The shelter re-opened Nov. 4 at 191 N. Linder Road in Meridian. The volunteer-run shelter had to close at its previous location on Ten Mile Road due to expansion at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
The shelter accepts only dogs relinquished by their owners. They do not take in stray dogs, because the Idaho Humane Society has been contracted to handle animal control for the city. Meridian Valley will take in dogs from pet owners living anywhere in the Valley. They charge $60.
Leasing 1,400 square feet in a building on Linder Road for $800 a month, the shelter has kennels for a dozen dogs; additional kennels for smaller dogs can be set up in a pinch. All of the dogs are walked three times a day in a grassy lot behind the building.
The shelter is open seven days a week. Hours are: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Monday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 2 p.m.-6 p.m Fridays; or by appointment (794-0944). The cost is $85 to adopt a dog, $95 for puppies, and that includes spay/neuter and vaccination. The shelter, supported by 50 volunteers, promotes adoptions through its Facebook and its Web site, meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org.