Tragedy struck the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary

This happened in November 2011 but I wanted to keep all the posts concerning the fire here on the blog so that the whole story can be found here. I will continue to add updates as they happen.

On the morning of November 16, a devastating fire–apparently started by an aging wood stove–swept through the puppy cabin. The building was burnt to the ground, and we lost three animals–a sweet older dog that had just been relinquished to the Sanctuary and that had never had a proper home, and two precious cats. Thankfully, all of the other dogs that resided in the cabin were outside in the adjacent play area when the fire started.

The out pouring of kind whishes and help has been unbelievable.  We had no idea that so many people from so far away would care.  We hope soon to be able to thank you all, but until we can, we want you to know that without the support you all have given us, in so many ways, the ability to continue seemed daunting.  We now can see a silverlining.  Thank you all so much.  We plan to keep our website up to date as to our progress, it is slow now but we will you all know what we are doing.

As horrible a day this was, CVAS volunteers still banded together on Sunday, November 20th to help the Stevens County Cat Care spay and neuter 143 cats and kittens, 50 of those were ours.  You cannot keep these volunteers down!


Rest in Peace

We lost three animals to the fire: a sweet older dog that had just been relinquished to the Sanctuary and that had never had a proper home, and two precious cats. In loving memory of:


Monique: Such a sweet loving curious little girl. Always happy and ready to play. She loved the human affection and was always by your side whenever you were in the puppy cabin. She loved the sport of mousing. We loved you Monique.


Max: Was a wonderful old cat whom we had just rescued from the streets of Colville. He had been trying to stay alive by eating whatever scrapes he could find. He had a bad eye infection which we were working on and that is why he does not have a picture. Picture taking was to happen as soon as his little eye was healed. He was so grateful for a warm place to sleep and a steady diet of good food. I wish we would have had more time with Max.


Daisy: Was a wonderful sweet older girl who just loved the being in the sunshine and it’s warmth. She had never had the luxury of being an indoor dog so she loved the puppy cabin. She was in the puppy cabin the morning of the fire because it was so cold out. She was soaking up a little more warmth before going out to the play area. She was quiet and gentle and appreciated everything that was done for her. Daisy how we wish we had found you your forever home.


About colvillevalleyanimalsanctuary

The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected, and otherwise homeless companion animals. We provide both crisis and long-term sheltering, medical care, fostering, and adoption services - all with the goal of placing our animals permanently in safe and loving homes. We spay and neuter all of the animals in our care and actively promote, through financial donations and community support, the effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Stevens County. By example and through education, we promote and advance the values of responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
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