West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in Washougal, Washington. Established in 1994, our programs and services are carried out by a mostly volunteer staff dedicated to caring for animals and finding them forever homes. We operate both a cat shelter and a dog shelter, as well as an extensive foster home program and other programs to support animals in the local community.
What is our mission?
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society aims to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia of healthy or treatable companion animals in the community and find them permanent, loving homes.
What is our long-term goal?
Our intent is to make Clark County the first no-kill county in the State of Washington. We plan to accomplish this through implementing low cost spay and neuter clinics, Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) of feral cat colonies, and by working in conjunction with our fellow shelters to benefit all animals in the community.
The Impact You’ve Made 2018
The People Who Make It All Happen
Megan Dennis, Executive Director
Megan brings over 10 years of animal welfare experience, specializing in operations and programming, to her role with WCGHS. In her previous work, Megan developed a sustainable low-cost, community spay/neuter clinic for the Savannah, GA area, and established a balanced public programs budget, in addition to doubling programming to include
Delaney Edison, Director of Operations
Delaney was born in Texas and moved to the PNW as a child. From a young age Delaney knew she wanted to work with animals, which lead her to a veterinary medicine, where she worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) for over 5 years. Delaney made the personal decision to leave private practice to join the WCGHS team to give back to the community and help support and strengthen the human-animal bond. Delaney shares her busy household with her husband, two daughters, three dogs and three cats. When Delaney is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and crafting.
Peggy DiPrima, Development Manager
Peggy joined WCGHS 4 years ago to curate our fall auction and signature event, A Tail to Remember. She brought with her 7 years of nonprofit event experience, as well as and 7 years Corporate Event Planning. She moved from Atlanta, GA to Ridgefield, WA 11 years ago with her husband, Frank, and her son Joseph. Her family shares their home with their dog, Biscotti, a WCGHS alumni. Peggy enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, visiting her family in Louisiana and wine tasting at the PNW’s many wineries.
OTHER KEY STAFF
April Nicholas, Dog Care Manager
April began volunteering for West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in 2011, and fell in love with the work and decided to make it a career. She trained with numerous canine behaviorists and trainers to better understand canine psychology. After purchasing a home in Washougal, she continued to pursue her passion for working with animals by joining the WCGHS team in 2016. Her professional background is in financial institution management and small business ownership. April shares her home with four rescued fur children and enjoys spending her free time exploring the outdoors with her dogs.
Rian Ulsh, Dog Care & Training Assistant
Rian recently joined WCGHS in Summer 2019. Prior to joining the WCGHS team, Rian worked in property management for several years, specializing in multifamily affairs. After adopting her first rescued pet five years ago and volunteering with The Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Rian realized her passion for rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding pets their perfect homes. A Pacific Northwest native, Rian enjoys spending quality time with her family, a hot cup of coffee, and getting caught up in a good book.
Jennifer Thoel, Cat Care Coordinator
Jennifer joined the team in October 2019 as our Cat Care Coordinator. Before moving to Amboy, WA, Jennifer lived in Las Vegas, NV and worked for The Animal Foundation, one of the largest open-admission shelters in the country. There Jennifer developed and managed programs for community cats and neonatal kittens which provided options and a process for positive outcomes from the shelter. These animals are considered some of the most at-risk animals, and by developing organizations first TNR (trap-neuter-return) program, she saved hundreds of lives and increased the shelters LRR (live-release-rate). Since she was young, Jennifer has had a passion for cats and dogs. We’re excited she has brought this passion, experience and skillset to the WCGHS team.
Board of Directors
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