“It’s the most magical time of the year” as Andy Williams croons to us each Christmas season. We are feeling a bit of that magic at the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary. With the support of all our wonderful friends, we have been able to respond in the affirmative to nearly every call for help that we have received. Our mantra has been rescue, rescue, rescue and in 2012 we took in well over 100 dogs and 600 cats! Most of these are now in their “forever” homes. We could not have done this without all the donations of money, cat and dog food, cat litter, carriers, kennels, dog igloos and dozens of other items from our supporters.
This year, for the first time, the number of animals and the work involved became more than our small volunteer base could handle. We either had to begin turning down requests for help or hire some part time employees. Thanks to a generous bequest from a person who wished to remain anonymous, we had the funds available to do this. It was a tough decision though. We had hoped to use that bequest to purchase our property and begin fund-raising for a new facility. But, as we all know, sometimes we have to operate on faith and faith is the path we chose.
It is in this faith that we ask as you are making your annual holiday donations or updating your will to please remember that gifts to national rescue organizations seldom, if ever, find their way to Stevens County. These gifts, given locally, can make the difference between no shelter and a good shelter for cats and dogs in transition to their new lives.
The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is not going to win the lotto and a multi-millionaire movie star is probably not going to come forward with the funds to build us a decent shelter. Little by little, donation by donation, the generous citizens of Stevens County and the new friends we are making through our website and Facebook are the only ones who are going to continue to save the homeless animals of this county.
Here are just a few pictures of animals that you all helped to save this year. Thank you.
We had a record number of cats and kittens…over 600! That is alot of mouths to feed and alot of homes to find! With your donations of money; cat and kitten food, large wire kennels, and lots of cat litter, we were able to house, and help all of these kitties.
We also took in well over 100 dogs and puppies! And this winter, as we scrambled to provide a warm shelter for our dogs (we have no indoor shelter for them), you came through for them with generous donations of straw; dog igloos, money, blankets, tarps and many other items!
We transported approximately 500 cats and kittens to our partner shelters in the Seattle area where they would have a better chance at adoption. We typically make 1, and sometimes 2 trips a month, transporting anywhere from 20 to 40 cats and kittens at a time.
In addition to all of you who have helped through donations, we want to send out a special thank you to our amazing volunteers and foster families who give so very generously of their time; their energy, their love and compassion and even their very homes, to help us save these animals!
I could post dozens more photos, but you get the idea. With your help and support, we have accomplished more than ever before, for the animals of our county this year. And with your continued help and support, we will continue to help the abandoned and homeless animals of Stevens County!