Spay and neuter surgeries change the lives of free-roaming cats. For females, it means a lower risk of infections and pregnancy complications; for males, less fighting and fewer health problems. When the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project started in 1997, the mission was to spay and neuter as many free-roaming cats as possible, helping reduce overpopulation and the need for euthanasia deaths in community shelters.
Today, the organization has expanded its work to include all cats, including those with homes. When a cat arrives for surgery, it also receives a basic health exam, rabies vaccination, and, for free-roaming cats, an ear tip to identify it as spayed or neutered. Since its inception, the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project has performed the surgery on more than 82,000 cats. The organization collaborates with other like-minded groups and individuals striving to care for animals in a safe, humane environment.
Sibling House’s network of homes works to help brothers and sisters continue living together in a safe, loving environment while they are separated from their birth parents. The state or a private agency places children into this network, which consists of approved, licensed foster homes that are willing to take siblings. Along with raising public awareness of foster care and supporting an environment of family unity, Sibling House assists foster parents by providing food, clothing, household furnishings, and donated vehicles, as well as knowledge and experience.
Each day in western Washington, a fleet of 15 trucks drives a combined 690 miles to pick up donations to deliver to agencies. Their cargo: food?nutritious food that annually totals nearly 36 million pounds, which works out to roughly 30 million meals. These trucks are part of Food Lifeline, a vast network of volunteers, grocery stores, and non-profits that work to ensure everyone in the region has something to eat.
To provide the amount of food it does?more than any non-profit in Washington?Food Lifeline relies on efficiency. The organization redirects food from grocers, farmers, and distributors that would likely have gone to waste. Food banks then distribute this food and prepared meals to whoever needs help getting meals, including children, seniors, and families.
Ginger Luke rescued her first dog in 2006—a dachshund that was kept locked in its owner’s bathroom and was in danger of being put down. After paying the pet’s owner $50, she retrieved the dog and began networking with her friends to find it a loving home. Today, Ginger's Pet Rescue continues this mission of saving as many dogs as possible from being euthanized. Since its establishment, it has found homes for more than 5,000 dogs. Volunteers from the organization rescue the dogs from shelters across the region, provide medical care and temperament examinations, and place them in loving, permanent homes.
Lilting voices from two violins and a harpsichord etch out the notes of Purcell’s Pavan in B-flat Major, filling a small room with layered textures and slowly unfolding emotions. The three performers lean into their instruments, their private concert as intimate as it would have been if performed in the 17th century. This is what the Salish Sea Players create at each of their concerts: unexpected music in unexpected venues. Linda Melsted and Olga Hauptman on baroque violins and Fred Hauptman on the harpsichord perform in retirement, memory-care, and long-term-care facilities for people who are unable to attend traditional venues due to a lack of mobility or resources.
Before each concert, the trio greets audience members individually and answers questions about the historical instruments they use and the style of music they play. Their instruments reflect what would have been used historically: antique bows, strings made of unwound gut, and copies of original scores. Then they fill the air with the sounds of Handel, Mazas, Sousa, or Bartok, the sweet music combining with the historical approach to create an intriguing atmosphere and educational moment for the audience to share together.
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Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliances elevates the sport of mountain biking in the Puget Sound region by contributing to trail preservation, organizing group rides year-round and by educating children and adults biking at all levels on safe and fun trail riding techniques. Mountain biking instruction is available in co-ed classes, while others are restricted to women only and children ages eight to thirteen. Once-weekly group rides provide a sense of camaraderie and group discipline, with most classes meeting in Issaquah or Kenmore and rides and trail projects all taking place within two hours of the city. Inexpensive memberships – $30 and up – help support the alliance’s education and trail repair efforts, offer bikers discounts at area biking stores and keep cycling enthusiasts informed about upcoming volunteer, social and educational opportunities.