Hear from our Executive Director how last year’s gifts helped Homeward Pet to our most successful year yet!
I am overwhelmed by the generosity of supporters like you and the role you played in making 2016 a life-changing year for the cats and dogs of Homeward Pet. Your support of our essential programs was paramount in allowing us to expand on our mission and provide every animal a second chance through rescue, shelter and adoption.
I officially started my tenure as Executive Director in March of 2017 so I thank previous Executive Director, Terri Inglis, for her decade-long dedication to our cats and dogs. Thanks to Terri’s passion and the support of her amazing team, we saw significant growth in nearly all of our programs.
Adoption rates rose by 15 percent, which resulted in a record-breaking 1,887 cats and dogs finding homes. Clinic hours were increased and our behavior programs significantly expanded—allowing us to provide our animals with the best possible medical aid, training and care, from the time of arrival until the time of adoption.
We also served more community pets and families in need than ever before. By the end of 2016, our Pet Food Bank distributed 111,573 pounds of pet food and supplies to 14 local food bank partners, helping feed and care for more than 1,000 family pets each week.
Though I am new to my role at Homeward Pet, my association with this organization began in the mid-nineties when my oldest daughter volunteered at the original Hooterville Pet Safehaus location. Knowing how far the shelter has come in our 27-year history, I can tell you how genuinely enthusiastic and excited I am about the future of this organization. In the next few pages, I am proud to share all of the 2016 accomplishments and highlights that generous supporters like you made possible. Thank you for being part of this exciting chapter for Homeward Pet.
Gary Rubin, Executive Director
To learn more about last year’s efforts for our animals, read the rest of 2016’s annual report.
Homeward Pet Adoption Center is offering free rabies vaccines!
Recently a bat that tested positive for rabies was found on the grounds of a local elementary school. In order to ensure the safety of our community pets, Homeward Pet will be offering free rabies vaccines for cats and dogs on Tuesday, October 17th, 1-6pm. No appointment necessary but pets must be at least 12 weeks old. Please check with your vet first, and bring your pet’s vaccine records. Vaccines will be offered while supplies last.
Don’t miss the chance to join friends and neighbors at Homeward Pet this Saturday, October 7th as we partner with Pawsitive Alliance on their 6th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House Event. Visit us between 12pm – 6pm and enjoy snacks, raffles, behind the scenes shelter tours and more!
October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month and we are kicking off one of our favorite months of the year with a ’12th Man’s Best Friend’ adoption celebration. If you’re looking for a new furry teammate or best friend for football watching and couch cuddling, visit us to see if there is a ’12th Man’s Best Friend’ waiting for you!
View our available dogs and find your new best friend!
Big news in the neighborhood! Homeward Pet Adoption Center was just accepted into King County’s Employee Giving Program for their 2017 Annual Giving Drive! Last year, King County employees pledged $1.92 million to more than 1,000 participating organizations.
We are thrilled to be part of such a well-respected and generous program right here in our very own community. As you read this, Homeward Pet is scheduling presentations and participation in their Nonprofit Expo events so we can get the word out. We can’t wait to share heartwarming stories of our adoptable pets with the passionate employees of King County.
If you are a King County employee and would like to be part of the fun this fall, you can search for Homeward Pet through their online giving portal at http://bit.ly/2xun7uv.
Homeward Pet’s King County Employee Giving ID number is 9861.