Established in 1994 by Mary Mabry, West Columbia Gorge Humane Society has been supporting pets in need in Washougal and Camas since its inception.
Mary started this organization taking in stray and unwanted cats in her home. Working with the Cities and the Port, she negotiated the use of a remnant piece of land in the industrial park on Index Street in Washougal. A used mobile home was donated to the organization, placed on the land next to the City’s dog impound building, and just like that West Columbia Gorge Humane Society was born.
For nearly 30 years, our cat shelter building served us well. In March of 2021, we discovered the roof was leaking and on the verge of collapse. We found a temporary home with our community partner, WellHaven Pet Health, who was willing to rent space to us at a discounted price.
As of July 2022, over 15 months later, our cat shelter is still temporarily housed at WellHaven.
It’s been a long, drawn out process of finding an affordable replacement building, obtaining permits from the City, excavating and laying a foundation to make the building ADA accessible and finally having the building delivered and set in place. Fortunately, we’ve accomplished all of this and are ready to move forward with making this house a home for our cats.
The new building will have an intake room, sniffles room, quiet space for older cats, kitten room, catio for outside time, and ample space for cats to roam free. With adequate funding, we will be able to accomplish all of this and purchase desperately needed new equipment, create parking for visitors and restore the grounds.
We need your help to provide a “Home for the Future” for all the kitties who will need our assistance for years to come.
A gift from you will enable us to realize this dream for cats who are waiting for someone to rescue them by providing shelter, food, medical attention or whatever they need while they wait for their new family.
The current estimated total cost of this project is $500,000. Your gift will help us raise the funds needed to reach our goal.
In 2021, despite these extenuating circumstances, we were able to save, serve, and support more than 2,000 cats and kittens through our programs and services, including:
Adoptions • Spay/Neuter • JAR Emergency Veterinary Fund • Pet Food Pantry • Pet Supply • Rehoming Assistance • Return to Owner • Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
With your help today, we can build a “Home for the Future” and continue our lifesaving work for years to come.