shorthair. One of the first things you may notice about Sirene is that she is missing her back right foot, and her back left foot is a little wonky-looking as well. She came to our shelter this way and we believe this was an injury that happened when she was a very young kitten. Fortunately, Sirene’s disabilities don’t slow her down at all! She is able to put weight on both of her back legs and can run and jump like any other cat, just with her own flair of style. The only thing we would say in regards to Sirene’s medical condition is that she needs to be an indoor-only cat.⠀ ⠀ Sirene came to the shelter with two of her kittens and was an excellent Momma to them. They both found forever homes of their own and now it is Sirene’s turn! Sirene has quickly become one of our cattery favorites not just for her unique backstory, but also because she is such a loving and affectionate cat! She loves scratches behind the ear and under her chin, and she’ll happily rub up against you while you’re giving her pets and affection. ⠀ ⠀ Sirene has the potential to be good with children and other animals, but always monitor introductions. Make sure that children are old enough to know to be gentle and respectful with Sirene, especially considering her missing foot. Dogs should be cat-savvy and not interested in chasing her. Same goes for cats. ⠀ ⠀ Come meet Sirene (#38372445) in Cattery Kennel 102 at our shelter, 4775 Dorman St. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm.