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NEW DATE - Run with the Big Dogs Moves to April, Sponsors Wanted!

The Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter's 20th Annual Run with the Big Dogs will be held April 22 this year. Previously, the event had been held in the fall, and close to the date of the popular Splash Dance for Dogs at the Ross Park Aquatic Complex.

We'd like to thank The Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter for their continued support of the Shelter and its mission. Run with the Big Dogs is an important event for both of us, said Kim Velman, Volunteer Coordinator. "Friends is changing the date, because participants have been concerned that they felt they had to choose between one event or the other. We want as many people and dogs as possible to take part in the fun of both events."

With the change in date, the group is now in search of sponsors and vendors for the event. Interested businesses and organizations can contact Kim Velman at 208-234-6157 or via email at kvelman@pocatello.us. For more information on Pocatello Animal Services or to view adoptable pets, visit pocatello.us/animal.

Katie's Dog Park

Our Dog Park is Open!

This half-acre park features two separate play areas with one meant for large, active, and energetic dogs and another for smaller dogs or those that are a little more leisurely in their play. Other amenities include two water fountains, benches, a shade pergola, and most importantly, the entire park is fenced in so dogs are free to run off leash!

Volunteer Program

"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year. But when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in." —Unknown

The Pocatello Shelter has a Volunteer Program that may fit your needs and we're looking for your help! Your help will ensure our animals receive more interaction with humans as well as maintain and improve the social skills the animal come to us with. Your time will definitely make a difference for that one animal that you spend time with.

There are many ways to help out, including: working with the dogs on the property, working with the cats in the adoptable cat room, bathing/minor grooming of the animals, cleaning kennels, helping out in the office, greeting and guiding those who come to the shelter, helping with fundraisers and outreach events, as well as, working on projects from your home.

If you are 18 years or older and would like more information about volunteering please contact the Pocatello Animal Shelter to learn more.

Our next Volunteer Orientation will be Saturday, February 25th at 10:00am and will last approx. 1½ hours.

Come Visit Us

We are located in the upper level of Ross Park on the South end of Pocatello. The address is 3100 Avenue of the Chiefs. From I-15 take exit 67. Turn North on South 5th and approximately 3/10 of a mile turn left at Avenue of the Chiefs. Follow the road through the rock cliffs and we are the first building on the right hand side. Our shelter hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Officers are available 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. The shelter is closed for major holidays.
Pocatello Animal Shelter
PO Box 4169
3100 Avenue of the Chiefs
Pocatello, ID  83205
Phone: 208-234-6156
Email: dgarcia@pocatello.us or kvelman@pocatello.us

List of pets at this shelter

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Watch for these upcoming events in 2017!

(Please note that our event dates could possibly change)
  • Half-Off Licensing in May
  • Alley Cat Grill in June
  • 9 Holes, 9 Lives in June
  • 4th Annual Pocatello Ross Park Dog Splash Dance in September
  • 20th Annual Run with the Big Dogs April 22nd
  • Share the LOVE event in October

Our Wish List

Soft Dog Treats, Blankets, Acrylic Cube for drawings, Wash Clothes, Dog Collars, Plastic Litter Boxes, Rubber Kongs, Washer & Dryer, Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent, Towels, Purina Dog & Cat Food, Cat Toys, Dog Toys, Long Straw Raw Hide Treats, etc. You can also go to Amazon to see all our needs!

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