Post Valentine’s Adoption Event!

Feb 2017

Don’t have your Valentine’s Day planned out yet? Still searching for that perfect date? Perhaps one that will wait patiently, listen closely, purr with gratitude, and always be happy to see you? We’ve got the answer!

Join us for a special post Valentine’s Day Meow Mixer Adoption Event at the Shelter!

Thursday, February 16th, from 4pm – 6pm all cats will have zero adoption fees! Get to know your potential pet better by perusing the Shelter with a pint of beer from the Sawtooth Brewery or a root beer float for the young and the young at heart.

Not looking to adopt? That’s okay! The cats can always use extra social time and would love to say hello to you!


Apres as it should be!

Jan 2017

Have you ever found yourself at your favorite local watering hole after a long day skiing thinking, “You know what would make this better? Cats”?

We have the answer to your troubles!

Join us this coming Monday (January 16th) from 4pm – 6pm at the Shelter (100 Croy Creek Road in Hailey) for our first ever “Meow Mixer” Adoption event! The Sawtooth Brewery is donating some of their famous Sunnyside Beer for the adults and we’ll be providing root beer floats for the kiddos (or the young at heart). ALL cats will have zero adoption fees! Not looking to adopt? That’s okay! We still encourage you to join us for a drink & some fun cat hangout time. Really, there is no better way to end a day on the mountain!


We’re buried!

Jan 2017

Have some extra time to spare this week?

Come join our shovel brigade! You bring the muscle (& the shovel if you have one) & we’ll provide the snacks, hot cocoa, & warm fuzzy feelings of a job well done!

Can’t wrestle a shovel but still want to help? Your donations can help mitigate the cost of snow removal, which helps us get more dogs out, walked, and happy!

Click here to make a donation

*On another note, due to the weather the Shelter’s hours will be different than normal. Before you drive out give us a call at 208-788-4351 to check road conditions & hours*

Shopping for the Shelter!

Dec 2016

Looking for a way to support the Animal Shelter while getting your holiday shopping done? We’ve got you covered! From greeting cards to shopping events, there are plenty of ways to gift and give back. Check out the events below for more information.

Not interested in giving a formal gift? You can always make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. While filling out the donation form make sure to include details so we can send a dedication e-mail or paper card to the recipient of your choice!

Click here to make a donation


Panache Shopping Event, December 8th


Silver Creek Outfitters Shopping Event, December 8th



SQN Shopping Event, December 10th

Give light on #GivingTuesday

Nov 2016

After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday – the gifting frenzy takes a turn towards giving back. Giving Tuesday is a day to support the nonprofits in your community and beyond to help make this world a better place today and for many tomorrows to come.

You can be the change you want to see in this world.

By making a donation to the Animal Shelter you aren’t just helping pets in need – you’re helping people too. Whether you’re lighting up the world of a child adopting their first pet, bringing relief to the family who can keep their beloved pet thanks to the pet food bank, or taking pet overpopulation down by providing free spay/neuter surgeries to any pet in Blaine County – your donation is making a difference.



Spread even more cheer by making a donation in the honor or memory of a loved one. When you make a donation by clicking here, you can fill in the information for us to send an e-card or paper card to anyone of your choosing.

Click here to make a donation.



Check out the Giving Walk!

Nov 2016

Looking for a fun way to spend the evening in Ketchum? Go check out the Giving Walk starting at Gail Severn Gallery! The walk starts at 4-6pm and will benefit the Animal Shelter, the Advocates, & the Hunger Coalition! For more information, visit the Gail Severn Gallery’s Facebook page.


Register for Carving for Critters!

Nov 2016

Carving for Critters

February 11th, 2016

Bald Mountain in Ketchum

“Carving for Critters invites you to join in the fun of this unique ski rally on the slopes of beautiful Sun Valley.  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 any of nine rally points on the mountain. Thanks to the techno folks at Orbiter Timing Systems,  Sparky 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.

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

The top 3 individuals and top 3 teams with times closest to the predetermined optimal rally time WIN!  Great prizes include a signed, numbered Leroy Nieman serigraph “Lady Skier”.  And, 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!

Be sure to join in and support a great cause on February 11, 2017 in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho.”

For more information & to register, check out the Carving for Critters website here.


Become a Foster Family!

Oct 2016

Although the shelter is a refuge for many dogs and cats, it’s not the most stress-free environment. On a daily basis, we review the population and talk about ways to make a shelter pets’ stay more comfortable. Sometimes the only answer is YOU, being a foster. If you’ve never considered this program before, please do so now.
Come in and meet some of these dogs, ask us questions about the program and share the information! We’re looking to expand our foster base and need your help. We provide all necessary food, supplies, help and guidance you could possibly need! The information you provide us about how a dog is in the home allows us to make better adoption matches, too.

The best part (besides helping a dog and making more room in the shelter?) WE WILL ACCOMMODATE YOUR SCHEDULE! Yes, that means if you have a pre-planned vacation or need a few days away you just let us know and bring the dog back to the shelter while you’re away!

The Shelter is actively searching for temporary foster homes for animals in need. We will be holding a Foster Volunteer Orientation on November 17th at both 11am & 5:30pm at the Shelter’s development office. For more information or to RSVP, please call the Shelter at 208-788-4351 or e-mail

For more information on fostering, visit

Thank you for joining us at Blessing of the Animals!

Oct 2016

Big thanks to everyone who came out for the Blessing of the Animals this past Sunday. Adoptable dog, Ollie, loved getting blessed & meeting lots of new friends! Gretchen also enjoyed her time and loved being carried about!

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First Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic a Success!

Oct 2016

We held the first spay/neuter clinic in the town of Richfield through the Pets for Life program (a grant the Shelter received through the Humane Society of the United States). While we have been providing free spay/neuter clinics for Richfield residents since December of 2015, this was the first clinic done in town with the help of the Idaho Humane Society and their mobile spay/neuter trailer!

The Shelter’s Pets for Life program has altered over 450 animals at no cost for residents of Fairfield and Richfield as well as provided vaccinations, pet food, collars, and tags.

Patients were picked up at their homes and transported to the mobile unit which was parked in the center of town. We had a veterinarian and licensed vet tech from the Idaho Humane Society as well as a volunteer vet assistant provided by the Animal Shelter. Volunteers Holly Mora and Rachel Sanker were both instrumental to the success of the day!

Our goal for the first clinic was to alter 40 animals, and we are happy to report we were successful! 38 cats and 2 dogs were altered! Our next clinic is scheduled for October 12th. We’re hoping to spay and neuter even more animals, and continue this great partnership!


Pets for Life Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic from Animal Shelter on Vimeo.