Meow in Mukilteo, July 14th

Join our staff, volunteers, and marvelous meowers from 12 to 3 pm on Sunday, July 14 for the Meow in Mukilteo! This event, sponsored by Pawsitive Alliance, will help us match some of our most charming cats up with their new families. The event takes place at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Avenue. With multiple cat rescue organizations in attendance, you're sure to meet the adoptable cat of your dreams.

Emergency preparedness

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is Skagit County's designated small animal relief center

We are responsible for housing displaced small companion animals in the event of a disaster. We accept donations of tarps, emergency pet food supplies, first aid supplies, and other necessities. We also encourage families to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency. In addition to planning for your human family's safety, have the following items on hand for each pet:

  • Dry and/or wet food, of the brand and type that your pet usually eats, to last two weeks, along with dishes and a can opener if needed.
  • Potable water in plastic gallon jugs, to last two weeks, along with a dish or bowl. 
  • Cat litter, to last two weeks, plus litter box and cleaning supplies.
  • Paperwork, including vaccine and veterinary records, microchip information, veterinarian contact information, and a printed photograph of your pet in case of loss.
  • List of emergency contacts, both in and out of the area.
  • Medication to last two weeks, in original prescription bottles with labels, including dosage instructions. 
  • Collar, leash, and harness, in addition to a collar that is always on your pet with ID attached. 
  • A pet bed or blanket.
  • A secure crate of the appropriate size for each pet. 
  • Proof of ownership such as adoption or registration papers.
  • First aid supplies.  

We recommend rotating stored food, water, and medical/veterinary supplies to ensure freshness.

In the event of an emergency evacuation, pet owners need to allow additional time to arrange care for pets. Many emergency shelters cannot accomodate families with pets, and delays resulting from pet care conflicts can endanger human and animal lives. If you would like help establishing an emergency plan for your two- and four-legged family, please call the Humane Society of Skagit Valley or read more at Washington State's Emergency Management Division website. It is an excellent resource with additional tips for owners of horses, reptiles, and other animals.

A toast to Mattie's adopter and Dinky's health!

Congratulations to Mattie's new owner! Our beautiful corgi went to a great new home, and we're grateful to the adopter for putting the adoption fee towards kennelmate Dinky's medical costs. Dinky, a 9 year old maltese, was able to have lifesaving surgery thanks to this generlosity as well as that of donors Donna and Elliott (of Mukilteo) and Alison Percival (of Bellingham). Dinky was adopted just after his surgery, but sadly that placement did not work out as he did not get along with the other dog in the home. HSSV is looking for the perfect only-dog home for this kid-friendly, healthy, active maltese. 

Our Second Chance Fund for animals still needs to be built back up. We raised just enough to save Dinky's life - can you chip in so that we can save the next pet in need, too? 

Let us know if you want to help or if you think you're the right match for darling Dinky! 

Thirsty baby!

Music by Natalie Merchant.

Kitten season is in full swing!
To find out how you can help, call or email.

ASPCA grants support learning, shelter operation

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley was the grateful recipient of two ASPCA grants this year. The Julie Morris Scholarship, granted in February 2013, allowed our executive director Janine Ceja to attend the May 2013 Animal Care Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. She came back from her first Expo inspired, educated, and ready to work even harder for the animals of Skagit County!

The second grant, in the amount of $500, was given by the ASPCA in memory of Sandy Nelson and will be used for general operating support.

Thank you, ASPCA, for your generosity.

Other critters

How will you help?

If you've ever thought, "I can't help the animals, I don't have the money," then give your energy. Sew for them, walk them, or help coordinate volunteers at the shelter. If you've thought, "I can't help the animals, I don't have the skills," then give them your heart. Hold them, cuddle them, show them you care. If you've thought, "I can't help the animals, I don't have the time," then skip the cappuccino and give them your pocket change. Become a Humane Society member. Share their stories on Facebook. Tell a friend about the shelter. Vow to adopt, rather than breed or buy, next time you welcome a pet of your own.

Everyone has a little something extra, whether it's time, energy, money, passion, love, or a skill. When you do your part to chip in, those little somethings really add up!

If you're here, reading this, then surely you care about the animals who depend on the Humane Society of Skagit Valley for care. Call the shelter today to tell us how you'll help.

Good job, mama!

Our Facebook friend Kathy won our photo contest and the chance to name Kali's surprise kitten! She picked the name "Inky" for this little sweetheart. We think it's perfect. Maybe it's short for "Incognito". Kali is a petite little mom, and none of us had the slightest idea she was pregnant until she gave birth to this big, healthy kitten! Mom and baby are doing great.

Muddy Paws Club

We have beautiful trails, beautiful dogs, and a lot of tail-wagging excitement to share with you! Some of our most athletic shelter dogs have been here too long because they don't get enough opportunities to work out their wiggles on walks with staff or volunteers. By participating in our volunteer orientation and learning how to handle these wonderful guys, you do three great things:

  1. help them stay physically and mentally healthy
  2. help them learn their manners and become more adoptable
  3. enjoy nature, the great outdoors, and loving canine companionship.

If you're a dog lover with a little extra time - even as little as one hour per week - please give us a call today to get signed up for our next volunteer orientation!

Bella is an active young dog whose chances for
adoption will be greatly improved if she gets regular exercise!
We have dozens more like her, of all sizes and breeds! 

Dinky needs surgery. Can you help?

Our sweet 9 year old Dinky started feeling poorly on Sunday. He has been diagnosed with bladder stones, and will need an operation before he can be adopted out! Unfortunately, our 2nd Chance Fund for shelter pet medical needs is running very low. If you can contribute funds towards Dinky's life-saving operation, please call the shelter or email immediately! We would also appreciate it if you could help share Dinky's story with others.

Mattie, a young purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi, is dashing to the rescue! She was surrendered by her owners through no fault of her own and is healthy, mannerly, and ready to warm someone's home with her bright-eyed smile. She is ready to find a home AND help a friend! Her adoption fee will go towards funding Dinky's operation. She's worth it—he's worth it—and they both deserve long, happy lives in warm, friendly homes.

Come on down to the shelter if you want to put a few bucks in Dinky's surgery fund, meet Mattie, or submit an application to adopt.

Butters: a touching reunion!

We just wanted to share with you a touching story of a Butters, whose owner Yuki had to leave this country to help her family in Japan after the earthquake a couple of years ago. Since she could not take Butters with her, Yuki had to surrender her precious dog to another family. Butters ended up at the shelter two years later when those people could no longer keep him. 

Introducing the Soda Sisters: loving feline family needs foster care!

This beautiful family came in squeezed together in one crate! The family consists of two gorgeous longhaired sisters, Sprite the gray and orange dilute tortie girl and Gingerale the black and gold tortie, plus two litters of kittens. Sprite and Gingerale share nursing duty for ALL the kittens, and we know that the orange kittens are a bit older than the black ones but beyond that we can't tell which kittens are whose! For that reason, we really want to keep these bonded mamas together in foster care while they raise their babies. The whole family is sweet, healthy, and friendly. Can you give these lovely ladies a safe place to raise their kittens together?

Baby Surprise! Contest announced.

Kali Kitty surprised us all last week by giving birth, out of the blue, to one beautiful, healthy, fat kitten! Kali must have gotten pregnant right before she came to the shelter, and her petite frame hid it all the way up until the very last moment. Mama and baby are doing well, but baby needs a name. Who will choose it? Maybe YOU!

Visit to see a picture of the new arrival and to find out how you can enter our "Baby Surprise!" contest.

HSSV and Skagit River Subaru partner to “Share the Love” and find forever homes for the Skagit Valley's homeless pets

An estimated 70 percent of Subaru owners have pets; more than any other auto manufacturer!

In Fall 2012, the Humane Society of Skagit Valley (HSSV)  joined the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Subaru of America for Subaru’s annual year-end “Share the Love” campaign and celebration. As part of this national effort, HSSV and Skagit River Subaru  teamed up to create off-site adoptions at the Burlington dealership.

Share the Love” gives new car buyers and leasees the opportunity to donate $250 to one of five charities – including the ASPCA. One hundred percent of the ASPCA’s “Share the Love” donation is targeted for distribution as grants to animal welfare organizations in all 50 states and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley is pleased to be a recipient of one of these grants.

To learn more about the Share the Love campaign, visit

Thank you, Skagit River Subaru and Subaru of America, for helping us place 183 companion animals in loving homes! 

Thank goodness for our angels in smocks!

Annette Rigsbee &
Biscuits, who found a home
Kari Rigsbee &
Annabelle, who found a home
Our shelter has hundreds of volunteers, but this special mother/daughter team is truly outstanding. We would like to introduce to you Kari (mom) and Annette Rigsbee. They have been helping out for two years!  These ladies come through every time, ready with their smocks to help us get the cat areas all cleaned up. This dedicated crew comes in four to five mornings a week. Kari comes straight from a graveyard work shift to nurture her daughter’s passion for these animals, giving three or four more hours of her valuable time each day to the homeless kitties of the valley. We at the shelter want to say THANK YOU Annette and Kari for all you do!

Special program announced

We are introducing “Maggie’s Legacy,” a donation-based program to help assist pet owners of Skagit Valley in need of financial assistance in paying for a portion of trauma-related veterinary issues. The goal of this program is to help pet owners keep their pet when money is an obstacle to obtaining veterinary treatment. This program pays a portion of veterinary costs to help pet owners save their pets when faced with a sudden vet bill.  

Founder and donor Ellie Wright was moved by the need for emergency assistance within our community. Until recently, HSSV did not have a specific program to help pet owners with veterinary costs for pets in distress.  Thanks to Ellie Wright and in memory of her beloved basset hound Maggie, this became a reality.  Please help us keep the program alive with your financial support! The more donors this valuable program has, the better we will be able to help when loving owners are faced with surrendering or euthanizing their pets because of expensive veterinary emergencies.

Bark in the Park

On Saturday, June 15 from 10 to 3, join us in Anacortes for the Bark in the Park! This 9th annual event, planned for Storvik Park (on 32nd Street) features dog contests, demos, games, goodie bags, and more! We'll be there with some of our nicest adoptable dogs. Your leashed dogs are welcome! Some events and contests have a $5 per dog entry fee.

For additional information, call the shelter.

Quarterly board meeting July 11th

Our June board meeting has been postponed due to the I5 Skagit Bridge collapse and other factors. We apologize for any inconvenience! Our next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 6:00 pm at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley.

Eileen Lamberton, Volunteer Extraordinaire!

This young lady’s middle names are “Committed” and “Passionate”! Meet Eileen Lamberton, a volunteer at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. It all started with her having to surrender a stray kitty a year ago. She has been here ever since. Eileen is a compassionate and dedicated volunteer with a wonderful work ethic. She’s a faithful animal care specialist who comes in four or sometimes five days a week, works with the felines, lends a hand in the office, and helps us get the job done.

 Here she is with one of her favorites, Mr. T, who got a home.


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