When folks think “animal shelter” often the image conjured up is simply that – a place to house animals until a permanent home is found.
Here at the Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley, we’ve evolved into so much more than that – all because of the support and generosity of the amazing community we live in. Thanks to you, we’re on the road to changing how people view animal welfare entirely. Instead of just sheltering animals, we’re now going out into the community and providing those in need with resources. Our free spay/neuter program has cut the stray population in half. Humane education programs are teaching more kids than ever before about the joys and responsibilities of being a pet owner.
By meeting people where they are, fostering a culture of compassion, and providing resources where they are needed, we are taking on a whole new and wildly more effective perspective on animal welfare and what it means to be an animal shelter.
We’re not just sheltering animals anymore – we’re creating positive change within homes and neighborhoods to create stronger, happier, more humane communities for both people and pets.
Today, you can donate to the Shelter through Idaho Gives and help us qualify for additional prize funds – all to support the lifesaving programs we offer at the Shelter!
We love partnering with fellow nonprofits! Yesterday Shelter alumnus, Pal, got the chance to spend some time at The Community Library reading with kids and demonstrating how to interact with dogs. It brought a smile to everyone’s faces to see the kids absolutely light up with joy as Pal walked into the room. Thanks to the partnerships we have with both nonprofits and businesses in the community, we get to see special moments like this on a regular basis! We couldn’t do it without the help of our amazing volunteers. Interested in becoming a volunteer? There are plenty of jobs to fit everyone’s interests! Sign up to volunteer by e-mailing our Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny Gardenswartz, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doyle is looking for an adventurous, active, fun-loving family to adopt. While he can be briefly shy with new people and situations, that quickly dissipates when he remembers that he LOVES people and hiking and exploring and making new dog friends! This friendly youngster will benefit from regular exercise and the installation of basic manners, but is an uncomplicated bundle of love who is hoping to find his family soon. Come to the Shelter and say hello to Doyle!
Meet Borris and Henry! These two little fellas act tough for about a minute when you first meet them but then quickly turn sweet and snuggly. They are also both looking for a Foster home to relax in until they find a forever home, come by the Shelter and meet a cute little friend!
There is a human element to animal welfare that often gets overlooked. We are so proud that our own Nadia Novik, Director of Shelter Outreach, had the opportunity to share this important message during the 2017 Sun Valley TEDx conference. Nadia shows us how a humane community is one that not only cares for animals, but also for the people attached to them. Nadia has been involved in multiple roles during her time at the Shelter. Most recently, her passion has been focused on bringing services to underserved communities in Idaho, helping people and pets in the rural reaches of our state through the Pets for Life program, a partnership program the Shelter received grant money for with the Humane Society of the United States. Check out the video below to learn more about Nadia the impact the Shelter is making in changing the animal welfare landscape in the West.
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!