Rocket is an adorable, small dog who was purchased in a grocery store parking lot. His family fell in love with him at first sight. Unfortunately, at an early age, he had a traumatizing experience when a stranger entered the family home. As a result, he developed a fear of new people coming into his home or even touching him. Not knowing how to handle this behavior, the family contacted us and asked for help. They did not want to give him up but they saw no other options. Fortunately, through our community support program, which offers behavior training, we were able to offer Rocket’s family a solution. After several in-home sessions with one of our staff behavior trainers, Rocket has officially “graduated” from training. He still has more work to do but his family now has all the knowledge and tools to continue the training on their own. He has made great progress with being comfortable around strangers, less reactivity at the door, calmness on walks, and kennel training. Yay for Rocket and his family!


When little Nugget arrived in mid-October, she was near death, suffering from malnutrition and a severe upper respiratory infection. Sadly, this is not an uncommon occurrence in our shelter these days. She was the runt in a litter of four and was not thriving. Her eyes and nose were sealed shut with dried mucus and she couldn’t breath enough to even eat. We cleaned her up, placed her in an oxygen chamber, and addressed all of her medical needs. We are happy to report she has made a full recovery and is now happy, healthy, and awaiting adoption.


Galaxy, a young, nursing cat with kittens, was brought to us as a stray. Shortly thereafter, a community member called us looking for their lost cat. Through conversation, we found out that Galaxy’s owner was also caring for several other stray cats in their community. Knowing how overwhelming this can be, we offered our assistance and came up with a great solution for all. Galaxy and her kittens, as well as all of the other cats being cared for by Galaxy’s owner were spayed and neutered. Galaxy returned home to her family, and the others were adopted into loving homes.

I can’t believe it has been a year since my last letter to you. This year is flying by and will go down in the books as a weird one for sure! We started off this year with incredible enthusiasm that with the pandemic behind us, we could find a new normal. Something more certain and familiar. Something predictable where we could just chug along and do our thing: saving the lives of pets; finding them loving homes; reuniting pets with their people; helping pets and their people stay together; and providing resources to assist our community.

We planned, but alas it did not happen that way. I bet you can relate?

We did do our thing this year but it was…different. Harder. Stranger. Eyebrow raising and head scratching. So many animals in need of safe haven. So many sick animals. So many unaltered animals. More than we can remember in recent years. And illnesses that we don’t often deal with like distemper and parvo, which often require emergency medical treatment, round the clock care and speciality medicine. For example, right now we have two, adorable, eight week old puppies who look and act healthy but are having seizures. And as of this writing, the specialty veterinarians have no idea why.

Shelters, like us, are flooded with animals all across America. Many are over capacity. And there just aren’t enough adopters to keep up with the influx. As a result, shelter time for pets in our care has increased causing additional stress for these already unsettled animals; skyrocketing medical and operating costs; and an overall decrease in revenue due to higher expenses.

Being a small non-profit organization, WCGHS has seen its share of rocky times and we’ve had some uncharted mountains to climb. So, we know we can stand up to this challenge. We know this because we have amazing supporters like you who fuel our mission to do this work. We are in this together and together we are going to continue saving, serving and supporting the pets in our care, as well as the pets and people in our community.

In 2023, demand for our emergency veterinary assistance more than tripled. As a result, we have helped 15 community members save their pets’ lives this year, and we’re not done yet!

You all have stepped up by volunteering, donating, advocating, fostering, and doing whatever you can to help us continue to help pets in need. As we face the end of this year, we face it with hope. Hope that together we can help more pets and people in 2024. Hope that we will be able to secure the funds and staffing we need to open the doors of our spay/neuter clinic to the public. Hope that we will be able to continue to provide emergency veterinary assistance to those unable to afford it, and to supply pet food and supplies to the homebound and homeless in our community.

As 2023 draws to a close, we ask that you remain with us, as our partners, so we can make the hopes and dreams of a lot of sweet pets come true. Please consider making a donation today to our Year End Appeal.

Micki and her latest rescue, Lulu

Give now to help a dog or a cat live a long, healthy life!

$30 – pet food
$65 – vaccines and parasite control
$150 – toward spay/neuter for one pet
$275 – toward care for a litter of puppies or kittens
$500 – toward one dental cleaning/surgery
$750 – mission critical in-house medical supplies
$1000 – emergency medical treatment for one pet
Other – $___________

*suggested amounts represent possible donation outcomes

Donate online:

to 41444

Checks can be mailed to:

P.O. Box 270
Washougal, WA 98671


Call: 360.835.3464

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