Idaho Humane Society Harnesses Star Power to Help Fund New Facility 

click to enlarge The new Idaho Humane Society will have a cat and dog hallway.

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The new Idaho Humane Society will have a cat and dog hallway.

The Idaho Humane Society is in the middle of building a new 10-acre facility, and to finish the job, it's harnessing some Hollywood star power. Film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will be made to IHS for a total match of up to $150,000.

"We are honored to be the recipients of such a generous donation," wrote IHS CEO Jeff Rosenthal in a press release. "This will certainly help us on our way to completing our goal."

click to enlarge - The "catio" will give animals more free space than the previous Idaho Humane Society facility. -  - CSHQA
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  • The "catio" will give animals more free space than the previous Idaho Humane Society facility.
The new facility, which is currently under construction near Overland Road, will include a veterinary clinic with twice the capacity of the previous clinic; larger, noise-controlled dog kennels with natural light and new play areas; "catios," which are large cat enclosures that let in natural light; a public dog park and a new training facility. The location will be larger and more sophisticated to meet the demand of the Treasure Valley and reflect changes in best practices regarding animal sheltering.

"In the two decades since our current facility was built, the science of animal sheltering has drastically changed," Rosenthal wrote. "The new facility will house animals in roomier, calm spaces to keep them happy and healthy."

Marshall and Kennedy have fundraised extensively in the past for several Boise nonprofits, including Boise Contemporary Theater, by throwing benefit premieres for several of their movies, including a number of entries in the Bourne movie franchise starring Matt Damon, Seabiscuit and The Last Airbender.

According to BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark, working with them raised "certainly over $100,000 combined," allowing the theater to establish itself as one of a handful of professional working theaters in the Treasure Valley, purchase its building by 2007 and survive hard economic times for theaters nationally. BCT named its box office in Marshall and Kennedy's honor.

"We opened here in 2000, and so in those early years as we were establishing ourselves, and through the recession, it was hugely important to keep us afloat," Clark said. "My colleagues across the country were losing their theaters during that time. It was a huge help while a lot of other funding avenues were drying up post recession."

The IHS matching funds challenge is open until Sunday, March 18. Donations may be made on the IHS website.
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