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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.

Cats Roaming in Pullman

Cats Roaming in Pullman

We are always happy to scan any found pet for a microchip and take a photo and post it to our Facebook. However, Pullman City Code allows cats to roam freely and the police will not respond to calls about roaming cats unless the cat is injured or it is known that the animal has no owner (i.e. the owner(s) have passed away). The police will, however, always respond to calls about stray dogs or other domesticated animals running at large in Pullman. Since cats can freely roam, many people will let their cats go outside. Although WCHS works closely with the local police and has contracts to house stray animals they find, we are a private organization, not a government-run organization and do not have the authority to pick up stray animals. Seeing as most outdoor cats are owned, WCHS cannot take healthy, adult stray cats. *If the cat is under 6 months old, injured, sick, declawed, or pregnant, please bring it to WCHS for us to assess.*

If you are worried about a cat that you have been seeing outside but it does not meet the requirements above, here are some tips you can follow!

- Ask your neighbors if they recognize the cat. It may be a roaming neighborhood kitty, or could belong to them! 

- Bring the cat to a vet clinic or a humane society to be scanned for a microchip. 

- Post a photo on local social media groups (such as Craigslist and Pullman Pets & Animals) stating that you found the cat and are looking for its owner. 

- Report the cat as found to the local humane societies/rescue groups - send them a photo so they can compare with lost reports and/or post that the animal was found. 

- Place a breakaway collar on the cat with your contact information asking the owner to call you and confirm that the cat is allowed to be outside (if the note/collar is not disturbed for 10 days, it is safe to assume the cat is not returning home). 

- If you decide you want to keep, rehome, or surrender a cat you found, you MUST actively search for the owner for 30 days (following the above steps is a good start!)