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The Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley is the recognized leader in animal welfare-related programs and services in Blaine County. After more than 32 years of dedicated service to the community, we are one of the most beloved and well-known non-profit organizations in the area.

However, the level of service and diversity of programs we are able to offer the community and its homeless animals is severely limited by the size and quality of our physical facility. The facility has limited us not only in the number of animals we can help, but also the number of other vital services we provide the community.

The Animal Shelter’s current facility opened its doors in 1982 on a 5-acre parcel of land that was generously donated by Bill and Jean Burt. They made the gift in honor of their son Bobby, an animal lover who died in service during the Vietnam War. This land has served us well for years. However, with only 2.05 acres outside of Blaine County’s Mountain Overlay District, the small building envelope prevents any further expansion. After so many years of use, the facility is run-down, not ADA accessible, and is at its capacity.

With the purchase of the new 20 acre parcel of land, perfectly situated directly across from the existing Shelter with plenty of flat land, the community’s dreams of a new shelter facility are finally within reach! We are in the early phases of planning a new animal welfare campus that will serve the needs of the community for years to come. We invite you to share your ideas and dreams with us on the form below.

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We invite you to start dreaming with us. Picture what the best animal welfare organization for our community would do, what it would provide. And envision what kind of facility can house those dreams, and the dreams of the community for years to come…

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