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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.

Kitten Season Updates

Kitten Season Updates

We have been feeling the stress of the demands of this kitten season and decided to look into the numbers.

This year so far (from January 2020 to July 2020) we have taken in 255 kittens and we have pregnant moms in foster still waiting to have their babies. Last year, for the year as a whole, we took in 279 kittens (form January 2019 to December 2019). Although still a very impressive number, we are on track to exceed this number by a significant amount this year. Even with a larger than normal intake, we are still staffed by only six people who give so much of themselves to make sure each animal receives the best possible care we can provide. 

Each kitten we take in needs at the bare minimum about $100 of veterinary supplies/care. This does not account for the staff time, food, special needs (being orphaned, emergencies, enucleations, accidents, injuries, parasite treatments, and more), litter, or cleaning supplies. With no vet on site, we have to use veterinarians just like you all. Saving lives can be expensive work! 

In these uncertain times, when fundraiser are cancelled and/or limited, we fear we won't be able to keep up with the demands in our area. While we search for grants, we often can't compete with these large organizations, although we do what we can to be as competitive as possible! Being a privately operated organization, we rely heavily on donations from our supporters to keep us running and help us save more lives. We are very good at getting as much as we can out of every penny, so even the smallest donations can be put to good use!