DRIGGS, Idaho — A heating issue at PAWS of Teton Valley Animal Shelter in Driggs has prompted the shelter to seek temporary homes for all seventy of its animals.

According to the local nonprofit, it is unclear when the issue will be fixed but likely that fosters will be needed through the holidays.

“While we are working to get this fixed ASAP, it is unclear when this will be,” said PAWS of Jackson Hole/Teton Valley Program Director Jess Farr. “We are 100 percent donor-funded, replacing all the heat is going to be very costly.”

Currently, PAWS has 70 animals in its shelter: 10 dogs and 60 cats/kittens.

“We have an array of animals ranging in sizes, ages, sociability and energy levels that need foster homes to help us get through addressing the breakdown of the shelter’s heating system,” said Farr. “Fostering a shelter pet will allow the pet to live safely and comfortably outside of the shelter while this situation is addressed, and still be advertised for adoption.”

PAWS asks that if community members or someone they know have space in their home to help foster a pet while they work to ensure their building is a safe place, the shelter will provide individuals with all necessary supplies. Depending on staff capacity PAWS may also be able to assist with animal transport. 

If you can help, fill out a foster application and give PAWS a call at 208-354-3499. The link to their foster application can be accessed here.

“Unfortunately, this also means that until further notice we will not be able to take in any new pets and will be adoption only and appointment only,” said PAWS.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.