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Giving Local: Pet Charities in Washington

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Business & Industry

For two years WA-List has maintained a list of local charities in Washington that focus on feeding, sheltering, and assisting the poor, abused, and homeless people among us. This year we’re adding a companion list for our companions in need: abandoned, neglected, and abused pets. There are many non-profit organizations in Washington, often relying on charitable donations and loving volunteers to care for dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and other pets that people have neglected or can no longer assist.

Below you will find the names, locations, website links, and Facebook pages of 16 local charitable organizations that serve pet animals (domesticated or feral) with medical care, spay/neutering services, adoption, or food and shelter when it’s most critical.  This is not a “best” list and is far from a complete list.  Consider it starting point — a partial list with which to begin a search of animal organizations in need of charitable donations.

These are all registered charitable organizations. On the last line of each entry are some numbers from the Secretary of State’s office — fiscal year 2013 when available at press time, 2012 or 2011 if not. The first number is the dollar amount of services provided; the second is the group’s total expenses; and the third is the ratio of the two — an efficiency rating of your donated dollar, in a way. In the wordy “Notes” section for each, you will find the organization’s own words — often from a mission statement on their website.  Finally, we intentionally omitted phone numbers and addresses. It is much more efficient (and accurate) to let the websites themselves steer you to the right contact for donations.  On those sites you will also find photos and stories capable of getting you all teary-eyed.



Bulldog Haven Northwest
Website / Facebook

Bulldog Haven NW is a team of foster homes throughout the Pacific Northwest that welcome the dogs in our program into their homes while they receive the care they need. We are NOT a shelter, we DO NOT have a facility, and our dogs are spread across WA and the surrounding states including BC. All of our dogs are at the homes of our unpaid volunteers.
$70,817 / $82,159 = 86%

Concern For Animals
Website / Facebook

For 34 years, Concern for Animals has helped thousands of animals in Olympia and surrounding counties by providing funding for veterinary and rescue services: low cost spay/neuter, emergency medical care, animal food bank, and rescue & adoption.
$118,632 / $174,071 = 68%

Feline Friends
Website / Facebook

Feline Friends provides the following services to stray cats in our program: Rescue, Foster Care, Spay and Neuter, Placement into permanent, caring homes. We strongly encourage spay and neuter of all companion animals to reduce and eventually eliminate the unnecessary killing and abandonment of unwanted pets.
$89,714 / $89,714 = 100%

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project
Website / Facebook

Our mission is to save the lives of homeless cats by providing access to high volume spay/neuter surgery in a safe and humane environment, collaborating with others and mentoring like-minded organizations to increase spay/neuter in their regions. The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project has altered over 82,000 cats since our inception in 1997. We are the first free standing clinic that is dedicated to providing free spay/neuter surgery for free-roaming cats in a safe, high quality, humane environment. Cats from over 23 counties throughout Washington State have been brought to our clinic to be altered.
$386,162 / $465,162 = 83%

Furry Friends
Website / Facebook

Founded in 1999, Furry Friends’ mission is to rescue abused, abandoned or otherwise homeless cats and house them in a safe, healthy and socialized environment until we find new “forever homes” for them.
$67,591 / $71,697 = 94%

Homeward Pet Adoption Center
Website / Facebook

Founded in 1990, Homeward Pet is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter serving the Seattle area. We started with simple goals: save and re-home cats and dogs and educate the public about spaying and neutering their pets. Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through our rescue, shelter, and adoption programs.
$784,923 / $1,077,348 = 73%

Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH)
Website / Facebook

We work to “Build a Bond for Life” between pets and their families. The NOAH Center exists to stop the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable homeless dogs and cats across Washington State. We deliver high quality spay/neuter programs available to low income residents as well as family friendly pet adoptions and volunteer programs through our state-of-the-art facility located north of Seattle off of I-5.
$1,486,382 = $1,758,006 = 85%

Northwest Spay & Neuter Center (formerly Coalition: Humane)
Website / Facebook

Our mission is to promote and provide affordable, high-quality spay and neuter services for cats, dogs, and rabbits in an effort to stop the killing of animals due to overpopulation. Founded in late 2001 as Peninsula Spay/Neuter Project, we facilitated over 10,000 spays and neuters of pet cats and dogs, as well as over 5,200 feral and free-roaming cats in the first 5 years. This was done with a volunteer staff. PSNP was the first organization in Pierce County to focus on the overpopulation of feral and free-roaming cats, and the first organization in the Puget Sound region to focus on pit bull overpopulation.
$870,107 / $1,028,527 = 85%

Old Dog Haven
Website / Facebook

We are a network of private homes helping Western Washington’s homeless senior dogs. Old Dog Haven has no shelter or kennel, all our dogs live as members of a family. We are caring for over 240 dogs at a time in our foster homes. We focus on the oldest dogs left at shelters but occasionally we can take a dog directly from the owner. Dogs in good health with reasonable life expectancy are adopted out; the rest are loved and cared for in a Final Refuge home for as long as they have good quality of life. We also try to assist owners to find new homes for their senior dogs through our website and referrals, and cross-post senior dogs for shelters and other rescues.
$493,531 / $550,533 = 90%

Pasado’s Safe Haven
Website / Facebook

We are a non-profit on a mission to end animal cruelty located on 85 acres in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Pasado’s Safe Haven was founded in 1997 in honor of “Pasado“, a beloved donkey who was tortured to death by three teenage boys. In addition to investigating animal cruelty crimes and providing sanctuary and rehabilitation to animals who have suffered from abuse and neglect, we also advocate for better laws to protect animals and work to educate the public about how they can help end animal suffering. Through our uniquely comprehensive programs, we are able to help thousands of animals every year and spread a message of compassion to countless people.
$2,140,468 / $2,594,647 = 82%

Pet Savers
Spokane Valley
Website / Facebook

We are a high volume, high quality spay/neuter clinic completing between 30-40 surgeries per day. Established in 1996 as a cat foster and adoption group, the members of Pet Savers soon realized that adoption alone was not going to end the staggering pet overpopulation in Spokane County. Pet Savers opened the Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic in 2005 to address the issue of pet overpopulation at its source and has performed over 47,000 surgeries as of 12/1/14 leading to a direct impact on the number of animals entering our local shelters.
$346,051 / $549,904 = 63%

Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Website / Facebook

PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people. PAWS brings together people like you to ensure animals are respected, safe and have a voice. Since 1967, PAWS has united more than 130,000 companion animals with loving families, cared for 115,000 injured and orphaned wild animals, and made the world a better place for countless others through advocacy and education.
$2,631,304 = $3,692,698 = 71%

Rabbit Haven
Gig Harbor
Website / Facebook

A shelter and sanctuary for unwanted and mistreated rabbits … until they all have homes. Rabbit Haven welcomes rabbits from emergency situations, other shelters and animal organizations and from the public [on priority basis].
$24,128 / $31,099 = 78%

Second Chance Ranch (SCR)
Website / Facebook

Second Chance Ranch specializes in the rehabilitation, transition training and adoption services of Thoroughbred race horses from the racetrack into second careers. SCR assists these magnificent athletes transition into a new careers, rehabilitate from minor injuries, or find their permanent retirement home. Also welcomed into our program are thoroughbreds rescued from auctions and feedlots. We are proud to have been chosen as the retirement home of Washington champions such as Longacres Mile winners, The Great Face and No Giveaway, as well as Flying Notes, and many others. Second Chance Ranch strives to make an impact on the lives of horses and their owners in our community through direct intervention, education, and community outreach.
$160,565 / $164,465 = 98%

Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue
Website / Facebook

Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to placing unwanted and abandoned purebred dogs into new homes. Since 1987, Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue has been working with local area shelters and private individuals to find homes for unwanted or abandoned purebred dogs.
$128,786 / $138,463 = 93%

Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF)
Website / Facebook

Founded in 1990, WAIF is a non-profit organization that helps pets and their people. It’s mission is to create a community in which animals are treated with compassion and respect and where no companion animals goes unwanted. WAIF manages animal shelters in Coupeville and Oak Harbor, and operates a minimal-kill facility for healthy, adoptable pets until they are placed into permanent, suitable homes.
$899,634 / $1,205,486 = 75%

SOURCES: The websites themselves were our primary sources for the text in the Notes columns. We edited some sentences and adjoined others from different places on the website to suit the clarity of a short description. We were careful not to change the context or meaning. As described above, we also relied on Secretary of State’s charities database to verify licenses, tax exempt status, and the financial information shown here. We also consulted with Kari Kells, a professional pet sitter who champions animal rescue and has been associated with Feline Friends in Olympia.

PHOTO of Sydney by Steve Campion. Sydney was a stray cat taken into the temporary care in Olympia.


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