The Tavon Center eases the transition from high school to adulthood for young people with disabilities by providing respite, care, social activities, and vocational-skill development in a specialized day program. The 5-acre center focuses in large part on horticultural activities such as planting in the gardens that stretch across 2,000 square feet and the greenhouse that grows everything from zinnias to artichokes. Clients can also tend to animals, such as goats, chickens, and rabbits, which roam the grounds. Every summer, the staff sells the center's produce and goods at farmers' markets to give clients a sense of pride and accomplishment while raising awareness about the disabilities. In addition to gathering eggs, baking, and painting artworks, the young adults in the program can also develop a network of friends and receive individualized care from The Tavon Center’s staff.
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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Every day at Equine Aid Horse & Donkey Rescue in Monroe, Washington revolves around the needs of the animals who live there. Starting in the morning, volunteers feed the horses a mash of hay pellets and supplements. Sick and injured horses receive medication or boots to keep them healthy throughout the day. Then, the herd gets to frolic and play in an 18-acre pasture. Nearby, a 2-acre pasture gives the donkeys of the herd a place to explore the outdoors as well. With the herd out to pasture, the all-volunteer staff can then turn their attention to finding forever homes for these animals with families across Washington. When they're not caring for the animals, volunteers work with lawmakers to enact legislation that protects equines from slaughter and abuse.
Hopelink strives to promote self-sufficiency for all members of the community through housing, financial assistance, family development, and other social services. Since 1971, the organization has helped tens of thousands of people move from vulnerability and crisis to independence and stability.
Along with adult literacy programs, school-supply programs, and career development, Hopelink runs End Summer Hunger, an annual food and funds drive that helps ensure children from families with low incomes have enough to eat throughout the summer. Last year, End Summer Hunger—with the help of individuals, businesses, and schools—raised $181,439, plus thousands of pounds of food to meet the increased demands at Hopelink’s food banks during the summer months.
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue works to end pet overpopulation and the resulting deaths by euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets by placing rescued cats and dogs with foster families until they are adopted. By adding the step of fostering to the adoption process, Motley Zoo reduces overcrowding in shelters and aids in each dog's transition to a new, permanent family. To help ensure health and prepare animals for new homes, Motley Zoo provides necessary veterinary care, such as spaying or neutering procedures. Motley Zoo also pairs pups with basic-care necessities and medical records, which follow them through the foster process and later go to the dog's new owners.
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.