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Shop on Amazon with Our Affiliate Link

Panhandle Animal Shelter is now an Amazon affiliate which means we can earn a small commission on your Amazon purchase at no cost to you if you use our link. Here’s how it works:

If you click this link: it will take you to the home page. You can do your regular Amazon shopping from there. If you make any purchases from Amazon within 24 hours of clicking the above link, the Panhandle Animal Shelter will get a small commission on your purchase. This costs you absolutely nothing.

If you plan on shopping on, we ask that you use our affiliate link so we get the commission.

For those who like to shop on their smart phone, we have made a short video on how you can set up a short cut link (like an app) to Amazon with our affiliate link on the home screen of your smart phone:

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Ginger Needs a Home

Meet Ginger. She is a happy three-year-old dog who is looking for her forever home. Watch this video to learn more about Ginger and see if she could be a good fit for your home!

Join us June 27th for Yappy Hour!

Tomorrow we are having our monthly Yappy Hour from 4pm-7pm. Greasy Fingers (bicycle shop) is hosting us this month. Bring your furry canine companion and sip on a cold beer from Laughing Dog Brewing or a glass of wine from Spud’s Waterfront Grill while enjoying the music from the Baldy Mountain Boys.

We extend a special thank you to our sponsors for this Yappy Hour: ShakaPaw and Sharon’s Hallmark.

Check out our video about Yappy Hour to learn more about this awesome community event:

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Identifying and Managing Canine Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

by Angie Hill of

June 21, 2019

One of the most common complaints of pet parents is that their dogs are disruptive or destructive when left alone. Of course, everyone wants to help their pet to stay happy and stress-free. There are some great alternatives to leaving your dog alone, such as using the services of a dog sitter, but if your pooch is displaying associated signs of separation anxiety, then it’s important to understand more.  

Have you noticed that your dog displays behaviors such as drooling or showing signs of anxiousness?  They are clues to the fact that your dog has separation anxiety. This issue is triggered when our four-legged friends become upset due to impending separation from their guardians; after all, they are pack animals.

What Do We Know About Separation Anxiety?

Many dogs who suffer from separation anxiety start to get distressed when their guardians are gearing up to leave the house. Other pups will appear anxious or show signs of being depressed before their owners set off and will try to make them stay at home with them.

Barking and other similar distress behaviours once being left alone can often ensue. When their owners get home, they’ll react as if they have been apart for years and years! (more…)

2019 Yappy Hour Schedule 

Yappy Hour is always a treat!

2019 Yappy Hour Schedule 

February 16, 2019 – Old Thorne Building

March 16, 2018 – Old Thorne Building

April 25, 2019 – Laughing Dog Brewing

May 30, 2019 – Evans Brothers Coffee

June 27, 2019 – Greasy Fingers Bikes

July 17, 2019 – Trinity at City Beach

August 29, 2019 – MickDuff’s Beer Hall

September 26, 2019 – Eichardt’s Pub

Christmas/New Year Hours 2018

  • We will be closing at 2 pm both Christmas Eve and New Year Eve.
  • We will be closed Christmas Day and New Year Day.

Be safe and have a wonderful time with your loved ones and furbabies. Thank you for making 2018 amazing!

Santa Christmas Photos Dec 15 at Petco

Get in the Christmas Spirit! It’s a great way to capture memories that will last a lifetime.

December 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm Santa will arrive to take photos with your pets.

100% of the proceeds benefit the animals at the Shelter!

Groundbreaking for Donation Station and Sorting Facility.

Panhandle Animal Shelter is building a new donation and sorting facility on land owned by the Shelter, just west of the Thrift Store. It will be 4,500 sq. ft. with a parking lot and streamlined drop-off donation area which includes overhangs to protect donors and donations from our finicky Idaho weather. We have secured the construction loan, the necessary permits and the builder. Of the projected $270,000 needed for this project, we have so far raised $150,000 which leaves us with $120,000 still to fund. The Donation Station will happen alongside the New Dog Park slated for later this year. This is why we are reaching out to the community to help us retire the note on the building.

It costs a significant amount of money to keep the doors at Panhandle Animal Shelter open. But most people do not know that the majority of our funding comes from our exceptional Thrift Store, a staggering 84% of our operating revenue is directly attributed to sales at the store. The success and growth of our Thrift Store is the result of the community helping area animalsthrough donations and sales.

“Opening the Donation Station 100% debt-free would be an amazing gift to our Community Animals,” says Mandy Evans, Executive Director of the Panhandle Animal Shelter.

“The monies saved on rent alone could vaccinate almost 10,000 animals, alter over 2000, or provide 1200 40lb bags of high-quality food annually. The impact would be tremendous!” More animals would be helped, and services would continue to be provided to the Community by way of spaying and neutering, our Helpline, the community cat Trap-Neuter-Release program, and All of this would allow us to continue to bring innovative, cutting-edge programs that benefit the people and animals of North Idaho, such as the leading “2025 Idaho No-Kill Coalition”.

Panhandle Animal Shelter and Thrift Store launched the Donation Station Fund Drive and groundbreaking with a Golden Shovel Celebration on July 11 th. 

Persons wanting to donate to Operation Donation Station can visit the Animal Shelter or the PAS Thrift Store during business hours. We have also set up a fund at


What Mix is Bubba? Contest And Visual Labeling

Bubba by Sheryl R. Garrison

Recently we held a Facebook Contest asking followers to guess Bubba’s breed mix.  Bubba, now adopted from us for the 2nd time, is a young and friendly pooch who gets along well with other dogs (a playgroup star).  Even though Bubba is a wonderful dog, he was returned after his first adoption because the adopter’s landlord thought he was a pit bill.  His owner, who had just brought the dog home, was heartbroken but needed to return him to us.  As we re-posted Bubba on Facebook, a number of people commented on what a cute pit bull he was.  This was when we decided that a DNA test would be done. We felt Bubba was being mislabeled.

The contest “What Mix is Bubba?” proved our point, which is your guess is as good as ours when it comes to visual breed labeling.  Out of 50+ guesses, only 3 were correct. You know the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

So what is Bubba’s breed mix? Drum roll…Bubba’s DNA results showed that one parent was 100% Labrador Retriever while the other parent was comprised of 4 different breeds including 1/4 German Shepherd, 1/4 Boxer, 1/4 Staffordshire Terrier and 1/4 Mixed Breed.

The truth is none of us really know what the breed of a dog is based on looks alone.  A breed label doesn’t portray the whole story; it only supports an idea of what the breed may represent. That’s why in 2015 PAS decided to stop breed labeling the dogs and cats that come to the shelter.  For more information on this : Your Guess is as Good as Ours.

Prizes for the contest were donated by EzyDog!

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PAS Receives $25,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities for Spay and Neuter

feral cats

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the Panhandle Animal Shelter will be able to spay and neuter as many as 800 feral cats in Bonner and Boundary counties during the coming year.

See Bonner County Daily Bee article, February 25, 2017 –  “SHELTER RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT”