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       CARING FOR IDAHO’S ORPHANED AND INJURED WILDLIFE SINCE 1987!


Remembering Paul Martin – Long time defender of both flora and fauna

On the last day of 2018, AIDA lost long-time volunteer and friend, Paul Martin, who died December 31st at the young age of 74.

Paul’s love and concern for Idaho’s wildlife was over and above the norm. He was always there for us in capturing raccoons, beavers, badgers, deer and snakes that were in need of our help. Those animals were his favorites and he never failed to take the time and effort to look for, capture and get help for them. In addition, he was kind enough to haul large ‘anything’ for us on one of his huge flatbeds. He provided that service numerable times and we don’t know what we would have done without his help and equipment. His grumpiness was merely a façade, the real Paul was a pussycat with a heart the size of Idaho. He was forever concerned about the local wildlife visiting his beautiful yard in SE Boise, wanting to be sure they had plenty of food when they arrived on a daily basis to forage depending upon the season. His plantings were all conducive to that end. Any flora that needed to be removed was always done carefully and he always found it a new home.

He is and will be sorely missed by AIDA and the wildlife he cared for so deeply. We know he is in even a better place and hopefully is surrounded by all the wildlife he so dearly loved. Rest in peace Paul!

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at a later date, watch for notification on our website and/or Ruth Melichar Bird Center facebook page. His obituary may be viewed on the Cloverdale Cemetery website and questions regarding his Celebration of Life can be directed to: rsvp4paul@gmail.com


 Animals In Distress Association, Inc. (AIDA) is a nonprofit  volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and successful release of injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife.

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Founded in 1987 by a group of individuals who recognized the need for organized wildlife rehabilitation in the state of Idaho, AIDA consists of state and federally licensed rehabilitators and those volunteers who assist them in their efforts. 

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Sisters Toni Hicks and Mady Rothchild, founders of “Animals In Distress Assn.” received an “Award of Appreciation” on Thursday evening, February 26, 2015 at the Idaho Fish and Game Dept. Their dedication to the wildlife and their service to the community has spanned almost 3 decades.

AIDA is funded entirely by annual membership donations, contributions and fundraising events, and receives no state or federal funding.


RESCUEAIDA has a 24-hour hotline number 208 367-1026, which provides the names and phone numbers of individuals who volunteer their services. Referrals are received from local police and fire departments, Idaho Fish and Game, the Idaho Humane Society, local veterinarians, and the general public.

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As our population grows, so does the impact on local wildlife with loss of habitat, human interference, pollution, injuries by domestic pets, hunting, trapping, automobile mishaps, poisoning, and acts of cruelty. In each instance, AIDA seeks to find a responsible and humane solution for both wildlife and the general public.


REHABILITATIONAIDA assists over 3,000 birds and mammals annually. Mammals are cared for on a year-round basis at the homes of individually licensed rehabilitators. May 2015 #2846 is baby Quail In addition to mammals, birds are rehabilitated at our year-round avian facility, the Ruth Melichar Bird Center.  It is open 7 days a week, but the hours fluctuate depending on the arrival of baby birds.  Our approximate hours are 9am-1pm Oct-Mar and 8am-8pm Apr-Sep.  Many volunteers are needed throughout the summer and early fall to assist with the feeding and tending of the many birds under our care.  The RMBC is located at 4650 N. 36th Street, Boise.  The phone number is:  338-0897. 


RELEASE – AIDA continually seeks suitable release sites for rehabilitated wildlife.   Release sites must provide a natural food and water P1020745source, available shelter and a safe environment. With regard to mammals, a temporary pen is erected and the animals are fed and watered for approximately 2 weeks before the door is opened allowing their release. Food is then left for them at the release site for a reasonable period of time until they learn to forage on their own.


EDUCATION AIDA has a deep commitment to educating the public in appreciation, respect and tolerance of all living things.

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Our educational program addresses a wonderful diversity of nature and a responsible concern for living beings and the welfare of the environment. AIDA provides quality educational programs to schools and the community and has been a Partner in Education with one of the local primary schools for several years.

Thank you for visiting the website of Animals In Distress Association. Last year, AIDA helped over 3,000 injured, displaced and orphaned animals in our community… Now we need your help. Please browse this site for more information on AIDA, it’s mission, and how you can help.

Please contact AIDA’s HOTLINE 208/367-1026 to report animals in distress.  

Please send your generous donation to: AIDA, PO Box 7263, Boise, ID 83707
AIDA is a 501 [c](3) corporation. All donations are tax deductible.

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