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HUMANE SOCIETY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HELPS LEAD CHARGE ON STATEWIDE PET LIFE-SAVING EFFORTS

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) Executive Director, Dawn Davies, has joined other public and private animal welfare leaders throughout Washington State to launch Pet Alliance of Washington (PAW). The Coalition, who's mission is to increase lifesaving efforts of organizations within Washington State that provide care for stray, neglected and abused cats and dogs has also gained the help from Best Friends, a national organization with extensive experience improving animal outcomes.

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“While our shelter may be thriving, others are barely surviving.” says Davies, “There are many outlying areas in Washington that are a resource desert in terms of animal welfare.”

“WVHS is the only private, non-profit humane society in North Central Washington, primarily serving Chelan and Douglas County,” Davies explains, “As much as we would like to extend our life-saving programs to neighboring counties, we simply don’t have the capacity.”

The coalition was founded after a group of animal welfare professionals from several regions in Washington State took notice of issues within the animal welfare industry and identified that many could benefit from a collaborative and regional approach, rather that attempting to solve the same issues on an individual level. Strategies implemented by the coalition are set to boost pet save rates and improve outcomes and includes mentoring Pet Alliance members on model programs, grant funding, and direct action.

As one of the founding board of directors for PAWS, Davies is excited to share her experience and the success at WVHS to help others. “The Board of Directors is inspired to lead a statewide effort to reach a 90% live release rate by 2020,” Davies notes. “WVHS has maintained a 93% live release rate since 2015 by providing programs such as Trap/Neuter/Return, Pets For Life and Low Cost Spay and Neuter clinics. I am hoping that our experience will be helpful to other organizations.”

“It’s heartbreaking when I hear of high euthanasia rates and populations of unwanted litters, which is preventable,” she continues. “I am looking forward to working with PAW to mentor and assist other non-profit agencies, while bringing awareness to North Central Washington.”

Other members of PAWS’s board includes recognized animal welfare leaders from Seattle Humane (SH), Humane Society for SW Washington (HSSW), Blue Mountain Humane Society, Kitsap Humane Society, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Northwest Spay and Neuter Center, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), South County Cats, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), and Best Friends Animal Society (Best Friends).

About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization with a mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by caring for displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, providing a low cost spay/neuter program, hosting a pet food assistance bank, offering a Pets for Life program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help, email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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SHELTER OFFERS LOW COST RABIES VACCINE CLINIC

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WENATCHEE, WA- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is providing a low cost rabies vaccine clinic to furry friends of dog and cat owners on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. at WVHS.

Space is limited and vaccinations are available on a first come, first served basis. Pet owners must be income qualified to be considered. Cost is just $10 per rabies vaccination for the first pet, and $5.00 for each one after.

Adults 18 years and old, must accompany their pet to this clinic. Dogs must be on a leash and cats need to be transported in a carrier.

For more information on how to participate in this clinic or how to donate, please visit www.wenatcheehumane.org or contact the shelter at 509-662-9577.

About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and our mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, continuing our spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help us, please email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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PET LOVERS HOST 2ND ANNUAL EVENT TO BENEFIT ANIMALS

WENATCHEE – The second annual Ol’ Dog Days concert will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018. This year’s event features headliner the Kevin Jones Band, and local artists Eden Moody and Elaine Eagle. Food is provided and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for great prizes, as well as a variety of beverages.

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"I was pleasantly surprised at the success of last year’s fundraiser and am looking forward to this year being even bigger and better!” Heffron said about the event, “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and help insure WVHS is properly funded to make the happiest environment for all of the animals who have not yet found their forever homes.”

This event is supported by local business including The Sunshine Ranch, Doghouse Motorsports (Wenatchee Honda BRP), Town Toyota, Wenatchee Valley Brewery, Doghaus Brewery, Pear UP Cider, Stemilt Creek Winery, Two Chefs Catering, Weinstein Company, and Firehouse Pet Shop.

Last year’s event raised over $4,000 for Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) and Heffron said this year they are hoping to double that amount. Funds from the event will benefit WVHS’s general fund which allows for the care of shelter animals.

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Doors open at 4:30 p.m., music starts at 5:30. Tickets to the event include food and the concert. Prices are just $35 for adults and $15 for children 15 and under and can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

For more information on the event, or how you can help, please visit www.thesunshineranch.wedding or www.wenatcheevalleyhumane.org .

About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and our mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, continuing our spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help us, please email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE ON THE FOURTH, BY KEEPING THEM AT HOME

WENATCHEE- The Fourth of July can be a fun day, sunshine, barbeques, swimming, music and, of course, fireworks. While entertaining for people, it can be terrifying for your pets. Many pets are frightened by fireworks and escape from homes, yards or kennels due to panic.

Every year, Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) sees a significant rise in lost animals around the days leading up to the Fourth of July and for the days immediately following the celebration.

Shiloh Schauer, Chair of the Wenatchee Valley Fourth of July Committee, said the ‘Let’s Have a Blast’ Celebration at Walla Walla Point Park has seen an increase in frightened and lost dogs during the festival.

“Last year, our event team experienced a significant increase of lost and frighten dogs being turned in throughout the day. These fury friends clearly were not strays, they had just become separated from their owners.” Schauer explain. “We were all shocked by the number of terrified dogs being turned in during the firework performance.”

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Dawn Davies, Executive Director for Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) reminds pet owners that the Fourth is a holiday for pets to stay home. “It’s a stressful day. Crowds, heat, and sudden loud noises are all things that can cause even the friendliest, relaxed dog distress. And distress can cause animals to react negatively or panic and run.”

Davies also reminds pet owners that a current pet license and identification tags is so important. “This year we switched our licensing tags to PetHub digital pet ID tags and, as long as the owner has registered it, can help anyone contact a lost pet’s owner.”

“These new tags give community members the chance to help which means pets get home faster and never have to come to the shelter.” Davies notes this is extremely helpful for all involved, since the Fourth is ACC’s busiest day of the year.

WVHS offers the following tips for keeping your pet safe and stress-free for on the Fourth:

  • Make sure your pets are in a secure space with something soft to curl up with and music softly playing. 
  • Secure doors and windows.
  • Do not bring pets to any outdoor festivities where they cannot be secured and safe. 
  • Make sure any tags or identification is up to date (if you have a 2018 PetHub license, make sure you’ve registered it for free with them). 
  • Take your pet for a nice walk or have play time. A tired pet, is a relaxed pet.

If your pet becomes lost or you find a lost pet, contact ACC to file a report at 509-662-9577 or file one online, where you can also view photos of found animals. A visit to the shelter on July 5th, to see if your pet was brought in by ACC or a concerned citizen is also recommended.

About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and our mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, continuing our spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help us, please email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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PASTA DINNER IN MANSON GOES TO THE DOGS (AND CATS)

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WENATCHEE—The 3rd annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls fundraiser dinner will be held Saturday, June 23rd, at scenic Blueberry Hills Farm in Manson. Join Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS), as it celebrates the 3,645 community pets spayed or neutered last year, including shelter animals, community cats, barn buddies, and animals of income-qualified pet owners through WVHS’s low cost programs. Dinner features salad, garlic bread, two types of pasta, four different sauces, Blueberry Hill’s famous pie and ice cream from Whidbey Island Ice Cream.

This year’s event is sponsored by Blueberry Hills, Hill’s Science Diet, Whidbey Island Ice Cream, Kelly Allen Insurance, Allen Construction, Gilded Lily, Melissa Knott Real Estate, The Village Veterinarian, Humane Society of the United States, Lake Chelan Physical Therapy, The Dock Company, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Pulse Barre Studio, and Patio Pools.

Whidbey Island’s partnership of this event comes hand in hand with the launch of their ice cream at Blueberry Hills. Their ultra-premium ice cream, comes in 40 flavors (including Blueberry Hills), is made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and is sure to be a summertime favorite for Blueberry Hills visitors!

Wine is generously being provided by Benson Vineyards Estate Winery in Chelan and will be available by donation.

There will be a selection of raffle items also available, as well live music.

Spay and neutering reduces unwanted litter and overcrowding of animal shelters.  Altering a pet also decreases the urge to roam which exposes pets to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps. Altered pets also have a reduced risk of certain types of cancers.

Tickets to the event are just $35 and are extremely limited! They can be purchased online at https://www.wenatcheehumane.org/spayghetti/ or in person at the shelter. Proceeds from the event benefit WVHS’s Spay and Neuter fund. To learn more about the spay and neuter program or how to donate, visit www.wenatcheehumane.org.

About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and our mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, continuing our spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help us, please email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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WVHS Welcomes New Medical Director to Team

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WENATCHEE- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS), proudly announces the addition of Dr. Kyla Krissek to the team. 

“I am proud of our community and our organization to have attracted the talented Dr. Krissek.  She was my first choice of several candidates. Her dedication and passion are a perfect fit to expand our services and quality for care for shelter animals,” said Dawn Davies, WVHS Executive Director.

Since the addition of an in-house veterinarian position in July of last year, many of the day-to-day procedures, including dentals and alterations, are performed on-site. WVHS has seen an increase in turn around for spay/neuters surgeries, which means adopted animals can go home sooner. 

“It’s also allowed for us to expand our low cost spay/neuter clinic services,” explains Davies. “Having an on-site vet gives us the opportunity to serve income-qualified pet owners once a week rather than quarterly or putting any more burden onto our vet partners already busy schedules.” Still, WVHS relies heavily on the veterinarian community in our area for more complex surgeries or treatments.

Krissek’s addition to WVHS comes as Dr. Brad Crauer returns to Kansas State as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Shelter Medicine.

“Dr. Crauer’s gift for teaching will benefit the animal welfare industry, as more traditional shelters look to open internal clinics.” Davies stated, “Shelter Medicine is a fairly new elective course that includes addressing specific challenges faced by non-profit budgets such as capacity for care and disease prevention.”

Prior to her appointment at WVHS, Krissek served as a shelter veterinarian at SPCA of Texas in Dallas. She’s a graduate of Kansas State and her interests include internal medicine and TNR (trap, neuter, return) programs. She first became interest in shelter medicine while working at a local shelter during her undergrad and, after graduation, completed a shelter medicine internship at Kansas State under Dr. Crauer.  

Krissek is a Kansas native, born and raised in Topeka and Wichita. Krissek has rescue dogs and a cat at home.

About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and our mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, continuing our spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help us, please email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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‘DOGS IN HOT CAR’ REPORTS INCREASE AS TEMPURATURES RISE

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As temperatures increase, Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) is responding to an alarming number of reports of dogs left in hot cars.  Numerous calls are received daily regarding this issue and, in some cases, dogs were removed from vehicles to prevent brain damage or death.  With temperatures now well above the seventy degree mark, people should consider leaving their dogs at home.  The interior of a car can quickly become an oven within minutes.  Leaving windows cracked or down a few inches is insufficient and will only result in a two to three degree difference to the vehicle’s interior.

“We all love the companionship of our dogs, and most dogs love to go for car rides.  Sometimes, we just have to love them enough to leave them at home,” notes Dawn Davies, Executive Director of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.

Per Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 16.52.340, animal control officers and law enforcement officers are authorized to enter a vehicle or enclosed space to remove an animal without liability to any damaged property.  It’s important to note this law only covers animal control and law enforcement officers, not the general public, and concerned citizens should call ACC or law enforcement if they see an animal who may be suffering or is in danger.

To report an animal in a vehicle who may be suffering, please call ACC at 509-662-9577 opt 1.

ABOUT ACC
Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) is a separate LLC of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and is a government contracted agency.  Its mission is to help protect the safety and well-being of the citizens and animals of our jurisdictions through compassion, education and law enforcement. ACC is contracted to provide services for the Cities of Cashmere, Chelan, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Rock Island, Wenatchee, the Town of Waterville and Chelan & Douglas Counties.

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SHELTER ANNOUNCES FIRST SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC OF THE YEAR

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Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is hosting a spay/neuter clinic for cats on Saturday March 10 at the Wenatchee Community Center. The clinic is available to low-income feline owners with and includes spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP (distemper) vaccines. Feral/community cats will be ear-tipped to show they are altered, vaccinated, and belong in the area which they are located.

The clinics, offered quarterly, have resulted in over 1,000 altered cats in the valley – both feral/community and domestic. WVHS’s clinic director, Dr. Brad Crauer, will be joined by a volunteer team of animal medical professionals to preform what is expected to be at least 90 spay or neuter surgeries. Volunteers for the medical team include: local veterinarians from Cascade Veterinary Clinic and Village Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Matt Mickas, Clinical Assistant Professor for the Shelter Medicine Program at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU), and veterinary technicians from the Animal Hospital of Wenatchee.

Spay and neutering is the best way to keep cat populations from quickly turning from a few into thousands of unwanted cats within a few years.

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This service is sponsored by community donors and the Community Cat Coalition. Appointments are required and must be scheduled in advance.

To make a make a tax-deductible donation for the clinic or to register, please contact WVHS at 509-662-9577.

BEACH THEMED EVENT HOPES TO BRING SUNSHINE TO LOCAL ANIMALS’ LIVES

WENATCHEE—(January 25, 2018) Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) invites you to attend the annual Auction for the Animals event, taking place Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Wenatchee Valley Convention Center. This year’s theme, “Life’s a Beach” is sure to be a hit, especially for those wishing they could be searchin’ for a lost shaker of salt somewhere warmer.

Before dinner, guests can enjoy the no host bars offering beer, wine and cocktails, including ‘meowjitos’ and ‘barkaritas’, try their luck at booth games along the ‘Boardwalk’, get some smooches from a sweet pup at the puppy kissing booth, and get involved in a bidding war at the silent auction tables.

The evening will feature an island-themed buffet dinner that includes an array of foods from various tropical destinations and includes Key Lime pie for dessert.

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Following dinner, there will be a live auction. The live auction will feature several experience packages, including a WSU Football weekend, cabin stay at Ocean Shores, Palm Springs vacation, white water rafting package and many more exciting adventures and items you won’t want to miss. Themed attire is encouraged, so break out your Aloha shirt and flip flops!

Presenting sponsor for this year is Hill’s Nutrition. WVHS recently joined a partnership with Hill’s in their Food, Shelter, and Love ® program. “We’re thrilled to have the support of such a strong sponsor like Hill’s Science Diet,” said Dawn Davies, WVHS Executive Director, “Partnering with the Hill’s shelter food program is just one example of our commitment to the health of shelter animals.”

Sponsors include: After Hours Plumbing, Cascade Veterinary Clinic, The Gilded Lily, Laura Mounter Real Estate, North Cascade Bank, PetSmart stores, and Sangster Motors, along with other supporting businesses. Auction items have been generously donated by individual and business donors throughout our community and beyond.

Auction for the Animals is the event of the year for animal lovers and all proceeds benefit Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tickets are just $65. To purchase yours, visit the event page on our website or in person at the shelter, 1474 S. Wenatchee Avenue.

FOOD BANK EXPANDS TO BETTER ASSIST LOCAL AREA PETS

WENATCHEE- Beginning this Friday, January 26, 2017, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) will begin hosting a monthly, public animal food bank for those needing public assistance with dog or cat food. The food bank will be held at the shelter, located at 1474 S. Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee. Distribution will be in the Education Room (North door by the memorial garden) and will begin at 11 a.m. until available supplies last, or 6 p.m., whichever comes first.

The change to the food bank comes on the heels of WVHS’s recent partnership in Hill Nutrition’s Pets Shelter Love ® program. “We’ve always had a food bank for those in need, but this change allows us to better serve the community, while also providing for the animals we serve at the shelter,” explains Dawn Davies, WVHS Executive Director. Food donations to the shelter are still encouraged, notes Davies, and donations can be dropped off at the shelter during normal business hours.

In the past, qualified recipients were given free food once a year but now, income qualified pet owners can receive pet food on a more regular basis as needed.  To receive foot, pet owners must be income qualified, which means they need to bring ID and income verification (pay stub, SNAP benefits or Social Security paperwork, or a Medicaid/Medicare card).

The food bank will be held on the last Friday of each month on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations will be taken. Food will be limited to one distribution per household. For more information about the animal food bank or how to donate, please visit https://www.wenatcheehumane.org/ or call 509-662-9577.

 

NEW YEAR BRINGS NUTRITIONAL CHANGES TO LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY

WENATCHEE— Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is proud to announce it's partnership with the Hill’s Nutrition for the Food, Shelter, and Love ® program. The program, launched in 2002, provides quality nutrition to shelter animals at a substantial discounted price. This change comes after 50 years of relying mainly on generous community support of various types of food donations.

While food donations have always been abundant the constantly changing diet, due to a variety of brands, often caused shelter animals to have negative reactions, including digestive sensitivities and other discomfort, causing delayed time in the shelter.

Thanks to the Hill’s partnership, not only will shelter animals receive consistent, high quality food, it also assists with medical evaluation. “When a vet is diagnosing an animal with digestive issues, the first thing we ask is “Has there been a change in diet?” If so, it can take days to rule out food as the reason for the health issue. This allows us to automatically rule it out,” explained Dr. Brad Crauer, WVHS Medical Director.

Adopters will have peace of mind knowing the diet their pet has been fed. At the time of adoption, each dog, cat, puppy and kitten will go home with a generous sample of food.  “We believe this program will reduce unnecessary vet expenses, reduce waste and promote a healthy and consistent diet for pets at the shelter, as well as a smooth transition into their new homes,” said Dawn Davies, Executive Director of WVHS.

This change doesn’t mean that the shelter is turning away food donations any time soon though. “We still accept donations to help offset the cost of the program, but shelter animals will only be fed donations of Hill’s Science Diet foods,” Davies stated. And donations of other food brands? “As always, we will accept and appreciate any brand of food donations. Food that is not Science Diet will be used in our food bank program.” Davies shares, “which is being expanded and will be open on the last Friday of every month, while supplies last”.

For more information on the Hill’s Nutrition Food, Shelter, and Love ® program, visit https://www.hillspet.com/food-shelter-love/my-shelter. To learn more about WVHS’s animal food bank program, visit www.wenatcheehumane.org.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society Receives $1000 Grant

WENATCHEE, WA- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, Wenatchee, has received a $1000 from Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program grant from The Petfinder Foundation. The Petfinder Foundation Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program grant is used to cover tuition cost for one person, from the Petfinder member’s organization, to attend a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship session.  This grant program is part of our commitment to enhancing shelter dogs’ quality of life by allowing them to engage in natural social behaviors.      

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The Petfinder.com Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster Fund, Quality of Life and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society posts its adoptable pets at www.petfinder.com/shelters/WA139.html.

DOG ATTACK REPORTED IN SOUTH WENATCHEE

WENATCHEE- On the afternoon of November 22, 2017, Animal Care and Control received a report of a dog attack. The reporting party stated that a brindle-colored Pit Bull-type of dog attacked her Pomeranian on the corner of S. Mission Street and Antles Street in Wenatchee, between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. the previous evening. Reporting party states the owner of the Pitbull-type dog was a thin man of average height and ran diagonal towards S. Viewdale St. There were no distinguishing marks on the attacking dog nor was it wearing a collar. Reporting party’s dog sustained serious injuries from the attack.

If you have any possible information identifying this Pit Bull-type dog or its owner, please contact Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577, option 1.


 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT COMES WITH A TWIST THIS YEAR

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WENATCHEE- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is hosting its annual holiday event on December 2, 2017 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pybus Event Center, located at Pybus Public Market. This year’s event, sponsored by Nutrisource Pet Foods, features a brunch, complete with Bloody Marys and Mimosas, and musical entertainment provided by Wenatchee Valley Appleaires

Historically, the WVHS holiday event has been a luncheon format but this year will feature a brunch menu instead. Although format has changed, the event is bringing back some crowd favorites, including the holiday wreath raffle and a retail section selling WVHS branded items, including holiday tree ornaments.

Other event sponsors include: PetHub, Tranquility Day Spa and Inside Design Carpet One. Early bird ticket prices, through November 18, are $25.00 each and increase to $30 after. All proceeds from Holiday Brunch benefit WVHS medical fund. Purchase your tickets online or in person, at WVHS.

ROVER GOES DIGITAL IN THE WENATCHEE VALLEY

WENATCHEE- PetHub.com, the world’s fastest way to get lost pets home, and Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC), serving Chelan and Douglas counties where an estimated 36% of households have pets, have teamed up to offer four-legged family members a new 21st century ID tag that promises to increase the chances of a lost animal’s return while reducing the number of animals in shelters.

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“96% of animals returned by PetHub are home in less than a day, before they enter a shelter,” said Dawn Davies, Executive Director of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS). “That’s the kind of powerful tool we want to give pet parents throughout the Wenatchee Valley.” Such results will support ACC in its goal of getting pets back to their families more quickly, and helping to reduce the number of animals in the shelter.

“Over $2 billion is spent annually by shelters in the U.S. to provide food, critical care, and a safe bed to lost animals,” said Tom Arnold, Founder of PetHub.com. “Our goal is to get a lost dog or cat home before it can become injured through fights with other animals, taken in by strangers thinking the dog is homeless, or enter a shelter.”

PetHub’s system links a physical ID tag to an animal’s online profile that can be accessed through an encrypted connection by anyone with a mobile device, whether a smartphone or standard cellular phone. That profile can be updated free-of-charge at PetHub.com to allow the owner to list emergency contact information, including that of anyone who helps care for the animal, such as spouses, pet sitters, veterinarians, and other family and friends. Optional upgrades include “found pet” alerts, GPS notifications, and a way to broadcast a missing pet’s profile to local shelters and businesses (think “Amber alert,” but for pets).

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“We were also excited to learn that when pet parent’s choose to upgrade to PetHub’s optional premium service, PetHub will donate a portion of that revenue back to WVHS which will help us in offering critical services to the animals in our region,” said Davies.

The new licensing program launched November 1, 2017 and have been received well in the community. “Effective this month, anyone renewing a pet license online at www.wenatcheehumane.org, or renewing or purchasing a new license in-person at WVHS, will receive the new digital ID tag that is ‘powered by PetHub,’” said Davies. “We are incredibly excited to bring these new, durable, modern and effective pet ID tags into our community.”

Click here for more information about digital IDs and eligible locations,

DOG ATTACK REPORTED NEAR WENATCHEE SCHOOL

WENATCHEE- On the evening of October 30, 2017, Animal Care & Control got a call about a dog attack. The reporting party stated that a very tall, strong looking dog with sleek gray fur came out while she was walking her dog in the 1300 block of McKittrick Street, in Wenatchee.

The unknown dog attacked her leashed dog and would not release it until another witness, in a vehicle, stopped to help and honking her car horn to create a startling noise. The dog ran from both parties, heading east in the direction of the large, fenced field of Foothills Middle School.

The Animal Control officer responding to the call patrolled the area and spoke with a few nearby residents, but was unable to identify the dog.

If you have any possible information identifying this large gray dog, please contact Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577, option 1.

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SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC SEES RECORD NUMBERS

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WENATCHEE- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) hosted a low-income spay/neuter clinic for cats Saturday, October 21. The clinic, sponsored by Community Cat Coalition and numerous community donors, served many families and stray cats in our area and set a clinic record of 106 cats altered. Unowned cats were ear-tipped – a process to show they are altered, vaccinated, and live in our community. The clinic, held quarterly, is open by appointment to low-income household in the Wenatchee Valley. Services provided include: spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP (distemper) vaccines.

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Dr. Brad Crauer, Medical Director at WVHS, performed many surgeries and several local veterinarians volunteered surgery time, including: Dr. Harmeling, Dr. Miller, Dr. Warmenhoven, Dr. Eichler, and Dr. Womack (all of Cascade Veterinary Clinic) with assistance from Cheryl Stuart (Animal Hospital of Wenatchee) and Alison Womack. Also in attendance were Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine students Tristan Troudt, Malkolm Graffe, Alison Herendeen, and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Matt Mickas. WVHS volunteer Dr. Kathy Archibald assisted, along with more than twenty diligent and hard-working WVHS volunteers.

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To date, these clinics have altered nearly 1,000 cats – both feral/community and domestic. WVHS is dedicated to keeping spay/neuter clinics in our community to assist getting cats in low-income households altered.

Spay and neutering is the best way to keep cat populations from quickly turning from a few into thousands of unwanted cats within a few years. For more information on our low-income spay and neuter program, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact the WVHS at (509) 662-9577 or visit online at wenatcheehumane.org.

 About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and our mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, continuing our spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help us, please email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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PET LOVER’S VISION BECOMES SUCCESSFUL EVENT FOR LOCAL SHELTER

WENATCHEE- The Ol’ Dog Days concert, held at Sunshine Ranch late last month, raised over $4,000 for Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS). The funds will go to benefit WVHS’s Spay and Neuter clinics, which serve both owned and stray pets in throughout the Wenatchee Valley.

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The concert, which featured music by Eden Moody, Michael Carlos Band and Dustin Hays, was the brainchild of three passionate pet owners, Rebecca Heffron, Corrine Hoffman and Lisa Petit. The women knew they wanted to put an event together to support WVHS, but the idea was brought to life after a brainstorming session during a hair appointment.

With the location secured, thanks to Petit, who owns Sunshine Ranch with her husband Brad, the women then solicited donations, secured the talent and set out on a mission to sell tickets. Adoptable dogs, along with some alumni animals from WVHS, including Heffron’s pooch, Mayor Chispita, were on hand to enjoy the event. Food was provided, in-kind, by Fred Meyer and 2 Chefs Catering. Beverages were also donated by Pear Up Cidery, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, Kestrel Winery and Weinstein Beverages. Doghouse Motorsports sponsored the musicians. The event also boasted several raffle baskets, all also donated.

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"I was pleasantly surprised at the success of our first annual fundraiser and am looking forward to next year being even bigger and better! Thank you for all the support for our wonderful locals for our amazing Wenatchee Valley Humane Society," Heffron said about the event’s success.

Heffron says the trio is working hard, along with a few other key volunteers, and are aiming for a late July or early August event at the Ranch next year.

DOG BITE REPORTED IN CASHMERE

Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control received a call regarding a dog bite that happened on Thursday 07/20/2017 between 9:30 and 10:00 am. The bite occurred at the intersection of Elberta Ave & Woodring St in Cashmere.

The dog owner is described as being an average height, white male that walks in the area on a regular basis with his dogs. The suspect usually walks with a larger, white fluffy dog on a leash and a Blue Healer type dog that is mostly off leash. The biting dog is the Blue healer type dog. Verification of a current rabies vaccination is needed for this dog.

If anyone recognizes this suspect please call Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577 Ext 1. Thank You.

DOG BITE LAKE WENATCHEE

At around 5pm on Thursday evening a 7 year old boy was bit by an all-black Doberman Pinscher type dog near Lake Wenatchee. The owners of the dog stayed until the ambulance arrived to take the boy to the hospital where he was treated for a bite wound to his leg. The Doberman was on a leash along with along with a German Shepherd. The boy was bit when he ran by the dog. The mother of the boy did not get the dog owners information, but believes that a group of them were staying at Thousand Trails Campground. Thousand Trails believes the dog owners may have left. Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control would like to verify that the dog is currently vaccinated for rabies. If you have information about the owners, please contact 662-9577 Opt 1.