Everyone knows that there are some amazing dogs in rescues, especially for those of us that would like to do agility or be active with our dogs. Here is a list of dog rescues/shelters in North Idaho, please e-mail me or comment if you know of one that is not posted! Also, if you have a good experience with a certain shelter let everyone know! Seeing success stories are always inspiring. 🙂

Facebook Groups: Idaho Pet Adoption,
NW Montana & N Idaho Pet Connection
Inland Small Dog Rescue
North West German Shepherd Rescue
WA / ID / MT

Northwest German Shepherd Rescue
The Northwest German Shepherd Rescue is an all volunteer organization which is run solely on donations and adoption fees. The rescue serves German Shepherds in need throughout the greater Northwest. Our network of foster homes provide a safe haven to German Shepherds as they make their way to quality, loving homes of their own.
Jack Russell Rescue: Oregon, Washington & Idaho

Jack Russell Rescue OWII was inaugurated in 2006 to help Jack Russell terriers in need of new homes. We have placed over 200 dogs in new terrier-appropriate homes since our inception. We are affiliated with the national rescue: , but we have our own 501c status and we function as a regional rescue for the Pacific Northwest states.
Idaho Coonhound Rescue
Idaho Newfoundland Rescue
Ridgeback Rescue
(208) 375-5310

Inland Empire Golden Retriever Rescue
Eastern Washington / Northern Idaho / Western Montana

We are dedicated to providing veterinary care, comprehensive evaluation, and adoptive homes to Golden Retrievers who are abandoned, mistreated, neglected or left in shelters throughout Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana.

Utah / Idaho Vizsla Rescue

If you breed, rescue. If you don't breed, rescue anyway
If you breed, rescue. If you don’t breed, rescue anyway!

Idaho Weimeraner RescueNorthwest Boxer Rescue

Northwest Boxer Rescue (NWBR) believes that every boxer deserves a chance to live a happy life in a loving home.

North Idaho Boxer Rescue
Post Falls

North Idaho Boxer Rescue
North Idaho Boxer Rescue is an independent organization that is dedicated to placing purebred boxers in forever homes.

Sheltie Rescue
Karen Horton
(208) 265-4541 Western State Siberian Rescue
Sandpoint Daschund Rescue NW
Coeur d’Alene / SpokaneEnglish Springer Rescue America
Post Falls

Welcome to the ESRA... dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Springers in need.
Welcome to the ESRA… dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Springers in need.

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest
HaydenInland Northwest Pug Rescue
Coeur d’Alene

INWPR is a registered non-profit charity whose mission is to rescue unwanted pugs in the Idaho Panhandle/Greater Spokane, Washington area and place them in loving permanent homes
INWPR is a registered non-profit charity whose mission is to rescue unwanted pugs in the Idaho Panhandle/Greater Spokane, Washington area and place them in loving permanent homes

Caring People for Pets
Bonners Ferry Second Chance Animal Adoption
Bonners Ferry
(208) 267-2023

Second Chance Animal Adoption (SCAA) is dedicated to caring for homeless animals in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and the surrounding Boundary County area.
Second Chance Animal Adoption (SCAA) is dedicated to caring for homeless animals in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and the surrounding Boundary County area.

Panhandle Animal Shelter
(208) 265-PAWS (7297)

Panhandle Animal Shelter
The Panhandle Animal Shelter is located in Northern Idaho and provides services for approximately 1300 lost, abandoned, neglected and abused animals every year.

Priest River Animal Rescue
Priest River
(208) 448-0699

Priest River Animal Rescue
Our long-term goal is to establish a sanctuary where un-adoptable animals may live out their lives in peace. In the interim, we provide foster homes to care for animals until new adoptive homes can be found.

Voice of the Animals
(208) 437-1017 Becky’s Big Dog Rescue
(208) 209-5547 Second Chance Pet Rescue
Hayden Kootenai Humane Society
Coeur d’Alene
(208) 772-4019

Kootenai Humane Society
To provide quality humane care, rehabilitation, adoption and education for the good of animals and their companions in our community.

Coeur d’Alene Small Dog Rescue
Coeur d’Alene

We are a small group of folks that rescue small dogs that are unwanted or abandoned. We foster dogs out of our homes.

Alternative Rescue
Coeur d’Alene
(208) 292-4394 Northwest Pet Resort
Coeur d’Alene
(208) 292-4394Kellog Animal Shelter
(208) 784-1131 Post Falls Animal Safety
Post Falls River City Pet Rescue
Post Falls

River City Pet Rescue consists of a small group of volunteers that is dedicated to helping animals

Benewah County Humane Society
St. Maries
(208)245-2807 Hopes Haven Animal Shelter
St. Maries
(208) 245-7387 Shoshone Pet Rescue
Kellog Humane Society of the Palouse
(208) 883-1166

Humane Society of the Palouse
The Humane Society of the Palouse, Inc., was founded in 1978 to prevent animal cruelty, promote animal adoption, and encourage humane pet education here on the Palouse.

Lewis Clark Animal Shelter
(208) 746-1623 Care About Pets

8 thoughts on “Rescues”

  1. I got my dog, Ellie, from Inland Northwest Rescue. MaryAnn, the lady who runs it, is an amazing dog lover who has saved over 700 dogs! She has been battling cancer but still manages to take in dogs who are in desperate need of finding a home, and she finds them dream homes. If you are looking for a herding type, you wont have to go any further than Inland Northwest Rescue.

  2. I helped start Little Long Dogs as a rescue in Athol or north of Couer d’Alane with training, time and sharing events to get Hoffman’s name out there as a new rescuer of our beloved breed of wiener dogs. We were turning awat 300+ unwanted wieners in 2005. I gave her a 12 year old longhaired chooclate Dachshund dog. Soon enough Ruth Ann Hoffman was reselling pups for another breeder and then started breeding pups with the dogs that she was entrusted to find homes. Because she became a puppy mill breeder using free breeding stock so our legit rescue cut all ties. Soon enough the dog we gave her was relisted for sale for $300 and listed as a six year old dog! Hoffman had lied 8 years off his age as Duckie, the dog, was not very grey. That was ther first of many fruads Hoffman committed with the dogs in her care.

    Many disgruntled and upset customers and six years later we have now rescued 12 of her “rescued” dogs, many were unfixed and no shots and not even close to being as promised. No legit rescuers sell ANY unfixed dogs at any time. Hoffman is still breeding many pups of mixed breeds and purebred Dachshunds now and reselling them, all pups are unfixed. If Hoffman is a breeder then list herself as a breeder and stop using web sites for rescuers like us and shelters only.

    There has been many run ins with animal control and the sheriff’s department in her area with her many unhappy customers as well. So please “let the buyer beware” when using any business posing as a charity and do your research. She also has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau probably for not answering her door or returning complaint phone calls after her sale on dogs that were not as promised.

    Please find a legit breeder or rescuer when getting your new family dog who will guarantee them like our rescue has since 1991.

  3. I thought I would take a moment to make you aware of Becky’s Big Dog Rescue in Athol, ID. I’m not sure what Becky’s status is as an organization, but will testify that the care, compassion, mission and benefits are excellent! I had the blessing of adopting a female Australian Shepard / Collie mix who has become this man’s best friend.

    Check out her website for more info..

  4. Hope it’s ok to post this here. Figured it would be a great place to reach several dog lovers at once. I’m Rick at


    So, my name is Rage Jr. I was named after my adopted big brother, the late Rage Sr. I am writing to you today hoping to find some help. I am approximately a little over 2 years old and I am looking for my final perfect “Forever Home”. I was adopted from a local Boxer adoption agency by my Humans, Rick & Tina and have been living with them for about 6 months now. We have grown real close to each other, become family and love each other a lot so I know this will not be easy for them but it’s the right and responsible thing to do. You see, 99.9% of the time, I am your typical loving Boxer. Although I am the clumsiest Boxer you will ever meet, I love to play and cuddle. Occasionally I like to sneak food when you’re not looking and I do think I am a lap dog. And, if you let me, I love to sleep with you and keep you warm at night. BUT. I do have a slight stubbornness side to me. Occasionally I can be unpredictable. At times, if you tell me to do something I don’t want to do, I will start barking and refuse. I have been in and out of foster homes my whole life so it takes my a while to warm up to humans, but when I do, they are my best friends, but if I don’t like them or trust them, then I will make sure they know it. It does make my Masters a little nervous. Full disclosure to you. Before my new Humans adopted me, I did bite my vet and once when I was at my new home, visitors came over. When they walked through the door I was all excited to see them but when my human tried to keep me from them, I got stubborn and bit him on the finger. But there has been no other incident since then. I do want to learn and be loved but I just need to be with someone who can give me the attention, professional training and help with my little unpredictability and light occasional aggression I need. With so many strangers coming to my home for family get-togethers and such, I guess I just get confused.

    I have come along way since my Humans adopted me. At first the only command I knew was “sit”, and I only did it when I wanted to or if I knew I would get a num num as a reward. I wouldn’t let you put a collar on me or touch my hips. I was very skittish about human touch. Now I know several commands, I’ll let you put a collar and even a muzzle on me when needed. Ps. I do get along great with other dogs and kids. My only problem there is I don’t know my own strength sometimes…

    Note from my Humans: This is the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do but we feel it’s the responsible thing to do. We want to get him to the right forever home before it’s too late for him. I won’t mention their name, but the adoption agency we got him from was misleading and has been no help at all. We’ve tried to work with them for some help. Either with advise, training and at one point we were even considered surrendering him back, but they won’t return our phone calls, texts or emails. We’ve looked into professional training, but unfortunately it’s just too spendy for us right now. Rage Jr. is our 5th adopted Boxer so we’re not rookies, but we will never go through this agency again. He is a great great dog but he needs to be partnered with the right owners for his own good. He does have all his shots and we are not looking for any re-boarding fees. The last thing we want is for some to get seriously bit (the others were just attention getters) or to surrender him to the Humane Society for obvious reasons. Please Help…..

    1. Hi Rick, thank you for commenting!

      I’ve had a dog do a similar thing with me (when being told to do something barking and refusing) – when the training got a little tough this other dog would bark and get nervous. Does Rage look at you from the side when he does this and back away? With the dog that I met that did this I needed to take the training a step down, back to something he was comfortable with and use lots of treats so that he would change his attitude from confusion/anxiety to anticipation/enjoyment. As I’m sure you know that once a dog has bitten it is important to be very in tune with when he gets nervous – and it sounds like you guys are! What are all of his cues that he is uncomfortable? Is he comfortable with you touching all of his body or is he sensitive in some areas? You probably already have new people toss him treats; will he take treats from their hand when he first meets them?

      One of the best ways to help a dog change his attitude is training and exercise. A great way to combine that is by doing nosework (hide and seek with toys, people, anything). The more time you spend interacting with each other the better both of you will become at reading the other and knowing just how they are feeling. Please give us an update on how he is doing and let us know of any other needs or questions!


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