2015 Humane Society of Skagit Valley Swim Suit Edition Fundraising Calender

It's official!!! 
The 2015 Humane Society Swim Suit Edition Fundraising Calendar has launched...Sent to the printers this week, we expect them to be here in the next few days-week. If you would like to pre-order, well, we have created a paypal link to get the ball rolling (don't worry, if you want to wait, that's OK too) 
the calendars are 12.50 for one, or 
10.00 each if you bulk order 10 or more. 
We are hoping that local stores will carry them. 
(can you help out??)  but they will for sure be able to be purchased 
directly from the shelter and our thrift store in Mt Vernon!!!
If you are not local, we would be happy to post them to you!!! 
(15.50 included postage within WA state) ...
Our Calendar is packed full of amazing dogs, cats, birds and a horse!! 

All shown to their greatest advantage by master photographer Melissa Corcoran!! 
AND on top of that is is also filled with the generous, supportive donations 
of local businesses and organizations who are deserving of our support (more about them later...)
It's exciting stuff and we can't wait to share...
So take the plunge and get your orders in today!!! Click at link below


Remember this Thanksgiving

On behalf of Then Humane Society of Skagit Valley
Board of  Directors, its Staff and Volunteers,
we wish  you a Happy Thanksgiving this season
We are so thankful for our amazing supporters
that help us on a daily, monthly and annual time of the year.
No gift is ever too small nor too large.

The Staff want you to know that we will be
 closing at 3 p.m. Wednesday the 26th and
Closed ALL DAY Thanksgiving Day the 27th
will resume regular hours on Friday.
Hug your family pets and enjoy your time together!

Santa Paws & Claws Family Photo Shoot Event a Success!

Well another Pawtastic Event, thanks to
Sedro-Woolley's Skagit Farmers Supply Store &
all those amazing friends that came out to get
their picture taken with Santa
our very own Steve Hecimovich, President of the
Humane Society of Skagit Valley and our

wonderful board of directors, 
Becky Rosencranz, Photographer
Sharon Bumgarner, Santa's helper Check in
with Santa's elves Adrienne Borque,
Kim R. MacKenzie, Paula S., Theresa Dentham, 
and Janine Shelter Director.  
Santa's crew was able to collect over $700.00 in donations!
These funds will go directly into the Shelter's Second Chance 
Shelter Animal Medical Fund, to help those less unfortunate 
animals get a second chance in life.

Update on our Cat Wing!

Just posting an Update on our New Addition
Sandy Nelson Memorial Cat Wing, 
Project Manager Mitchell Sorestad reports,
that everything is on schedule and as you can see
foundation is set, framing is coming up, walls and roof.  
Humane Society is pretty excited.
If you're interested in donating to 
this much needed project please email me at
Thank you!  
More photos to come as progress moves forward

Up Coming Spay and Neuter Clinics

Upcoming Cat Spay/Neuter Clinics
Pawsitive Alliance is sponsoring two(2) low cost cat spay/neuter clinics on           November 16th & December 12th        @ at NOAH in Stanwood.

Who should apply?
Low income residents of Snohomish and Skagit counties.

Cost: $5 co-payAppointments are required.
It is generally safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old, or three pounds, to be spayed or neutered.
Not convinced, Click here for some reasons why spay/neuter is the right choice!

Thanksgiving Tips

Giving Thanks
This Thanksgiving don’t forget to be thankful for your animal companions and keep them safe.

If you have guests over for the holidays be sure to provide your animals with a safe, comfortable place to rest, away from the hustle and bustle of festive activities. Some pets enjoy being right in the middle of the fun, while others choose to stay clear. Respect and be aware of your pets' needs and safety.
If you want to give your pets a Thanksgiving feast of their own, be careful not to overdo it, a change in diet could upset their digestive track. Avoid using foods that contain a lot of salt or preservatives and avoid sweets.
We all know chocolate isn't good for pets, but what some people don’t know is that Xylitol, a common sweetener and baking ingredient, is very toxic for animals. So during your holiday planning don't forget to plan for your pets' needs and have a                                                                                                                         Happy Howliday Season!

UPDATE on the Pets Ad Life Shelter Showdown!!


What is the Shelter Showdown?

The Shelter Showdown is an opportunity to provide your local shelter with funding to help deserving pets find loving homes. Pets Add Life is giving a grand prize of $25,000 to one shelter to celebrate PAL’s National Get a Pal For Your Pet Day on November 19. Second and third place winners receive $15,000 and $10,000 donations!
WHY?  Because your vote can help the thousands of adoptable pets in this country find their perfect home! Shelters and rescue groups rely on support and donations to place pets in homes and through this contest you can help your favorite shelter or rescue group win money that will further their lifesaving efforts. October 22 through November 19th, vote for your favorite shelter up to once per day and the shelter with the most votes wins! Spread the word and rally your friends and family to join in the competition!
Please help your local animal shelter and have fun daily voting!   ~ UPDATE*UPDATE

To PAL fans and Shelter Showdown participants-

Thank you for your interest in PAL and for participating in the Shelter Showdown Contest. We have been working diligently to resolve the voting issues but unfortunately, our voting system has been hacked. For this reason, we are ending the contest as we cannot verify the validity of votes. We do have a tally of votes cast before we were hacked so we have made the decision to equally distribute prize money to the top 25 shelters with the most votes. We know that some people have called for the contest to start over, but we do not want to risk another hacking event. As a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the joys of pet ownership and the importance of pet adoption, this contest was meant to benefit pets in need of forever homes. We feel this resolution accomplishes this mission. It warms our hearts to see how passionate you all are and we will work to find another way to support shelters in the future. We understand for some of you, this will be disappointing and frustrating, and for that we are truly sorry. We appreciate your support, understanding, and above all what you do for pets.

The following are the top 25 shelters with the most votes, listed in alphabetical order:

Abandoned Animal Rescue
ALL Creatures Matter Rescue
Bill Foundation
Cassies Kitten Kastle
Crash’s Landing Cat Rescue & Placement Center
Dessin Animal Shelter
Destiny For Dogs
Frankies Friends Cat Rescue
Friends of DeKalb Animals Inc.
Gateway Humane Society Inc.
Golden Paw Society, Inc.
Justice Rescue
Leave No Paws Behind, Inc.
Love, Hope, Believe Galgo Adoption Inc.
Misfit Critter Farm & Sanctuary
National Mill Dog Rescue
Nevada Humane Society
Purrfect Pals
Red Paw Emergency Relief Team
Ruff House Rescue
Seminole County Animal Services
SPARC – Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center
Start Over Rover Inc.
Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals
Town Cats

Humane Society of Skagit Valley Supporters

Just a quick note to remind you all,
that with technologies daily improvements 
and social media, the Humane Society of Skagit Valley has decided to suspend it's e-news letter for now.  I really recommend that you sign up to receive updates from our website here at www.skagithumane.com page.
Many are still comfortable with regular snail mail or even an e-newletter, should you want to voice your concern, I would love to hear from you at humane@clearwire.net.  
Till then keep visiting this page and if you do face book, see you there too!  
Thank you all, 
Janine Ceja,Director

Celebrating with Cat Nap Inn's 15th Anniversary

Calling  on all paws and humans, it's hard to believe 
the Cat Napp Inn has been around for 15 wonderful years, but it's true!  
Thanks to the wonderful support
 Emilio the gray/white tiger & Zumie black/white kitty have been adopted!
 Cali, Serena, Patty  and many others are waiting for that 4-ever home! please come and Adopt! 

Breaking Ground Day 1 of Cat Wing Addition!

That's right! Finally breaking ground.  Thanks to the many supporters of 
the Humane Society of Skagit Valley,
 Joseph Niderost Jr., Annette P. Wilkens, Ruth Adamitz, 
Patsy McGeorge, Karin Benson, memorials in honor of Ruth Mischke, 
James Kelley, our late Shelter Director Sandy Nelson, 
and our continued faithful friends, it has become a reality.
The Humane Society of Skagit Valley's dream 
of it's much needed Cat Wing addition will be available,  projected time May 2015! 
 This addition will have 6 exclusive rooms to house our cats, of which will be roaming room capacity and also a Small Pocket Animals Rabbit room! 
This lovely addition will have the capacity to allow our felines enjoy in and out quarters.
with Strotkamp Architects & Trico Companies, LLC leading this project, 
we are happy to share this exciting news!  


A shout out to StaridersChapter #154 Club
BIG THANK YOU for your kind hearts and donations 
gathered during your 2014 Fundraisers, Yes that's right!
this fabulous group of animal lovers sold yummy treats 
so the animals at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley
can get a Second chance in life.  Because of their gift,
the Second Chance Animal Shelter Medical Fund continues!
Thanks Gang!

Help us celebrate Cat Nap Inn's 15th Anniversary!!!

Calling  on all paws and humans, it's hard to believe 
the Cat Napp Inn has been around for 15 wonderful years, but it's true!  
Thanks to the wonderful support
 Emilio the gray/white tiger & Zumie black/white kitty have been adopted!
 Cali, Serena, Patty  and many others are waiting for that 4-ever home! please come and Adopt! 

Buffy's Babies growing up

Happy to report that all of Buffy's babies and Buffy
have been placed in wonderful homes!! 
Thanks to Everyone involved and 
Foster Parent Lynn Karnes for her participation!

Our Buffy's adorable little brood are growing up so fast!!
 Lynn their foster mom tells us that they are moving into solid foods now
 and getting to that silly puppy stage we all love. 
Before you ask,  we don't know their breed is, 
other than mommy is a Shih Tzu breed,
 and they are not yet available for adoption.  
We will keep you posted
 but I highly anticipate they will not last long 
once they end up back at the shelter.  
Email Janine @ humane@clearwire.net

COME JOIN US at the Humane Society 
Thrift Shop Parking lot next Saturday!
October 4th 2014 10 am to 4 pm 
Volunteers and Staff with be available 
to help match you with a loving companion pet!
click on event details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1475856259356726/

Everyone don't forget to come on out to
the Humane Society Thrift Shop and
check out the cool stuff in
their Halloween Corner Coming Soon!

Thursday Oct. 2nd.
Make sure you let Megan or Amy
know where you saw this ad!

 Store at 525-D E. College Way Mount Vernon
4 doors north of Urban Fitness and Value Village 424-5991

It's that time of the year, Humane Society of Skagit Valley is happy
to share, Thanks to Banfield Charitable Trust Foundation
We have received a grant to help in 2014 Skagit Homeless Project.
The HSSV and the Team of Veterinarians From Banfield, 
Dr. Troy Schlines DVM, Dr. Giles Littles DVM, Dr. Leslie Kasper DVM 
and Dr. Bill Testerman DVM of Anacortes will be 
providing basic health care checks, vaccinations
with their team of technicians
 and the Volunteers of HSSV working together to help 
those less fortunate of our local community.  
Thursday 9/11/2014 at the Skagit Valley College 
from 9 am to 3 pm .  
Thank you Banfield Charitable Trust for making this possible

                               Join us for a magical evening with Author Kari Neumeyer!
                                                      Friday September 26th, 2014 
                                                      6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
                                                      Location:  @ the Humane Society of Skagit Valley
                                                      18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington WA   98233

Please join us for a magical evening with Author Kari Neumeyer, as she reads from her new memoir "Bark and Lunge.  Books will be available for purchase and Kari will sign them with pleasure!  Kari will be making a donation to the shelter with the sale of every book.  This event is free, but space is limited.  So please RSVP at humane@clearwire.net, should your curiosity get the best of you, please visit BarkandLunge.com.

Kari is also an active volunteer at our local shelter and will be glad to share any of her insights with you as well in regards to some of our canines.  So we hope to hear from you!
Do expect a magical evening to help our shelter animals, thank you  
Check out event details through our facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470430383216462/

Update Anne Jackson Memorial Event 2nd Saturday of September 2014

This year will be a slightly different twist, 
I want to take this opportunity 
to thank all the Volunteers
that have been involved with 
the Anne Jackson Memorial 
5K/10K Run/Walk 
in Deputy Anne Jackson's memory 
through out these last 5 years.  
A special Thank you to Christy Nelson, 
Herb Oberg and Terry Sentinela 
who have been a strong backbone 
for this portion of  the Run event.  
But this year The Humane Society of Skagit Valley 
regrets to share that we will not be doing the Run portion
 of this wonderful event due to some 
unforeseen circumstances.  We hope to see this event return. 
Till then Please look out for the 2nd Saturday of September, 
it's the 13th of September where we will be hosting the 
Anne Jackson Memorial Dog-Gone-Walk-A-Thon! 
see our recent post for details and for a pledge form email me
 at humane@clearwire.net and I will get that too you! 

Anne Jackson Memorial Doggone-Walk-A-Thon 2014!


Thanks to the exceptional folks at Pawsitive Alliance
and this wonderful event the
Humane Society of Skagit Valley was able to adopt out
15 furry waggin tail companions to some fabulous families!
Yes that's right, thanks to our wonderful Outreach Team,
Tiffany & Mackinzie, Steve and Veronica and the Director, Janine. 


Have you checked out our Pin up Pet Calendar Competition recently??
Well let me tell you that overnight there was a huge swelling of new votes and it would seem that now EVERY SINGLE ENTRY HAS VOTES!!!
Can you believe that!!
Now it is true that I suspect a certain someone made sure that no Pet entrant was left behind
(Well I stole this line from the Marines and may have altered it) but how wonderful is it that!
We have swept past the 2k mark!! Woot woot!!
But on a more thankful note, thank you all so much who have entered at this point and continue to promote enter and vote. Every single dollar of profit goes directly to the animals of the Humane Society!

So what is next you might ask? Well everyone has been so patient
 the least we can do is reveal this year’s theme.... brace yourself...

The 2015 Pin up Pet Calendars theme is.... 


If you are not totally charmed by this then you haven't seen
 this photo of Bear rocking his swimmers and aviator glasses!!
So let's do it people!  We have the talents of a wonderful photographer,
 and an amazing printer and sponsorship from local businesses. 
So help us make this year’s calendar, the first of its kind!

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