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PROSECUTOR’S DECISION IN DOG SHOOTING SENDS INHUMANE MESSAGE

“This conclusion sends a very dangerous message,” Davies warns. “The outcry from the public reassures me that we live in a more humane society where shooting a pet is not common and more importantly, it is not acceptable nor is it necessary.”

SHELTER CELEBRATES NEW NURSERY WITH A KITTEN SHOWER

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 WENATCHEE- Springtime brings sunshine, flowers, and longer days. For the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS), spring also brings an influx of kittens in their care. In 2018 alone, WVHS took in over 1,000 kittens under the age of six months, at least 100 of whom were motherless, neonatal kittens who can’t feed or care for themselves in any capacity.

Because these kittens require so much care, WVHS installed a kitten nursery to better serve the neonatal population. The nursery gives neonatal kittens their best chance to thrive while waiting to be placed into foster homes, where they will remain for about two months or until they are of proper weight to be spay or neutered and moved into adoption halls.

To celebrate the opening of this addition, WVHS is hosting a ‘Kitten Shower’ Saturday, May 11, 2019, between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be cake, kitten shower-themed games, and information on how to become a foster. There will also be a bottle feeding demonstration at noon. The event is open house style, open to the public and held in the WVHS Education Room.

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In addition to celebrating with a shower, the shelter is also accepting donations and presents for the kittens. A shower registry has been created that includes kitten formula, bottles, nipples, heating pads and scales. The entire registry can be found here: bit.ly/wvhskittenshower or items can be found locally at Firehouse Pet Shop and Grooming.

For more information on how you can get involved with the WVHS Kitten Nursery, call 509-662-9577, ext. 422 or email catfoster@wenatcheehumane.org

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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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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Shelter Open House Gives Local Shelter a Chance to Share New Happenings

WENATCHEE- Join Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) on Saturday, October 6, 2018, as it participates in the 7th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House, hosted by Pawsitive Alliance. WVHS will be joining over 25 shelters in every region of the state for this exciting event that gives shelters across Washington the opportunity to host an Open House and bring community members in as honored guests.

“This year many of the shelters involved are choosing fun, new activities to get their community involved and to showcase their animals”, says Amy Ferguson, Executive Director of Pawsitive Alliance.

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WVHS will have great adoption specials for the event selected by a spin of the wheel, insightful observation of our dog play group, fun giveaways to new adopters thanks to PetSmart in East Wenatchee and, as a Hill’s Science Diet partner, will have sample food bags to send home with every adopted animal! It’s sure to be a fun day, so come visit the shelter and see what’s new and maybe find a new addition to your family!

Pawsitive Alliance would like to thank their sponsors for this event: Martha Faulkner--RSVP Real Estate, Canine Behavior Center, Petcurean, Good Neighbor Vet, Pet Connection Magazine, and DML Insurance. For more information on Washington State Shelter Open House, visit Pawsitive Alliance’s website, www.pawsitivealliance.org, or the Shelter Open House Facebook event page and follow #shelteropenhouse during the event for exciting shelter updates and heartwarming adoption stories.

To take advantage of the adoption specials and fun, visit WVHS on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 11-3 p.m. at Wenatchee Valley Humane, located at 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave. in Wenatchee.

About Pawsitive Alliance
Pawsitive Alliance's mission is to help end the euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs, and improving pet retention. To learn more about our life saving partnerships and programs visit www.pawsitivealliance.org. Since 2005, Pawsitive Alliance has helped more than 7,000 homeless pets find loving homes.

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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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 (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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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.

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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