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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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.


Bridgette's Beans

Bridgette's Beans

Week Six - I Have Teeth and I Know How to Use Them!

Our kittens are six weeks old! Their baby teeth have started to come in, so mom has started the weaning process. Babies at this age will begin to regularly eat solid from this point now, but will still rely on mom’s milk as long as she will let them nurse. Since they have teeth now, mom may be more reluctant to let them wean. This does not mean her job is done! They have teeth and know how to use them, but they don’t realize that those teeth hurt. Their littermates and momma cat will teach them this very important lesson, which will help them be better socialized kittens and may save your hands a whole lot of pain. Kittens will sleep significantly less and play much more at this age than they ever did before. Their eyes will still be blue, but may have new colors mixed in as they begin to change to the color they will be for the rest of their lives. As long as they are healthy and well-nourished, kittens at this age will not rely on external heat sources and can regulate their own temperature. 

https://www.thesprucepets.com/kitten-development-6-to-12-weeks-4584325

https://livelongandpawspurr.com/blog/six-week-old-kitten-guide/