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Idaho Humane Society is the largest and longest-running private animal welfare organization in Idaho. As a no-kill shelter, their goal is to save and rehome every animal that comes to them. Their vision is to create a society where euthanizing healthy and adoptable animals is no longer necessary through three pillars:
The original Idaho Humane Society began in the late 1890s as an all-volunteer organization. During the 1940s, they took over the Boise City Pound where stray dogs were being kept in inhumane conditions. New policies were implemented to improve conditions and assure humane treatment. The society was extremely forward-thinking for those times, being one of the first facilities that routinely spayed all adopted female dogs.
The same love and care are given today as each sheltered animal receives comprehensive medical treatment before being rehomed. Every adopted animal is implanted with a microchip to increase retrieval rates of lost pets.
The shelter currently houses and rehomes of an average of 12,000 animals per year through the hard work of over 1,000 volunteers and 100 paid employees.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
The facility is open every day of the week to offer more flexibility for prospective adopters. Their website is easy to navigate with up-to-date listings of current pets available for adoption. If you're looking for a new furry friend in Idaho, you can find the application form here to begin the process.
Indicate on the form which pet you're interested in adopting and someone from the shelter will contact you to arrange an appointment for a visit.
Idaho Humane Society asks for $25 deposit for each appointment goes toward your adoption fee. If you don’t wish to go ahead with an adoption, the fee will be retained as a donation. Adoption paperwork should take around 30-60 minutes to complete.
The good great news? It's possible to take your new pet home on the very same day!
Adoption fees at Idaho Humane Society are as follows:
Adoption fees range from $35-$300 depending on the size, breed, age, and health of each dog. You also need to purchase a dog license at the time of the adoption, which runs $10-$30 and varies by county.
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, FVRCP vaccination (cats) and DHPP (dogs), rabies vaccination, microchipping, a food sample, and educational material.
A senior discount is available on adoption fees. Contact the society directly for more details.
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.