Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary
We rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for abandoned, neglected, and abused animals in Custer County, Idaho.
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Adopt a Pet
Get in touch with us right meow to start the adoption process!
Want to make a difference?
Volunteering at an animal shelter is a paw-some way to make a difference in the lives of animals in need, while also having fun and making new friends! Here are 6 paw-some ways to help:
- Take the dogs on a hike or a long walk - it's great exercise for both you and the pups!
- Play fetch or other games with the dogs - they love to have fun and burn off energy.
- Teach dogs new tricks and basic commands - it helps them become more adoptable and better behaved.
- Give cats and kittens lots of love and attention - they always appreciate some cuddle time.
- Help out with events like adoption fairs, fundraising events - it's a great way to meet other animal lovers in the community.
- Assist with cleaning and organizing the shelter - it's not glamorous, but it's essential to keep the animals healthy and happy.
DO YOU LOVE WORKING WITH ANIMALS?
We are a facility full of passionate animal lovers looking for like-minded individuals to join our pack. Take a look below to see some of our open positions. Please reach out with any questions or inquiries.
There are no open positions at this time. Please check back later.
To make a donation by mail, please send a check or money order payable to:
HIAS at PO Box 175, Challis ID 83226
MAKE A PUPPY HAPPY
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Help a Dog Forever
When you sponsor a kennel you are ensuring that every animal who passes through the kennel doors continues to receive all the necessities of a happy, healing, healthy life.
A plaque in your honor or in memory of anyone or any pet will hang on the kennel forevermore. This is a lasting and loving way to display your support of homeless, needy animals with your name, business, or family.
This lifetime kennel sponsorship is $2,000
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Spay and Neuter Clinic for Low Income Pet Owners
A couple times a year Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary teams up with Lone Pine Animal Hospital in Challis, Idaho to offer low-cost spay and neuter to pet cats and dogs. Cost to pet owner is $20 a cat, $40 a dog. Pets must be at least 6 months of age.
Vouchers are limited to three per household and are available to local residents only. Our intention is to assist those who might need a little financial help, however, documentation for eligibility is not required.
This program is made possible through a grant from Pet Friendly License Plate program sponsored through the State of Idaho, and also by many individual donations to HIAS. Thank you everyone for your generous support. Together we can reduce cat and dog overpopulation.
Attention, Custer County residents! We still have four cat spay/neuter vouchers available!
***ALL ANIMALS MUST BE 6 MONTHS OR OLDER***
Voucher Responsibility: Once you obtain a voucher, it becomes your responsibility to schedule the spay/neuter appointment at Lone Pine. No refunds will be given for unused vouchers.
At Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary, we provide a serene country setting for your beloved pet to enjoy while you’re away. Our personalized and attentive care, engaging activities, and inviting living comforts are sure to make your pet feel at home.
We understand that every pet is unique, and our daily routine is tailored to their individual personalities, whether they enjoy socialization with other dogs, have boundless energy, thrive on human companionship, or are a senior pet in need of a stress-free environment.
We guarantee that dogs will be walked and have play-times at minimum three times a day and get fed twice a day. We have a ventilation system that keeps the air clean and separate from our sick or new intake dogs.We provide toys, beds, treats, can give medications and strive to meet the requirements for pet owners who are leaving their fur babies in our care.
Just as daily enrichment, personal attention, and reinforcement of good behavior are essential at home, we prioritize these at Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary. Rest easy knowing that your furry companion will receive the human contact and socialization they’re accustomed to while you’re away.
$20 per night (you provide food)
- $25 per night (we provide food)
$15 per night
For DOGS we require current rabies vaccine, bordetella (kennel cough) and a yearly 5 way vaccine. For CATS we require up to date vaccines known as a yearly 5 or 6 way vaccine and current rabies vaccines. Proof of these vaccines must be provided by a licensed veterinarian. Payment is due at time of pickup. Pickup after 12pm will be charged for an additional day.
Located in Challis, Idaho, our goal is to provide a safe haven for animals in need, providing them with individualized care and a healthy, clean, loving environment to live in while waiting for their forever homes. Young, old, special needs, angry or scared – at HIAS we believe every animal has a story. We take in cats and dogs locally, as well as dogs from high kill shelters outside our area as space allows.
Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, find permanent homes for, and make every reasonable effort to offer permanent residence to animals in need. We will be a voice of advocacy and education for animal welfare, humane treatment, and population control. We hope to encourage compassion for animals through our work.
What we do
At Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary, we take pride in providing the best possible care for each and every one of our animal residents. We are dedicated to ensuring their comfort, happiness, and overall well-being, and treat them like members of our own family.
Numbers and Statistics of Our Animal Sanctuary
Make a Donation
Donating to our animal sanctuary helps us continue our mission of finding a loving and permanent home for animals in need. Your generosity helps us cover the cost of individualized care, food, and enrichment activities for the animals in our care. Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a real difference in the lives of the animals we serve. We deeply appreciate your support and are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of animals in need.
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Our Animal Loving Team
Matt has always had a deep love for animals and a passion for conservation. After years of working in animal welfare, he became the manager of a local animal rescue sanctuary, where she oversees a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to ensure that every animal in their care receives the love, attention, and rehabilitation they need to thrive.
As a passionate animal lover, Dora gifts a lot of her time volunteering at Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary. She finds great joy in helping to care for and rehabilitate the animals, and has developed a special bond with several of the sanctuary’s long-term residents.
With a degree in wildlife biology and a lifelong dedication to animal welfare, Martha has become the director of one of the largest and most respected animal rescue sanctuaries in the country. She is committed to providing a safe haven for animals in need, and works tirelessly to educate the public about the importance of conservation and animal rights.
Matthew Hunt is a 28-year-old man who has dedicated his life to the study of K9 behavior in every aspect. His passion for dogs began at a young age and grew into a lifelong pursuit of understanding the inner workings of our furry friends. Matthew has worked tirelessly to become an expert in the field of dog behavior, specializing in boarding, training, and rehabilitating dogs.
Matthew is one of the few who have established functional playgroups for dogs in a shelter environment. With over 20 dogs in each playgroup, Matthew has become known as the “DOGLORD” by his peers and the community. His innovative approach to dog behavior has made him one of the most sought-after experts in his field.
Matthew’s emphasis on the importance of playgroups for dogs is a reflection of his deep understanding of pack behavior. He believes that appropriate pack play is essential for dogs to thrive and be happy. He has dedicated his time to ensure that every dog in his care gets the appropriate pack play they need.
Matthew is the ultimate dog dad, a teacher of puppies, and a mentor to all who want to learn about dogs. His expertise in dog behavior has made him a valuable asset to the community. He has become so popular that everyone wants a dog from the “DOGLORD.”
Matthew Hunt’s love for dogs and his dedication to understanding their behavior has made him a standout in the world of K9 behavior. His innovative approach to pack play and rehabilitation has made him a respected figure in his field. His ultimate goal is to help every dog live their best life possible.
Meet Emily Johnson, a passionate animal lover who has dedicated her life to the care and rehabilitation of animals. Emily has been working at the local animal sanctuary for over 10 years, where she has made a significant impact on the lives of many animals. She started as a volunteer at the sanctuary and worked her way up to become a full-time animal caretaker.
Emily’s love for animals started when she was a child, growing up on a farm surrounded by various animals. Her fascination for animals continued to grow, and she pursued a degree in animal science to learn more about their behavior and well-being. Her knowledge and experience have enabled her to provide the animals in her care with the best possible care.
At the sanctuary, Emily takes care of all kinds of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, and even farm animals. She is responsible for their feeding, exercise, and medical care. Emily’s warm and gentle nature helps her to connect with the animals and provide them with the love and attention they need to heal and recover. Her dedication to the animals is evident in the way she goes above and beyond to ensure their well-being, making her an invaluable member of the sanctuary team.
Emily’s passion for animal care and her unwavering dedication to the animals have earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues and the community. Her work at the sanctuary has not only helped to improve the lives of the animals but also raised awareness about animal welfare. Emily hopes to continue her work at the sanctuary and inspire others to make a positive difference in the lives of animals.
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2948 N Hwy 93
Challis, Idaho 83226
MON-SAT 10:00 – 4:00