The Barkin’ Basement is Hiring!

Apr 2018

The Barkin’ Basement is looking to fill a Full-time Customer Service/Sorter Position
and a Part-time Pickup Driver/Sorter Position!

Customer Service/Sorter
Applicant must be able to work weekends and some holidays. Must
have previous knowledge of register functions and cash handling, great
customer service and people skills. Applicant must be a highly
motivated team player, organized, outgoing, polite and
professional. Must be able to bend, reach, lift and carry 50 pounds up
and down stairs. Good communication skills required. Bilingual and experience
in pricing is a plus.

Pickup Driver/Sorter
Applicant must be able to work weekends and some holidays. Must
have a current driver’s license and personal car insurance. Must be able to
bend, reach, lift and carry 50 pounds up and down stairs.
Must have good communication and customer service skills.
Bilingual and maintenance experience is a plus.

Looking for reliable, self-starting leaders who work well in a fast paced team environment.
Applicant’s should have commitment to the mission, values, goals, and
success of the Animal Shelter.


To apply, please fill out the online application and send to the Barkin Basement at or call 208-788- 3854.

The Pet Project

Apr 2018

Dev Khalsa Photography is offering 20-minute studio mini-sessions for all local pets & their owners! 50% of all session fees go to the Shelter! Sessions are offered May 2nd-4th, click here to register:

Dogs in the Library!

Apr 2018

Bring your kiddos down to the Hailey Public Library and enjoy storytime with a furry friend tomorrow April 20th! Can’t make it? Come in Saturday May 5th and get crafty making mats for Shelter pets!

Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Apr 2018

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week and here at the Shelter we have so many great folks to be thankful for. From school groups to seniors, our community really goes the extra mile! Thanks so much, you guys really are the best!

Dog Trainers of the Future!

Apr 2018

Congratulations to Mrs. Blackstead’s 4th Grade Bellevue Elementary Class, they are our newest Dog Trainers of the Future!

Adoptable dogs Buck, Brooks, Zenith and Zeus learned how to sit, lay down, focus, work on name recall, and even advanced to some fancy tricks like sit pretty and the army crawl.

Thank you to the WOW project for creating generosity opportunities for the students of the Valley, our wonderful volunteer Liz Yuengling for her time, and to Mrs. Blackstead for instilling the importance of helping Shelter animals to her students!

Special Letter to the Editor

Apr 2018

We wanted to send a shoutout to long-time volunteer and Shelter supporter, Andrea Nelson, for her touching letter to the editor in yesterday’s issue of the Idaho Mountain Express. If you haven’t had a chance to read it – check it in the image below!

Jo-Anne Dixon named Woman of the Year!

Mar 2018
Our Executive Director, Jo-Anne Dixon, has been named Woman of the Year! Thank you to everyone who voted and all who support the Shelter and the exciting work that is changing the lives of both people and pets.
Check out the article written by the Mountain Express about Jo-Anne and her work with the Shelter. Big thanks to Mountain Express for the article and the issue about all the amazing women of the Valley!

It’s time to raise Idaho up!

Mar 2018

Join us in the campaign to build a new animal welfare campus!

After 36 years of “making do,” the dream of a new animal welfare campus is just months away from becoming reality! Thanks to the incredible support from our community both near and far, the journey is underway. We need your support to finish creating this amazing place to celebrate pets and the people who love them. A place where folks can connect. A place where friendships are made and smiles are abundant. A place where animals get a second chance at life.

And a place that will transform Idaho into a state where no healthy, adoptable animal is euthanized for space.

We encourage you to check out the video below – it embodies the hope, drive, and passion that the Animal Shelter provides to the community. You can help to stretch the mission far and wide and help animals all over Idaho by supporting this vision:

Learn more about this exciting project here!

Meet the Board!

Mar 2018

We’re excited to announce the Shelter’s board members in 2018!

Jan Main, a former Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor, stepped into the role of Board President following the end of Priscilla Pittiglio’s term. Dan Drackett, a career marketing and advertising creative director stepped up as Vice President. Rosemary Aquilante led a career in bio-technology and will serve as Secretary, and Renee Faltings, with her background as an investment adviser and financial planner, is the perfect fit for Treasurer.

New board members include Sally Onetto, Elizabeth Mathieu, and Christine Ferguson (who served on the board from 1993 – 2006.) They are joining continuing board members Joseph Begovich, Greg Cappel, Bobbi Hunt, Rhiana Macaya Mitchell, and Phillip Usher.

“Our shelter is a wonderful, happy place that brings the unconditional love of animals to members of our community,” stated Jan Main, the newly elected president. “With our new shelter we will finally have a place that truly reflects the amazing work we do.”

To see all the board bios, click here .

Remember to vote for Jo-Anne!

Feb 2018

Don’t forget to vote for our Executive Director/Medical Director, Jo-Anne Dixon, DVM, for the Wood River Valley’s Woman of the Year!
Voting is open until March 4th.
Click here to vote:
Jo-Anne left private practice as a veterinarian in 2006 to become the Shelter’s vet. Since then she has spayed/neutered more than 8,000 animals for both the community and adoptable pets.
Jo-Anne’s compassion, drive, and hope for a better future for both pets and people have steered the Animal Shelter into being a leader for animal welfare in our multi-state region. She works tirelessly to not only care for the animals at the Shelter, but to connect people with this cause and rally folks behind the Shelter’s mission. The Shelter wouldn’t be where it is today without Jo-Anne’s leadership.
From all of us who work with Jo-Anne day to day,
we hope you take a moment to vote for her. Thank you!