A Very Good Year!


“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.

silver2We 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.

silver3We 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!

finallookWe had several animals this year that needed expensive surgeries and medical treatments. Mr. Guy for instance, who had a severely deformed leg…

francisfullofhimselflevel1…and Francis whose leg was so badly damaged that it needed to be amputated.

silver5Shushi who came to us very sick and with a horrible eye infection, and ended up being treated by a wonderful veterinarian who managed to save her eye, and also ended up adopting her!

ttimTiny Tim, who broke his foot recently while trying to play with the “big dogs”.

snowflake2Snowflake who was found on the highway, apparently hit by a car, and suffering from nerve damage to her leg.

sparky3Sparky, who was forgotten in his home when his owners were taken to a nursing home. He was left alone with no food and little water for weeks before someone found him and brought him to us.

transportoct.18aWe 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.

cabin2You helped us raise money to rebuild our puppy cabin, which burned down last year.

pammomWe took in and hand-raised dozens of kittens…

mommakittens…and took in record numbers of mothers with their kittens!

volunteerhelperIn 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!


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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