Tails from Texas

Mar 2017

Here at the Animal Shelter we are fortunate enough to have tremendous support from the community. This support allows us to offer services, programs, and opportunities to both the people and pets of the Valley that many other communities in the country don’t have access to.

Programs like the Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, Paws for Hunger, and Community Paws all contribute to the steady decline of stray animals that come through our doors every year. In fact, the number of stray animals in Blaine County is less than half of what it was in 2009!

Because there are fewer local stray animals, we can fill our kennels with adoptable pets facing euthanasia at overcapacity regional shelters. Last year, we saved 289 animals from other shelters (primarily Jerome, Twin Falls, Burley, Buhl, etc). Occasionally we have the chance to partner with larger rescue organizations transporting animals from high need areas to communities that want more adoptable pets.

Last Thursday, we had the opportunity to welcome 12 dogs to the Valley from a special transport from San Antonio, Texas. We worked with San Antonio Pets Alive and SAFE K9 Transports and met their drivers in Twin Falls with our outreach vehicles to bring the dogs back to the Animal Shelter.

We’re excited to have more dogs for local families to choose from while these lovely adoptable animals are saved from unnecessary euthanasia. It’s a win-win!

Check out the video below for more information!

Tails from Texas from Animal Shelter WRV on Vimeo.

The dogs are currently being temperament tested, going through health evaluations, and then will be available for adoption! Make sure to keep an eye on Facebook and our website as they become available.

You can also check out pictures from the transport below:

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#WRVHappyTails from Zillah!

Mar 2017

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!


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.