The Mountain Humane Newsletter

It’s Foster Friday!

It’s Foster Friday and almost all of our animals are out in foster homes!
CJ is our only dog left that is available to foster, but he will need a home that can care for his specific needs: minimal (or no) stairs in the home, he is sensitive to handling, no kids, at times he can have trouble controlling his bowels, and ideally, he would be the only pet in the home.
Aside from those needs he is very sweet, quiet, sleeps most of the day, and needs only very short walks.
We still have a few cats available to foster too!
Visit to fill out a foster application or email if you have any questions about CJ.

Join Our Emergency Community Foster Network

Mountain Humane would like to coordinate a community foster network in the case of hospitalized individuals without anyone to care for their pets.
Please email if you would like to be included in this network.
Pets are not carriers of the virus and we feel it would be safe to do this, providing animals are bathed with soap and water before being moved between households. This will ensure there is no virus present on their coats as surface contamination would be the concern.
This would be a worst-case scenario as most folks will have family members or friends who could care for their pets when hospitalized, but if needed a foster network could be a valuable resource for our community.

Thank You To Our Foster Families!

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!

Visit to fill out an application or email if you have any questions.

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.

Please visit or you can drop off food/treats at Mountain Humane. 🙏❤️

Pet Food Needed Now!

Please consider donating cat and dog food or funds to Mountain Humane’s “Paws for Hunger” program to help provide vital necessities to local residents. Our program has seen a large increase in demand as families lose income due to lack of work during this difficult time.
All pet food donations can be dropped off at Mountain Humane, 101 Croy Creek Rd in Hailey.

Future Adoptions Available By Appointment

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 Fundraising Match

Matching Fund

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

Spending Time At Home? Foster A Shelter Pet!

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 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 or give us a call!

Pet of the Week: Copper

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!

Adoption Center Temporarily Closed

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 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
  • 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

Stay healthy!

Annie McCauley

Executive Director