Chubbuck Animal shelter

Chubbuck Animal Control Officer Ren Beus with one of the cats that they have in their outdated building near Chubbuck city offices.

CHUBBUCK — The Chubbuck Police Department’s animal control facility is working hard to connect community members with adoptable cats and dogs.

They recently launched a new Facebook page, “City of Chubbuck Animal Control,” where they can post information about animals that have been found or put up for adoption. They started the page in early August and already have nearly 850 followers.

“We’re just trying to increase our social media presence and increase communication and interaction with the public,” said Police Chief Bill Guiberson.

He adds that they want to reach out to those interested in adopting so they can get the animals out of the shelter and into homes, where they can enjoy a more positive environment, as soon as possible.

In recent weeks, Chubbuck Animal Control has posted information about animals that have been brought into the shelter and are in need of homes, animals that have been reunited with their owners after becoming lost, and multiple stories of successful adoptions.

And the Facebook posts do seem to be helping them in their efforts to connect people with pets.

Guiberson noted that seven puppies that were dumped in the area of Redman in Chubbuck were all adopted as soon as they became available.

While the Facebook page is making a difference, Guiberson said they hope to make some additional changes in the future that should help increase awareness even more.

They plan to break ground on a new animal control facility in the next couple of years as part of the city improvements, which includes a new city hall, that are taking place.

Guiberson said their current facility at 5160 Yellowstone is small and outdated. They only have 12 inside kennels and eight outside kennels — that can be divided into smaller kennels if need be — for dogs and 12 cat kennels.

While they’re still in the process of designing the new animal control facility, Guiberson said they’re wanting to build something that will meet their needs for the next 20 years.

“It will be bigger than our current facility. It will house more animals in a better environment,” he said.

The building will be at the same location but will have more of a street presence, he said. And they plan to include a public area where people can view the animals that are available for adoption.

In the meantime, Chubbuck Animal Control is working to do that virtually through the Facebook page.

Guiberson says it costs $35 to adopt a dog and $15 to adopt a cat. And people who do adopt receive a coupon that can help them get the animals spayed or neutered at a reduced cost.

He encourages those looking for a new pet to visit the Facebook page or contact them at 208-237-7172.

“If people are thinking about getting an animal for their family, animal control facilities are a great outlet for that,” Guiberson said.