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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 Seven - Almost Ready for New Homes!

Cats at this age will look and act like energetic adult cats. They begin developing sleeping habits like adult cats. Although some people may insist on getting kittens at six weeks, this is not in the best interest of the babies. They will display hunting and stalking behaviors in their play and will become much better socialized during this time. For the best results, it is best for kittens to live with their siblings or another role-model cat to continue learning proper manners and prevent them from developing bad habits, such as play biting. This is why we strongly recommend kittens go home in pairs or to a family with existing cats. They are social and observational learners and learn a lot by watching their mom during this time. Kittens at this age may still be suckling and nursing. Momma cat will be weaning them, although some may not be as adamant about this process as others! Kittens who are orphaned or improperly weaned may continue to suckle on comfort items (blankets, arms, and more) for the rest of their lives. You should spend as much time as possible playing with and cuddling your kittens during this time to make sure they are friendly and are getting ready to find homes of their own in the next few weeks! 

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/kitten-behavior-basics