On Saturday, February 3, Homeward Pet celebrated a milestone: 30,000 animals adopted since our founding in 1990. Though we’ve changed names and locations since those early days, our mission has still remained the same: unite homeless animals with loving homes.
Christabelle Soriano, a Bothell resident, completed the landmark adoption. She saw her future four-legged family member online—a gray, eight-month-old tabby named Spike—and decided to add another cat to her family. She was already familiar with Homeward Pet after having her 12-year-old Pomeranian, Chiquito, microchipped at the facility last year.
Like many adopters, Spike’s picture is what brought her in: “I saw his face online and thought he was really cute and endearing.” After meeting him in person, his “soft fur and affection nature” sealed her decision to take him home that day, along with a celebratory basket of cat goodies, including treats, toys, and certificates for pet services from some of Homeward Pet’s partners.
Since the adoption, it’s been smooth sailing for the whole family. Spike and Chiquito especially seem to have hit it off. Christabelle says, “They like to hang out with each other under the bed if we’re in there. Chiquito doesn’t seem to mind sharing his usual hangout.”
All in all, Christabelle and Spike both are happy with the match, with Chistabelle concluding: “He’s a sweetie. Everyone loves him.”
Homeward Pet will be celebrating 28 years of making matches like Spike and Soriano on February 24, 2018, with $28 adoptions.
A special thanks goes out to VCA Sno-Wood Animal Hospital for being this month’s enewsletter sponsor! VCA is a wonderful supporter and veterinary partner who regularly provides Homeward Pet with discounted consultations, x-rays, and emergency care for our shelter cats and dogs. Here are a few words from VCA themselves!
“VCA Sno-Wood is very happy to be a sponsor of Homeward Pet. We appreciate all the amenities that they provide to their clients and the community. Their love and commitment mirrors ours and that is why we feel so strongly about helping them when needed.
Here at VCA Sno-Wood Animal Hospital we strive to provide the personal touch and client-doctor relationship that is sought by many other practices. Our clients’ pet health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We seek to provide that with a free first exam for dog and cat owners, wellness plans for budget management, exams for exotics animals, grooming for dogs and cats, and boarding for all!”
Learn more about VCA Sno-Wood.
Since being founded in 1990, we’ve helped over 30,000 animals find their forever homes! Celebrate with us on Saturday, February 24, from 12 – 6pm with our 28th Anniversary Adoption Event! All animals are only $28 to adopt.
Please note: This adoption event is likely to be popular. We’ll begin accepting applications at 9am, and assist people – in the order of their arrival – beginning at Noon. Our entire Adoption Counseling staff will be on hand to help, but you should expect longer than usual wait times. Please review our Adoption Guidelines in advance, and bring all family members – including resident dogs, if you’re looking to adopt a dog – so that we can do our best to help you find a great match for your family.
If you’re not quite ready to add another four-legged family member yet, you can still help! A $28 donation during the month of February will help pay for vaccinations, cat litter, food, microchips, and much more!
Meet the Marzluff pack: from left to right, Bella, Chauncey, Digit, Louie, Reese, and Baloo. Together, they’ve found a loving home—and coordinating festive clothing—with the Marzluff family. For years, Homeward Pet volunteer Peggy McPherson gifted each pup with presents during the holiday season. But this year, she decided to do something a little different.
“The Marzluff dogs have all the toys, love, food, dog beds, and medical care they could ever want,” Peggy says. “This year, I felt it would be more meaningful to pay it forward for a shelter dog from the Marzluff dogs in lieu of their individual gifts.”
Most of the pack’s family—John, Colleen, and Danika—had a chance to visit our shelter and choose two pups’ adoption fees to prepay, bettering their chance at finding a home quicker. They settled on seniors: Opal, a German Shepherd recovering from surgery, and Zoey, who shared the name of John and Colleen’s other daughter.
Peggy joked, “If they did not already have dogs at home, I’m sure several more dogs would have left the shelter that day!” Her gift to the Marzluff dogs did help Opal and Zoey leave the shelter soon after, becoming two more in the long list of animals helped in this way.
Our Pay It Forward program, founded in early 2014, has assisted in the care and adoption of 758 cats and dogs. Oftentimes, adopters who are the beneficiaries of a pay it forward donation will choose to continue the chain of giving, the effect of the original gift multiplying far beyond the original dollar amount. The ripple effect one of such gift has the potential to be felt by many of our residents.
Say Happy Valentine’s or Happy Birthday to an animal lover in your life—and spread the love by helping a shelter animal find a home. Make your own gift to the animals in our care here.