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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

WCHS is opening! However, things will still look a little different for a while. 

We are accepting already trained and approved volunteers, but we are not training new volunteers at this time. If you are an approved and trained volunteer, please contact us to sign up for shifts. 

For potential adopters: 

We still HIGHLY SUGGEST potential adopters fill out the application at home and bring it with them to meet the adoptable animals. This will minimize the length of time they are in the building and the items/surfaces they must touch significantly. 

Visitors must check in and out with the office as we must limit the amount of people in the building at once. If you want to guarantee a time is set aside for you to visit, we encourage you to schedule an appointment.

Do NOT visit if you are sick, symptomatic, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 

 All employees and volunteers who are on-site during open hours (1-5pm) MUST wear a face mask the entire time they are in the cat building and/or interacting with customers.  All visitors per WA State requirements must also wear a mask.  All people who are considered high-risk should not visit WCHS until we have moved through all phases of the Safe Start plan. 

The dog building will remain closed and locked. Visitors can only enter if accompanied by a staff member and ONLY if they are interested in adoption.

 All people must maintain appropriate social distancing in the building. Visitors must follow the designated path in the building and cannot move to the next station until the person in front of them has moved on. There are “X” marks showing visitors where the stations are located. Only one family/household should be at a station at once. 

 All adoption counselings will be performed outside (or in the dog foyer between the first and second entrance if the weather does not permit an outdoor consultation) to maintain social distancing and indoor capacity limits.

Potential adopters only! If you are not considering adoption, please do not come just to pet cats. We are happy to welcome these kinds of visitors once we have the “all clear” to resume normal operations.  All visitors must sanitize their hands between each station and upon entering and leaving the building.

Staff will sanitize surfaces that are being touched frequently at least once every hour.  


WCHS values the human/animal bond, provides stewardship for homeless pets and promotes compassionate treatment of all companion animals. With your help we can make a difference. Learn more and get involved.


*Numbers do not include exotics.


The Week of Over 100 Intakes

The Week of Over 100 Intakes

This is a week like no other. We are a tiny staff, with only six people working at WCHS, but this week we have taken on a major job - we have taken in over 100 new animals in one week. 

This is a lot to tackle and we need your help! 

All of these animals require specialized care, medications, surgeries, food, litter/bedding, and other supplies. Not to mention daily cleaning, feeding, and treatments from our staff. We have a lot going on around here! We appreciate everyone's patience with us during this time. Even though our staff is made up of some pretty incredible people, we're still just humans. Your support during this time is greatly appreciated!

Looking for ways you can help? 

- Adopt! Adoption makes room for more animals that need us and helps fund our operations here. We are still right in the middle of kitten season and adopting is one of the best ways you can help if you are able to welcome a rescue pet into your life! 

- Host a supply drive. We are in need of several things to keep everyone here happy and healthy!

- Donate! 100 animal intakes is a BIG financial undertaking. If every one of our supporters donated just a dollar, we would be able to help so many animals! 

- Volunteer to transport (we will be transferring many of our rats to other rescues soon and are looking for volunteer drivers!)

- Foster an animal! Fostering is the best way for our most vulnerable animals to get the care they need. If you are able to open your home to some of our animals for a short period of time, you could help save a life! 

Contact us at shelter@whitmanpets.org if you have any questions about any of these opportunities!