Community Rallies To Help Animal Shelter After Heat Fails

A community has rallied to help an open-admission animal shelter in Caldwell, Idaho. The West Valley Humane Society recently announced that the boiler, which is used to heat the building, had “given out.” The broken boiler was described as “beyond repair,” forcing staff to purchase a new system, which would not arrive for installation until January.

Thanks to residents and businesses, the homeless animals at the shelter will be well taken care of. On Tuesday, the shelter shared heartwarming news of a generous donation made Valley Wide Cooperative:

You might want to sit down for this one because it is SPECTACULAR! Valley Wide Cooperative has donated two, 500 gal propane tanks. Not only that, but they have also donated the heaters. It gets better…they will continue to fill the tanks as needed- NO CHARGE!!!! If you thought it couldn’t get better than that, the shelter gets to keep the equipment in case we ever need to use it again! We can’t even begin to thank them for this generous donation!

According to KTVB News, other area businesses have rallied on behalf of the shelter as well. Donors include Combs Car Corral, which offered to match public donations, up to $2,000, the installation of a commercial-sized electric heater for one of the shelter’s holding areas, donated by Complete Restoration Services, and 94 pet beds donated by Zamzows. Not to be overlooked are the dozens of blankets donated by area residents.

On Wednesday, the non-profit shelter acknowledged the community’s generosity in a Facebook post:

We have been so humbled by the generosity of our community as you have rallied around us to help our homeless animals. We are now well stocked with blankets to keep our dog and cat kennels warm and cozy. THANK YOU!

According to the shelter, the new boiler system, with a hefty price tag of $50,000, should be installed sometime in January. A GoFundMe account has been established to help the shelter bounce back from the staggering expense resulting from the boiler replacement – click here to find out how you can help.

Find the West Valley Humane Society on Facebook here.

(Photos via Pixabay and West Valley H.S. Facebook page)




Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.