Animal Shelter Reopens Thanks to Help from East Idaho Credit Union

East Idaho Credit Union brought its fogger machine to Snake River Animal Shelter.


The Snake River Animal Shelter, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, provides services and care for countless animals in the area. In October, the shelter was forced to temporarily close its doors following several COVID-19-related challenges. East Idaho Credit Union quickly came to the rescue.

The credit union was already a hero to the animals, having been a “Top Dog” shelter sponsor since 2016, but they wanted to go the extra mile. When Dan Thurman, President and CEO of EICU, saw the news about the shelter’s closure, he called Kristin Sanger, the shelter’s Executive Director, to figure out a way to help.

Earlier in the year, the credit union, too, faced challenges with sanitizing amid COVID-19. Thurman reached out to Kent Oram, President and CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union, for help. Oram sent his facilities team to EICU to sterilize the building with a fogger machine. Then, he shared information to help the credit union get set up with its own equipment.

Now, it was time to pay it forward. Within a few days of the shelter closing down, EICU sent its maintenance staff over to safely sanitize the entire facility, minus the kennel spaces, of course (no animals were sanitized during the process). 

“We value our partnership with the Snake River Animal Shelter and we love the work [they] do in our communities,” Thurman said. “I know how much it calmed the nerves of my team to know that all the surfaces had been cleaned from COVID-19, the flu, and any other germs. I hope that [the SRAS] team and the community feel safe as [they] open back up. It was a pleasure for us to help in a small way.”

Thanks to EICU, the Snake River Animal Shelter is scheduled to safely reopen Nov. 17.

“SRAS would like to offer a huge thank you to the East Idaho Credit Union, who is true to their mantra of ‘Investing in the Community,’ said Sanger.

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