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.
The Yakima Humane Society was founded in 1904, becoming an incorporated entity in 1906. We are a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization proud to be serving the people and animals of Yakima County for over 100 years. We practice and promote the humane treatment of animals through animal control services, pet adoption, humane education, information, referral and quality animal care.
In 2016, the Yakima Humane Society opened a high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Yakima County to serve low-income members of the community. There are no geographic restrictions for utilizing our services and the clinic is open to anyone who wants to help decrease animal overpopulation in Washington State and beyond. For more information, visit yakimahumane.org.
The Yakima Humane Society is committed to ending animal suffering and cruelty, reducing animal overpopulation, and educating the public regarding responsible pet ownership while promoting community kindness and commitment to their welfare.
- We are an independent, nonprofit organization. We are not associated with any government agency, nor affiliated with any national organization.
- We are the only open admission animal shelter in the entire county. All pets are welcome here. We can never, and will never, close our doors or say we’re full.
- We save more than 5,000 animals a year. With no time limits.
Founded January 7, 2009, Prevent Homeless Pets (PHP) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) dog and cat spay/neuter clinic in south-eastern Washington state. We opened our own stand alone clinic September 6, 2013 in Benton City, WA.
Tri-Cities TNR (Trap Neuter Return) is an organization that is establishing a TNR program in the Tri-Cities that allows free roaming cats to live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. Feral cats are: (1) humanely trapped; (2) evaluated to ensure they are healthy enough to live a free roaming lifestyle; (3) vaccinated; (4) spayed/neutered; (5) ear tipped to identify them as having been altered and (6) released back to their familiar environment. Kittens and tamable cats are placed with rescue organizations for adoption. Caretakers/volunteers monitor colonies to ensure any new cats that appear in the colony are trapped. Caretaker/volunteers provide food and water for the cats daily, making their lives a little easier. Our group has been informally in existence for ~20 years, and a formal 501(c)(3) organization for just over a year. We currently work with the Kennewick and Richland Parks, a couple of mobil parks and a retirement community. Our goal is to expand our volunteer base so we can address new/more areas where feral cat groups have been identified.
Pet Over Population Prevention’s (POPP) primary purpose is to promote responsible pet care through educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their cats and dogs, as well as providing spay and neuter assistance.
We are an all volunteer pit bull rescue. We will help any dog in need if we have the ability but our focus is the pit bull and bully breeds.
We are currently working on a permanent facility where we will house a small number of dogs until they can be introduced to a foster home environment. Our goal is to place as many pit type dogs into the best possible homes, educate the public about the breed, destroy the stereotype of viciousness and reduce the unwanted dog population.
Our facility will be at 22206 E Kennedy Rd in Benton City, nestled among the many wineries in our area. We have a 50×50 foot building where we will have indoor kennels, intake area, training/meet and greet room and everything we need to care for our dogs. There are outdoor yards where they can play, meet other dogs and just hang out and enjoy the nice weather. We are currently under construction and plan to be complete later this summer. At that time we will be able to house up to 20 dogs and unlimited number of puppies.
We also provide food for individuals in need, assist with training to help keep a dog in their home as well as limited vet care, vaccinations and other medical necessities including spay/neuter if it is needed.
We spay/neuter, micro chip, vaccinate, worm, vet every dog that crosses our path. Follow up checks are made and we will take our dogs back at any time during their lifetime if living conditions are less than satisfactory.
Our main mission at Hands ‘N Paws Animal Assistance is to work with the community, partner organizations, veterinarians and volunteers on behalf of animals and their guardians to enable each to stay together in order to reduce animal homelessness. We will also accept displaced and homeless animals as needed.
Hands ‘N Paws Animal Assistance strives to promote public awareness and provide education to the community concerning the importance of all aspects of animal care and the human/animal bond. We will be readily accessible in a crisis and be an informational resource. We will promote key animal issues by increasing our visibility in the community, participating in and supporting local events and causes.
Hands ‘N Paws Animal Assistance will fulfill these commitments by fostering a professional and compassionate volunteer base through training and continuing education, maintaining a strong and supportive Board of Directors and building partnerships with other organizations.
Little Lives Small Animal Rescue started out as an idea a few years ago when we started noticing how many small animals in our community were ending up homeless, abandoned or neglected. In June of 2016 we decided to pursue the idea of a small animal rescue. With the support of our community we raised funds necessary to apply to become an official 501c3 non-profit. Our dream came true on July 10th and on October 19, we became exempt from federal taxes (501c3).
Since our inception, we have served close to 250 animals ranging from birds to rodents, rodent like, reptiles, fish and even wildlife, several having significant health care needs, resulting in expensive veterinary care and medications/treatments. The majority of our funding has been out of our own pockets or through support of our friends, family members and community members who our mission resonates with. Our passion for animals is what drives everything we do and we want to be able to continue to do that for many years to come.
With a goal to reduce neglect, abandonment and homelessness one of our key focus areas includes providing community education on proper animal care, the importance of spay and neuter (in appropriate animals) as well as understanding other key factors to consider before purchasing an animal i.e. average lifespan, special equipment, cost of food, supplies and vet care as well as opportunities to adopt.
Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue (CGCR) Began in 2007 when a small group of concerned people decided to help the abandoned and stray cats in our community who were being neglected by any government and private organizations.
We are a no-kill, volunteer, and nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing the community’s abandoned, neglected and injured cats and kittens into loving, lifetime homes. In 2013 we added our own clinic to offer spay and neuter services.
Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue provides adoption services, low or no cost spay/neuter program for stray and feral cats, and foster care homes to homeless cats.
South County Cats is an all-volunteer nonprofit spay/neuter assistance organization serving south King County. Since 2006, more than 13,500 cat spay/neuter services have been facilitated through South County Cats’ programs, which include companion cat spay/neuter assistance for limited-income families and disabled or senior citizens, a community trap-neuter-return program, and spay/neuter of foster cats and kittens before adoption.