A nonprofit called Wings of Rescue is transporting about 75 small-breed dogs from overcrowded shelters in the Los Angeles area to Boise Monday afternoon in the hopes the pups will find good homes in Idaho.
A large adoption event is planned Friday through Sunday at the PetSmart Adoption Center across from the Boise Towne Square mall. On Sunday, adoptable pets from the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, Twin Falls Animal Shelter and Fuzzy Paws will also be available at PetSmart.
About 50 to 75 pets total will be available each of the three days, according to IHS spokeswoman Hannah Parpart. Cats will be available for adoption inside PetSmart and in IHS mobile adoption trailer.
Small dogs are snapped up quickly from the Idaho Humane Society, which has taken in numerous shipments of dogs from other states, including California and Arizona. This transfer was coordinated by Shelter Me, a group that has a TV show on PBS by the same name.
The dogs in this group are generally 20 pounds and less, and a year or older. The breeds include: Chihuahuas, Terriers, Poodles, and Shih Tzu mixes.
Since 2009, over 4,200 dogs have been transferred from overcrowded shelters from around Idaho and other states to Idaho Humane Society for adoption. The first larger transfers of dogs (25 or more) from out of state began in 2010.