Pocatello Animal Shelter


Pocatello, Idaho

Silent Auction for The Hermitage Cat Shelter!

October 15-31, 2020 | Learn More →

Bid on 99+ awesome prizes, including a South African Photo Safari for Two!

All proceeds benefit needy cats and kittens in Southern Arizona.

About Pocatello Animal Shelter

Pocatello Animal Shelter operates within the Animal Services Department, which coordinates all animal control activities within Pocatello. The shelter takes in and finds homes for as many homeless companion animals as possible, offers educational tours, and operates a volunteer program for people of all ages. The Animal Services Department also strives to support and educate the people and pets of their community through several important services:

  • Care and reunion of lost/found pets
  • Fostering for animals who need a little more time to find a forever home
  • Educational tours to increase animal welfare awareness and encourage responsible pet ownership
  • Large public dog park, free for the community to use and for animals to enjoy time off leash

If you live in the Pocatello area and are considering adoption, visit the Pocatello Animal Shelter today. Help save a life and gain a lifetime of unconditional love in return!

Contact Info

Address:
3100 Avenue of the Chiefs
,
Pocatello
,
ID
83204
Phone:
(208) 234-6156
Email:
pokypets@pocatello.us

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process & Fees

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.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.

Rescues

  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process

Considering adoption from Pocatello Animal Shelter? Here's what you need to know:

  • The shelter is open 6 days per week. Simply pop in during visiting hours or call to make an appointment to find your new best friend!
  • Their staff encourage you to bring your whole family to be part of the adoption process. It's important to find the right pet that will get along with everyone in your household.
  • All adoptions include a two-week trial period. This offers peace of mind if you're concerned about your new animal integrating into your family and home environment.
  • All animals need to be spayed/neutered before they leave. This can slow down the adoption process by a few days if the pet you'd like to adopt still requires surgery.

Please contact Pocatello Animal Shelter directly to learn more about the adoption process.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Pocatello Animal Shelter are as follows:

Dogs

  • All dogs: $135

Cats

  • Kittens: $50
  • Cats: $35

Discounts are available for senior citizens and veterans. Adoption fees above do not include tax.

Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, deworming, rabies and distemper vaccinations, microchipping, a collar, and a city license. Dogs will also be given a parvo vaccination and a leash. Cats will be tested for FeLV/ FIV and given a cat carrier for safe travel.

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Pocatello Animal Shelter
in
Pocatello
,
Idaho
directly using the contact info above.

Want FREE Stuff?

We give away dog toys, gear, gift cards & more every month!

(And Exclusive Tips We ONLY Share With Subscribers)
No spam!

Other Shelters in

Idaho

Curious about other shelters? Here's 6 more. You can also browse all
animal shelters in
Idaho
.


You can also go back to our listing of all 50 states to find shelters elsewhere in the US.
All information on this page is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge. If you spot an error, please contact us using our contact form.
Note: Hours of operation and other information on this page are subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic.