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!
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*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*
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 email@example.com.
For more information on fostering, visit http://animalshelterwrv.org/foster-me/
We want to send out a big thank you to WRHS student, Connor, for making a shade spot to go in the agility/acquaintance area at the Shelter! He worked on it all summer and delivered it to the Shelter this weekend. Most of the wood is recycled so it’s also a “green” project! Thank you Connor!
Summer is off to a great start! Paws around Town and Hikin’ Buddies are officially under way (with 3 offsite adoptions so far) and we’re getting all ready for the benefit. If you haven’t secured your volunteer spot yet, please email me– I’d love to have everyone signed up in the next week. We’ll also be providing a quick benefit training meet- up the week before so volunteers can meet one another, get training in their “area” and fully understand the scope of the event and receive any last-minute details.
Here’s to a great summer!
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Ok, so we know it’s a day late for “Wet Nose Wednesday”, but this story was just to cute to let pass by! Volunteer extraordinaire, Jenn Barth, has been taking adoptable dog Tomasa out and about on Wednesdays. This week her post was beyond adorable – check it out below!
“I got to hang out with Tomasa again…happily cuz she’s a love, sadly cuz she’s still waiting for her forever home! To recap: she’s a 10 year old Pit Bull Terrier Lady Meatball looking for a cozy house to chill in that has lots of treats. She loves visiting seniors and making sure they all have a chance to give her a treat. Today we decided to have a fashion show to show off her svelte meatball curves and diva style choices! She knows you will enjoy her fabulous photos and want to bring her to your house for many more fashion days!”
We want to send out a BIG thank you to the Wood River Middle School Leadership Class! This group of dedicated students applied for the CenturyLink Philanthropy Grant on behalf of the Animal Shelter and the Hunger Coalition and were awarded $1,500 for each organization! Not only that, but they also held a school dance where the cost of admission to the dance was donated to the Shelter AND they spent hours volunteering to clean up the kennels and spruce up the Shelter. We are so thankful for all of their hard work!
We want to send a big shout out to the amazing first graders at the Community School! They picked the Animal Shelter for their WOW Project and worked to help create more PR for adoptable pets. They created an adorable video highlighting how great adopting a pet is, then they visited the Shelter to present their video and a big check donation! After their video premier and check presentation they hung out with adoptable dog Sebastian and all of the adoptable cats. Check out their video below!
Adopt a Fuzzy Pet Today… from Community School on Vimeo.
The 1st-3rd grade class chose the Animal Shelter for their WOW Project (to learn more about WOW Projects, click here). They made cat + dog toys, collected pet food for our food back, made “Adopt Me” posters and held a fundraiser bake sale where they made $520! They also made thank you notes for adopters!
Today they came to the Shelter for a tour, delivered toys to the shelter pets, then learned about dog safety + obedience with Behavior & Training Manager, Hillary Hayward (& her assistant, Sebastian), then finished off the day with a lesson on Microchips and took the Responsible Pet Person Pledge!
I hope your week is off to a great start. We have a few fun school events coming up that I’d love to share. Tomorrow, 5/24, is the world premiere of the Community School 1st Graders “Adopt a Fuzzy Pet” video! Then at 12:30 we’re off to receive a grant from the WRMS 7th Grade Leadership Class. Finally, on Thursday, we’re hosting the amazing Pioneer Montessori students who held a food drive, bake sale and made PR posters and toys for the shelter pets!
Next week we’re working with two Bellevue Elementary classes; details on how you can get involved are in the newsletter!
As a reminder, we’re closed Monday, May 30th! Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.
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We want to send out a BIG thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help this weekend at our 2nd Volunteer Community Service Day! The Shelter is looking top notch after volunteers cleaned up both Shelter vans, put up new banners, picked up 75+ bags of tumbleweeds, planted a catnip enrichment garden, created a new play space for the Shelter dogs, planted flowers, made dog toys, and more! We can’t say thank you enough!
We want to send out a special shout out to Suzanne & Scott who drove all the way from Boise to help! They adopted Greg (now Bently) last year and love the shelter!