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Thriving thanks to robust volunteer program

By on December 28, 2020 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

While COVID-19 has impacted the number of regular Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) volunteers and the total volunteer hours per month, the numbers are still impressive. 

Fifty to sixty volunteers each month give 700 hours of time (vs. pre-COVID, about 80 volunteers gave almost 1,000 hours).

Of those, 25 to 30 volunteers help in the dog program. “This includes not only our dog walkers, but morning and afternoon enrichment teams, transport volunteers who help pick up dogs from other shelters or rescues, and volunteers writing dog bios,” explained Jenni Ulrich, WVHS volunteer coordinator.

With so many dedicated volunteers, the staff is able to focus more on helping dogs in the behavior modification program, started in 2018. 

“Dogs in the behavior program often have a longer stay. These are the more at-risk, and are worked with to be a better dog before being moved up for adoption. This can be a behavior modification as well as some of our shy and fearful dogs,” said Jenni.

Animals are always coming and going at WVHS. Jenni said, “The shelter intakes just under 5,000 animals annually. This ranges from cats, dogs, bunnies, chickens, ducks and even an occasional pig!”

In November alone, there were 240 adoptions of 152 cats, 80 dogs, three roosters, four guinea pigs and one rabbit.

To find out more about the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, visit their website: www.wenatcheehumane.org. Donations and volunteers are welcome. 

Another easy way to help is with donations of clean toilet paper and paper towel tubes for the scent tubes given to dogs for stimulation and also towels for bathing.

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