Meet Hagen!

Hagen is one of our adoptable seniors, this sweet boy would love a mellow home filled with treats and pets!

We are also looking for a foster to give him a break from the fast-paced shelter environment. If you are not ready to adopt but want to spend some time helping our animals, fostering is a great way to do it!

Time to Renew Your Pup’s License!

On the chance that your dog ever gets loose or lost and ends up at the shelter, a current license will help us reunite you with your pet quickly. A simple dog license allows our staff to access the computer database, identify the owner and make contact immediately.

Blaine County Animal Code requires any person owning a dog six months of age or older to obtain and exhibit a valid dog license. Mountain Humane oversees the sale and record-keeping of all Blaine County Dog licenses. Pet owners must show proof of rabies vaccination in order to obtain a Blaine County dog license.



You can also purchase a license by calling 208-788-4351 or visiting in person one of the following locations:

Mountain Humane, Ketchum Police Department, Sun Valley Police Department, St. Francis Pet Clinic, Sun Valley Animal Center, Sawtooth Animal Center

Licenses are issued for one calendar year, valid January 1 – December 31 annually.

2019: A Quick Recap

Here we are in the first week of 2020! We’re so excited for all that is to come this year – but before we dive in, we wanted to give you a quick recap on 2019, our end of year match, and share with you our annual Happy Tails recap video!

We also want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who has made donations to Mountain Humane this holiday season. From Giving Tuesday to our end of year match – you’ve helped to raise over $200,000 for the animals!

We also wanted to give you a quick recap on our end of year matching challenge put on by the Julie A. Wrigley Foundation. The Foundation put $25,000 as the challenge and you all raised $33,840 from December 23rd – 31st. Words can’t express how humbled and grateful we are for everyone who made this possible. Thanks to you we’re starting off the new year on the right foot!

The Story of Murdock

Murdock weighed less than a pound, was completely blind, and had a low survival rate when he got to us – but that wasn’t going to stop him from having a beautiful life.

Murdock’s story didn’t have a bright beginning – but it has a beautiful ending. With your support, we are able to go the extra mile for the animals who come through Mountain Humane’s doors.

Check out Murdock’s story in the last installment of our Stay at Home video series below. This special kitten truly goes to show that it doesn’t matter what home looks like – it’s the joy & compassion of the people and animals around us who make a home.


After 336 Days…

After 336 days waiting for her perfect home,

Ashes has left the building!

That’s right – this sweet girl found her match and her new dad couldn’t be happier.

It was a team effort making sure Ashes stayed happy and healthy while waiting for her big moment. From our behavior team who made sure she got all of the mental exercise she needed, the kennel team who gave her love and affection day in and day out, our volunteers who spent extra time to work with her (shout out to Carol Brown who taught Ashes nose work and Colleen who drove Ashes to meet her new Dad!), our foster families who gave Ashes much-needed breaks from shelter life, Ashes’ Dad who is giving her the life she deserves, and every person who gave Ashes the extra boost she needed – thank you for making this possible.

Your support makes big moments like this possible.

We still have the $25,000 match open thanks to our friends at the Julie A. Wrigley Foundation! Make a donation to help support Mountain Humane before January 1st and your dollars will be matched!


Click here to make a donation!

It’s a Cinderella Story!

We are so excited to announce that we have just received a matching challenge donation for up to $25,000 from our incredible supporters at the Julie A. Wrigley Foundation!

Anytime from now until December 31st, every donation you make will be matched!



Your donation today will be doubled to help animals like Cinderella.

Cinderella came to us when the shelter she arrived at had no space to take more dogs in. Thanks to the coordination of shelter partners and our Outreach Director, Nadia Novik, Cinderella and a handful of other animals arrived at Mountain Humane for their second chance.

When Cinderella arrived she was scared, tangled in mats and fur, and in desperate need of some love and attention. However, after a medical exam, trimming out all of her mats, proper bath, and some TLC from both staff and volunteers – this little pup’s spirit shined through!

After just 11 days at Mountain Humane, Cinderella (now named Chloe) has a new home to call her own.

Your support helps make Cinderella stories like these possible!

2019 comes to a close

After a bit of a slow start for adoptions they quickly ramped up over the spring and summer! In fact, August was our highest month of adoptions ever. Are you interested in adopting and bringing a new furry family member home? Meet our adoptables here!

Over the past five years where our adoptables animals have come from has drastically changed. Instead of the majority being stray animals and surrenders we’re now getting most of our pets from regional transfers. We work with Idaho Shelter Coalition partners to take in animals when other shelters get too full.

We’ve also been taking in pets from shelters in Texas and California when they have to euthanize for space – these pets are literally getting a second chance at life!

Born in Care


Returned Adoptions




Stray Animals


Transfers In


Between our Grand Opening celebration in February, Dog Days of Summer, Party for Paws, the Harry Potter themed “Witchcats & Wizardry” adoption event, Holiday Open House, and all of the days in between – we are humbled by the number of folks coming out to say hello and meet the animals. We’re excited to see what 2020 brings as more people visit the Valley! Haven’t made it out to visit yet? We’re open 7 days a week from 11am – 6pm!

Between our Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinic for Blaine County residents, Pets for Life clients, Community Paws clients, and adoptable animals – more than 1,275 received spay/neuter surgeries in our medical clinic! Because of the success of our Spay/Neuter clinics the number of animals coming in as strays has dropped so significantly that we now transfer in more than 40% of our adoptable animal population from over-crowded regional (& sometimes national) shelters!

We love having kids come to visit Mountain Humane! This year we were excited to host field trips, afterschool programs, and youth groups all here at Mountain Humane. We also launched our very first Humane Education Summer Camp!

Not only were there 170 animals reunited with their families, we are also seeing a continual decline in the number of animals being brought in as strays!

Did you know that we’ve expanded our foster program? Between hosting a long-term foster, short-term foster, or providing fospice care – the opportunities for becoming part of our foster team are extensive!

Interested? Click here for more information on our foster program

Holiday Open House Fun!

Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us at our first ever Holiday Open House! We had a great time seeing all of the alumni animals coming through with their new families, all of the photo booth fun, and 6 pets found new homes!

You can find your photo booth pictures here. Special thanks to The Betty Booth for coming out and supporting Mountain Humane!

Below are just a few from the day – get ready for cuteness overload!