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ANIMALS AT WENATCHEE VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY BEGIN TAKING DAILY BREAKS

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WENATCHEE, WA- Beginning Monday, January 7, 2019, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is changing its weekday hours of operation to implement a new ‘Quiet Time’ for the animals at the shelter. When the program launches Monday, the shelter will begin closing for an hour on weekdays, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The new ‘Quiet Time’ will give animals at the shelter a much needed midday break. Currently, shelter animals begin their day at 6 a.m. and live in a constant state of stimulation, with approximately 12 hours of disruption, including: kennel cleaning, feeding time, medical checks, dog walking, behavior modification, socialization with volunteers, and potential adopters visiting.

During ‘Quiet Time’ adoption halls will be closed to any activity with lights out and music off.  Recent research presented at the ASPCA Learning Lab shows that pets in shelter and kennel environments benefit tremendously when they are allowed at least one hour of downtime during the day. The break helps calm the animal, reduces illnesses and helps overall demeanor.

Animals also need enrichment to keep them curious and reduce boredom while waiting for a new forever home.  “Our awesome volunteers love to make and hand out enrichment items like stuffed Kong toys, bark boxes, toys and frozen pup cups,” says WVHS Executive Director, Dawn Davies. “The goal is to provide shelter animals a healthy balance of enrichment and socialization while reducing over-stimulation, which can have a negative impact on their behavior and health.”

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Davies demonstrated the need for ‘Quiet Time’ to shelter staff and board of directors by asking each of them to sit in a dog kennel for five minutes while normal every day activities went on around them. “It sounds silly, but the experience really helps to build empathy for the individual needs of each animal in our care.”

Shelter staff will also benefit from this change, utilizing the allocated time to take uninterrupted breaks, participating in meetings, trainings, and updating animal records. Davies says she also sees this time as a way to reduce the overall staff stress of handling constant, emergent situations.

Animal Care and Control (ACC) can be reached during this ‘Quiet Time’ by phone at 509-662-9577, option 1, however the lobby is closed for licensing and other ACC-related business during this hour.

Shelter hours of operation are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed 1:30-2:30 p.m., beginning January 7, 2019), Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is located at 1474 Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee.

About WVHS

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) 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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Wenatchee Valley Humane Society Participates in ASPCA Learning Lab Program to Help Shelter Dogs with Behavior Issues

Hands-on training at ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center provides
innovative techniques and protocols to help homeless dogs nationwide

WENATCHEE, WASH.—The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) today announces its partnership with the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) through the Learning Lab program. This program, based at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, North Carolina, is an interactive educational program where select shelters participate in an intensive, hands-on workshop and discuss all aspects of advanced behavioral care in animal shelters.

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WVHS is among the first group of animal welfare agencies to participate in the ASPCA Learning Lab program and will be applying key learnings to integrate behavioral and psychological support for homeless dogs into its entire sheltering operation. The WVHS team was chosen for the selective program after taking part in an in-depth application and shelter visitation process.

“We were honored to be invited to send six of our key staff to participate in a four-day Learning Lab retreat at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in North Carolina,” said Dawn Davies, WVHS Executive Director. “The ASPCA Learning Lab demonstrated game-changing techniques in both a classroom and hands-on environment.   The ASPCA tailored private training to specifically address the challenges that we face as an open-door shelter in greater Wenatchee. We are excited to implement new tools to enrich shelter life not only for animals, but for our dedicated staff too, and ultimately, to increase our success rate of placing hard to adopt animals into forever homes.”

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“Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has a highly skilled, insightful, and cohesive team and we had impactful working sessions together over the course of the four-day retreat,” added Dr. Katherine Miller, Senior Director of the ASPCA Learning Lab program. “We’re excited that they are joining the Learning Lab’s network of shelter partners and we look forward to continued collaboration on methods to elevate behavioral healthcare in animal shelters.”

The ASPCA Learning Lab launched in 2018 at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, the first-ever permanent facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and study of extremely fearful, unadoptable homeless dogs, most of whom are victims of cruelty or neglect. As the Learning Lab program evolves, the ASPCA plans to develop a national network of partner organizations that can share learnings and best practices and serve as specialized behavioral rehabilitation hubs in their communities.

The work of the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center is showcased in an award-winning ASPCA documentary, “Second Chance Dogs”, which is available on secondchancedogsfilm.com. For more information on the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, please visit aspca.org/BRC.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) 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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NEW SHELTER PROGRAM HELP DOGS MAKE EASIER ADOPTION TRANSITIONS

WENATCHEE, WA- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) has added behavior and obedience programs to their list of resources. The programs are a tool used to help some of the more rambunctious and untrained dogs at the shelter.  The goal is to reduce their length of stay at the shelter and increase their adoptability.

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“Dogs that come to the shelter with behavior issues have a difficult time being adopted,” explains WVHS Executive Director, Dawn Davies. “Long lengths of stay in a shelter setting are stressful for animals. Our goal is to give these dogs every opportunity to find their forever home, as quickly as possible. Adding a dog behavior program that teaches positive habits, confidence for good manners and basic obedience skills was the next natural step for us to take.”

All dogs entering the shelter are evaluated. Those who show signs of treatable behavior issues are placed into either the Canine Good Citizen-Ready (CGC) program or the Total Obedience Program (TOP) Dog program. Both programs give dogs a second chance for a happy home through training, diligence, and one-on-one development.

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In the CGC program, WVHS staff and volunteers work with the selected shelter dogs to train them on specific good behavior skills, with a goal of mastering them. Mastering these behaviors prepares them for the American Kennel Club CGC Test and once ready, shelter dogs are tested on ten real-world scenarios. If they pass, they are labeled ‘CGC Ready.’ Adopters of these dogs will be briefed on their dog’s skill set and are encouraged to work with an independent CGC Evaluator for CGC certification testing.

Dogs participating in the TOP dog program work on skills similar to the CGC-Ready Program but in addition to good behavior skills, TOP Dogs learn advanced skills specific to each dog’s needs. Adopters of TOP Dog participants have the opportunity to visit WVHS with their dog, where the owner can learn the training skills received during the program and earn a WVHS TOP Dog certificate.

About WVHS

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) 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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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 (WVHS) 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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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.

About WVHS

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) 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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