Making a Difference


Mrs. Fisk Left, Alyssa Davis middle, Nancy Rose right

Story from the Silverado Express
High School Fundraiser Allows Shelter Dogs to Attend Obedience Training

Alyssa Davis, a junior at Colville High School and her Leadership teacher, Mrs. Fisk were motivated by a recent talk on Africa given by Mrs. Bacon. In a slide presentation highlighting her last trip to Africa she introduced many of the families she works with in rural African villages. One of the children, an eleven year old boy, had a very positive attitude and he wanted to spread the word that everyone, no matter what their circumstances may be, can make a difference. Knowing that there were only a few weeks of school left, Alyssa and Mrs. Fisk put their thinking caps on. How could they make a difference, where could they make a difference and who needed help in the community?
Mrs. Fisk, who adopted her beloved cat “Miley” from CVAS, knew first hand that the shelter could use some help. She encouraged Alyssa to call and ask what the shelter needed. The Shelter manager, Nancy Rose, responded with the idea that if some of their dogs attended obedience training then they would become more adoptable.
Bonnie Trudell teaches classes in the spring and summer at the city park. The tuition is $40.00 per dog so the goal was to raise $120.00 to send three dogs. Instead she raised $281.69 to allow seven dogs to become well trained and find good adoptive homes in the community.

All of us at the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary want to express our sincere gratitude to Alyssa and Mrs. Fisk for this wonderful gift.


Nancy Rose with ‘Ray’ and Mark Vecha with ‘Marnie’. Attending obedience class in the city park. Ray is “staying” like a good boy!


The whole class. Note Ray’s expressive curly tail…so cute! :O)

So far three of our dogs have attended Bonnie Trudell’s classes (Sammy, Marnie and Ray) and two of them have already been adopted! We know that these obedience classes made a big difference for our dogs and are a big part of why they were adopted. Alyssa can certainly be proud of what she accomplished. She really did make a difference!




Ray is a great dog and he is ready to find his forever home. If you would like to find out more about Ray, click here!

Thanks to Jen Farnam for the great photos of the obedience class!


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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