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Find your next furry companion at a shelter! How rescuing a dog can change a life (or two), plus some tips on selecting the right pet for you in today’s blog post.

In honor of National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, Nov. 3-9, 2013 we want to tell you about the tireless and amazing animal advocates in Meridian. Meridian Valley Humane Society Supply and Fund Drive at WestVet.   The Meridian Valley Humane Society (MVHS) officially opened their doors at their new location on Monday (and they already had several pets in need of homes). As you may be aware, after ten years at the Water Treatment plant in Meridian, MVHS was uprooted due to a city expansion. You can now find the MVHS at 191 North Linder Road in Meridian, between Franklin and Pine.

There have been some major changes at MVHS: the new location, a change in funding, and a change in focus. The new facility is now a canine rescue and currently can only accept owner-relinquished dogs, and not strays. That’s where the Idaho Humane Society (IHS) comes in. IHS has expanded their reach and is now offering humane law enforcement and all sheltering services for stray, abused, and lost pets originating within Meridian city limits.

As MVHS is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit, currently managed entirely by volunteers, they are in great need for supplies and financial donations. WestVet is holding a funding and supply drive for MVHS throughout November and December. Here is their current “wish list:”

  • Monetary donations
  • Dog food
  • Special dog food for allergiesWestVet offers after hours Emergency Veterinary Care for the Treasure Valley and SouthWest Idaho
  • Treats
  • Pill Pockets
  • Kongs
  • Nylabones-large
  • Dog toys
  • Belly Bands
  • Peanut butter
  • Washable dog blankets
  • Towels
  • Dish soap—antibacterial is preferred
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Laundry soap (powder or liquid)
  • Bleach/Lysol
  • Febreeze
  • D.A.P  spray (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Plastic storage bins with lids
  • Ziploc bags – all sizes
  • Gift cards (Pet Stores, Department Stores, Home Improvement etc)
  • Donated Grooming Services
  • Office supplies
  • Digital camera/video camera
  • Gas generator
  • Desktop Computer with Windows 7
  • Computer Printer

You may bring any supplies by WestVet and we will deliver them to MVHS. In addition, we have a collection box in our reception area or you may make financial donations to them directly via their website HERE.

Also, with more animals requiring care and services from IHS, volunteers, foster pet parents, supplies and funds could be utilized at their facility. Contact them directly to learn more about how you can get involved with the Idaho Humane Society.

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, founded by The Humane Society of the United States in 1996, encourages people to become acquainted with their local shelters and recues and to learn how they can assist their lifesaving work. There are many ways that you can get involved and make a difference for the homeless animals in your community.

Approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year, and many more animals find themselves in need of the services provided by local rescue groups.

An Open House will be held at MVHS on November 17, from 12 – 4 p.m. Access the MVHS website HERE or call 794.0944 for more information.

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