Join us for a Pocket Sketch Class!

Jul 2017
Kath Macaulay is back again this year to offer her Pocket Sketch class to benefit the Animal Shelter! This year Kath will be holding two courses – one for beginners and the other for folks who have an understanding of the basics. Pocket Sketching is perfect for travel, hiking, skiing, the symphony, sitting in a café’ – anywhere you can hold a paper and pencil!
Class for Beginners
Easy to Learn Plein Air and Watercolor
July 10,11,12-(Mon/Tue/Wed)
CSI – Queen Of The Hills Conference Room
$385-includes instruction and supplies
Class for Intermediate
Watercolor & Animals – A Pocket Sketching Refresher
July 20,21,22-(Thurs,Fri,Sat)
CSI- Queen Of The Hills Conference Room
$385-includes instruction and supplies
To Register:
Call 208-788-4351 & ask for Marcia

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Ground has been Broken!

Jun 2017

It’s official, ground has been broken on the new animal welfare campus! The Shelter hosted a private groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 22. More than 100 campaign donors and volunteers toured the property with maps depicting the major building locations for the nearly 30,000 square foot facility designed not just to house homeless animals, but to be a community gathering and education hub, spay/neuter center, and more.

Shelter Executive Director Dr. Jo-Anne Dixon said during the ceremony (while wearing a hard hat decorated with dog “ears” and holding a golden shovel), “We’re so proud of what the new facility will do for the community, both the pets and the people; and we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who has volunteered, donated, adopted, and spread the word to help achieve our mission.”

The Animal Shelter partners with many other local groups and nonprofit organizations, including The Hunger Coalition, The Advocates, The Senior Connection, and local schools. Associate Director Brooke Bonner stresses the importance of all these different organizations for the health of our community and looks forward to the expanded partnerships that will be possible in the new campus.

Bonner says, “The current shelter building was never designed for the role we are filling for the community – back when it was built more than 35 years ago, animals were only housed for a few days at a time. Now that we are a no-kill shelter, we need to be able to house animals humanely for more extended time periods. Now is the time to invest in a building capable of fulfilling a larger vision. This will be a tremendous asset, bringing back a significant ‘return on investment’ to benefit Blaine County.” In fact, according to an economic impact study conducted by the Sun Valley Economic Development Corporation, in 2015 the Animal Shelter infused $4.4 million back into the local economy, almost three times its operating budget that year.

According to Dr. Dixon, the Animal Shelter is an important member of the local nonprofit sector, serving a key role to ensure Blaine County is a humane community for all. She says, “In addition to saving homeless animals’ lives, we also educate thousands of children every year, help keep families together by providing services so they can keep their pets during times of struggle, and provide love and companionship to seniors and others through our outreach programs. Whether or not you’ve ever adopted, chances are good that we’ve touched the life of someone you love through our diverse programs.”

The Animal Shelter’s Campaign Committee and staff have been busy raising the early major gifts needed to be able to break ground. They have received 75% of the gifts and pledges needed to finish the facility and are looking forward to announcing the kickoff of the community campaign later this year.

According to Bonner, “We want to give everyone a chance to see how this project will help the community and how their gift can make an impact. As we move forward with the campaign, donors will be able to participate in whatever way is meaningful to them – even with our growing mission and impact, the Animal Shelter will always be here for Blaine County’s two-legged and four-legged citizens.”

To learn more about what the new animal welfare campus will include, you can see a map of the facility at

Check out some of the images below from the celebration!

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Puppies 101 Seminar this Saturday

Apr 2017

Puppies 101:

What to Expect in the First Year

Learn about the behavioral stages puppies go through from birth through adolescence with renowned trainer Julie Anderson. Learn how puppies change throughout their first year and the best ways to make sure you foster their growth to help them become great canine citizens!

Saturday, April 29th
4pm – 5:30pm
@ the Community Library
415 Spruce Ave, Ketchum
Free Event ($10 Suggested Donation)
Admission limited to the first 40 people
About Julie Anderson:
“I have been working professionally with dogs since 2009, and in that time have worked with hundreds of dogs. I have worked with intense reactivity, crippling fear and everything in between. I use a science based behavioral approach that is both fast and effective in changing a dog’s behavior. I believe our dogs do best when we set them up for success! My methods are fun for both human and dog, and I don’t use any methods that will cause pain or fear in your dog. You can expect to see a noticeable difference after one session.

I am a Certified Dog Trainer and Professional Member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals). It is an organization established to maintain the highest professional and business standards among canine professionals.”

To learn more about Julie, click here.

2017 Paw ‘n Pole Pictures

Mar 2017

We want to send out a big thank you to everyone who joined us last weekend for the 31st Annual Paw ‘n Pole! We hope you all had a fantastic time and we hope to see you again next year. If you’d like high-res copies of any of these photos please e-mail


And an extra big thank you goes out to our sponsors: Sun Valley Title, Thunderpaws Pet Shoppe, and Sun Valley Company!

It’s time to Ski Rally!

Mar 2017

Carving for Critters 2017

Saturday, March 4th
Bald Mountain Ski Rally
Start Time: 10:30am – Lift Close

Carving for Critters invites you to join in the fun of this unique down hill ski rally on the slopes of beautiful Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, ID. A benefit for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, Carving for Critters is a family friendly, all ages, all abilities event designed to reward strategy over speed.

Using a “shot gun” style start, participants begin the rally at River Run or Warm Springs Lodge. Thanks to the tech folks at Orbiter Timing Systems, Checkpoints (Sparky Penguin) will electronically read and log your time as you ski or ride by each rally point. Don’t go too fast, though, because you’ll gain penalty points. Once everyone has finished the rally the Carving for Critters organizers will take the three teams/individuals in the middle of the field (the median times). This event isn’t about flying down the mountain as fast as possible – it’s trying to find the average time based on what other teams are doing.



Where will you begin? Which route will you take to pass all nine check points? Will you get caught up in lift lines? How much fun will you have?

The top 3 individuals and top 2 teams with times closest to the predetermined optimal rally time WIN! Great prizes include a signed, numbered Leroy Nieman serigraph “Lady Skier”. Since this is a fundraiser, the individual and team raising the most money for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley will receive a great prize as well as a HUGE thank you (if you’d like to create a fundraiser for this event, click here)! Award ceremony at Apple’s Bar & Grill (4:00pm).


For more information & to register, click here.

For questions or more information,

please e-mail Carving for Critters event coordinator,

Sean, at

You can also check out their Facebook page here!

Join us for the Paw ‘n Pole today!

Feb 2017

Looking for a way to kick off #SundayFunday? Join us for the 31st Annual Paw ‘n Pole today at the Sun Valley Gun Club! Events start at 11am & include a 3k canine skijor, cross country ski races, snow shoe strolls, pet trick contests, costume contests and more! Registration is $15 and includes participation in any or all activities, lunch, and beverages.