Volunteer Spotlight: Jen Barth

Oct 2017

Jen started volunteering when she moved here from California as a way to meet like-minded animal folks. She fell in love with the Shelter and fellow volunteers right away. Jen’s skills are diverse in her volunteering- from assisting with our humane education programs to walking dogs and bringing them to visit senior centers, to making elaborate costumes for photoshoots, Jen makes every day a little bit brighter for both Shelter pets and staff!

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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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.


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

Batman & Robyn Home for the Holidays

Dec 2016

Batman and Robyn were two of many kittens to come through the Shelter this season. They absolutely loved each other and we hoped they would find their forever home together. The staff decided to move the kittens to the Barkin’ Basement to see if they would find their forever family while in the store’s Cat Adoption Center.

After just one day, the pair was spotted by a family looking to surprise their daughters for the holidays.¬†Two playful kittens for two loving kids. It doesn’t get much better.


Be Their Light: Batman & Robyn from Animal Shelter on Vimeo.