2018 was a year of growth for the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. We had over a thousand adoptions, over five hundred pets returned to their owners and over five hundred animals relocated to other shelters and rescues.
We gained a new director and many partnerships in 2018. The Humane Southwest Network is a shared services agreement between HSCC, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. The purpose of this partnership is to share resources such as transportation, relocation of animals and medical services. We have also been working with Kitsap Humane Society, Oregon Humane and several other shelters and rescue groups to transfer animals in and out of our shelter.
In 2018 we also started a new volunteer program. The new program includes several different levels of volunteering. With proper training and education, our volunteers are now able to become more involved in the day to day tasks of caring for our doggies and kitties. In this new year, we are planning to provide more opportunities for our volunteers and community to get involved with the shelter.
In the last year we hired two part time veterinarians. Three days a week we have a vet at the shelter to spay and neuter animals as well as check on the health of other animals at the shelter. In 2018 we did several emergency and necessary surgeries on stray animals that came to our shelter. From removing broken limbs and ruptured eyes we gave many animals a second chance at life.
We also took steps to educate ourselves to better the shelter. Our director went to the Emancipet Conference as well as attending a conference put on by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. All staff members participated in an educational seminar regarding vaccinations, and several staff members also participated in a communications training.
Our shelter has made some improvements on our building this year. We built a wall separating our stray dogs from our medicated cat room. By building this wall we were able to reduce the noise level that came from barking dogs. The hope was to in turn reduce the stress level for our cats that are recovering from illnesses. We also added three new handwashing / dish washing stations to allow several people to do dishes at once to increase efficiency as well as reducing the spread of illnesses.
2018 was a year of positive changes and growth in many ways for the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. 2019 will be a year of continued improvements, growth and education to better the stay of our furry friends. We couldn’t do this without our volunteers, fosters, community members and partnered shelters. Here’s to making 2019 our best year yet!
We received several Kitty Kasa’s thanks to a few generous donators! Our Kitties in the free roaming rooms will have snuggly “bedrooms” to stay in if they please. They are easy to sanitize and the beds can go right in the wash. We couldn’t be more excited or grateful for these awesome additions to Kitty Korner!
We would like to give a huge thank you to our volunteers and Santa Paws for another successful Pose Your Pets with Santa event! Annually community members, volunteers and Santa Paws get together for a few photos at the Canterbury Inn. This helps raise funds our doggies and kitties here at the shelter. With over twenty participants this year we had a very busy day. We couldn’t be more grateful for the outcome!
The shelter is asking for donations of new Kuranda dog and cat beds, cat towers, mats and more. Please visit our page on the Kuranda website to view all the items on our wishlist, and be sure to share this with your friends and family who are also supporters of the Humane Society.
The dogs and cats thank you in advance!
Thanks to generous donations and one of our dedicated staff members, Kitty Korner got the remodel it needed. With new flooring and paint the lobby is looking better than ever! Don’t worry the dogs are getting some love too. The dog adoption floor is next!
In the beginning of January Lily was brought into the shelter by one of our animal control officers. She was found alone in the rain. Lily was underweight and she had a severe case of mange. Although she has seen some hard times Lily is an absolute sweetheart to everyone she meets. Shortly after coming to the shelter she was lucky enough to find a loving foster mom. Her care included medication and routine medicated baths that her foster mom gave her. She has been a trooper throughout this entire process. After three months of care Lily has gained 18 pounds and her skin has almost completely cleared up. Here are just a few photos of her recovery.
Donations of clumping litter needed
Cats have a reputation for being fussy, but they really only need a few things to be happy: food, shelter, love and litter. Right now, the Humane Society is in dangerous short supply of the last one on that list! That’s why we’re asking for donations of clumping litter of any brand name.
Donations can be dropped off at the shelter office Monday through Friday between the hours of 11am and 6pm, or on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. People who wish to donate but cannot visit the shelter in person can order the litter online and have it shipped to: Humane Society of Cowlitz County, 909 Columbia Blvd, Longview, WA 98632.
Contributions of supplies like cat litter can save the shelter hundreds of dollars per month, which can make a significant impact on our ability to provide services in other critical areas. Help the kitties and donate litter today!