West Valley Humane Society making changes due to stay-at-home order

Posted at 11:18 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 13:18:25-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — West Valley Humane Society is working towards solutions after Governor Little issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 25. Shelter services will be modified for at least the next 21 days to provide effective, but safe, support to the community and animals at the shelter.

The adoption process will now be by appointment only. To start the process, fill out an application here. Once it is submitted, the shelter be in touch to schedule your meet and greet with the adoptable pet. Multiple adopters will not be allowed in the shelter at one time.

At this time, there is a limited service veterinary clinic available to shelter or foster pets and animals who have been adopted from the shelter in the last two weeks. WVHS will continue serving the animals as best as they can. The vet check process has moved to include telemedicine. Veterinary staff ask you to fill out a vet check form to help triage medical concerns.

Animals at the shelter are still being cared for by a limited crew of staff members. The staff are working to decrease the number of animals in the shelter and are confident in the ability of the staff to care for all animals at the facility. Staff is providing food, bathroom breaks, sanitation and enrichment for all animals.

There are 94 animals in the foster care system. WVHS is thankful for all foster parents who brought animals into their homes at this time. 70 people are on the emergency foster list and the shelter will reach out to more as needed. The majority of animals in shelter care are mandatory stray holds, meaning they are not eligible for foster homes.

West Valley Humane Society is not accepting stray drop-offs from the public at this time. Animals being brought to the shelter are from animal control or the police department. These animals will go through the same stray hold process and will remain on hold for seven days, before becoming available for adoption.

If you have found a stray, look for the owner in your area. You can post on neighborhood Facebook pages, take the animal to the vet and have it scanned for a microchip, or post the pet on If needed, call your local animal control or police department.

If you need to reclaim a pet from the shelter, you must identify the pet on first. From that database, you will be able to see all animals in the care of WVHS and can match your lost pet to their found pet. If you find your pet, email FDManager@westvalleyhumanesociety to schedule a time for you to come to the shelter.

West Valley Humane Society has plenty of dog food and are running of storage space for donated items. If you still want to help, WVHS asks for monetary donations. The donations help with direct funds where they are needed most (medical supplies, utilities and remaining staff). All payments will be done through a secure website to eliminate exposure to the virus in the shelter.