COVID-19 Impact Report
2400+ Inquiries fielded for resources and assistance
18 Pets reunited with their owners
15 Community Cats Altered
4 Pets provided with emergency veterinary care
4 Pets re-homed using our Home-to-Home service
Pet Food Pantry
2200 lbs of food distributed to the community
82 Animals transported in from other impacted areas
*All stats counted from March 15th
What We’ve Learned
Last year, we had a record year of growth in programs, adoptions and return-to-owner rates. This year will be no different, proving to us that COVID can’t stop good. Thanks to YOU, we’re still able to provide essential services for our community, while keeping pets, our staff and patrons safe.
With your continued support we will have the ability to step up to meet the changing needs of the pets and their people in our community as we all move forward through these uncertain times. We have learned that with creativity and community support, WCGHS is ready to not only continue, but expand, it’s service commitment to Washougal, Camas and the surrounding areas.
Adapting to COVID-19
Appointment Based Services
An appointment based model for adoptions, surrender, lost and found, foster and other services has been implemented since March. This allows us to provide continued support to our community while keeping staff, patrons and animals safe.
For families or individuals with no other option than to re-home a pet, we offer a Home-to-Home service, where the animal stays with the owner and we provide a courtesy listing and other support to help place the pet in a new home.
Friday Pet Tips
A video series created to provide helpful information to pet owners who found themselves spending more time at home with their pets. These tips cover a variety of subjects, from how to trim your pets nails and give medications, to making toys for your pets and keeping them stimulated while at home, and all things in between.
Provided for COVID impacted residents that are temporarily unable to care for their pet due to financial hardship, illness or homelessness.
At West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, we take a holistic approach to animal sheltering and community support; supporting both animals and those at the other end of the leash.
Science supports what many of us already know to be true, that humans and pets share a special, mutually beneficial connection. People are happier and healthier in the presence of animals. Scientifically-documented benefits of the human-animal bond include decreased blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and enhanced feelings of well-being. This bond is so important for WCGHS to not only support, but advance, especially in these uncertain times. At a time when human health and well-being is essential, we have developed programs to help support our community and keep animals in homes, with their people, where they belong.