We moved into our new cat shelter building the weekend after Thanksgiving 2022.  So far it’s been great! 

It took a little while to get ourselves settled in and figure out our flow but we did it. The cats, staff and volunteers are all very happy. The cats are especially loving this new building because not only is it bigger, it is configured to give them more room to roam, play and socialize. Even better, we are now able to separate the healthy kitties from the sick ones.  And the cats LOVE LOVE LOVE the new catio. On nice days they go out and bask in the sun and warmth.  We all love watching them enjoy themselves!  

As with any new construction, there are always things that need to be tweaked so we have been tweaking away.

Especially with the catio and reception areas. There is still a little more work to be done to get the interior just right. And then we have the task of paying off the building. We have $80,000 left to raise to make that happen. Additionally, the grounds around the cat shelter still need to be restored. 

We are hoping our generous supporters will continue to give so that we can close the books on this project and look toward renovating our dog shelter which we all know desperately needs it.  

Please make a donation today!


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.

For more information, please contact:

Peggy DiPrima at

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.

A Special Thanks to our Community Partners