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 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 or call (509) 662-9577.


WVHS Welcomes New Medical Director to Team


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 or call (509) 662-9577.




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 or call 509-662-9577.


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.      


The Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on 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