Wags to Riches was established in 2008 and is an all-volunteer, 501(c) (3) no-kill organization. Animals are either placed into foster homes or at our animal rescue center (ARC). Our mission is to insure every dog and cat that pass through our doors will never again be subjected to the neglect, cruelty and/or abandonment that brought it to Wags in the first place. They will be made whole again or as close to whole as can possibly be achieved, then placed into carefully selected homes, where they will love and be loved until their time on earth is done. At the same time we will make sure that they no longer participate in the over-population problems of our area.
While a rescue’s most obvious cause is to save and re-home the unfortunate we must be and do more. We must strive to end the need for us to exist. To that endeavor, our four most successful programs do just that.
The Senior Pet Companion Program, keeps dogs in the homes of our valley’s senior citizens through the efforts of volunteers, by providing food, veterinary support and transportation to vet and grooming appointments.
Our Early Childhood Education Program goes into valley schools teaching not only the importance of dog safety but responsible ownership while our children are still impressionable and able to break the chain. It also teaches bite-proofing. Our newest component “Casey’s Kid’s Wall of Kindness” has kid’s promising to always be kind to pets and committing to that by signing a paw print and then placing it on the wall. We also talk about important issues such as stranger danger and anger and how to deal with it.
Our Spay it Forward program assists low-income people spay/neuter their pets. In just the past 2 years we have paid for the spay/neuter of 618 dogs and cats. This is a huge impact on the pet over-population in our area when you consider that, nationwide, 1,250 unwanted pets are euthanized every hour of every day.
Our Guardian Angel Emergency Medical fund assists with critical and urgent medical issues for pets that are homeless or whose owner cannot afford the life-saving surgery. In many cases those animals come to Wags and are placed with medical fosters and then new homes are found for them after they are healed.
Wags to Riches has proudly won three Real Heroes awards from the Yakima Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and one Humanitarian Hero Award for the creation of the Senior pet Companion Program.