CALDWELL, Idaho — West Valley Humane Society is needing support from the public during the COVID-19 crisis. The shelter has been facing tough times and do have an emergency plan in place. WVHS has already adjusted their strict cleaning protocols while prioritizing the animals and shelter guests health.
West Valley Humane Society is making the public aware of the financial undertaking involved in running a shelter. In a press release, the humane society said many do not know the financial implications of what it takes to operate an open admission animal shelter and how reliant shelters are on donations to keep the doors open.
At West Valley, it costs an average $5,325 per month for utilities (electricity, water, heat, etc.) and an additional $10,000+ in medical supplies like vaccines, medication and surgical or medical supplies. In order to care for the average 372 animals at the shelter at anytime, it requires a lot of staff. West Valley Humane Society says it takes just over $2,500 a day to pay for a full staff to take care of the basic needs of animals.
Essential staff includes veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, direct animal care staff, clerical staff, animal care coordinators and administration staff. Intake numbers at the shelter are slightly increasing and adoption numbers are decreasing. The shelter is concerned about the long-term effects of coronavirus and being able to give the best care to the animals.
The public can make donations to West Valley Humane Society in a variety of ways, including the embedded Facebook post above. There is also a link on their website and a PayPal account available. If you would prefer to send specific items, here is their Amazon wishlist.