Coming up next weekend . . . tell your friends!

Saturday, December 7, we're headed to the Sedro-Woolley Skagit Farmer's Supply for 
Photos with Santa Paws! 11 am to 5 pm
Photos printed onsite for $10, all proceeds to HSSV
Sunday, December 8, we're headed to the Paws-Abilities Total dog Center in Fife for 
A Canine Christmas Extravaganza Adoption Event, 12 pm to 3 pm
More than 150 dogs will be available for adoption from 16 animal rescue organizations,
including HSSV, at this fun and festive event! Come get photos with Santa Paws and find Christmas gifts at the pet supply vendor booths.Opt to adopt and save a life this holiday season! For more information, visit

Thank goodness for foster families!

Bear and his foster mom
are getting out of here!
We are so grateful to our wonderful foster network, who do the hard work of raising orphaned and newborn puppies and kittens and who give our adult animals much-needed breaks from the stress and loneliness of shelter life.

This week, Casia the elderly spaniel and Bear the noble Pyrenees blend both went into foster homes, and Harry Houdini came back to the shelter after a nice vacation.

If you live in Skagit County and would like to open your home for a short or long-term foster animal, drop by and apply. You'll warm your home, make a friend, and help to save a life.

Puppies galore!

We are awash with puppies at HSSV today! The M litter is five shnauzer blends that look like they'll grow to medium sized dogs. Three found homes. Martin and Matrix, who are both white with black markings, are still available. The Z litter is three little girls and a boy who were found beside a highway with big wormy bellies! They are sweet and beautiful, and look like lab/border collie blends. They are blonde (with one black puppy in the litter). Jupiter is the last of his litter, and he looks like a dobie mix with brown points and a black and white speckled chest. He is a real sweetie! Applications are being taken now for all seven of them.

Stray lab mix

Are you missing this beauty? She just came in and is being held before being offered up for adoption. She is a friendly, healthy girl and we are guessing she has a family that misses her!

Congratulations, Rufus!

Our talented Pup-O-Lantern carving contest winner was gracious enough to suggest we donate his prize basket to a deserving adopted pet . . . and here's Rufus, who took home the prize as he left with his proud new parents last night! Rufus is a sweet, lovable hunk of a dog and we are so pleased that he finally found his perfect home.

Fur and Feathers and Scales, Oh My!

It's raining cats and dogs today, but that's not all! We have a lot of non-canine, non-feline pets here at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. We have five birds, a turtle, and a rabbit available for adoption now! Here are our furred, scaled, and feathered stars:

Jeffrey, the red-eared slider. This lively, gentle aquatic turtle
would love to crawl on into your home and heart! 

Lola, the African Gray parrot.
Lola talks, whistles, bonds strongly with women,
and is extremely tame and social! 

He's cute, he's fluffy, he's . . . Oscar!
This is one of the sweetest, most beautiful,
and friendliest rabbits around. 

Pip & Periwinkle (above) or Sky & Hunch (below) are beautiful budgie pairs.
They are not tame but they twitter sweetly and bring joy and beauty to all who see them! 

Thanks, Skagit Valley Hospital!

Our cats are so grateful for their new blue hammocks! These cloths came as a donation from the Skagit Valley Hospital, which also donates the blue tarp cage liners that our staff and volunteers rely on to keep our cats healthy and clean. We used shower curtain rings to hang the cloths in each cat cage, and our residents are enjoying relaxing in their new hanging hammocks!

The hospital tarps that we rely on during cage cleaning every day come from opened packages which are new but cannot be used for humans once their sterile seal is broken. We love this generous gift from the hospital, which helps us care for the cats while cutting down on landfill trash.

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