National pet adoption event is coming to Boise

BOISE, Idaho – The largest national pet adoption event took place in Boise this week, giving people the opportunity to find a new furry friend in need of a home.

Starting Tuesday, the Idaho Humane Society is hosting Tour For Life 2022 — a weeklong event run by North Shore Animal League America.

Tour For Life 2022 is the largest cooperative pet adoption event in the world, according to the NSALA website. This year, the tour has partnered with Racheal Ray Nutrish, local shelters and rescue groups to promote safe adoption events in 37 US states.

NSALA plans to hold week-long pet adoption events in 53 cities in March and April, including Boise.

“One of our beliefs is to work with other shelters to save these lives,” said Kristine Schellhass, public relations manager for the Idaho Humane Society. “This partnership is important to speak to the message of adopting the animals we have and working together to create better lives for animals across the United States.”

A local nonprofit, the Idaho Humane Society, is a no-kill shelter. Being a no-kill facility, IHS does not euthanize adoptable animals. Instead, Schellhass said IHS is focused on animal rehabilitation and welfare.

On average, Schellhaas said the Humane Society helps 122 animals for adoption per week. She said the nonprofit also takes animals from areas like rural Idaho or other states that don’t have the resources to provide proper health care.

“We follow a socially responsible shelter, which means no adoptable animal is ever euthanized. We screen every animal that comes through our doors and provide the medical care they need,” Schellhaas said. “We spend €2.5 million to provide veterinary care to our animals and the public. We do everything we can to care for the animals and set them up for success.”

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On Tuesday, one of IHS’ adoptable pets found her forever at home with Eagle resident Dan Prince.

“(I’m) very excited,” Prince said. “It’s kind of like bringing our firstborn home.”

Dan Prince and his new dog, Princess

Prince said he had been watching the IHS website for some time looking for a small dog and had seen the Tour For Life promotion online. Although Prince wasn’t sure he’d find a pet on Tuesday, he couldn’t “pass up” on bringing Princess home.

“They all need a home and we needed a pet, so it was a great matchup,” Prince said. “I encourage people to come and see (the Idaho Humane Society). It’s a beautiful place. They have beautiful dogs and cats to make good friends with, like Princess.”

Journalist Madison Hardy with a puppy available for adoption at the Idaho Humane Society

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The Idaho Humane Society will host Tour For Life this week at its Bird Street location in Boise. Adoption services through Tour For Life are available between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A list of animals available for adoption from the Idaho Humane Society is available here.

Marie R. McCraw