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West Valley Humane Society serves pets in Canyon County, Idaho. With a complete array of services, they care for animals and teach people how to provide them the love they need. Some of the community programs they provide include the following:
Previously known as Canyon County Animal Shelter, West Valley Humane Society became a nonprofit organization in 2011. This open admission center rescues and accepts every animal that comes "pawnding" down its doors. On average, they save up to 9,000 animals every year and promote responsible pet ownership and adoption.
West Valley Humane Society follows a very easy adoption process:
Your home should be ready to welcome your new family member, so having a crate, toys, and a pup-proofed home are important parts of the process.
Adoption fees at West Valley Humane Society vary depending on the breed and age of the animal. Adoption fees are listed in each pet's profile but typically fall in these ranges:
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, external parasite treatments, microchipping, food during your pet's stay at the shelter, and any medical treatments your new pet may have needed during their stay, including surgeries.
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.