Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Your pet faces many new outside dangers such as wolves, which stand about 30 inches at the shoulder and can be over 6 feet long from the tip of nose to point of tail and can weigh 70 to 110 pounds. Wolves are not afraid to attack animals that are larger than they are, including humans. There are a number of other wild animals that might be found in the area, including mountain lions and deer, which could pose a threat to your pet.
Department of Fish and Game
Boise headquarters 208-334-3700
Report poaching 800-632-5999
Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game’s mission is to protect, preserve, perpetuate and manage Idaho’s wildlife resources. This is done through fish- and wildlife-based recreational opportunities and educational experiences as well as fostering solutions to fish and wildlife issues that are ecologically viable, economically feasible and socially acceptable.
Mountain Home Animal Shelter
295 N.W. Elmcrest
Mountain Home, ID 83647
The Mountain Home Animal Shelter services the city of Mountain Home as well as its surrounding area. The shelter is in charge of caring for stray animals until they are adopted, as well as responding to animal control calls. The Mountain Home Police Department responds to all after-hours animal calls including those about animal bites and stray animals. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the shelter’s website.
Veterinary services in Boise, Glenns Ferry, Grand View and Mountain Home are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another place to look is the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association at http://ivma.org/site, and the Idaho Humane Society has a veterinary directory as well on its website, https://www.idahohumanesociety.org/veterinary/directory.