News - Panhandle Animal Shelter

Evans Brothers Fundraiser

Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters hosted a fundraiser benefiting Panhandle Animal Shelter on December 28th. The fundraiser was the 2nd
annual event in honor of Erik Bruhjell, a 22-year-old Sandpoint resident who passed away in July 2018.  Bruhjell is remembered as being a light in the world who cared about people, the environment, and animals. One of his passions was animal welfare and the need for spay and neuter services for pets. In his memory, the proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to top up the shelters spay and neuter fund, which provides spay and neuter services to cats and dogs. Because of your support for this fundraiser, Evans Brothers is donating over $2,300 to our spay and neuter fund!

Happy Howlidays with America’s Veterinarian

America’s Veterinarian – Dr. Marty Becker – and his wife Teresa stopped by Panhandle Animal Shelter for the annual Happy Howlidays celebration. Dr. Becker gave out treats and toys to the cats and dogs staying at the shelter for the holidays.  Check out this video we made about Dr. Becker’s visit:

Thank You, Donors!

The mission of Panhandle Animal Shelter is to create and support meaningful connections by enhancing the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community who love them. We recognize we could not do this without the help of our donors. We are so grateful for all the support we receive. This video is dedicated to all those who help us further our mission!

Hounds on the Town

Do you love dogs but can’t have one of your own right now? Panhandle Animal Shelter has a solution for you – Hounds on the Town! Come to PAS and you can borrow one of our shelter dogs for the day to run errands, go for a walk, or whatever else you can think of. Check out this video for more details:

#GivingTuesday: Temporary Loving Care

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration celebrated every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year #GivingTuesday is on December 3.

Our goal this #GivingTuesday is to raise $2,500 for our Temporary Loving Care (TLC) program we are doing in partnership with Bonner General Health. TLC provides temporary housing for pets who have owners that are being treated at Bonner General Health.

Watch this video to learn more about TLC and how you can help us on this upcoming #Giving Tuesday:

Saving Lazaruff: A Home To Home™ Story

When Dr. Marty Becker first found Lazaruff, he doubted the dog would live.

The dog suffered from debilitation, possible organ damage and heartworms. Rail-thin, with ribs protruding from his sides, he was 30 pounds under a healthy body weight.

Fast-forward a few months. Now he’s a healthy, happy dog enjoying a North Idaho lifestyle in a forever home.

That’s the power of Panhandle Animal Shelter’s Home To Home™ program. It can change lives, both for the animals and the people who adopt them.

From the start, Home To Home™ forges friendships. A picture and a description of the pet give would-be human companions a sense of their new pal before they even say hello in person. Home To Home™ helps pets avoid a stay at the shelter altogether. That’s good news for the critters, who don’t go a single day outside a loving home. And it helps keep space open at Panhandle Animal Shelter for the dogs and cats that need it.

The sad reality is life sometimes forces pet owners to make a change. Maybe it’s financial troubles. Maybe it’s an unavoidable change in a living situation. Whatever the case, Home To Home™ makes rehoming pets a snap. Have a pet that needs a new home? Just upload a picture and some quick information. Looking for a pet? The search feature makes it easy to find dog, cat or other pet perfect for your situation.

Just ask Lazaruff. Thanks to the care from Dr. Becker and his crew, he overcame his medical problems and packed on the pounds. But he still needed a new home. Panhandle Animal Shelter’s rehoming program ensured that Lazaruff is enjoying a second life in the mountains of North Idaho.

Does your home have room for a pet in need? Visit the Home To Home™ website here. It only takes a few minutes, but it could lead to a lifetime of happiness.  

Ponderay PetSafe Dog Park

The Ponderay PetSafe Dog Park is located next to Panhandle Animal Shelter – 870 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. Ponderay, ID.
It is the first ADA-compliant dog park and features a pea gravel surface making it a low-pathogen environment for those with compromised immune systems.
The dog park is open 24 hours/day. Please clean-up after your pets.

Jameson (Dog) is Looking for a Home

Jameson is a special needs canine who is in need of a special family to join. Watch this video to learn about Jameson’s story.

Contact Devin to inquire about adopting Jameson –

Pets for Life

The Pets for Life (PFL) program reaches out to underserved communities to offer free pet care resources, services and information. PFL incorporates strategic door-to-door outreach, builds a consistent community presence and uses an extensive follow-up process to build relationships and trust within a segment of the pet-owning population that has largely gone untouched by animal service providers.

Panhandle Animal Shelter is currently offering Pets for Life services in Ponderay and Kootenai, Idaho. Watch the below video to see what services Panhandle Animal Shelter is providing our community and the impact it is having:

For more information about Panhandle Animal Shelter Pets for Life program, call (208) 216-7769 or email

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!