If you’re in need of a list of the best dog rescues in Idaho, the following compilation has been put together especially for you.
1. Take Me Home Dog Rescue (Boise)
Take Me Home Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs from high-kill, overcrowded shelters and match them with loving adopters. Based in Boise, Idaho, Take Me Home Dog Rescue emphasizes public education and responsible ownership of pets to ensure that fewer dogs end up abandoned or in shelters.
The team at Take Me Home Dog Rescue strongly believes in the importance of spay/neuter programs to reduce the number of unwanted pets. All dogs from the rescue are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and have all their current vaccines before they are listed for adoption. If you’re interested in adopting, you can view the available dogs here. Visit this page to donate to Take Me Home Dog Rescue.
2. Meridian Canine Rescue (Meridian)
The team at Meridian Canine Rescue believes that no dog should ever walk alone. They not only rescue abandoned dogs or take them in from city shelters, but they also focus strongly on public education as a method of reducing the number of dogs that end up in shelters. This non-profit organization is based in Meridian, ID, and is run by a dedicated network of over 100 volunteers.
Once dogs are rescued by Meridian Canine Rescue, they are given any necessary medical care, undergo a temperament evaluation, and lovingly cared for until they can be adopted. To reduce the stress of the rescue environment, the dogs enjoy lots of stimulation with toys and activities to keep them occupied and happy. If you’re interested in adopting, view available dogs here. You can make a donation to Meridian Animal Rescue here.
3. Greyhound Rescue of Idaho (Nampa)
If you’re interested in rescuing a greyhound, look no further than Greyhound Rescue of Idaho. Based in Nampa, ID, they rescue ex-racing greyhounds and care for them until their forever homes can be found. They prioritize educating owners (and potential owners) and have information booths and adoption events where you can learn more to ensure that a greyhound really is the dog for you.
All adoptable dogs have been spayed/neutered, checked for heartworm, and have received all vaccinations (including Bordatella and Rabies). They have also been checked by a veterinarian and have even had their teeth cleaned. At any one time, they have dozens of available dogs – you can get the adoption process started by filling in their adoption form. If you would like to adopt to Greyhound Rescue of Idaho, click on the “Donate to us” button on the top right of this page.
4. Snake River Animal Shelter (Idaho Falls)
The Snake River Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization based in Idaho Falls. Their rescue animals are cared for indefinitely, but the shelter tries to find suitable forever homes as soon as each animal enters their care. They also provide educational opportunities and events regarding the humane treatment of animals and methods of reducing pet overpopulation.
As well as rescuing and adopting animals, Snake River Animal Shelter also offers a lost and found service, as well as dog training. If you’re interested in adopting from the organization, you can view their adoptable dogs here. All available dogs have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, and medically assessed. You can also donate to the organization here.
5. Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary (Challis)
Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization based in Challis, ID. The organization works to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home the many pets in need that come into their care. They promote animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, and provide community education and advocacy programs that reinforce their views.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog from Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary, you can view their available pets here. There are also many other ways you can help – Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary is always in need of donated items, including paper towels, laundry detergent, white vinegar, cleaning supplies, kitty litter, dog/cat treats, toys, and more. You can also make a tax-deductible donation by clicking the yellow “donate” button on this page.
The Idaho Humane Society is a non-profit organization and veterinary charity – the largest of its kind in Idaho. This volunteer-led organization helps to rescue and re-home animals in need across Idaho and also offers a number of programs to help promote responsible pet ownership. Due to their high volume of adoptions, they often take in dogs and cats from other rescue organizations and work to re-home them.
The Idaho Humane Society Adoption Center is based in Boise and always has a vast selection of adoptable dogs on-site – you can view them here. Adoptable dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. If you would like to support the Idaho Humane Society Adoption Center, you can make a donation here.
7. The Furry Farm Rescue (Rathdrum)
The Furry Farm Rescue is a small, non-profit rescue organization based in Rathdrum (Northern Idaho). Their team of farmhands has over 25 years of experience in animal rescue and welfare, and their priority is to work with the community to save as many animals in need as possible. Rescued animals are cared for, rehabilitated, and eventually adopted into loving, permanent homes.
If you’re looking to adopt a dog from The Furry Farm Rescue, you must first complete an application. Once approved, you can schedule a meet and greet to meet any animals you are interested in adopting. Adoptable animals can be viewed here. You can also donate to The Furry Farm Rescue – all donations go towards medical care and food for the animals.
8. Priest River Animal Rescue (Priest River)
Priest River Animal Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue organization that works to rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused, or neglected cats and dogs. Based in Priest River, the rescue sees a huge number of stray cats entering their doors every week – they are constantly seeking grant money to establish a low-cost spay/neuter program to help deal with this. They also rescue a large number of stray dogs and work with the community to promote responsible pet ownership.
Priest River Animal Rescue relies solely on donations, fundraising events, and money raised through their Critters Thrift Store – they don’t receive any government funding. Their adoptable animals can be viewed here, or you can click the yellow “Donate” button on this page to make a contribution to Priest River Animal Rescue.
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