Category Archives: Donations

2018 Christmas Message


Wishes you all the

Merriest of Christmases!

and a heartfelt thank you for your support

in our mission of getting wildlife back into the wild.

Badger release mid-Oct. 2018

Rescued downtown Boise early September with shoulder wound, worn out and thin.

We hope 2019 brings peace and health to all sentient beings!

The Treasure Valley’s tremendous growth continues to bring us more injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife annually.  We deeply appreciate your continued assistance in our quest to get wildlife back where they belong and safe from urban and rural sprawl.  Aside from rehab, AIDA spends thousands of hours each year educating the public in how to have a peaceful co-existence with those whom we share this beautiful planet.  We couldn’t possibly maintain our objective without the generosity of YOU, our supporters for the past 31 years.

The wildlife thanks you as do we…AIDA couldn’t exist without you.  We receive no city, county, state or federal funding.  We operate solely on a few grants and donations.  We hope to continue for another 31 years and beyond.  A million thank yous!

On behalf of Animals In Distress Association/Ruth Melichar Bird Center (AIDA), thank you for caring about Idaho’s wildlife.


  •  Friday – Sunday – Sept 21 – Sept 23, 2018
  • 8 am to 4 pm – NO EARLY BIRDS
  • 2511 N. Bali St. – Boise, Idaho

Household items, many animal collectibles, jewelry, leather kits & stamps, rubber stamps, bead making and much more. All proceeds go to Animals In Distress, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization funded entirely by contributions and fundraising events. We receive no City, County, State or Federal funding

See you there!

Amazon Wish List

The Ruth Melichar Bird Center has a new Amazon Wish List and we are in need of supplies to help us take care of THOUSANDS of injured and orphaned birds this year.

Amazon makes it easy to donate. Simply add an item from the list to your cart, then include your name and email address in the personalized message box during checkout. We will email you a photo of your donation in use. A donation makes a great Mother’s Day or birthday gift for a wildlife lover! Many items are under $10 and will make a big difference to our patients! 🐥🦆🦉

Thank you for helping us save wild birds!
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Idaho Gives 2018 – Our Sincere Gratitude!

Thank you for your generous donations during Idaho Gives 2018.  Animals In Distress Assn. received $13,794 to help the injured and orphaned wildlife.  You have kept us going through these many years, and we want to express our sincere gratitude for your faithfulness to AIDA and the wildlife of our community. 

Animals in Distress

Click on the above link Animals in Distress to view video.

GREAT NEWS!!  AIDA has won the second place prize of $1500 in the Small Nonprofit Category.  Our total for Idaho Gives 2018 is now $15,294.


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.