We dedicate this issue of the Mountain Humane Insider to our selfless volunteers who provide time and resources day in and day out for our shelter animals. We deeply appreciate the 121 individuals who walk dogs, clean kennels, wash dog and cat bowls, do laundry, knit cat cozys, help with events, provide love and attention in our foster program, and so much more. Thank you.
Foster Families Take In 60+ Animals
Our foster families have opened their hearts and homes to over 60 animals during this pandemic. Because of their thoughtfulness, our essential kennel staff can spend more time caring for the animals remaining at the shelter. A heartfelt thank you to the foster families for giving your time to care for and socialize these deserving pets.
Here are a few updates from some of our cats currently in foster:
Cheddar is doing great!
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 “3 foot 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.
We picked up Ember yesterday, and she’s lovely. She was a bit nervous when she first came home. There’s a large mirrored closet door in the room she’s staying in, and didn’t quite understand the mirror- she kept thinking she was seeing another cat. But she’s settled in very well and fell asleep in the bed in her room sprawled out and loudly purring. She’s the queen of giving head bops!
Sometimes folks take an animal home with the intent of fostering for a short while. After spending some time getting to know their new companion, the idea of returning them to the shelter becomes untenable, so they add them to the family! We affectionately refer to this as a “Foster Fail”. There have been several of these over the last couple weeks and we couldn’t be happier about it!
Paws For Hunger
We are so grateful for all the supporters who answered our call for help and gave over $18,000 for our Paws for Hunger Program last week! Due to recent increased demand, our inventory of pet food for our Paws for Hunger program was alarmingly low. All of these funds will be used for bulk orders of dog and cat food for pet owners experiencing financial hardship. The Paws for Hunger Program distributes food at the Hunger Coalition’s Healthy Food Pantry located at 121 Honeysuckle Street in Bellevue on Mondays and Thursdays. Learn more here.
Bags For The Barkin’
The Barkin is currently not accepting donations, but we hope you are saving up your bags of unwanted clothes, sports and camping gear, housewares, and jewelry for when we reopen our doors for shoppers! We’ll happily accept your donations of furniture too! Don’t forget The Barkin does FREE PICK UP. Call 208.788.3854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name on the list for when the pick-up service is reinstated. Remember all in-kind donations are tax-deductible and the proceeds go to caring for our animals until they find a permanent home.
Thank You For Supporting Our Work!
Mountain Humane exists almost entirely through the support of our community, to support us through the COVID-19 pandemic:
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We want to send out a huge THANK YOU for the amazing support our foster families have provided to the animals. We currently have 33 animals out in foster homes!
We are still taking applications to foster. Most of our dog population that can be fostered are currently in homes, but we still have cats that would love to take a break from shelter life with you!
Donations are also greatly appreciated during this challenging time. Our Paws For Hunger program that provides pet food to those in need has seen a massive increase in demand, and one of our major revenue sources, The Barkin’, is closed.
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Looking to add a furry friend to your family? Our adoption center is temporarily closed, but you can still get on our list to adopt by appointment one the shelter in place order is lifted! Even during this closure, the shelter is currently housing and providing around-the-clock care for nearly 60 animals- all of whom are still patiently waiting for their forever home!
To schedule a future appointment, please give us a call at (208)-788-4351 or to view our adoption process and current adoptable animals, click here.
We met our generous match put up by an anonymous member of the Mountain Humane Board of Directors!
For health and safety reasons, we have closed the Mountain Humane Animal Adoption Center and The Barkin’ Thrift Shop to the public. This measure is sure to cause a critical loss of operational income from adoptions, event cancellations, training, and retail sales.
This is a tough time for animals like Onyx, nearly a year old, with a remarkable disposition. Normally, he would have flown out the door, on his way to his forever home. But with restricted access to the Adoption Center, fewer potential adopters even get to meet a cuddly little fellow like Onyx.
Your generosity, at a time like this, is extraordinarily helpful.
Onyx thanks you!
The Board of Directors and the Staff of Mountain Humane
Are you currently social distancing, working from home, or have extended work leave?
With the developing news regarding COVID-19, Mountain Humane could use your help! We are in need of foster homes for our adoptable animals. If you are able to foster a dog or a cat for the next couple of weeks, we would love to hear from you!
Please consider giving the animals a break from the shelter during this difficult time. We make fostering as easy as possible by providing you with a crate, food, toys and any other supplies needed to care for your foster pet. If you are interested in helping out an adoptable animal, please fill out an application at www.mountainhumane.org/foster or give us a call at (208) 788-4351.
If you are interested in adopting we are still doing adoptions by appointment. Email us with inquiries at email@example.com or give us a call!
Meet our Pet of the week, Copper!
Copper is practically the poster child for all things spunky and handsome- of course with 4 legs and a tail! As with most pups, Copper is initially a little reserved when meeting new people, but as soon as he realizes that all you want to do is love him- the rest is history! He has already come out of his shell considerably since arriving, and he can’t wait to continue his new journey with a forever family! What do you say? Give us a call today at (208)-788-4351 to learn more about Copper!
Mountain Humane’s Adoption Center will be temporarily closing to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 to support the local community’s efforts to limit public gatherings. You can still get on our list to adopt by appointment once the shelter in place order is lifted. Please give us a call at 208.788.4351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in adopting from us. The nearly 60 animals currently in the shelter will continue to receive quality care to ensure they are healthy and ready for adoption when we reopen. Mountain Humane’s loyal and committed medical and kennel staff will continue to ensure the animals in our care receive the attention they need and deserve during this time. We look forward to reopening when the time is right and to having people come and interact with the animals.
Please note the following:
Mountain Humane Services and Programs that will continue:
- Future adoptions by appointment are available, call 208.788.4351 or email email@example.com.
- The Intake Center will continue to operate by scheduled appointments. Call 208.788.4351 to make an appointment.
- Impound services will continue as normal for the communities of Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue.
- The Community Paws Program will maintain pet food deliveries to local residents who have fallen on difficult financial times.
- The Paws for Hunger Foodbank Program will continue to bring pet food to families that need it in order to keep their pets, in partnership with the Hunger Coalition.
- The Pets For Life Program, servicing our neighbors with no access to pet services in Fairfield, Richfield, Dietrich, and Shoshone, will continue to receive resources through a grant funded by the Humane Society of the United States.
Suspended Programs and Closures
- The Barkin’ Thrift Store located on Main Street in Hailey will be temporarily closed.
- Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinic for pets of Blaine County residents is suspended.
- Humane Education and school programs are suspended.
- Dog Training classes are suspended and will be rescheduled
All staff and volunteers not required onsite for direct animal care, and who would feel more comfortable working remotely, are encouraged to do so.
You can find pet preparedness information here.
We will provide updates on our website and social media channels as the situation evolves. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Your donations are greatly appreciated to support our continuing programs and services during this difficult time. You can make a donation here.