In the two decades since our current facility was built, the science of animal sheltering has drastically changed. Our Dorman Street shelter was created to accommodate pets only for short-term stays, and the adjoining veterinary hospital is desperately in need of increased surgery, treatment and recovery areas in order to provide high-quality, comprehensive medical care to homeless animals, injured strays awaiting reunification with their owners and pets belonging to low-income qualified clients who have nowhere else to turn.
Additionally, our location by the airport is a relic of days when "pounds" were placed in out-of-the-way locations. Today, however, we function as an animal resource center and a more central location is key to fulfilling that role.
Architects, engineers, and local builders agree that a remodel to maintain the facility for temporary housing of stray or lost pets and animal control operations is possible but that an overhaul to update adoptable pet housing, grow the Veterinary Medical Center and improve the noise, air, and water systems is simply not economically feasible.
The Idaho Humane Society is resourceful, but recent growing pains have challenged us. We believe it is time for a new investment in our community – one that will surpass the current standards of animal welfare and literally save lives.
Take a look around our Designed to Be Kind capital campaign website to learn more about this huge fundraising effort and our goals for the new facility. We ask you to join us in our campaign to help the companion animals of Idaho. Every gift counts because every animal counts!
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