Weekly Volunteer Newsletter

Volunteer News

December 8, 2017


Stay At Home

Pet of the Week

Shelter Wishlist

Pepper loves the wish list!

Does your office or classroom need a wish list? I’m happy to send you one to share!

The Shelter Pets are most definitely on the “nice” list for the holidays! 

Fabric Scissors (to help make dog and cat toy crafts!)

Cat Treats (Temptations is a fave!)

Small/Medium dog biscuits

Aerosol air freshener

Wet cat food

Creamy Peanut Butter


Hot Dogs


Pig Ears Chews

Empty Egg Cartons



Volunteer Opportunity: The "Wake Up Waggin' "

GOAL OF THE POSITION: To help get the Shelter ready for the day

DUTIES: Put clean blankets out for the dogs, fill up outdoor water buckets, gather food bowls and kongs, poop scoop patrol, morning dog walk.

SHIFTS: Daily 8 am-9 am

TRAINING: Completion of Volunteer Orientation, Dog Handling and staff shadowing for approximately one hour and on-going as needed.

INTERESTED? Please email Jenny@animalshelterwrv.org for training


GOAL OF THE POSITION: By taking an adorable adoptable to our local senior centers, you’ll be providing a shelter pet a much-appreciated outing and increase their adoptability. Position also provides endless amounts of happiness to those you visit!

DUTIES: Provide safe transport for the pre-selected shelter pet, follow protocols determined by the facility (check in, submit pets’ medical records to office, etc.), oversee safe interactions between shelter pet and seniors.

SHIFTS: Senior Connections in Hailey: Thursdays 1-2 PM. Blaine Manor and Safe Haven: Daily, any time except between 12-1 PM.

TRAINING:  In addition to Volunteer Orientation and Dog Handling class, on-site training will be provided.

INTERESTED? Please email Jenny@animalshelterwrv.org for training


GOAL OF THE POSITION: To help kennel staff with daily mid-morning tasks.

DUTIES: Hand-wash, dry and put away the dishes, bowls and kongs, make the nightly enrichments for the dogs, wash, dry and fold laundry, yard clean up.

SHIFTS: Daily 10 am-11 am

TRAINING: Completion of Volunteer Orientation and 15 minutes of on-site training.

INTERESTED?: Email jenny@animalshelterwrv.org

Volunteer Opportunity: The Barkin' Basement

SORTERS/MERCHANDISERS: Do you love to organize things? Do you appreciate the finer things in life like a well-organized sock drawer? Do you like hanging out with a really fun group of people? Do you want to help Shelter pets without getting dog and cat hair on your clothes? Well, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you (and a friend or student or 16+ year old who needs service hours!). Come to the Barkin’ Basement and help sort and merchandise inventory. The piles keep growing and we need some helping hands!

INTERESTED?: Please email aubrey@animalshelterwrv.org

Happy Tails to you!











Jocelin and Mathilda

My name is Jocelin, and I recently started working at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley as Adoptions Counselor and Kennel Staff. Before my recent move to Idaho, I grew up in New Hampshire, and volunteered and worked at my hometown local animal shelter and vet clinic. I moved to Florida to go to Eckerd College, where I received a BS in Biology and a BA in Environmental Studies in May 2015. While in Florida, I got to experience volunteering at a number of wild animal sanctuaries, most prominently Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest sanctuaries dedicated to the rescue of abandoned and abused big cats. I have always surrounded my life with caring for animals, and that is one of my favorite parts of the Animal Shelter of the WRV; working in a place where so many other people have also centered their lives on caring for and improving the lives of animals in need. Every night I get to home to Dunkin the Cat, my own “big cat,” a 15-pound long-haired white male, my companion who has bravely made the journeys from New Hampshire to Florida, and Florida to Idaho, with only minimal complaints along the way. In my spare time I try to explore Idaho and the Valley that I am now calling home; taking advantage of all of the open spaces for hiking and camping, and becoming a part of this small tight-knit community.


Molli, Holly and Sam

Molli Linnet began volunteering at animal shelters at the ripe old age of three and has had a major crush on animals ever since – which only seems to increase each year.  She began at ASWRV as a volunteer and feels incredibly lucky to now be a part of the staff there.  She and her husband are also thrilled to have started fostering incredible dogs from the shelter and are currently trying their hardest to not Foster Fail (adopt the dog you’re fostering).

In addition to spending time with animals, Molli loves to dance, read, run, bike, sing, backpack, travel, ski, thrift shop, learn new languages, and laugh.

Molli is delighted to have lived in Hailey since August of 2016.  She previously grew up and lived in Moscow, ID, but most recently spent 8 months gallivanting around the globe with the love of her life – Sam Linnet – whom she married last summer.  She and Sam and their pirate-pup Holly have a hard time finding anything much better than discovering new wild places in the Wood River Valley and beyond.



Hi! My name is Lauren Baxter and I recently moved to Sun Valley from St. Louis, Missouri. I am working as an adoption counselor at the Shelter and I absolutely love it. There are so many perks to my job, but I’d have to say my favorite is sending animals off to their new forever homes. Seeing the connection between families and their new pets just makes my day. After adopting my first shelter puppy in St. Louis last year, these animals hold a very special place in my heart!

I have one dog who I sadly had to leave back home with my parents in Missouri. His name is Tucker and he is a 2 year old pitbull mix. He is the sweetest love bug I know and I miss him terribly. I’m counting down the days until I get to see him over the holidays!
In my free time, I enjoy reading, DIY Pinterest projects, and babysitting/dogsitting. My fiance and I love spending time outdoors – whether that is hiking, biking, skiing, or playing tennis. We also love traveling (we’ve hit 11 states in the last 3 years!) and we look forward to exploring the west coast whenever time allows!


I’m from Ketchum, Idaho and have lived there for all 17 years of my life. I’m part of the kennel staff and while I’m a full time student, it’s still one of my favorite things to do! I love to get to know all of the dogs and cats personally, know their likes and dislikes and become their friend. I get to watch my favorite dogs get adopted and nothing makes me happier.

I have 6 pets, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses. Three of my animals, my 13.5 years old, 14 in January!, Australian shepherd mix named Archie is a former shelter dog and my two 1.5 year old cats, Ozzy and Kubo are former shelter cats. My other dog is named Mabel and my two horses are named Maggie and Jethro.
In my spare time I really enjoy being out in nature. Whether it is riding my horses on a trail ride or skiing down the mountain, I love to be doing anything exciting and active that our valley has to offer!

Let Love In this Holiday Season!