Small Town. Real Change.


Small Town. Real Change.


Building the future for people & pets

Envision a future in which every companion animal has a loving home. A future that transforms animal welfare in our region by saving more lives and providing more humane care and housing for homeless pets. A future that fosters the joyous connection between animals and people that is the heart of the Animal Shelter’s mission.

By building an engaging and welcoming new campus, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley will be able to fully embrace its growing role as a regional leader in animal sheltering and a national destination for adoptions. The new facility will be a happy hub for this pet-friendly community and its visitors.


Together, we can.

Save more lives. Provide more humane housing and care. Give better care to older and special needs animals. Be a catalyst for compassion. Create a vibrant hub for connections and community.

Together, we can.

Save more lives. Provide more humane housing and care. Give better care to older and special needs animals. Be a catalyst for compassion. Create a vibrant hub for connections and community.


Leading the way

The first no-kill shelter in the state of Idaho, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley is a non-profit organization generously supported by more than 2500 donors and 500 volunteers each year. The residents of the Wood River Valley have designated the Shelter as the “Best Non-Profit” in the community for the last six years.

The Shelter is increasingly recognized as a destination for adoption, with “Shelter alumni”  living with families in 21 states and Canada. Our adoption rate has steadily increased over the years, with 595 animals adopted by loving homes last year alone - a record breaking year for the Shelter.

We’re proud to be the highest ranked animal welfare organization in our region, as well as 12th in the entire nation, as ranked by Charity Navigator for financial health and transparency. In other words, you can trust us to be responsible with your investment and to leverage your funds into great progress for animals and the people who love them!

Transforming animal welfare with a new facility

“Making do” is a way of life at the Animal Shelter. The staff and volunteers are experienced, dedicated, deeply compassionate, and work long hours to feed, care for, and train the more than 1,600 animals that come through the Shelter’s doors annually in need of help. But a sweeping change is long overdue.

After 34 years of hard use, the current facility is simply no longer workable. It’s worn out, overcrowded, stressfully noisy, poorly ventilated, vulnerable to fire and mudslides, and no longer reflects today’s best practices. The physical site and buildings are a daily challenge for all who live or work there.

It is time to build a facility that meets the needs of the community, both now and for years to come.

Click here to see the Capital Campaign Leadership and Building Timeline

Click here to meet the Project Team


Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future

The Animal Shelter conducted a campaign planning study in early 2015 that revealed tremendous community support to build and sustain a new facility. Supporters concur that the time is right. A comprehensive animal welfare campus will allow us to deliver progressive services in a facility designed for current best practices, maximizing the health and happiness of both pets and people in our community.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous supporter, the Animal Shelter acquired 20 acres of open, level land on a site across the road from the current shelter. A volunteer building committee and specially selected architect are guiding the design and construction of a new facility that will be highly functional, reasonably priced, aesthetically pleasing and a valuable asset for the community.

You can make it possible

We’ve completed our due diligence, we know what needs to be done to accomplish and sustain this new future for animal welfare in our community, and we are ready. But we can’t do it without you.

We invite the entire Shelter community to join us in making a difference in the lives of animals in our region and beyond. Every gift to the campaign is significant and everyone who contributes is investing in building a bright future for our community and its animals. 

Click here to view the Naming Opportunities for the facility.

Click here to view the Capital Campaign Donor Honor Roll.

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Tour the Facility

Tour the Facility

The new Animal Welfare Campus will include an approximately 30,000 square foot structure around a central courtyard on a 20 acre parcel. This will nearly double the current capacity for dogs and cats and allow for triple the number of annual adoptions! Enjoy this self-guided tour to learn more about what is to come for the Animal Shelter and the community!

1. Spay/Neuter Center

  • Shelter animals will get the care and treatment they need, making healthier pets available for adoption to the community.
  • Weekly free community spay/neuter clinics for any Blaine County animal are critical to keeping the stray population down and our ability to remain a “no-kill” facility.

2. Main Entrance/Adoption Center

  • Adoption counselors will meet with the public to ensure the perfect fit with their new pet.
  • Visitors will be welcomed by adorable cats. Cats are typically adopted at a slower rate than dogs, so this prime location will increase their exposure.

3. Indoor Training & Acquaintance Center

  • Regardless of the weather, potential adopters will have a comfortable place to get to know the animals. Training classes and other animal related activities can occur year-round.
  • Plus, this building will include featured adoptable dogs (perhaps seniors and/or puppies) that might need a little extra attention.

4. Outdoor Events Patio

  • This gathering space will provide many opportunities for the community, including a new venue for the Dog Days of Summer Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction.
  • Dog training can also take place on the special grass inset in the patio.

5. Education Barn

  • Contains a humane education classroom for school and youth group visits, volunteer projects, and more!
  • The main floor area can seat up to 150 for workshops, trainings, and other public events.

6. Cat Cafe

  • Socialize with some cats over a cup of coffee and a book! What could be better?
  • From the café, visitors can view the cats soaking in the sunshine on the outside “catios.”

7. Administration Area

  • The office space and large conference room will allow the Shelter Staff to come back together on one campus, increasing efficiency and communications (while no longer renting space by the airport).

8. Central Bark and Outdoor Play Yards

  • “Central Bark” will be a beautifully landscaped courtyard for on-leash dog walks.
  • Fenced acquaintance yards are for off-leash exercise and “get to know you” fun.

8. Dog Cabins

  • The primary housing for adoptable dogs with comfortable individual kennels designed to reduce stress and increase happiness!
  • Materials and building systems will reduce the spread of disease, decrease noise, improve adoptability, and make for healthier pets.
  • Kennel Building Two will be phased over time as we are able to adopt out more dogs.