Happy #VolunteerAppreciationWeek! One of the ways that local businesses can get involved with the Shelter is by having one of our “Adoptable Pet Binders” on hand. Being able to showcase the adoptable animals at the Shelter around the community helps pets get adopted faster! Read the story of Gretzky below, who thanks to the binders, found his new home!
“We were in Hailey, not to rescue a dog but to play a state hockey tournament. We had been looking for a dog or puppy to be part of the family, but hadn’t quite settled on the breed or size. So, it wasn’t like we went looking for Gretzky (Squirrel was his name in the shelter), but somehow Gretzky came looking for us during the two day tournament.
The first morning as we sat in Starbucks waiting on our coffee and hot chocolate, we noticed a binder labeled Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. Flipping through the pages near the end was the first time we came across what unknowingly was the next member of our family.
Between game one and two on a beautiful Saturday morning we walked the main street looking in windows hopping in and out of stores. The Barkin’ Basement Thrift Store just happened to be one of those stores and inside again we found ourselves flipping through the pages of a copy of the Animal Shelter’s three ring binder. Again, with hockey on our mind we went back to play game two at the Sun Valley rink. This time though “Squirrel” was being discussed and what it would be like to get a dog that wasn’t a puppy. The difficulties of training, breaking bad habits, and wondering why or that there has to be a reason that this type of dog would’ve ended up in a shelter.
The morning of day two, following a state championship win by the Idaho Falls Eagles U16 team, we decided on a championship breakfast at the Kneadery. Once again, we found ourselves with a three ring binder looking for the now much discussed Weimar. This time though deciding that on our way home to Idaho Falls we would stop by the animal shelter and see if it’s even open on a Sunday.
Gretzky formerly known as “Squirrel” is now part of our family. The amazing volunteers at the Animal Shelter never stop caring for the animals or looking for a new and caring home for each and every one of their animals. They don’t consider this a Monday through Friday job and after to remain open seven days a week.
They immediately greeted us with a smile and the question of “are you here to adopt?”. They then retrieved the requested Weimar and carefully and cautiously made sure our four-year-old and this dog would be OK, the staff did a kids test and when we all felt comfortable we were allowed to take him for a walk, discuss adoption and get a feel for each other.
Gretzky, (a much better name, we believe, for a hockey family) as expected is no different than any Weimar, very smart and well behaved. Gretzky now sits, lies down, will stay, play fetch (which he loves) and even shake. Not only for Brandi and I but also Madeline (who is 4). He plays gently, maybe a little obnoxiously underfoot, and at the end of the day as you can see in the pics just as we do enjoy being loved.
Gretzky and the Nelsons’ would like to thank all of the store owners that approve the placement of the Animal Shelter’s Adoption Binders. The volunteers that help keep them updated and placed. All of you together made our family better with the adoption of an animal in your community shelter!
Thanks and from now on,
‘Rescued Will Always Be Our Favorite Breed’
Thank you to the following businesses for featuring our adoptable pets: Homestead Grille, Hailey Coffee, Zaney’s, House Coffee, Mt. West Bank, Thunderpaws, Sotheby’s, The Kneadery, Starbucks, Laundromutts, Shades of Sun Valley, Chapter One, and High Altitude Fitness.
If you’re interested in having an “Adoptable Pet Binder” at your business, send an e-mail to Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny, at firstname.lastname@example.org.