TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT / KSVT) – A Blaine County animal shelter has an innovative program to help dogs find potential adopters, while doing much-needed exercises along the way.
Mountain Humane on Croy Creek Road in Hailey is a no-kill animal shelter.
“Right now we have about 105 dogs and cats,” said Kelsey Strahle, Mountain Humane volunteer coordinator. “We only house dogs, cats and pets. “
One of the shelter’s most popular and innovative programs is Hikin ‘Buddies. The program, which has been in existence for 20 years, allows shelter dogs to be taken for a hike by the public to the Adam’s Gulch Trailhead in Blaine County. It takes place on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This program did not take place last year due to COVID-19, but staff are happy to see it return, especially when they see the happy faces of the dogs after the hike.
“It’s really special because it’s a great way for dogs to get out and be exposed to potential adopters,” Strahle said.
Dogs get exposure to a typical outdoor hiking experience, not to mention much-needed exercise. Staff members have also seen links between dogs and humans, which has led to adoptions.
“I think it definitely helps them be successful when they come to their forever home,” Strahle said.
This year’s program was originally scheduled to end on July 14, but has now been extended to August 4.
If you’re not looking to adopt a pet, you can still walk a dog. In fact, the shelter encourages anyone to stop and walk one of their dogs on the trails.
“It’s just a great way to experience nature and get a shelter dog exercising,” Strahle said.
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