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!


Wrangler’s New Home

Jan 2017

Some days in the busy hustle and bustle of life we forget to appreciate the people and pets around us that make life so special.

So when this Happy Tails clip came into our inbox this morning, it made us all take a step back to realize just how special each adoption is for the people who bring a shelter pet home. It’s not just the pets who are winning when they are taken home to their new families – it’s the people too!

Enjoy this quick clip of Wrangler meeting his boy for the first time – then run home and go give your pet a big hug & tell them how much you appreciate them!


Wrangler Goes Home from Animal Shelter WRV on Vimeo.


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*

629 Adoptions!

Dec 2016

Thanks to your support, 629 animals have found their forever families this year! Enjoy this year’s Happy Tails recap & be sure to send us your Happy Tails photos for 2017!

You can help make even more Happy Tails possible by making an end of year gift to the Animal Shelter. Click here to make a donation & be their light:

*At the making of this video, 628 animals had been adopted. Turbo was the last adoption of 2016!*

2016 Happy Tails Recap from Animal Shelter on Vimeo.


Be Their Light: Pet Food for the Holidays

Dec 2016

One of my favorite days of the year is visiting our Pets For Life families around the holidays and spreading cheer with some pet food to help with the financial burden of the season. Pita (on the left in the photo below) and I went to Fairfield to meet with our clients and make surprise deliveries of pet food that has been donated to our Pets for Life program! We were greeted with smiles, hugs, and many thanks.

Because of the Pets for Life program and the relationships we’ve made with our clients, more pets are staying in their loving homes (instead of coming to the Shelter) and more animals are getting spay/neuter surgeries preventing unwanted litters (& the expenses that come with raising more animals).

Be Their Light: Pet Food for the Holidays from Animal Shelter on Vimeo.


For more information on our Pets for Life program, click here.

To make a donation to the Animal Shelter to support the services we offer to the community (including a new initiative called “Community Paws” which reaches out to Blaine County locals in need), click here.

Thank you for your support and for making this animal loving community such a special place to live, work, and play. Happy Holidays!



Nadia Novik

Director of Shelter Outreach

How-to: Community Cats in the Winter

Dec 2016

Do you have cats near your home that live outside? Don’t fear! With a little assistance cats can live comfortably (& happily) in the outdoors. In fact, many cats (especially those who weren’t raised with humans) prefer to live outdoors with their feline families. As long as they are getting the essentials, the best thing you can do for them is let them enjoy their outdoor lifestyle!

Click here to check out the full how-to sheet!