Wenatchee Valley Humane Society Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day

Save a HorseCommunity support needed for chance to win up to $25,000 ASPCA grant to help save more horses 

Wenatchee, WA. (Feb. 3nd 2017) — Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day on April 22-26 and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, WVHS will be hosting a family friendly event on April 26th 2017 from 12-4pm in honor of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary celebration this year, the contest has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes, including a grand prize of $25,000.

This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

The ASPCA Help A Horse Day contest is a wonderful opportunity for our team to welcome the residents and businesses of Wenatchee into our barn to help spread awareness about the at-risk horses in our community who are in need of loving homes,” said Dawn Davies, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  “Horses are majestic, loving animals, and we hope our local supporters will come out on April 26th 2017 to help us win a $25,000 grant so we can continue our lifesaving efforts for years to come.”

  • Wenatchee Valley Humane society with the help of animal care and control completes wellness checks on at risk equines as well as seizes horses in neglect situations.
  • Our help a horse day will be held on April 26th with a fun, free family friendly event showcasing some adoptable horses from local rescues as well as games, Educational sessions from local equine businesses and our Chelan and Douglas county 4-H clubs.
  • Bailey and Sandy were two horses Animal Care and Control seized in a cruelty case. The two were confined together in a small 10 feet by 20 foot pen with no access to water. The pen was constructed of precarious barbed wire and was not safe for the horses to be confined in. The horses were malnourished, emaciated and severely dehydrated. They looked as though a horse skeleton had been draped in fur with no muscle tone or fat. When Animal care and control went to seize the horses one of them had become trapped in the barbed wire fencing and had to be cut free.

Today these horses are well fed, have great muscle tone and are happy as can be. They were brought to WVHS and kept here for a few days until a foster home was found where they were socialized and well cared for. Finding these horses a loving home was not hard as their sweet faces just begged to be loved. We were quickly able to unite them with their forever homes. We love happy tails!

 

Local Humane Society Officially A “No-Kill” Shelter

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) has reached a critical milestone, one that staff and volunteers have been diligently and passionately working towards since the organization’s inception nearly 50 years ago.

 “I’m delighted to report that our shelter has officially achieved the industry designation as a ‘no-kill shelter,’” announces Dawn Davies, WVHS executive director.

Maddie’s Fund, a leader in animal welfare, defines no-kill as saving both healthy and treatable dogs and cats, with euthanasia reserved only for unhealthy & untreatable animals. While no-kill organizations save all the healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats under their care, no-kill communities save all of the healthy and treatable pets in all of the animal welfare agencies community-wide. The Wenatchee Valley can be proud to say, “We are a no-kill community!”

“A no-kill shelter uses many strategies to save animal’s lives,” Davies says. “We expand our resources by using volunteers and fosters to help us when we are full; we follow strong medical protocols to make sure our shelter animals are healthy; and we actively work to lower the number of homeless animals entering the shelter system in the first place.”

WVHS has been accepted into the “Million Cat Challenge”, a campaign to save at least a million shelter cats by 2019. We join more than 300 shelters in the U.S. and Canada to not only improve the lives of shelter animals, but to commit to finding homes for all healthy/treatable animals.

Davies points to several initiatives WVHS has undertaken in the last year that have made a huge difference in keeping animals out of the shelter system. “Our low-cost spay/neuter clinics and voucher programs are making a strong inroad in reducing overpopulation,” she points out. “We are able to reach hundreds of animals each year that would not otherwise undergo this procedure, stopping literally thousands of unwanted litters from happening in the future.”

In addition, a trap/neuter/return program is allowing WVHS to specifically focus on the feral cat population which affects several areas of our community. “Humanely trapping these animals, giving them medical care and spay/neuter surgery, and releasing them back to their colonies is a proven way to reduce their numbers,” she adds.

WVHS has received grants from Maddie’s Fund, the ASPCA, The WA Federation for Animal Care and Control, The Community Foundation of NCW, The Warm Foundation, The Maria Norbury Foundation, GreaterGood.org, the Petco Foundation, and many, many individual donors and volunteers that assist us in reducing the number of unwanted pets in our community by spaying and neutering.

Bats, Your Pet and Rabies

Lately, we are hearing and reading about an increase in the number of bats found in Chelan County that have tested positive for rabies.  Though the chance is remote, any exposure to them should be taken seriously.  This is true for your pets too. 

If bitten by an infected bat, the rabies virus invades the central nervous system, causing headache, anxiety, hallucinations, excessive drooling, fear of water, paralysis, and death. Treatment within hours of infection is essential, otherwise death is highly likely. If a pet is bitten or found in contact with a bat, consult a veterinarian immediately. 

Washington State is one of many that requires domestic dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies.   Reputable boarding and grooming facilities will require proof of a current rabies vaccination before accepting your pet.  

With all of this in mind, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at their location at 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave. The clinic runs from 11am-2pm and all owned cats, dogs or ferrets over 3 months of age are welcome. Vaccinations are only $10 per pet. WVHS is asking that you call ahead to reserve your spot, as spots will be limited to the first 150. 

Owners should be aware that rabies vaccinations do require boosters at the one year mark, then every three years after. Pets should be taken to their regular veterinarian for these boosters to insure their pets’ health and safety against rabies. 

To reserve your spot, call 509-662-9577, option 1, or come by the shelter and speak with someone in the front office. Be sure to let them know how many pets you intend on bringing.

Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

Grant of $50,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Wenatchee Valley 

Wenatchee (August, 2016) – Wenatchee Valley Humane Society of Wenatchee, Wa, today announced it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Spay and Neuter Program. 

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the Chelan and Douglas counties through education, protection and pet adoptions. They continue their mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, expanding their spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. Since 1967, WVHS has followed their mission to complete over 80,000 adoptions and in 2016 achieved the designation of a no-kill shelter. 

The Petco Foundation investment will help to purchase surgery equipment, supplies, medication and cover the costs associated with continuing low cost Spay and Neuter Clinics in our community.  The impact is healthier pets, reducing unwanted litters and overcrowding of the animal shelter.  

 “This grant is an overwhelming affirmation of our new programs to help pet owners who could not otherwise afford to have their pets altered.  No matter what their background is, pet owners love their pets.  We are inspired and encouraged by them,” says Dawn Davies, Executive Director.  “I’ll never forget our first community clinic. It was 8 AM and a nine year old boy cautiously handed his beloved cat over to our clinic staff, stating that he would wait by the door until his cat was ready to go home.  He was clearly worried for his cat. Several times throughout the day, I checked on the boy and gave him updates on the cats progress through a health exam, vaccinations and surgery.  It was taking a very long time and his cat was slow to come out of anesthesia.  I too, became worried, but the cat pulled through.  It was an emotional experience to be able to safely return this cat to his young best friend.  Providing these services and reuniting pets to their owners is medicine for my soul,” says Dawn.

 For more information about Wenatchee Valley Humane Society or the Petco Foundation, visit WenatcheeHumane.org or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

WVHS Seeking Sponsors

Now is your chance to put your company name and logo in front of over 15,000 animal lovers!

WVHS is accepting sponsors for their upcoming Holiday Luncheon and Annual Auction.

Holiday Luncheon is Saturday, December 10th at Pybus Public Market and hosts 140 people for an afternoon of delicious food & drinks, raffling of amazing handmade holiday wreaths and a great time with friends.

Our Annual Auction for the Animals is Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. This event hosts over 300 attendees.  Attendees spend the evening mingling, enjoying amazing food, bidding on great items, and giving generously to our mission. At the 2016 AftA we raised over $80,000! 2017 AftA will also be extra special because we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of WVHS! We’ve long loved the support of our community and we can’t wait to show the love back.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for either event, please contact Megan at mcouturier@wenatcheehumane.org for details and available levels.

New Staff Veterinarian

We have great news:

WVHS has recently hired a staff veterinarian! Her name is Chanelle Remein. While Chanelle was in school, her main focus was on Shelter Medicine, which means she has tons of great information to share with us.

Just this week we had a dog that was having a seizure and she was right here to take care of it.

This is a great step for WVHS to be able to provide great care for our animals.

Join us in welcoming Chanelle!

WENATCHEE VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBER

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is proud to announce Andy DeMarco as the newest member of the Board of Directors. Dr. DeMarco is an owner of Cascade Veterinary Clinic in Wenatchee. “Being involved with the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a no-brainer for me,” said DeMarco. “It’s one more way for me to help ensure that the animals in our valley continue to get incredible care from incredible people on their way to forever homes.” Dr. DeMarco and his wife, Kari, have three children, five dogs and one cat and also do important foster care for the community.

THE WENATCHEE VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY’S “AUCTION FOR THE ANIMALS” HONORS SUPPORTERS

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) honored Ford and Marlys Barrett with the 2014 Humanitarian Award at its annual Auction for the Animals recently. The Barrett’s have lead by example as staunch supporters of WVHS, serving on Advisory Council for the “Raise the Roof” Capital Campaign to build a new shelter. Together, they helped to “open the doors” to new fundraising opportunities and networking to promote the organization and services.

Ford and Marlys Barrett

The Auction for the Animals, attended by over 352 people, raised $85,000. Of that amount, $28,830 is specifically designated for the “Raise the Roof” Capital Campaign to open the doors to the new shelter. The balance of the funds raised will directly offset operating costs such as food, shelter, and veterinary care. 

The WVHS also honored the Colleen Bose of Wenatchee, WA as the Foster Family of the Year for her work in caring for young and injured animals in their home, bringing them through critical periods before adoption can take place.  


The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Ann Schaechtel of Leavenworth for her exceptional work to save, protect and re-home cats. Schaechtel was a valuable asset to the Fred Meyer Project last spring.  Through her passion for cats, Schaechtel also “Opened the Doors” to sources of funding to create our new cat program.  Ella Jones, of Wenatchee, was award the Youth Volunteer of the Year award.  She spends countless hours at the shelter helping with the care of the animals and promoting the WVHS mission.

Ann Schaechtel

In addition, Humane Hero of the Year was award to Kathie Teeley of Wenatchee.  Teeley creates awareness of adoptable animals at the shelter through one on one meetings at the shelter and through Facebook posts of homes needed and adoption stories.  Her efforts helped hundreds of animals find new homes.

Kathie Teeley

Last year, the WVHS provided care for nearly 5,000 lost, abandoned, stray, injured and unwanted animals in Douglas and Chelan counties. As a private non-profit organization, it does not receive state, government, or national organizational funding to provide these crucial services, but relies fully on community support.

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is the only animal shelter serving Chelan & Douglas Counties, providing care for displaced pets.  Other services include rescuing injured & lost animals, spay/neuter services with each adoption, investigating cruelties & finding new homes for abandoned & stray animals.  The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is an independent non-profit shelter, relying on donations & support from the local community in order to provide these crucial services to our area.   

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) Breaks Records in 2014

Highest Numbers WVHS has seen in years.

Wenatchee, WA—The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society today announced record breaking numbers for 2014. The report for 2014 states 2,343 animals were adopted, 105 more than the year before – even with ongoing construction of the new shelter building which is scheduled for completion this Spring.

“Thousands of lost, stray, homeless and abandoned pets come to our shelter each year, looking for their forever homes,” said Dawn Davies, Executive Director. “This is especially exciting because we have been in a state of construction since last June, which has been challenging for visitors to find our temporary lobby, limited parking and walking through the maze of contractors, dirt and mud to find adoptable pets. We are thankful that the community has embraced their love of animals more than ever, and are continuing to support us during construction.”

WVHS has been watching the adoption numbers grow every for four years in a row. The numbers are as follows: 2011 – 1,855 animals adopted, 2012 – 2,102 animals adopted, 2013 – 2,238 animals adopted, 2014 – 2,343 animals adopted. Contributing to the success is East Wenatchee Petco with a designated room to showcase WVHS adoptable cats and bi-monthly “Think Adoption First” events held at the store. Firehouse Pet Shop in downtown Wenatchee also added space to show WVHS adoptable cats.

About Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is the only animal shelter serving Chelan & Douglas Counties, providing care for displaced pets. Other services include rescuing injured & lost animals, spay/neuter services with each adoption, investigating cruelties & finding new homes for abandoned & stray animals. The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is an independent non-profit shelter, relying on donations & support from the local community and grants in order to provide crucial services to our area.

Humane Society will license pets by mail, phone

WENATCHEE — Most residents of Chelan and Douglas counties don’t need to drive to Wenatchee to license their dogs and cats.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will take payments by check or over the phone, saving valley residents a trip to its Wenatchee headquarters, Dawn Davies, the society’s executive director, said Monday.

The service applies only to residents of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Chelan, Cashmere and unincorporated Chelan and Douglas counties.

The cities of Leavenworth and Rock Island and the town of Waterville handle their own pet licensing, Davies said.

To license your pets from home, call 662-9577, ext. 1.

Once the payment is received, the office will mail license tags to the pet owner’s home, she said.

Pet owners who’d prefer the face-to-face touch, can head into the Humane Society shelter, 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave., or Club Pet, next door. Club Pet, 888-7387, is open seven days a week.

Pet licensing requirements vary by city and county. Learn more by visiting www.wenatcheehumane.org or calling.

Reach Christine Pratt at 509-665-1173 or .

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