2016 Community Impact Report

Hu • mane (ADJ.)

1. Marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans and animals. Synonyms: merciful, kind, tender, compassionate, gentle, sympathetic, charitable. See: human.

Here at the Shelter, we strive to bring kindness, understanding, & compassion to each human and animal who comes through our doors.

Whether it’s providing pet food to a family to help them keep a pet during a financial crisis, transferring animals in from overcrowded shelters, or even the small act of sitting with a scared pet - all of these moments add up to something bigger. They add up to a community whose daily actions create an environment where both people and pets can feel safe, happy, and loved.

As a team, we circled around what the right word is to embody this culture of compassion. “Humane” describes the work we do daily.

We invite you to join us on our mission to change the lives of more animals and people every day. We know that with your help, a more humane world is right around the corner.

2016 By the Numbers

2016 was another great year at the Animal Shelter.

With more animals going home, more participants in spay/neuter clinics, and our humane education programs reaching more children, 2016 was a year of breaking records.

We have a lot to celebrate with you - in addition to important programmatic statistics, we’ve also peppered in some other fun numbers from this past year. Enjoy!

Com • pas • sion (NOUN)

1. Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Whether families are looking to adopt for the first time, utilizing the free Community Spay/Neuter clinic, volunteering their time, or surrendering a pet, the Shelter strives to have open doors and open arms for everyone.

In 2016, 629 animals found their forever homes through the Animal Shelter, a 40% increase in adoptions since 2013! Each year, more and more families come to the Shelter to adopt - local families are adopting more pets, in addition to people being drawn from around Idaho and beyond through the Animal Shelter’s reputation and extensive outreach efforts. By opening their lives to a homeless pet, adopters are giving a loving pet a second chance at family. And in return, they receive so much.

Compassion is felt in every action at the Shelter and each moment ripples out into the community - making life better for both animals and people!

Kind • ness (NOUN)

1. The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Many of the rural communities surrounding Blaine County cope with an “animal welfare desert” - these are towns with little or no access to veterinary and shelter services. The Animal Shelter received a grant from the Humane Society of the United States to be the first shelter in the nation to implement the Pets for Life outreach program in rural communities - bringing free spay/neuter, vaccinations, food, and other resources to help animals stay in their loving homes, while preventing pet overpopulation.

Our work on Pets for Life in the communities of Fairfield, Dietrich, and Richfield has been so successful that we implemented a similar version within Blaine County called “Community Paws.” Our outreach team provides food, spay/neuter clinic transport, and support for community cats and other pets in pockets of Blaine County struggling to access our services.

We are building a mutually beneficial network that is able to provide better care for pets region-wide. Taking healthy, adoptable animals facing euthanasia and bringing them to Blaine County means not only are we saving more lives, but local families are benefiting from this coalition by having a diverse and changing adoptable pet population.

The ever increasing number of adoptions we’re making possible completes this circle - showing kindness and generosity to our regional neighbors and underserved Blaine County residents is bringing more love to our own community!

Em • pa • thy (NOUN)

1. The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

From youth programs and visits to the local senior centers to community participation in adoption events and volunteering, the Animal Shelter offers a multitude of opportunities to interact with both people and pets. As a hub for compassion and connection, we strive to provide people with meaningful connections to the individuals who call this Valley home.

As our capacity for programs grows, we’ve been able to have more and more students come to the Shelter for our Humane Education programs. While this program is still in its early stages, there is a growing movement among educators to include character and humane education in their school curricula as a way to teach students respect, responsibility, empathy, and to help them develop critical thinking and decision-making skills based on compassion, tolerance and integrity.

The Animal Shelter is proud of our role in making Blaine County a more compassionate and humane community for all!


Investing in Real Change

The last few years have seen unprecedented investments in the Animal Shelter by the community and our supporters from all over the nation. Your investments, whether $5 or $5,000 are truly transforming our ability to accomplish the organization’s mission.

Every year, our program numbers continue to increase, resulting in more animals’ lives saved and more people’s lives changed. Even as we move toward building a new campus, we continue to invest in our ongoing operations, ensuring the community’s day to day needs are met while we move toward an even bigger vision.

For full details, you can find our annual 990 tax return and audited financials at www.animalshelterwrv.org/about/publications

Fu • ture (NOUN)

1. The expectation of advancement or progressive development

“Making do” is a way of life at the Animal Shelter. The staff and volunteers are experienced, dedicated, and work long hours to feed, train, and care for the more than 3,000 animals that receive help from the Shelter every year. We do amazing things out of a small, outdated facility. However, after more than 35 years of hard use, the current facility is simply no longer workable. It’s worn out, overcrowded, stressfully noisy, poorly ventilated, vulnerable to disease, fire and mudslides, and no longer reflects today’s best practices.

Imagine a new campus that is known widely as a happy and inspiring place for adoptions, volunteering, learning, and engaging with animals and with other people. A place where compassion and empathy are grown, connection is fostered, and community is built. A place that draws visitors from all over to our beautiful mountain town, driving more economic vitality to the area while saving more animals’ lives than ever before.

Whether you are a donor, volunteer, adopter, or friend, you will play a critical role in the success of this exciting vision - visit www.wagthefuture.org for more information on making this dream a reality. We look forward to opening this innovative new campus in 2018, making our mountain community truly humane.

Paving the Way


If you’d like to join us in building a joyous future for people and pets through an innovative new campus, please contact Brooke Bonner at 208-788-4351 or brooke@animalshelterwrv.org


Special thanks to all of the campaign donors to date! Gifts of $1,000 or more are listed below. For a full listing of all campaign donors, please visit www.wagthefuture.org.

Gifts of $2,000,000+

Gifts of $1,000,000 – $1,999,999
Lyn and David Anderson
Animal Shelter Board of Directors
Carol and Ed Dumke, in memory of
Valerie Ann Dumke

Gifts of $500,000 – $999,999
Barbara J. Hartley Fund, Lynn Campion
Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward
Family Foundation
Kemmerer Family Foundation
Bill Pierpoint

*Joseph Begovich Youth Engagement Fund

Gifts of $250,000 – $499,999
Rita and George Golleher,
Bigwood Bread
Estate of Bob and Letitia Jackson
John A. Moran Charitable Trust,
Carole and John Moran
Martine & Dan Drackett
Family Foundation
Priscilla Pittiglio

Gifts of $100,000 – $249,999
Sylvia and Bob Cook
Lennox Foundation
Mari and Thomas Lowe
Pamela and Chuck Lyford
Sally and Marc Onetto
Kristin and Michael Owens
Sharon and Bart Rinker
Maggie and Dave Sturdevant

Gifts of $50,000 – $99,999
Anonymous, in memory of Hunter
Burns Family Foundation, Julie Wrigley
Wendy Chase
Beverly and Michael De Chevrieux
Keith & Mary Kay McCaw Family
Mary Bachman & William Downing
Linda and Bill Potter
Jill and Fred Vogel

Gifts of $25,00 – $49,000
Rosemary Aquilante
Bobbi Hunt
Alison and James Luckman
Jan and Bob Main
David McCarty
Ochsman Foundation, Michael and
Esther Ochsman
Gail and Jack Thornton
Cindy and Peter Urbanowicz
Phillip and Susan Usher
Lynn Whittelsey

Gifts of $10,000 – $24,999
Albertsons, LLC
Animal Shelter Staff
Brooke Bonner and Kyle Baysinger
In Memory of Dorothy Ferguson
Judi and John Ferguson
Betty and Peter Gray
Kathy and Chuck Guinn
Martha and Ross Jennings
Joan Leidy Foundation
The Johnson Family Fund,
Katrin Johnson
Joan and Michael O’Neil
Robin Leavitt and Terry Friedlander
James Moore
Pedigree Foundation
Deida and Duane Runswick
Wodecroft Foundation

Gifts of $5,000 – $9,999
Anonymous (2)
Bretall Family Trust
Byerwalter Charitable Fund*
Ben Holmes and
Carol Scheifele-Holmes
Mario and Alma Pastega Family
Gail and Bob Smelick
Judy and Richard Smooke
Janet Taggares
In Memory of Jack Thornton

Gifts of $1,000 – $4,999
Joseph Begovich
Boylston Family Foundation
Janne and Henry Burdick*
Greg Cappel and Denise Simone
Jo-Anne Dixon
Renee Faltings
In Memory of Kathy Guinn
Joannie and Ron Lane
Andrea Laporte
Ruth Lieder
Elise B. Lufkin
McAlvain Construction
Mary Meeker*
Kelly and Macy Mitchell
Rebecca Mongeau
Mary and Carter Newton*
Roger and Sheron O’Connell*
Jinny Olsen and Erik Rolf
Mary Anne and Allan Pinkerton
Debra Riedel
Condoleezza Rice*
Jill and Tom Schriber
Barbara and Philip Silver
Tricia Swartling, Maggie &
Zach Williams
Candy and Jay Walton