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In the United States alone, as many as ten million animals enter shelters each year and millions must be euthanized due to lack of space., a brand new concept that combines philantrhopy, travel, and learning embarks on fact-finding missions to identify potential grant recipients and document the great works of non-profit organizations through films and photography.

In this video, Explore speaks with Jo-Anne Dixon, the Executive Director and Medical Director of the Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley — the first “no kill” shelter — in Hailey, Idaho. The video explores how the shelter staff rescues, protects, and finds homes for abandoned dogs and cats.

See Explore’s Interview with Jo-Ann Dixon to learn more.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).


  1. I support shelter adoptions 100%. Both mine and my sister’s dogs were saved from shelters. I also volunteer at a no-kill shelter and it’s reassuring to know that I don’t ever have to have the feeling that this might be the last walk a certain dog gets to go on.

  2. I wish more shelters were like that, all of the bigger animal shelters near me euthanize animals which is horrible. You wouldn’t tell people in a major city “Hey there’s too many of you, we need to kill some of you off” cause well that morally wrong, I don’t understand how its not wrong when it comes to animals. I understand there is limited spacing in animal shelters, if only pet owners would care enough about their animals to have they spayed/neutered. Sadly I think a lot of people see having their pets euthenized as an out.

  3. wow i never knew that it took so long for a place like this to be made. i love the idea that there is a “no kill” shelter for pets where they can live out their lives in peace and not have to worry about fellow pets suddenly disappearing like in most shelters. i mean it is tragic and i hate the idea, but i can see why they do it (don’t agree to it)

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