Our Programs



A feral cat is a cat that has had little or no human contact or support.  These elusive felines are born outdoors in parks, alleyways, under buildings, etc. and will probably never become accustom to people.  Others live their lives in backyards, garages, or barns, or travel from doorstep to doorstep in search of food and shelter.


While KHS believes the best place for a feral cat to live is exactly where it is, we recognize at times feral cats must be relocated from their original habitat.  Our BARN CAT program was created to help those feral cats who cannot be returned to their original home.


Only feral cats are allowed in the program and a barn home must be on the wait list before a feral cat can come into the shelter.  All cats are spayed or neutered, receive vaccines, and their ears are tipped.  Applicants who want barn cats must meet certain criteria in order to receive cats from the program.

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KHS staff and Wil, a two-year old Dachshund mix dog, help educate our elementary age youth about KHS and what we do.  Children are also taught about what our pets need, what makes a good pet owner, and safety around strange dogs.



KHS works hand-in-hand with our network of Foster Care volunteers who open their hearts and homes to help care for foster kittens, puppies, nursing mother cats and dogs, animals recuperating from injuries and more.  We are always in need of Foster Parents so if you would like to volunteer please read more under our Volunteer section.  



While visiting local businessess and organizations, KHS educates our community about who we are, what we do, and how to be a responsible pet owner.  During these events, many shelter animals are brought along in hopes of finding them a loving home.



KHS networks with rescue groups across the country and local outlying shelters to provide more placement opportunities for pets.  KHS also mentors other shelters and rescue groups in animal services.

CLAWS (Community Lifeline for Animal Welfare Services)


What is CLAWS? The CLAWS program was created as a way for KHS to provide pet food for pet owners in Kootenai County who are struggling to feed their pets due to financial hardship. This program is meant to supplement your food supply and may not fulfill the dietary needs of your pet(s). 


You qualify for CLAWS if you live in Kootenai County and you receive federal or state financial assistance; or you meet the federal poverty income guidelines. We do require a copy of your current drivers license/photo ID; proof of Kootenai County residency; and noted documentation/letter of benefits for the assistance you are receiving.


For more information and/or to sign up, please contact KHS' Operations Manager at 208.772.4019.



KHS works as a partner with Safe Passages to provide safety and care for the animals of  victims of domestic violence.



KHS partners with the American Red Cross to provide shelter and care for animals who are homeless due to major manmade or natural disasters.  KHS will house animals until their owners are relocated to another resident.



Stop Pet Overpopulation Today (SPOT) is our low cost spay/neuter program.  The community SPOT program was developed by KHS to address the challenges of pet overpopulation.  For more information, please go to VETERINARY SERVICES for more information.

SPOT Brochure
SPOT 20170929.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]



Hours of Operation

12 - 6 pm Mon - Sat

12 - 4 pm Sun


Physical Address

11650 N. Ramsey Road

Hayden, ID 83835


Mailing Address

PO Box 1005

Hayden, ID 83835


208.772.4019 - Phone

208.762.8645 - Fax


Davie - 5-yr-old, male, DMH
Charlie - 1-yr-old, male, Chihuahua mix

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