Our Mission Statement
Helping Idaho Dogs, Inc is dedicated to serving the community through pet-assisted therapy and improving the quality of the canine-human relationship through education.
Our Principles and Values
It is our belief that education and proper resources provide Idaho citizens the ability to make informed choices about their canine's life. Through therapy dog visits we bring comfort to Idahoans in need. We deliver educational opportunities to all social and economic groups within our community. Our events promote learning opportunities for our community. We provide humane education to children to develop safe, responsible, and compassionate relationships with canines.
To ensure continued success and longevity of Helping Idaho Dogs, our board of directors are committed to managing the finances of our non-profit organization ethically and responsibly. All of our volunteers respect and recognize each other's individuality and merits.
All of our volunteers are dedicated to expanding their knowledge and strengthening their understanding of the canine world.
2021 Board of Directors
Carole Kelly Executive Director Carole joined HIDi as Executive Director in January 2021. She has 30 years as a tester/observer, trainer, volunteer leader, and therapy team experience.
Diana Ricks Assistant Director Diana and Kirby joined HIDi in 2020. She has a background in pet therapy and organization.
Michelle Morris Treasurer Michelle shown here with Chloe joined HIDi in 2019 as Treasurer. She brings experience in bookkeeping and non-profit management.
Caitlin Reicks Secretary Caitlin shown here with Simon at a Community Event joined HIDi in 2019. She has a background in non-profit management.
2021 Program Directors
Humane Education Dir. Carole Kelly is leading the HE Program. She is an experienced presenter with vast knowledge of canine behavior and responses. Her presentations are interactive and fun for all.
Therapy Dog Program Dir. Michelle Morris Michelle works with therapy dog teams to schedule them for regular visits in libraries, medical facilties, and care facilities of all types. She works with facilities to understand their needs.
Community Events Program Caitlin Reicks works with community events to schedule participation by HIDi with individual teams attending or a canopy tent when appropriate. She schedules sufficient volunteer participation for the event size and venue.
Community Events Pgm Assistant Director Shannon Kessler shown here with Dosi assist Caitlin with event planning and setup.