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Idaho Humane Society Takes In Dogs from Wildfire-Devastated California 

click to enlarge Budha is one of more than 50 dogs who were transferred to the Idaho Humane Society this week from California shelters overwhelmed from wildfires. - IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Idaho Humane Society
  • Budha is one of more than 50 dogs who were transferred to the Idaho Humane Society this week from California shelters overwhelmed from wildfires.
After thousands of acres and hundreds of homes were consumed in wildfires in California, animal shelters in the Napa Valley area are overwhelmed and scrambling to accommodate hundreds of additional pets. Pet owners in the area are in need of a place to board their animals while they search for a new home, while other owners find they need to give up their pets altogether.

To help with the influx, the Idaho Humane Society has taken in more than 50 dogs this week from California shelters.

"Some of those shelters are so overcrowded right now that these dogs would not be adopted at all," said Allison Maier, the communications manager for the Idaho Humane Society. "We're saving these dogs' lives by getting them over here. We have a high adoption rate that a lot of other shelters don't have."
click to enlarge This is Licorice. - IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Idaho Humane Society
  • This is Licorice.

According to a news release from the humane society, an animal rescue group based in Oakland, Calif. called BAD RAP drove 21 dogs and puppies up to Boise from the Napa Valley on Sept. 28. Another 31 dogs will arrive via plane on Oct. 1, thanks to the group Dog is My CoPilot, Inc., which flies homeless dogs to shelters around the country. Another 34 dogs arrived to the humane society from Sacramento, Calif. on Sept. 25.

"The dogs that arrived on Monday came in at about 11 o'clock at night, so we all had to come in and work late," Maier said, but she said she's excited to get them ready for adoption in time for See Spot Walk—the humane society's major fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3. It's been a busy week.

click to enlarge This is Clown. - IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Idaho Humane Society
  • This is Clown.
She pointed out that along with people forced to give up their animals, not many people in the wildfire-devastated area are looking to adopt right now, either.

Here, on the other hand, small dogs and puppies are in high demand and she's confident they'll find new homes quickly. 

They'll be ready for adoption by Saturday, and 15-20 of them will be available at See Spot Walk, taking place in Julia Davis Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The mile-long walk through the park attracts thousands of dogs and owners and includes venders, games, contests and prizes.

The rest of the dogs will be available at the PetSmart Adoption Center at 130 N. Milwaukee or at the main IHS shelter location at 4775 Dorman Street. All dogs are first spayed or neutered and brought up to date on their vaccinations.

click to enlarge Niko also came from California, and will be available for adoption by Oct. 3. - IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Idaho Humane Society
  • Niko also came from California, and will be available for adoption by Oct. 3.

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