By Janelle Stear
Photography by Kimberlee Miller
The Meridian Canine Rescue (MCR) is an alternative to city shelters. Their motto, "Because no dog should walk alone," is reflective of the dedicated care from the seven staff and 120+ volunteers; "That's why our mission is to provide a safe environment and exceptional quality of life to our dogs and to find the right forever family to meet their individual needs." They house only about twenty dogs at the center so that they can give each dogpersonalized care to prepare them for adoption. They also find foster families for dogs who have been rehabilitated and are just waiting for a forever family.
What started as a small facility affiliated with the City of Meridian, the rescue grew in both heart and focus. In 2017, they changed their name from “Meridian Valley Humane Society” to “Meridian Canine Rescue” and rented a larger facility off Stratford Drive. Plus, Jessica Ewing became the Executive Director after she had spent two faithful years volunteering.
In 2018, the MCR board members reevaluated their goals and priorities to better serve the community: "Meridian Canine Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill, canine rescue dedicated to giving homeless and owner surrendered dogs a second chance. We have both a facility and a network of foster homes, several staff members, great business partnerships, and a whole bunch of awesome volunteers— all of which help us care for dogs in need.”
The MCR relies mostly on donations to cover expenses such as supplies, medical treatments, etc. "It takes about $20,000 a month to run this place," Jessica says. "We are so grateful to those who have donated so that we are able to continue doing what we do."
Jessica reports that their facility is able to maintain a 99.6% live outcome rate for their dogs due to their ability to provide vet care, training, and rehabilitation through community partners like Paramount Animal Care and West Vet. Throughout the year, MCR does host different fundraising events, such as Barks and Wiggles in September and Through Their Eyes in February.
Some dogs are owner surrendered; others are transfers from other organizations. When a family brings in a dog to surrender, Jessica says they offer resources for trainers and safe-dog handling education in hopes the family changes their mind about giving up the animal. The MCR has a great network of community resources to help inform families on how to better care for their pet. Jessica explains, "We want to save the dogs' lives through storytelling and education." They even host post-adoption workshops to continue that partnership and education with families.Read about some of their other loveable canines at:
The Meridian Canine Shelter is opened Thursday to Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Visit them at 501 E Scenery Ln, Meridian, ID 83642.