We are on a mission to change lives by connecting pets and people.

DerpThe shelter operates with a very modest core management staff and kennel assistants. The Board of Directors sets policy and actively supports the shelter in its fundraising and educational efforts.

The majority of our funding comes from fundraising efforts and donations. We are not a county facility. Currently we service the Blaine County Animal Control Program as their Impound Facility, holding and releasing animals brought to the shelter by our Animal Control Officers and local citizens.

The Animal Shelter is a place where humans and animals can connect.  Where that connection is honored and celebrated.  Where people can find their new best friends and animals can find that place to call "home".

We envision a compassionate community where all animals are recognized for their inherent value and the human-animal bond is celebrated.

The Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.  The Shelter's EIN number is: #82-0351171.



ASWRV blk-wht logoThe original Animal Hospice concept was founded in 1972. For years, it functioned as a pet placement network, individuals fostering lost or abandoned pets and caring for their many needs, while looking for new homes.

The Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley opened its doors in May of 1982. The five acres of land the facilities occupy was a gift from a local benefactor. Many fundraising benefits, private donations, volunteer laborers and initial funding given by the Blaine County Government in exchange for services of collecting fines and license fees, contributed to the construction of the original facility.

The original facility, which still stands, includes a small office, cattery, and a dog kennel room. In the years that followed, outdoor playpens were added, another dog kennel building, an isolation room, a dog impound room, our pet acquaintance center & training area, three new large outdoor kennels and most recently our surgery/medical center.


The Barkin' Basement, our thrift store subsidiary on Main Street in downtown Hailey, opened its doors in April of 1994. The store provides the shelter a good source of outside financing and offers tax deductions for all merchandise donated.

The thrift store facility is rented space, not a shelter property. The store is always looking for donations, and can provide pickup for large merchandise and furniture. Volunteer help is needed and always welcome.


To learn more about the Barkin' - click here!

Trudy_SquareIn May of 1999, the Board of Directors adopted a Resolution to operate as a "no kill" shelter, the first in Idaho. Our goal is to safely house anyadoptable dog,cat, or "pocket pet" until a loving home is found for the animal. The Board defines adoptable as any Shelter animal  over the age of eight weeks that are healthy, treatable or rehabilitatable.  Animals under the age of 8 weeks old will be kept in foster care prior to becoming adoptable.  The Board does authorize euthanasia for animals which are terminally ill or dangerous. The Board reserves the right, through consultation with the Executive Director and Shelter Management to deem an animal un-adoptable.

Operating within no kill guidelines means there are no time limits regarding the length of stay for any adoptable animal at the shelter.  We understand that to remain no kill, we must provide the best quality of life for our animals while residing with us. Going beyond their basic needs of food, water and a clean shelter, we have begun an enrichment program as well as a behavior and training program for our residents while housed with us. 

Our modest core staff and volunteer network are essential to the mission of maintaining a quality of life for the animals during their stay at the shelter. We rely on members of the community to walk dogs, bathe, and groom the animals as well as help with instilling basic training and good manners. Spending a short few minutes with a lonely dog or cat may serve as the most important part of their day.

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