Category Archives: AIDA Mammals


We wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and Peace for all sentient beings in 2020

AIDA aids 6 immigrant Opossums rescued in Idaho. The mother and 4 siblings were killed by a car, and the surviving infants were raised and released last fall in western Washington

Opossums – Weaning
Opossums – Prior to Release

On the first Earth Day, in 1970, a cartoon poster appeared at rallies in all 50 states. It showed a rueful (Pogo) opossum picking up papers, bottles, cans, wrappers—the detritus of modern life. Superimposed on the image were the words.

That poster has stayed in print for more than four decades and remains as pertinent now as on the day it was created by Walt Kelly. At his zenith, from about 1950 to 1970, Kelly was the most popular cartoonist in America. 

Corbin Maxey – Episode #18 – Wildlife Rescue – Animals In Distress Assn.

Corbin Maxey, The Reptile Guy, Boise native and nationally recognized animal expert, biologist and television personality invited AIDA to join him in one of his wonderful podcasts.  You will find both links below in order to listen in.

In addition, please visit Corbin’s website at

Corbin is one special ‘guy’ with a very special mission.  Thank you Corbin for doing what you do!

Mady Rothchild
In this episode, I sit down with my good friend and one of the hardest working people in wildlife rescue, Mady Rothchild. She runs Animals In Distress, a native wildlife rescue based in Boise, Idaho. We discuss her rescue work with bats,

Naked Eastern Fox Squirrel

This little boy came to us as a perfectly naked baby squirrel as all other baby squirrels do. He, however, failed to ever grow any hair which could be due to a genetic defect or alopecia (baldness). Unable to be released, he is living with a foster mom.

3 Baby Orphaned Skunks

These 3 baby orphaned skunks are the first of 15 we have received this year. Fortunately these 3 are the only ones that required bottle feeding which made life a little bit easier. I do love these little “stinkers”, and later this summer they will all be released in save suitable locations.


Our Solo Baby Fox

Our solo baby fox who headlined in the quart container for our May 4, 2017 “Idaho Gives” pleas. In this picture he’s 8 weeks old, and no longer “solo”.
AIDA has since received 7 more foxes and all will be kept until they are old enough to be released.

Huge Thank You – Successful IDAHO GIVES day!

A Huge THANK YOU to everyone that participated in IDAHO GIVES yesterday.  We are thrilled to say that you donated $7910 to the animals!  Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Here are some thoughtful comments from our generous donors:

I know how hard they work. I’ve seen them in action.
Do it for the birds!
Thank you for all you do in our community with animal rescue.
I appreciate all that Animals In Distress does to help injured, sick, and lost animals.
I’m proud of the tremendous work AIDA does with such a small budget. The animals and people who love them thank you!
Appreciate your helping our local wildlife that make Boise a special place to live.
An amazing organization with such kind people taking care of the most vulnerable animals. Thanks for all you do!
I had to take 10 abandoned ducklings to you yesterday 5/3/17. I cried on my way there as I’ve never had to surrender an animal, but you all made me know I did the right thing. Thank you so much for all you do! I will continue to donate as often as I can.
Thank you for all your hard work.
With gratitude.
Thanks for all your hard work.
RedBuilt is happy to match our employee contributions.
Thanks for your dedication!
I think that it’s great there are people who help our wildlife, always makes me feel good when you do!
Thank you for everything you do!!
What a great service you provide! I’ve used your services a couple of times over the past few years and you were great to work with. Thank you for being there!
Thank-you for your dedication to injured birds.
In appreciation of all the work the volunteers do. You GO MADY!
I love this program!
The individuals caring for injured, mistreated and abandoned animals willingly and generously give of their time each day with care and humility. I am proud to know some of these individuals who understand the needs of the wild animals they support.
Ruth Melichar was my aunt, a very special lady. This gift is in remembrance of her.
I love animals!
Thank you for your selfless work on behalf of Idaho’s wild animals.

Merry, Merriest of Christmases




Deaf silver phase of red fox hit by car near Hailey. We will be finding a permanent home for him in a wildlife sanctuary.

2016 was a very busy year for AIDA.  Due to late season arrivals, several species are being held over the winter for a spring release: bats, cottontails, foxes, raccoons, skunks and squirrels. 
Thank you for your continued support of Idaho’s injured and orphaned wildlife.  Your donations are monumental to our mission.

Little Brown Bat‏

This female came to us in mid- April and the weather was still iffy.  I kept her about a week and a half until the weather warmed up and there were plenty of insects.   She was released back at the site in which she was found.

Little Brown Bat – Size Comparison to a Q-tip

Worldwide there are close to 100 species of mouse-eared bats, all belonging to the genus Myotis.  Only 15 of these occur in North America, north of Mexico.

The Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus), is the most common mouse-eared bat in Canada and the northern two-thirds of the U.S.  They can catch as many as 600 mosquitoes an hour.

myotic eating bogart
Enjoying a Mealworm

Coyote Pups Tragic Beginning…‏


Tragic beginning and partially happy ending for these three orphans.

These three 6 week old Coyote pups (2 males, 1 female) had a rough start.  On Apr 27th, a homeowner turned on his irrigation and these three pups were washed out along with their mother.  The kindhearted man caught the almost drowned babies and saw the mother run back into the culvert.  They took the entire culvert apart and found the mom inside, who had unfortunately drown.  No other babies were seen, so it may seem odd mom would go back in and not come out.  They are one of the most wary,  timid,  skittish and fearful animals we rehab.  Due to their hundreds of years of being maliciously trapped, they are very suspicious and it is next to impossible to live trap them.  A sad ending for their mom, but these three will get their second chance at life.  Coyote pups stay with their parents until late fall.