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Idaho Humane Society close to capacity seeking housing for long-term residents

During Memorial Day weekend, the Idaho Humane Society was at capacity, with no more space for incoming animals on the adoption floor.

BOISE, Idaho-

This story originally appeared in the Idaho Press.

During Memorial Day weekend, the Idaho Humane Society was at capacity, with no more space for incoming animals on the adoption floor.

After a big day of adoption on Wednesday, a few more places have opened up. But the shelter is still close to capacity and is looking to find homes for many of its four-legged friends. Especially those who have been there for a while.

“We’re just trying to get a group of dogs adopted quickly,” said Laurien Mavey, digital media assistant for the Idaho Humane Society. “That way we can help other shelters.”

human society has set up transfer programs with other shelters in Idaho. If it has room, it will also help shelters in places like Texas and Louisiana, as previously reported by the idaho press.

Kristine Schellhaas, public relations and digital media manager for the Humane Society, said that while the shelter receives owner-surrendered pets year-round, it mainly sees a spike from May through August.

“People tend to move in the summer, and with the current housing crisis here in Treasure Valley, renters have had more difficulty finding affordable, pet-friendly accommodation,” Schellhaas said in an email. .

Around July, the Humane Society also sees an increase in the number of stray dogs who are afraid of the fireworks that go off around Independence Day.

Mavey said most of the time, shelter dogs will be adopted within about 24 to 48 hours. For cats, it’s usually around 72 hours. Last year, the Humane Society adopted an average of 122 pets per week, according to Schellhaas.

On the adoption floor, the shelter has 42 kennels, but can accommodate multiple dogs in the kennels both depending on their size and whether the dogs come from the same household or are puppies from the same litter.

The visitor center has 136 kennels.

“These consistent adoption numbers are so important to our mission that each adoption means we can help another animal in need,” Schellhaas said.

But there are “long term”.

Usually, long-term dogs are larger or older dogs and have certain restrictions that a family must follow, such as not having other pets in the home or being a child-free home, Mavey said. But sometimes there will be an animal that has no restrictions and the shelter workers cannot put their finger on why it is not adopted.

Jazz, four, is a mix of boxers who had been to the Humane Society for about a month. She likes to be home alone and weighs just over 50 pounds. Jazz transferred to the Humane Society of Louisiana.

“She’s so sweet. I’ve pointed her out a few times. We don’t understand. Like the wrong person came in, I guess,” Mavey said.

The “highlights” that Mavey makes are videos of certain animals, often long in length, which she posts on the Humane Society’s website. social media accounts.

“If he knows any tricks, we’ll make sure we get them to do the tricks on the video. Or if they really like to be cuddled, we’ll have someone squat down with them and pet them a bit and cuddle. loving them to show they are cuddly,” Mavey said.

According to Mavey, there are several times when lighthouse videos have helped animals get adopted.

There are a handful of other long-term people currently at the shelter, though no dog has been there as long as Jazz. Here are some of the animals and their characteristics, according to the Humane Society:

Roper is a 12 year old Australian Cattle Dog, border collie mix and a bit shy. He has been at the shelter for about a week. He ended up there because his owner died.

Marley is a mix of a Retriever, a Labrador and a Catahoula leopard dog. He has so much energy, if it wasn’t for his white face, you wouldn’t know he was 10 years old. His owner was hospitalized, so Marley was turned over to the Humane Society.

White Socks and Barney, two cats whose owner went to a nursing home, have been there about the same time as Jazz. Barney weighs around 27 pounds, which is “morbidly obese” for a cat, so Humane Society workers tried to help him lose weight. Mavey said owners should avoid deliberately making their pets obese because it can lead to serious health issues. The two cats are a bonded couple, so they should be adopted together. Mavey said this led to their longer stay at the shelter.

For Mavey, almost nothing beats the excitement felt when a longtime resident gets a home.

“We’re just as excited because it’s usually a big team effort trying to really promote them and show them off and show how much love they have to give and what a good dog they are, although they may have some restrictions,” she says. “So that’s pretty awesome. We’re all really excited when that happens.

After The Idaho Press left The Humane Society on Friday, it learned that Jazz had finally found a home.

Those looking to adopt can get more information about the process on the Idaho Humane Society website. The adoption center is located at 1300 S Bird St. in Boise.

Information can be found at Idaho Humane Society website. The adoption center is located at 1300 S. Bird St. in Boise and its phone number is (208) 342-3508.

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