Barkin’ Closed Until July 6th

Due to contact tracing recommendations for COVID-19 the Barkin will be closed to the public until Monday, July 6 as a precautionary measure.

Mountain Humane will remain open for adoption by appointment. We will be re-implementing some prior precautionary COVID prevention measures but most of our services, including intake, spay and neuter, foster, and pre/post-adoption support will continue.

Please call us at 208-788-4351 for more information or to make an appointment to adopt.

Happy First Day of Summer!

It’s getting hot out there! Today we want to share 8 Important Hot Weather Safety Tips to keep your pet healthy & happy in the coming summer months!

 

#1 Most importantly, pets can get dehydrated QUICKLY! Be sure to provide several stations for fresh & clean water all summer long- inside, outside and packed along with you if traveling.

 

#2 Be cautious of current temperatures and provide ample shade if exercising outdoors. Consider reducing the amount of exercise if temps are very high or exercising at selective times in the early morning or evening. Please be careful to NEVER leave pets in enclosed vehicles. If you spot an animal in an enclosed vehicle, here is what to do.

 

#3 Protect their paws! Hot asphalt and common walkways can overheat pets and burn their paws.

 

#4 Heat strokes require immediate medical attention! Know the signs of overheating in pets: excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue or gums, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, stupor and collapse, mild weakness, etc. Pets who are young, elderly or those with shortened muzzles are at greatest risk for overheating.

 

According to American Humane: “You can provide some immediate treatment using cool (not icy) water to lower your pet’s temp by submerging the pet in a tub of water or wetting them with a hose or sponging him down”

 

#5 Familiarize yourself with poisonous substances commonly found in the summer months! Hosting a BBQ or traveling? Supervise pets around the following substances including but not limited to: pool water (chlorine & other chemicals), alcoholic substances, raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and common sweeteners like xylitol. Save your Veterinarian’s contact information and the ASPCA’s Poison Control Number in your phone for easy access in case of emergency or in event of suspected substance ingestion.

 

#6 Fourth of July and other related events are wonderful times to get together, but please leave pets at home when heading out for such celebrations. Exposure to fireworks or loud noises can result in trauma, hearing loss, disorientation, and extreme anxiety/distress for pets. On that same note, pets can also become frightened even when home and find a way to escape. Please keep them indoors and secure all windows/doors before leaving for the event.

 

#7 We all love a summer breeze blowing through open windows and screen doors during these warmer months, but in doing so- pets can commonly escape from such openings. Ensure all potential escape routes are secure so your furry friends cannot get out!

 

#8 Find creative ways to keep your pet cool: try DIY “pup-sicles” with healthy ingredients, consider a kiddie pool, wet a towel for them to lounge on, turn the sprinklers on a gentle mist or create a shady spot with access to water for them to relax in.
It’s a wonderful time to experience the outdoors with the whole family (furries included). With these tips, your pet can enjoy any activity under the sun while staying safe and cool!

 

Photographed: MH Alumna, Coco.

Join us June 5-7th for ASPCA’s #AdoptfromHome Event!

Interested in adopting? There’s no better time than NOW! We are thrilled to participate in ASPCA’s first ever virtual National Adoption Weekend from June 5th-7th. Join us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and to meet all the animals that are still in need of a loving home.

The COVID-19 crisis has put immense stress on animal shelters and rescue organizations alike nationwide, and it’s more important than ever to help vulnerable animals during this period of uncertainty. By adopting an animal in your local community, you can help shelters continue to utilize their limited space and resources for other vulnerable animals in need.

How it works:

Step One: Meet your match, online! 

If you are currently looking for a pet, you can easily find all of our available animals here. This page is updated daily to ensure accuracy.

Step Two: Make an appointment 

Interested in adopting an animal you viewed online? All you have to do is follow these steps to schedule an appointment with our adoption team!

Step Three: I adopted a shelter pet, what next? 

Congratulations on your new furry friend! In addition to your recent adoption, PetSmart and Petco are generously offering adoption kits during the ASPCA National Adoption Weekend (June 5th- 7th). Once adopters have finalized their adoption, they can visit a participating PetSmart or Petco in their local area to show their adoption paperwork in exchange for a kit including items like a free bag of pet food and hundreds of dollars in coupon savings for all the essentials they’ll need for their new animal.

We are immensely grateful for the support from the community since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and as we look towards the future with new methods in mind your continued support is invaluable. If you would like more information about the ASPCA National Adoption Weekend including a comprehensive map listing all participating organizations across the country, visit ASPCA.org/AdoptFromHome.

Maddie’s Fund Stimulus Grant

#ThanksToMaddie Mountain Humane is able to extend our fantastic foster program services through a generous Foster Stimulus grant. We have seen an outpouring of support from our foster families and we appreciate all of you!

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $237.6 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat.

Interested in learning more about Mountain Humane’s foster program? Click here or give us a call at (208)-788-4351!

Want the latest updates from Mountain Humane? Keep in touch with us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Happy Tails: Avila

It’s time for another round of Happy Tails! Today we are sharing this heart-warming story from Avila’s family:

“Sitting in the little adoption room, I wasn’t sure what we were getting into. My childhood dog had left huge paw prints to fill, and I didn’t want to fail the puppy sitting in front of me. The last seven months have been the best (aside from the 3.5 boxes of girl scout cookies that may have gone missing one afternoon…) Avila constantly shows her love with full-body wiggles, and has shown that all she needs are cuddles, sunshine and crunchy treats. We get a chuckle every night when she deems that it’s bedtime and walks herself to bed. Avila is happy to nap at my desk at work, and is learning how to be a good nordic ski, mountain bike and run buddy. We are stoked for summer adventures together!”

Have a happy tails story you want to share? Send them to us over our Instagram, Facebook, or email them to [email protected]

 

A Foster Story: Colleen & Jim

May is National Foster Care Month, and to celebrate we are sharing foster stories throughout the month! Today we are featuring the sweetest update and collage from one of our amazing foster families, Colleen & Jim:

“Jim and I would like to thank Mountain Humane for allowing us to have all these (well, all but one!) beautiful dogs in our home. What we love so much about fostering dogs is how many different dogs we are able to love and care for. While having one’s own dog (or two) is of course wonderful, we have been able to fall in love with over a dozen dogs in the last year and a half. They are all different! We love to be able to let them roam the yard and join us on walks and bike rides, and in return they entertain us endlessly.
The best part of all is when someone special decides to adopt them to their forever home – hard to let them go, but then there’s another who will benefit from foster care. Fostering is a terrific way to support the shelter. Attached is a collage of most of our foster loves.
Starting at the top, and going left to right:
The one and only MooMoo!!
Daisy, the hound. We should have kept her. . .
On the right, Clyde is sitting next to his pal (not a foster). Clyde’s story is amazing!
Lovely Lily, adopted recently. Beautiful dog.
Apache – our first foster. Sweet dog.
Poppy and Fletcher. Also known as “Stop that, you two!!”
MooMoo again.
Poppy posing.
Puppies Garmin (soon to be Rocky) and Lydia (now Ida).
Ginger the pitty.
Clyde styling’ it. What a great dog.
Apache (Patch) posing at the Deer Creek Bridge.
A brillant border collie we delivered to Seattle – we regret not keeping her.
Clyde. Say no more.
Delilah – she was SUCH a good dog.
Then there’s the gentleman, CJ, and lastly Daisy again.
Thank you for letting them into our lives.
Colleen and Jim”
If you are interested in learning more about our foster program, click here.

Foster Friday Update: Freddy

Happy Foster Friday! Today we are featuring another update from Freddy’s foster family!

March Update!

“I wanted to let you know that Freddy (aka Fredders, Fredster, Fritters, little girl, crazy one) is doing well.  She is co-existing with all 3 of our animals.  There is still some hissing when someone over steps the “social distancing” rule, but Freddy usually walks away, and has become more chill.  I think she wants to be friends with the other pets, but they are a tough crowd.

She no longer loves only me!  She is interested in all of the humans here.. I think she loves that we are all stuck at home right now with her.  She goes crazy over cat nip.”

May Update!

“Freddy has been very good for the most part.  She is definitely MY cat, whether I like it or not.  She sleeps with me (or on me) every night.  She follows me around most of the time.  No litter box problems.  She loves the bathroom, and prefers to drink water out of my cupped hands rather than a dish (Ha).  She co-exists well enough with my other family members.  She is more relaxed.  2 of her favorite spots are on top of the cat tree looking out the window and on the bar stool under the kitchen bar counter.”

We are so grateful for all the foster families who have opened up their homes and hearts to shelter pets during this challenging time. Thank you for all you do! If you are interested in learning more about Freddy click here or our foster program click here! 

 

 

 

Help Batgirl find a foster home!

In need of some extra snuggles during quarantine? Look no further! Batgirl is currently in need of a foster family!

Here is what her previous foster family had to say about their time spent with her:

“Batty is a gentle, sweet and loving dog who just wants to hang out with people. She loves exploring trails and just being a homebody…Two nice walks a day is more than enough exercise for her. Sometimes she gets the zoomies in the yard and then she’s ready for a nap. She loves laying on her dog bed and basking in the sun. Any family or even an older couple would enjoy having her as their companion. She is very low maintenance and simply wants a family to love. She likes to sleep in! She loves her treats too. She is well behaved and would fare best with people she can hang out with.”

Huge shout out to all the amazing foster families that have stepped up during this difficult time! If you are interested in fostering, please give us a call at (208)-788-4351 or visit our foster page here for more information.

Barkin’ Reopening & Donation Announcement

The Barkin will be open to shoppers Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and would like to thank you all for bringing us so many wonderful donations. Sharing this great new inventory with our shoppers is the next step in our reopening process. At this time, we will not be accepting any new donations in order to give our team some time to find a place for all the amazing items we’ve received in the recent weeks!

We can’t wait for you to come shop with us! Please visit us with masks on and clean hands!

If you have questions about our operations or our COVID-19 preparedness please call 208-788-3854 or email us at [email protected]

Adoptions Now Available by Appointment!

Beginning May 28th, the Adoptions Center at Mountain Humane will be offering adoptions by appointment within the following guidelines:

  • Please call (208)-788-4351 ext. 101 to set up an appointment. Drop-in appointments will not be permitted.
  • Appointments will be available for potential adopters to come meet the animal(s) of their choice and complete the adoption
  • Potential adopters will be allowed to meet up to 3 animals during their visit
  • Drinking stations and bathrooms will only be available in case of emergency, please take any necessary steps ahead of time and bring your own water if that is preferred.
  • Unfortunately walking around the building is not permitted at this time. Please reference the photos and bios in the Adoptable Animals Section on our website in order to choose which animals you would like to meet ahead of time.
  • Dog meet & greets will be held primarily outside – weather permitting.
  • Cat meet & greets will be held indoors in the cat acquaintance room. Adoptions will take place on the event patio – weather permitting.
  • Masks will be required of all potential adopters
  • No more than 4 people per group will be permitted
  • Appointments are available to serious potential adopters only, all other visitors are not permitted at this time.

We are so excited for you to meet our adoptable animals in person again, thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We are so grateful for your support!