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Idaho Humane Society Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of the Idaho Humane Society is to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane education, awareness, and compassion. We believe that because domestic animals are a product of human intervention, we have a special obligation to them in regard to humane treatment and responsible stewardship.

Direct beneficiaries per year: FY2018 the Idaho Humane Society: Provided $1.6 million in discounted and free medical services to shelter pets and the pets of local low-income families in our Veterinary Medical Center. Reunited 1,796 lost pets with their owners. Helped prevent unwanted litters by spaying/neutering more than 8,000 pets – including 1,617 dogs and cats through our SPOT (Stop Pet Over Population Today) clinic. Received 10,618 lost and surrendered pets. Transferred in 1,066 pets for adoption from other shelters, bringing total animals received to: 11,684. Helped financially struggling families by supplying 31,533 lbs of pet food through our Pet Food Pantry to keep pets in their homes. PLUS 12,257 pounds to seniors via Meals on Wheels for Pets program. Nurtured 1,638 special needs animals in foster care. PLUS: Saved 307 cats through our WISKR prison foster program.

Geographic areas served: The Idaho Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization and veterinary charity in the state. We are a private 501(c)3 organization that relies on donations to provide programs and services that benefit animals in Idaho.

Programs: The Idaho Humane Society has several life-saving programs in place to help prepare animals for adoption. Those include the IDAPI and WISKR partnerships with the Idaho Department of Correction, which bring shelter animals into correctional facilities for around-the-clock care, training and socialization by inmates. IHS also assists animals from overcrowded shelters in other communities and ensures that every pet in its care receives plenty of mental and physical activity on a daily basis.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with the Idaho Humane Society by fostering in May 2020. I took in a three week old kitten who was still using a bottle to feed. The foster team were great giving me instructions on how to make sure she is eating enough, all the supplies needed to provide a safe and nurturing home for her, and were easily available for questions I had.

I ended up foster failing with Bella, and decided to help in their office with some of the bottle babies as I wasn't working at the time. I met another kitten who needed some TLC and took her home with me that night. I kept her for a few weeks and then took her in to be seen because her eyes weren't getting any better. It turned out that the kitten was really sick and wasn't going to recover. The staff were very understanding and comforting as we decided to end her pain. It hurt bad, but I knew that it was the right decision as she was in pain.

I ended up going to the Adoption Center where I adopted another kitten. The staff and mentor volunteers there were amazing! They helped me find the right guy and were really nice!

Janel P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The main reason I continue to volunteer for the Idaho Humane Society is because I have the privilege to see the dogs and cats that are not quite ready for the adoption floor. These dogs and cats may have medical issues, behavior issues or just need time to chill out. But every one of those animals are treated as if they are the only dog or cat in the shelter. I observe the staff caring for and working with each animal to assess and address their needs with the end goal of placing those animals into the right home. Just amazes me how much they care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at IHS for 10 years. It is incredibly rewarding work! There are so many tasks to do and different departments to help in! Something for everyone! The bottle baby kittens are my favorite and there are so many to foster. The people who work there are beautiful, caring people who have a difficult job. Kudos!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great place to get your next furry soul mate, and to volunteer!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Idaho Humane Society since 2007. I currently serve on the Board as well. Since IHS built and opened a completely donor funded Shelter this year, it has become an even better place to volunteer. IHS still has its previous campus and has done a wonderful job of dividing the duties and responsibilities of each location which adds to the benefits of volunteering. It is very clear what to do and where to do it. No grey areas. The volunteer coordinator does a good job of communicating with each volunteer - approximately 1100 - via email. There is also a volunteer handbook given to each person volunteering, again making it perfectly clear what needs to be done and how to do it. I hope to be volunteering at IHS for many more years to come!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE the Idaho Humane Society!! I started volunteering there in 2007!! It is a great place to volunteer as everyone works together as a team!! A kudo to the staff is that every time I walk into the lobby, I am recognized and acknowledged by name!! I like that!! I now serve on the Board of Directors and on the Governance Committee. I'm also a donor. I never hesitate donating or volunteering. I'm a huge animal advocate and as a result a friend of mine and I co-founded the Pet Food Pantry in 2008. When the economy went bad, many people were forced to surrender their four legged family members in order to put food on the table for their two legged family members. That is unacceptable. So the Pantry was created. One has to be income qualified as well as comply with some other guidelines - like spaying and neutering their pets and not adding to their pet population. I am proud to be a volunteer, donor and board member of The Idaho Humane Society!! In my opinion the Idaho Humane Society is the Best Nonprofit!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Boise, Idaho should be very proud to have the Idaho Humane Society in our Valley! It is very exciting to hear stories from friends and neighbors about how they adopted from IHS. So incredible to know of the out reach programs IHS is involved in on so many levels to save pets. The staff and volunteers are truly top notch and so caring!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m really proud of the way the Idaho Humane Society has operated during the recent pandemic. In creative and effective ways, staff and leadership of the IHS have kept people safe while taking in unwanted animals, caring for the ones who are sick or injured, and ensuring that pets continue to be adopted into their forever homes. Employees—and volunteers as well—have worked together under challenging conditions to keep vibrant the organization’s mission of saving animals and strengthening the bond between people and animals. This success is a reflection of a non-profit organization that is well run internally and has great community support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Idaho Humane Society (IHS) has an outstanding volunteer program that encourages diverse participation, from dog walkers and cat cuddlers to accountants and attorneys who donate professional services. Volunteerism is successful because the IHS staff not only value and celebrate volunteers, they spend time cultivating each volunteer to maximize the volunteer’s experience and the organization’s benefit. I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors, and know firsthand how hard IHS staff work to enable board members to learn about and perform board functions. I also volunteer as a writer, crafting cat descriptions posted on the IHS adoption website. The entire process is virtually seamless; volunteers are assigned cats to meet and use a streamlined site to submit their work. Excellent leadership by IHS executives and midlevel managers and devoted effort by all staff have created a win-win-win environment for its shelter animals, volunteers, and the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Idaho Humane is such a wonderful shelter! I foster, and volunteer there, and It has been super easy and everyone is super helpful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been wanting a kitten for a long time and 7 months ago I came into the Humane Society! That is where I met my kitten! He was a few weeks old and sooo sweet! Something I really appreciate about the adoption process at the Idaho Humane Society, is the ability to bond and build a connection before committing. I think that is really important for both the animal and yourself when finding the right home.

Allison P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a kitten from Idaho Humane Society last fall, while they were moving from their old shelter location to their newly built facility. Even though the staff was incredibly busy, they could not have been more professional or helpful. The animals were impeccably cared for and the staff clearly cared for them as individuals. I'm grateful to have this resource in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be involved with the Idaho Humane Society on a number of different levels, as a donor, volunteer, and board member. For the past 6 years I have watched them strive for excellence in all areas. Being a former educator myself, I would like to focus on education. As stated in their mission, "Education is a crucial component of IHS mission to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane awareness and compassion." The Humane Society has greatly expanded this program to reach children from Pre-K through high school. Classroom visits, talks, and tours are regularly held at the shelter. Classroom pets are fostered in the classroom for one month teaching younger children how to care for the various animals. Activities are coordinated with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to enable them to earn various badges. Curriculum is provided to educators free of charge that ties in with their individual STEM programs along with an IHS staff member to assist with implementation. Finally, numerous day camps have been established to further education that are held during Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring breaks along with the traditional week long camps during the summer. It has been shown that there is a high correlation with how children treat animals and how they interact with those around them. IHS is providing a strong foundation in their education program for positive things to occur!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of the Idaho Humane Society I am amazed at the level of dedication by the staff and volunteers.

Prior to being on the board for the Idaho Humane Society I had my own experience;

My 12 year old dog, Molly escaped from my yard and was hit by a car. People stopped to help, and called the Idaho Humane Society and Animal Control Officers were dispatched. They comforted Molly and transported her to waiting veterinarians at the Idaho Humane Society.
As I returned home that day, realizing Molly was gone, I called the Humane Society. The staff gently told me what they had done. I then went to the shelter to say good-bye.

That day touched me in so many ways, losing a companion yet feeling the compassion of the staff at the Idaho Humane Society, and the officers of Animal Control.

When I was asked to sit on the board, I knew it was the very least I could do!

The leadership at the Idaho Humane Society is simple amazing, not only does the shelter provide homes for thousands of animals in Idaho, but for many other states.

The role they take to enhance the local government services to protect the welfare of animals is simple unheard of--I know from my experience with Molly and now seeing how hard this organization works from the top down!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of serving on the Board Of Directors of the Idaho Humane Society for two years now. Jeff, Jimmy, Leann and the rest of the team do such an amazing job! IHS makes a real difference in the lives of animals each day, and I'm proud to be involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Idaho Humane Society for 19 years. This organization loves their volunteers just as much as they love the animals. I enjoy each minute I get to spend with animals and staff. Thank you for making me feel like a valued volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Idaho humane Society is amazing. Everyone is so friendly and kind. Volunteering There has been so fun and rewarding. I enjoy being part of a wonderful nonprofit who is out there doing good for the animals and people of the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All the staff and fellow volunteers are a huge help and so fun to be with! Every time I go to the Humane Society, I leave feeling better than I did when I got there (which is a huge feat considering how happy I am to go there). I love spending as much time there as possible, and really nothing brightens my day more than seeing the animals. When the cages are empty, though, a part of me is sad to see them go; I just have to remind myself that they must've found a loving home with someone!

As for going to IHS as an adopter, it's just as good! I got my bunny there, and she is all the love I could've asked for, plus a load of sass! My family dog is also an IHS pet, and she is so much fun and full of energy years after adopting her. I love each animal there so much. All the staff assistance and animal friendliness makes for a warm (and fuzzy) welcome. : )

Jackie J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over 14 yrs ago I had been diagnosed with MS.I woke up unable to walk.I had been to IHS, years before loving the environment of Love meet Love. Now able to use a walker i met Mz Melanaie Larsen volunteer coordinator.Her love of man and animal showed thru and gave me the courage to reach out of myself at a time of very weak physically and emotionally.What disease can do to you.She was excited and loved where she works. loves the people, animals work and she reached to see even my needs.She trained me even using a walker from the start job to the other courses after all these years.She put me where i could go.Each professional from the clinic on worked so hard to save animals, they saved people also.Each person who works there or volunteers is a fine tuned machine.It takes a lot of time, a lot of talents and virtues and ALOT of money to keep up let the joy between mankind and their choice of animal.Saving lives.God sent me a blessing thru the Idaho Humane Society.There is such a huge financial cost even when training whatever field.It just doesnt "Happen" on its own, times and monies are required.WIth our growth there is a greater need now and upcoming years.Lets stop overbreeding, hoarding and educate the public at the same time...balance...Idaho Humane Society is just that.Balance between man and animal...of all ages and stages of well being.Thank you as a non profit that for giving me more than you have...and for our rescue MrBuster/Dog is our CoPilot

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Idaho Humane Society helps more animals in the state of Idaho than any other animal nonprofit in the state. They truly care about both people and animals. Not only do they help the animals, but they regularly work with other nonprofits and provide food and supplies to them. They also transfer in animals in medical need and in need of adoption from rural shelters in Idaho as well as animals from high-kill shelters across the US.