Save-A-Mutt began as Scrub-A-Mutt, an annual dog-wash event held each August to raise money for pet rescue. In the years since its first bubbly bash, however, the organization has expanded into finding homes for Craig's List pets, saving puppies from high-kill shelters, and providing medical care for dogs. Yet, Save-A-Mutt's methods are different from those of many other organizations dedicated to ending puppy mills. Seeing the high rate of euthanasia in LA County—nearly 35,000 pets were euthanized in the 2013–2014 fiscal year alone—Co-Directors Jennifer and Elizabeth rescue many of their pets from these high-kill shelters and transport them up to King County for spay/neuter surgery and adoption.
In addition to the annual dog wash, which still happens every year, Save-A-Mutt runs Dogtober Fest in the fall and PoochFest in the spring. Proceeds from the events go to benefit local rescues such as Old Dog Haven, the Everett Animal Shelter, and The NOAH Center.
Since 1991, Cocoon House has been providing resources for Snohomish County’s at-risk youth and those experiencing homelessness. The organization has adapted to the community’s need, expanding shelter space by 350% since its inception and now housing more than 230 young people (aged 13–21) each year. Through its street outreach, education, and drop-in resource center, Cocoon House supports more than 1,000 families and community members. It helps to empower youth and break the cycle of poverty by providing emergency shelter, long-term transitional housing, case management, advocacy, and homelessness prevention.
FurKidz 911 rescues dogs who are in danger of being euthanized due to injuries or overcrowding at local shelters. The organization’s staff of volunteers rescues the dogs from shelters, fosters and rehabilitates them in their own homes, and transports them to veterinary appointments and adoption events. When the dogs have fully healed, they can meet with potential families until they find a loving permanent home.
Christian and his wife Heather rescued their first boxer in 2006, and then their second a short time later. The love and affection they came to feel for these once-forgotten dogs incited them to help find families for the thousands of similarly affected canines. Thus, Northwest Boxer Rescue was born in November of 2011 as a way to provide shelter, medical care, and, ultimately, a new home for homeless and abandoned boxers. Working in tandem with a committed cadre of volunteers and local veterinarians, the husband-and-wife team rehabilitates the dogs in temporary foster homes – never kennels, cages, or shelters – as a positive step toward finding a permanent home for each animal. Last year alone, Northwest Boxer Rescue managed to take in 415 Boxers, nursing each back to health through medical care and vaccinations, and spaying or neutering them to prevent the birth of future homeless animals. Since being placed in a permanent home, each of these excellent companion dogs have brought love and joy to their new family, and Northwest Boxer Rescue reports on many of these successful matches on their stories page.
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With a mission to promote the safety and well-being of neglected, abused, and abandoned horses, Hope for Horses fosters and cares for horses as well as provides specialized training for law-enforcement and animal-control officers. As one of the oldest equine-welfare organizations in the state, Hope for Horses recognized the need for better resources for officers and developed the state’s first equine-cruelty-investigations-training course. Volunteers feed, groom, and care for the horses as they await foster care or adoption.
As one of the largest no-kill shelters in Washington, Homeward Pet Adoption Center helps find permanent, loving homes for more than 1,400 cats and dogs each year. Forty percent of its animals are owner surrendered, and sixty percent are rescues from shelters that euthanize. A range of rescue, shelter, and adoption programs help the small staff and more than 350 volunteers in their mission to give homeless and abandoned companion animals a second chance. Additionally, Homeward Pet’s onsite veterinary-care team spays or neuters all the animals that enter the shelter, along with providing a general health assessment, a microchip, and any necessary treatments or vaccinations.
Homeward Pet also extends help to animals in the community with owners in need of financial assistance. In 2012, Homeward Pet’s low-cost clinic spayed or neutered more than 500 pets, and its pet-food bank collected and distributed more than 40,000 pounds of pet food to local families struggling to feed their animals. It also offers year-round discount microchipping and free microchipping three times a year, to ensure the safety of pets in the community.
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