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Snake River Animal Shelter was founded in 2015 on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Unlike many other shelters, they guarantee an unlimited length of stay and are dedicated to finding new, safe, and loving homes for all animals in their care.
The shelter solely takes in owner-surrendered pets and animals from other over-crowded facilities in the area. This has greatly reduced the number of perfectly healthy, adoptable animals being euthanized every year in the state.
As the only non-profit animal shelter serving all of East Idaho, the shelter relies greatly on generous donations, fundraising efforts, and sponsorship from local businesses.
They run several innovative and impactful programs to benefit the community. One such program is “Dog Safe,” which offers free outdoor sheltering and electric bowls for dog owners who can’t afford them. They also launched “K-9 Academy” to offer dog behavioral training to local dog owners, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Snake River Animal Shelter's vision is to improve not just the well-being of animals but also the lives of people in the Snake River community.
If you're interested in adopting an animal from Snake River Animal Shelter, start by taking a look at their website. Descriptions and pictures of each available animal are frequently updated online. If you see the one that steals your heart, contact the center directly to find out more about the adoption process.
Currently, there’s no online application form available. Snake River Animal Shelter recommends giving them a call (rather than using email or Facebook) to find out more, and fingers crossed, begin the adoption process.
You'll need to provide proof of landlord approval if you're a renter and be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license to be qualified to adopt.
To ensure each animal finds the best home possible, shelter staff likes to spend time getting to know each new adopter. It's important to be honest about your needs and lifestyle so Snake River Animal Shelter can help find the best match for you.
If you're adopting a dog and already have one at home, a meet and greet between dogs is requested before the adoption can be finalized.
The shelter also runs a “home from home” program matching pet owners forced to surrender their pet with potential. Both parties are put in direct contact with each other to find a new home for the animal in need. Check out their website or call the shelter for further details.
Adoption fees at Snake River Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee includes spaying/neutering, deworming, microchipping, and age-appropriate vaccinations.
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!
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.