Protecting animals, prosecuting abusers approved in Senate

Under the legislation, animals left in enclosed spaces where their lives are in danger, such as cars, could be more quickly rescued by animal control officers. They would also be able to charge the pet owner with increased penalties and remove liability for the officer entering the vehicle.

“Every summer we hear terrible stories on the news about dogs who have been left in cars, but officers have to wait, despite a clear need for help,” said Fain. “Animal control officers are there to help and must be given the opportunity to act. Also, those who ignore the safety of their pets must face consequences for hurting defenseless animals.

“The Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies must be commended for the work their members do every day to protect animals and make meaningful changes to the laws they need to support their work.”

The legislation also expands the legal definition of animal fighting to apply to all animals instead of only dogs and roosters, enhances penalties for animal abuse and gives prosecutors the tools they need to charge abusers.

The proposal has the support of major animal advocacy groups including PAWS, ASPCA, Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary, Pasado’s Safe Haven, members of the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies and others.

The bill is now sent to the House of Representatives for its consideration.


For more information please contact Joe Adamack at 360-786-7519 or

PHOTO CAPTION: Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain and approved by the Senate would protect animals like “Poppy” who was recently rescued from a severe animal cruelty situation in Thurston County.

Additional Bill Information here.

Homeward Hero ~ Martha Faulkner

I met Martha my first week at Homeward Pet when I was learning the ropes of the organization as the Volunteer Director. She was a new volunteer coming in to walk dogs after recently losing her best canine friend Rocky. Though not ready to adopt again, she felt helping the dogs at Homeward Pet would help her heal. She arrived with a smile on her face, ready to give each and every dog in the shelter her undivided attention. Seven years later she still walks dogs every Sunday.

She adopted a cat, Sammy, to join her two resident felines Morgan and Sara; and also adopted a special needs Chesapeake Bay named Rusty and Libby, a very lovable, active Pit Bull Terrier. While Sara and Rusty have since left her, her home is full of photo reminders of all her beloved companions past and present.

As an RSVP Real Estate Broker, Martha shares her love for the animals by donating 10% of her commissions to Homeward Pet. Her website proudly promotes her dedication to the animals with the Homeward Pet logo and her tag line ‘Everyone Needs a Home’

When it was time for Homeward Pet to begin looking for a bigger building to allow room for growth, I presented Martha with the opportunity to join the Homeward Pet Board of Directors as our Real Estate representative helping in the search. Martha and I spent the first year researching whether to buy property or to lease. The second year was focused on touring any available building that might meet our needs. We quickly discovered that Homeward Pet was not properly categorized within the city and the zoning for an animal welfare organization didn’t exist. Martha spent hours working with the city, writing proposals and presenting to the council and planning commission – to change the zoning that would allow Homeward Pet to relocate within Woodinville. The end result is where we are today… a big, shiny new facility in an easy-to-find location.

Martha finished her term on the Board of Directors as the Board President, providing the board with a solid, professional leader, focusing on governance and fundraising. She was always available to discuss ideas and challenges related to running the organization.

In addition to walking and caring for Homeward Pet’s dogs, today Martha is a member of the Washington Federation of Animal Care & Control. She advocates for Homeward Pet with any animal related state legislation.

I asked Martha why she continues to give so much of herself to the animals. Her reply; “We have a responsibility as humans to care for all other beings in the world. This is my way of helping”.

Thank you Martha for being one of Homeward Pet’s biggest hero’s!

Terri Inglis
Executive Director
Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Girl Scout Troop 45129 ROCKS!

Representing their Troop #45129, Cassie and Ashley delivered toys the troop purchased for the dogs and cats here at Homeward Pet!  Our animals will love them! Thank you ladies!

Don’t miss Officer Briskey & Police Dog ‘Blitz’ at the Fur Ball!

Experience a ‘shift’ with the Seattle police K-9 Unit. Watch these incredible, gifted creatures train for the work they love, then ride-a-long with Officer Briskey & Blitz (named after the Seahawks mascot!) as they patrol the streets of Seattle.  For you dog lovers out there, seeing the bond with these working teams is something you will never forget!

Register today for the Fur Ball Auction & Dinner!


Special Moments Happen Daily…

Homeward Pet Volunteer, Linda, enjoying some quiet reading time with Aria after their morning walk!

Learn more about Aria and all our available dogs and cats here.

Interested in sharing some special moments with the Homeward Pet dogs and cats?  Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

Give the Gift of Love ~ Pay it Forward

Celebrate your love with a gift straight from the heart with Homeward Pet’s ‘Pay It Forward’ Program!

Homeward Pet celebrates 25 years of rescue, shelter and adoption in 2015!

Looking Back: February 1990- Hooterville Pet Safehaus opened its doors as a no-kill shelter. Our roots broke ground!

Homeward Hero – Alex

Alex, from Cozy Cat Boarding and Grooming in Woodinville, a cat-exclusive facility, very generously donates his time to make regular “house calls” at Homeward Pet, skillfully grooming any of our cats who need a little extra TLC. Grayson came in pretty matted and dirty, but thanks to Alex’s magic touch, Grayson is now handsome, clean and feels a whole lot better. A big thank you to Alex – you are a Homeward Hero!

Community Programs Give Back!

Have you shopped, searched, or walked on behalf of Homeward Pet recently? Then it’s YOU we want to thank for helping Homeward Pet raise more than $7,500 for the homeless cats and dogs at our shelter. Your support through these community rewards programs is making a big difference in the lives of the animals we care for.

Thank you for thinking of our critters while you shop, browse the web, and walk your dog!

Want to learn more about programs in our community that give a portion of their proceeds back to Homeward Pet? Click here.

We Love our SEAHAWKS!

Homeward Pet Staff showing our support for our Seattle Seahawks!

Save $ on Your Pet’s Smile!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and many of our vet partners are offering special deals on preventive dental care and services for Fluffy or Fido.

VCA Lynnwood Veterinary Hospital, 425.742.7387.  20% off a dental cleaning (through the end of March).  Does not include any extractions, nerve blocks, medications, or pre-blood work.

Kindness Animal Clinic, 360-794-8813.  $25 off all dental services.  An exam is required before any procedure for pre-anesthetic blood work, antibiotic prescriptions and an oral exam.

Woodinville Animal Hospital, 425-483-5005.  $75 discount on all dental procedures.

Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital, 425-201-1908. $40 off dog and cat dental cleanings. An exam is required before scheduling, and first exams are free for all new clients (up to two pets).

Tender Touch Small Animal Hospital, 425-658-7315. 10% off of Dental Prophylaxis package, which includes: pre-anesthetic bloodwork, anesthesia, EKG, blood pressure, pulscox monitoring, IV catheter with fluids, digital dental s-rays (3+ views).

Woodinville Veterinary Hospital, 425-481-1184. 15% discount off the cleaning portion of any dental procedure, and Dental Health Gift Bags – including a toothbrush/toothpaste kit, samples of dental treats and informational handouts – with all dental procedures.  Discount does not include any fees accrued from performing radiographs or extractions.

Call first for details and restrictions, and to schedule an appointment.

National Pet Dental Health Month reminds pet owners that brushing their pet’s teeth is good for both your pet’s health and your budget!  Preventive veterinary dental care can save you money in the long run.  Thanks to our fantastic veterinary partners for providing such great deals…and great care to our pets!

Contact Information
Adoption Hours:
Our Address:
Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm
P.O. Box 2293
13132 NE 177th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non‑profit, no‑kill animal shelter. Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption.