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.



The Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Paw ‘n Pole

Feb 2017

The Animal Shelter’s Annual Paw ‘n Pole event is just days away (February 26th, 11am at the Sun Valley Gun Club)! This family friendly event is fun for all ages and fitness levels. Costumes are encouraged as we celebrate “Dr. Seuss”, our 2017 theme. Your registration includes lunch, beverages, and entitles you and your dog(s) to participate in any or all activities including xc ski races, snow shoe strolls, 3k canine skijor, silly pet trick contest, costume contest, and agility course!

Have you signed up yet?

If not, here are just a few reasons you don’t want to miss out.



It’s going to be way better exercise than that cat aerobics class you’ve be thinking about trying. And let’s be real, the cat wasn’t all that excited about it anyway.



SO. MUCH. FOOD. Seriously, the Haven Food Truck, Sawtooth Brewery, and other local vendors will all be there to meet your energy needs!

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Prizes! Come on, who doesn’t love winning? The best part? We have prizes in every category – best costumes, best pet tricks, best skiers, the list goes on.

Besides, even if you don’t win a prize – doesn’t getting out with your pup on a nice day feel like reward enough?



Costumes are always encouraged at the Paw ‘n Pole. This year’s theme is Dr. Seuss, which means your options for dressing up are just about endless. While costumes aren’t required – they are definitely fun! Given some of the outfits we saw last year, we know the bar will be set pretty high for this year!

Click here for some fun ideas to get those creative juices flowing

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You’ll be helping Shelter pets all while getting exercise, bonding with your dog, meeting new friends, eating good food, and living that Sun Valley lifestyle. What more could anyone ask for?



Click here to register for the Paw ‘n Pole now

(you’ll save $5 by pre-registering!)

See you there!

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.