Maverick came from an overburdened shelter in California. He was an energetic, eight-month old pup with a dislocated hip.
We suspected he had been hit by a car and never received treatment. Too much time had passed for his hip to be popped back into place, so we opted to do FHO surgery over amputation. Recovery was costly and lengthy. Volunteers took him to his PT appointments, which included visits to Splash Hydrotherapy. Maverick made a full recovery and was able to run and play again. When a family came to meet him, he went over to the young boy and put his head on his lap. Everyone knew it was the perfect match!
Pinky and Brain were seven-week old kittens rescued from a local feral cat colony during a Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) effort.
Since they were semi-social, a volunteer decided to foster them. Soon after, the volunteer reported vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. The kittens were diagnosed with Feline Panleukopenia (cat version of Parvovirus), which has a 50% survival rate for treated kittens. Our volunteer learned how to administer the treatment: syringe feeding, injectable medication, subcutaneous fluids, and weekly diagnostic testing. After two weeks of intensive care, the kittens improved and were eventually adopted. Without TNR efforts and the dedication of our volunteer, these two little kittens would have suffered and likely died outside.
This has been a kitten season unlike any other in terms of volume and suffering.
Many kittens were in bad shape due to being abandoned, neglected, living outside, malnourished and sick, or unable to receive emergency care. Such is the case with the kittens pictured. Their mom was a semi-feral, community cat brought in by a good samaritan. Her paws and legs were covered in tar and she was pregnant. She gave birth to her six kittens in a foster home. The kittens were born with coccidia and eye infections that were contracted in vitro. After several weeks of treatment, all were nursed back to health and placed into loving homes.
2021. Wow. What. A. Year. We started out feeling grateful that we made it through 2020 thanks to wonderful supporters like you who generously donated and towed the line with us. We were hopeful for a better 2021. We dared to think maybe the new year would be different…less uncertain…more predictable…maybe even normal.
But, alas, as we moved into 2021, WCGHS faced new mountains.
- Cat shelter building on the verge of collapse. This unexpected event led us to relocate our cats while we figured out what to do next. There have been many unforeseen challenges and lots of work ahead of us with this project, but we are making progress and so fortunate to have supporters like you stepping up to help us through this transition.
- Shortages in veterinary services, supplies, staffing and labor. The “COVID Effect” has caused disruptions and uncertainty in the animal rescue industry. As a result, our small staff and volunteers have had to work overtime and problem solve in ways they’ve never had to before. It’s because of their sacrifice and your support that we have been able to save, serve or support more than 5,000 pets and people this year through our programs and services. This is a record number for WCGHS!
- Canceled “A Tail to Remember” Dinner and Auction. With the Delta variant causing a spike in COVID cases in the second half of the year, we had to cancel our biggest fundraiser of the year. It was a harsh reality but our loyal supporters helped offset the loss of income by donating generously.
- Distemper. Shortly after arriving from Texas, we learned Luna and her 11 puppies had Distemper – a deadly virus for most puppies and even some adult dogs. We lost five puppies to this awful illness, but, thanks to our supporters providing life-saving financial resources, Luna and her six surviving puppies have fully recovered and all found loving homes!
- Never-ending kitten season. With the shut down of spay/neuter surgeries last year, and the shortage of services this year, we now have an influx of kittens. While we LOVE kittens, overpopulation is a real issue that is challenging to manage. This year, we have completed more than 500 spay/neuter surgeries on cats and more than 120 dogs. These surgeries require staff, equipment and facilities. With your donations, WCGHS performs this life-saving procedure to help reduce unwanted litters and pet homelessness.
Time and time again, our supporters have proven that they are with us. Fueling us every step of the way to help pets in need. This is the highest compliment you could ever give us. It motivates us to work harder and do more for the animals we love so much.
As we approach year-end, we ask that you continue to believe in us and donate generously so that we can overcome obstacles and fulfill our mission to save the lives of pets and provide resources to keep pets and their people together. We don’t know what 2022 has in store, but we know that with your partnership we can face any mountain we encounter.
With warm regards and many thanks,
Micki Simeone, Executive Director
Give now to help a dog or a cat live a long, healthy life!
$30 – pet food for three animals
$65 – temporary boarding up to 5 days
$150 – spay/neuter for one dog or cat
$275 – care for a litter of puppies or kittens
$500 – dental cleaning/surgery
$750 – emergency medical treatment for a community pet
$1000 – mission critical in-house medical supplies
Other – $___________
*suggested amounts represent possible donation outcomes
Checks can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 270
Washougal, WA 98671
Bettering the lives of pets and their people.