Mountain Humane has helped families keep their pets during the pandemic

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Mountain Humane distributed enough pet food to flesh out a 16,000 pound Tyrannosaurus rex last year.

The animal welfare organization near Hailey donated 16,120 pounds of pet food to 331 families in Blaine County and 141 families in nearby towns in 2021, according to its 2021 annual report.

Other statistics:

  • It provided care for 2,707 animals, a 45% increase from 2020.
  • His veterinary clinic has provided more than 2,800 vaccinations, 1,024 neutering surgeries and 100 dental procedures. It has also microchipped 512 animals and offered other discounted veterinary services for families struggling to afford pet care.
  • Behavioral support was provided to 288 animals and 277 dogs attended training courses.
  • The shelter transferred 222 animals from high-mortality shelters in Idaho to its facilities before finding them forever homes.
  • Area foster families cared for 292 animals while they waited for permanent housing.

A total of 1,755 animals received services to prevent owners from having to surrender their pets to a shelter, and abandonments decreased by 54%, from 260 in 2019 to 121 in 2021.

“One of Mountain Humane’s core initiatives is keeping pets with their families,” said Kelly Mitchell, Senior Director of Shelter Operations and Outreach. “Without the support of Mountain Humane, financial or other circumstances may otherwise force people to abandon their pets. Having these programs in place helps us create a more humane community.”

Executive Director Annie McCauley said Mountain Humane is grateful for the commitment of its donors to saving animals and its hundreds of volunteers.

“We could not provide the highest level of care without our volunteers who help ensure that each animal has a loving and nurturing experience, she added.

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