4th of July Pet Safety Tips!


More pets get lost on the July 4th than any other day of the year! Here are some tips from the Humane Society of the United States to help keep your pets safe:


– Keep your pets safely away from fireworks. Bring your pets indoors preferably with the TV or radio on to help with the noise of fireworks.


– If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help. There are medications and techniques that can help your pets through this stressful time for them.


– Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag. In the event that your pet does go missing identification will help reunite them faster. Microchips are also a great form of identification!


-If you lose or find a pet please contact the shelter as soon as possible! We may have a report for the lost or found pet and will assist you and reuniting pets with their families!

COVID-19 Update 4/29/2020

Hello Cowlitz County! Although the National Animal Care and Control agencies are still requesting that we restrict services in animal control, we have decided to implement limited contact services for the time being to allow us to better serve our communities. These regulations may change based on the Governor’s recommendations, our discussions with city officials, and our officer’s safety.

As of May 4th, we will be returning to normal (limited contact) activities within animal control. Animal Control Officers will be practicing social distancing guidelines, and wearing PPE as much as possible to avoid any unnecessary exposure.
This includes:
Responding to calls regarding healthy, stray animals.
The public may bring stray animals to the shelter during our normal business hours. We ask that if you come to the shelter with a stray animal, to call us first so we may still follow social distancing guidelines.
You may be asked to wait outside, or in your vehicle until we are ready for you, as we have been serving one client / family at a time.
Barking/nuisance complaints have a new set of guidelines for our response. You will be e-mailed, or mailed a copy of a bark log if necessary for proper documentation if the nuisance continues after initial contact by Animal Control.

Shelter services:
We will take owner releases, by appointment only at this time. Please be aware, if this is a true emergency, we may be able to fit you in same day. Otherwise, you may be booked out for a while based on availability. There is a fee for owner released animals of $30 for appointment and $50 for an emergency same-day appointment.

At this time, we will still not allow public visitors to the shelter to reduce potential spread of the virus. We appreciate all of your support during this uncertain time.

If you have questions, please call us at 360-577-0151.

Update on COVID-19 3/24/2020

Hello community members! As many of you know, the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly. With heavy hearts, we have had to make drastic changes within our shelter to continue caring for the animals we all love and keep our community safe. Please see our changes listed below. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us! Our phone lines will remain open during this time. 360-577-0151.
Currently allowed:
Redemptions (must call first to come in, our lobby doors will be locked).
Stray drop off
Animal control will operate on a limited basis. Meaning they will only be responding to emergency calls which will include aggressive animals, bite reports, law enforcement assistance, and neglect/cruelty cases.
Food pick up if a family is in need
Humane Euthanasia
Donations (Please call first or you can knock on lobby door but keep items outside and we can come get them)
Fosters or fostering to adopt (fostering to adopt will be extended from the normal 7 day period to 14 days).
Discontinued for the next 14 days:
Adoptions (We will be keeping already scheduled appointments, please call us to make sure you already have this scheduled).
Owner released animals (TRUE emergencies are allowed, but please remember, companion pets do NOT spread COVID-19, and this is not a reason we will accept for owner released animals).
No stray pick up of healthy animals at this time, and no responding to barking/nuisance complaints. If you have found a stray animal, you may bring it to our shelter. Please call first.
No public visitors (just to visit is not allowed at this time).
Please remember, our shelter workers and animal control officers are working on keeping the public safe, and are also running low on masks, gloves, and safety glasses. We can always use donations of these items, and food/enrichment items/toys to help care for the animals! We will continue taking donations in any form (monetary, in-kind, etc). as this is how we care for the animals we love!
Fostering a pet is a great way to get through this quarantine period, please contact us if you are interested in this.
Remember to stay safe, stay inside, and wash your hands. Thank you for your continued support of our animals and staff.

COVID-19 Update

To keep our volunteers, staff, and the public safe and to limit exposure and spread, we ask that if you are interested in adopting an animal to please send your application via our website to frontdesk@cowlitzhumane.com. You may still come to the shelter to adopt, fill out applications, and complete meet and greets.

If you are wanting to come visit the animals, we ask that you please postpone any shelter visits to limit your exposure, as well as others exposure. We will continue to update you on when it is safe to come visit the animals again.

Events: We will be postponing all events for the next 8 weeks. Our Wilco adoption event for this month has been cancelled until our next quarterly one in June. Yappy Hour at Petco has been cancelled this month, until we have further information.

Animal Control: We will continue Animal Control services as normal until otherwise decided by our officials. We will keep you up to date on these items.

For owner released animals: Please call to schedule an appointment for ALL owner released animals. If there is an emergency please call us immediately at 360-577-0151 to discuss relinquishment.

For stray animals found: Please call us as soon as possible, and bring in the animal during our normal business hours.

We want our community to continue helping each other in any way possible. If you are a low-income household within Cowlitz County, and in need of emergency pet food, please call us or come in and we can provide some for your pets. Please note: we are on limited supplies, but we will try to help in any way possible.

Being prepared will help you and your furry family members stay ahead of any unexpected situations. Please note the following emergency preparedness steps to implement in your home:

People should identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.

Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.

Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.

Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.

Pets should have identification: collar with ID tag and microchip (best practice is microchipping).

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Feline in Love Event

Stop by Bud Clary Subaru from 11am-2pm on February 15th for the Feline in Love adoption event! Bud Clary Subaru will be sponsoring the adoption fees of all the cats at the event!

Adoption Event at Bud Clary Subaru

October is Subaru Loves Pet Month at Bud Clary Subaru, and to celebrate they are hosting an adoption event this weekend.

Come to Bud Clary Subaru at 961 Commerce Ave, Longview WA 98632 between 10am-12pm on October 26th and meet the eligible pets up for adoption. Our volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and introduce you to some of our furry friends.

To find out more, go to https://www.budclarysubaru.com/bud-clary-subaru-pet-adoption-event.htm

We’ll see you on Saturday!

Cat Kennel Portals!

We have completed our first project of 2019! We put portals in 58 of our cat kennels. When space allows each cat will be able to have two kennels. One kennel will be for their food, bed and toys, while the other kennel will be for their litter box. Our hope is to reduce the stress level for our kitties that are waiting to be fixed and moved over to Kitty Korner!


Kitty Kasa Donation

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!

Pose Your Pets with Santa

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┬áCanterbury 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!