BOISE -- Here at the Idaho Humane Society, the cost of saving man's best friend can make you want to stick your tail between your legs.
More than 13,000 pets come through the door each year. IHS provides them shelter, training, offers a pet food pantry, and vet services.
The price tag for helping these animals?
Our budget here each year is between four and five million dollars, and a lot of that does come from fundraising, individuals in our community, grants, foundations, hings that support our mission, said humane society spokesperson Hannah Partpart.
For the second year in row, IHS is accepting financial donations through Idaho Gives. The online service allows anybody to donate to a variety of local nonprofit organizations in competition format held on May 1.
While you can donate anytime, the cash isn't tallied until May 1.
The Idaho Humane Society raised over $13,000 during the inaugural Idaho Gives in 2013.
Overall, the charitable giving event collected $578,735 through 9,415 donations from 6,192 individuals directed at 541 causes.
Once again, hundreds of diverse nonprofit Idaho organizations are accepting donations through Idaho Gives in 2014.
Here's a few highlights:
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center supports Project Haiti, and helps get medical supplies to an orphanage that helps care for more than 600 children in the capital of Port Au Prince.
There's an arts category, with organizations like Ballet Idaho, working to provide art and dance to Idaho kids of various economic and social backgrounds.
There's an environmental category, including the pedal powered people over at the Boise Bicycle Project.
KTVB's Chosen Charity is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Meridian. These organizations need donations to expand and build several new gyms.
To make Idaho Gives fun, sponsors have donated an award pool of more than $50,000. That's over $10,000 more than last year. Awards will be giving to nonprofits with the largest number of unique donors in three different categories, small, medium and large nonprofits.
As for the folks at IHS, they say even the smallest donations can help.
...And it's a great way to find out what nonprofits are serving your community, because you might not have thought about them before or needed their services or donated, but maybe they have a mission you'd really support, so, Parpart told KTVB.