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									  The Whatcom Humane Society’s Newsletter                                                                                  Winter 2011

                                          Message From The Executive Director
                                          On February 1, 2011, I celebrated my ten year anniversary working for the Whatcom Humane
                                          Society. As the Grateful Dead would say, “what a long strange trip it’s been”. I look back over the
                                          past decade and recall the many things that have happened good, bad and in-between – both
                                          in my personal and professional life. I have had the incredible opportunity to meet and work
                                          with some of the most amazing, talented people – staff, volunteers, donors, community leaders
                                          and business owners alike. Many of these people I’m lucky enough to now consider lifelong
                                          friends. I’ve been humbled, inspired and my soul deeply touched by many of the animals that
                                          have come through the shelter doors. I’ve watched a generation of school children grow up as our
                                          humane education programs impacted kids all through the county. I’m extremely proud of the
                                          accomplishments that WHS has made. We have developed life-saving programs, provided care
                                          and comfort to thousands upon thousands of homeless, unwanted and abused animals and have
                                          remained committed to being there for any animal in need.

                                          In this newsletter, you will find our 2011 budget and animal statistics. The number of incoming
                                          animals we received increased slightly from 2009 – 2010. We are receiving fewer stray animals,
                                          but due to an ailing economy, the number of animals being surrendered to our shelters is
                                          increasing. But even with an increase in the number of animals coming into our tiny shelters and
                                          an increase in calls for assistance to our animal control & rescue department, for the second year
                 Laura Clark              in a row we were able to decrease the number of animals being euthanized. Hooray! Our hard
           Executive Director             work and efforts are paying off and I’m so proud of our dedicated staff for the work they have
                                          accomplished, under sometimes almost impossible conditions.

                                          I’m not a person who likes to reflect on the past. Instead, I prefer to look forward to the future.
                                          As I do so, I remind myself about all the unfinished work still left to accomplish. Our annual
                                          operating budget is slowly becoming more fiscally sound, but as an organization, we still need to
                                          become more financially stable to sustain us into the future. Our Williamson Way shelter is old
                                          (uh, that’s an understatement!) and literally falling apart around us. Our county owned facility
                                          across town is too small and poorly designed. We must move forward with plans to relocate to
                                          a new facility – either build from the ground up or remodel an existing building or warehouse
                                          to fit our needs and the needs of the animals in our community. Our board of directors and
                                          members of our staff have visions of expanding some of our programs and services so we can
Statement of                              serve more animals and people in our community. To do so, we need to develop additional
                                          fundraising sources and community partners.
The Whatcom Humane Society                I wish to sincerely thank all of you for supporting our non-profit organization. Your generosity is
believes that all animals, as sentient    the reason that we can do what we do – help animals in our community and beyond. I wish to
beings, have value beyond economic
measurements and are entitled to          express to you all my deepest appreciation for allowing me to serve this wonderful organization
legal, moral, and ethical consideration   for the past ten years. It is a privilege and an honor to get up each morning knowing I can make
and protection.                           a difference. I look forward to continuing our work in Whatcom County and hope that you will all
                                          come along for the ride.
Vision:                                   With Gratitude,
Our community treats all animals with
kindness, respect, and compassion.

Mission Statement:
The Whatcom Humane Society:
• Advocates for animals;                  Laura Clark, Executive Director
• Educates the community to promote       (360)733-2080, ext #3026
  humane treatment and respect for        director@whatcomhumane.org
• Provides for abandoned, injured,
  abused or neglected animals.

                                                                                         WHATCOM HUMANE SOCIETY
                                                                                                 CARING FOR ANIMALS SINCE 1902
    Board of Directors
                                             Save the Date!
                                             UPCOMING WHS EVENTS & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    Kris Johnson, DVM, President
    Peggy Leviton, Vice President
    Deborah Loober, CPA, Treasurer
                                             Save the date and join us at our upcoming fundraising and community outreach events.
    Vicki Savage , Secretary                 Our annual events offer a great variety of fun, festive ways you can get involved (by
    Deb Bruner                               attending our events or sponsoring an event) and help support our lifesaving programs
    Alina Coonc
    Judy Lloyd — Davis                       and services. A list of events and sponsorship opportunities are below.
    Mary Louise Evans
    Janet Hofmann
    Celeste Patten, CTC, CPDT
                                             Woof and Whisker Awards                      May 1st
    Neal Swanson                             Our annual community awards ceremony honoring local people and businesses that have gone
                                             above and beyond the “paw” of duty to help animals in our community.
    Staff                                    SPONSOR LEVELS:
    Executive Director
    Laura Clark                              BIG WOOF                                SuPER WOOF
                                             $250                                    $500
    Lisa Gigo
                                             All PR at event                         All PR at event
                                             2 tickets to the WW event               4 tickets to the WW event
    Animal Care                              Logo on website                         Logo on website
    Krista Unser, Manager
    Sarah Hansen, Supervisor                 Logo in event literature                Logo in event literature
    Adriana Trenary, Supervisor              Petwatch TV show mention                Petwatch TV show mention
    Marian Hamilton, Lead                                                            WHS Facebook page thank you
    Amy Campbell
    Lee Fengel
    Jenna Jenkins
    Jesse Johnson
                                             Humane Hoedown                   June 11th
    Sasha Lee-Drews                          Our annual country–themed fund raiser to benefit our farm property and the care of rescued and
    Melinda Miano                            neglected horses and other livestock.
    Jessica Peterson
    Field Services/Animal Control & Rescue   SPONSOR LEVELS:
    Paul Evans, Manager
    Richard Baggett, Supervisor              BRONzE HOOF                         SILVER HOOF                          GOLDEN HOOF
    Leanna DeRoss, Dispatch & Licensing      $250                                $500                                 $750
    Carrie Anderson                          All PR at event                     All PR at event                      All PR at event
    Katy Barnes
    Teresa Carlisle
                                             2 tickets to HH event               4 tickets to HH event                4 tickets to HH event
    Rebecca Crowley                          Logo on website                     Logo on website                      Logo on website
    Chris Kazimer                            PetWatch TV show mention            PetWatch TV show mention             PetWatch TV show mention
    Meganne Shannon-Johnson                                                                                           Company listing in PawPrint
    Finance/Accounting                                                                                                Facebook promo w/logo
    Dana Berger
    Community Outreach/Special Events
    Emily Culpepper, Manager                 Dog Days of Summer Fun Run/Walk & Festival                               August 28th
    Volunteer/Foster Care Services
                                             Our popular fun run/walk & festival at Lake Padden Park for dogs, their people and pet lovers alike.
    Emily Wyss
                                             SPONSOR LEVELS:
    Customer Service
    Randy Ascanio                            HONORABLE MENTION                   BEST IN SHOW                        BEST IN GROuP
    Jen Pauls                                $250                                $500                                $1000
    Danielle Yencopal-Smith                  All PR at event                     All PR at event                     All PR at event
    Paws Awhile Gift Shop                    Logo on WHS website                 Logo on WHS website                 Logo on WHS website
    Dedicated Volunteers                     PR in event goodie bag              PR in event goodie bag              PR in event goodie bag
    Veterinary Services                      PetWatch TV show mention            PetWatch TV show mention            PetWatch TV show mention
    Karen Rounds, DVM                                                            Comp vendor booth at event          Comp vendor booth at event
    Joni Black, Vet Tech                                                         Reserved parking                    Reserved parking
                                                                                                                     Mention in PawPrint
    Progra ms & Services                                                                                             Facebook promo w/logo
    • Adoptions & Animal Care
    • Lost & Found
    • 24 Hour Animal Control & Rescue
                                             9th Annual Masquerade Gala & Auction                           October 22nd
    • Investigations of Cruelty & Neglect    The social fund raising event of the year at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club! Masquerade
    • Licensing                              attire, fine dining, and multiple auctions raise much needed funds for our annual operating costs.
    • Community Outreach & Special Events
    • Humane Education
    • Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program (SNAP)
                                             SPONSOR LEVELS:
    • Pet Food Bank                          BRONzE WHISKER                      SILVER WHISKER                      GOLDEN WHISKER
    • Veterinary Services
    • Volunteer Services
                                             $1,000                              $1,500                              $1,000
                                             2 tickets to Gala                   4 tickets to Gala                   4 tickets to Gala
                                             Name in event program               Name in event program               Logo in event program
    Locations                                Logo on WHS website                 Logo on WHS website                 Logo on WHS website
    3710 Williamson Way                      Recognition at the Gala             Recognition at the Gala             Recognition at the Gala
    Bellingham, WA 98226                     Mention in PawPrint                 Mention in PawPrint                 Mention in PawPrint
    (mailing address)                                                                                                PetWatch TV show mention
                                             PetWatch TV show mention            PetWatch TV show mention
    HOURS                                                                                                            Facebook promo w/logo
    Tuesday - Saturday
    10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                             WHS 2012 Happy Tails Calendar
    1661 Baker Creek Place                   Sponsor a month in our popular calendar featuring shelter animals and their inspiring adoption stories.
    Bellingham, WA 98226
                                             $275 PER MONTH
                                             Business logo printed on the month sponsored
    Tuesday - Saturday
    Noon - 6:00 p.m.                         Logo on WHS website
                                             Calendars sold throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County
    Phone: (360) 733-2080
    Fax: (360) 733-4746                      For more information on WHS events and event sponsorship opportunities,
    www.whatcomhumane.org                    please contact Emily Culpepper at (360)733-2080, ext # 3014 or email outreach@
2010 Masquerade Gala a Big Success!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual Masquerade Gala last October at
the Bellingham Golf & Country Club. Over $150,000 was raised to help fund our annual
operating expenses. Two paws up to everyone who generously donated items for the
silent, live and dessert auctions, to our amazing guests and wonderful event sponsors.

Bank of the Pacific                                In Honor of “Sadie and the Rat Pack”
                                                                                                     Paws Awhile is the gift shop of the
Northshore Veterinary Clinic                       Larson Gross Accountants                          Whatcom Humane Society with all
Frank and Mary King – In honor                     Sue Hilton/Windermere                             proceeds directly benefiting the animals
of Wade’s love of life and all living                                                                cared for by WHS. Paws Awhile carries
                                                   Jonathan Rands, Attorney at Law
creatures                                                                                            quality new and donated merchandise.
                                                   Hill’s Science Diet
SILVER WHISKER SPONSORS                                                                              The store features unique gifts, home
                                                   Village Veterinary Hospital                       furnishings, antiques, books, specialty
The zierdt Family - In Celebration of
                                                   Detec                                             pet supplies, hand-made cards and
Blitzen and Dasher, our party animals
                                                   Hunt Consulting                                   jewelry. So, why not find that perfect
Animal Emergency Care                                                                                one of a kind gift and support a great
                                                                                                     non-profit and neglected animals at the
Thank you to our auctioneer Gaye Godfrey, MC Ken Mann, the WHS gala planning                         same time! Check it out . . . the last week
committee and our event volunteers.                                                                  of every month features a “paws”itively
                                                                                                     fabulous sale – all donated items are
                                                                                                     50% off. Wow!

                                                                                                     1200 – 10th Street
F inancial Aid For Reward Based Dog                                                                  Suite 105
                                                                                                     Historic Fairhaven
Training Now Available!
                                                                                                     Open everyday
In 2004, the Humane Society of the united States (HSuS) conducted a study that showed
that dogs and puppies that started dog training classes within 3 weeks of adoptions had              11am – 5pm
an 84% higher chance of remaining in their new home for the rest of their lives. In 2009,
the Friends For Life Canine Scholarship Fund was formed. This new non-profit organization            (360) 752-2970
is funded entirely by volunteers and will pay up to 80% of the cost of dog training classes
for dogs adopted from shelters and rescue groups throughout Whatcom County. Any dog                  Please note: Paws Awhile is no longer
adopted from any shelter or rescue group in Whatcom County is eligible for a scholarship             accepting consignment items. Thank you.
at any POSITIVE, REWARD BASED OBEDIENCE training center anywhere in the world. So
far, they have funded reward based training classes from Tacoma to Canada. Cool! For
more information, please visit www.friendsforlifecsf.org.

Wish List
 Postage stamps - both first
u	                                 White and colored copy paper
                                  u	                                  Batteries, AAA, AA, D and 9
 class and post card               for our copy machine               volt
u	 cat toys and catnip
 New                               New
                                  u	 and quality used                 Cat
                                                                     u	 scratchers and clumping
                                   harnesses, water buckets and       cat litter (Dr. Elsey’s Cat
 Donated “air miles” to send
                                   supplies for livestock             Attract brand especially
 staff to training conferences
                                  u	 dog toys and treats -
 Blankets & towels (no electric
                                   KONGS and BIG BONES would          5
                                                                     u	 million dollars to build a
 blankets please)
                                   be greatly appreciated             new state-of-the art shelter
                                  u	 “stinky” dog treats
                                                                     Both shelter locations accept
 Paper towels
                                   Quality new or used tractor for
                                  u	                                 donations Tuesday – Saturday
 Newspaper (minus the ads
u	                                 our farm property                 from 10am – 6pm.
                                   Unopened bags and cans of
                                                                     For more information, please
u	 collars – Gentle Leader
 Dog                               dog & cat food
                                                                     contact Emily Culpepper
 easy walk harnesses, sensi-
                                   Hamster, rabbit, guinea pig
                                  u	                                 at (360)733-2080, ext #
 harnesses and flat/buckle
                                   and domestic rat food and         3014 or email outreach@
 collars for dog training – all
                                   treats                            whatcomhumane.org.
 sizes, but especially L & XL
                                  u	 Cards to any of the
 Sturdy dog leashes
u	                                                                   Check out our amazon.com
                                   following businesses: PetStop
                                                                     wishlist! Visit amazon.com,
u	 straw and grain for
 Hay,                              in Sehome Village, Costco,
                                                                     “gifts & wishlists” then type
 horses and other livestock        Home Depot, Lowes, Fred
                                                                     in Whatcom Humane.
                                   Meyer or Haggen Food &
 Canned chicken
     Whatcom County Animal Control Contract/Budget Su mmary
     WHS signed a one year contract with Whatcom County to provide animal control services for 2011. The contract between
     WHS and Whatcom County is a cost reimbursable contract. Whatcom County is billed monthly for actual reimbursable
     expenditures (payroll, animal supplies, etc.), less revenue collected by WHS.

     The 2011 contract costs of $ 403,178.01 include provisions for 24 hour a day animal control & rescue services, as well as
     animal care, customer service, veterinary services and adoptions/lost & found.

     Monies from the Whatcom County animal control
     contract only pay for the cost of animal control
     services and staffing levels at our Baker Creek
                                                                     2011 Operating Budget
     shelter to provide basic care for the animals
     during their 72 hour stray holding period and/or         2011 INCOME
     quarantine stay at the shelter. Contract monies
     do not pay for the following services, but WHS           CONTRIBuTIONS                             $ 652,995.00
     provides them to the animals (WHS budget costs)          Includes: Events, Donations,
     received from the county:                                Bequests, Online Giving, Grants,
                                                              Sponsorships, Paws Awhile, etc.
      • Veterinary care above what the Whatcom
        County contract covers including orthopedic           ANIMAL CONTROL CONTRACTS                  $     373,214.00
        surgeries, dental work, x-rays and additional         Animal Control Contracts with
        treatment                                             Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale,
                                                              Sumas, Everson, Nooksack, Lummi
      • Outreach and humane education programs                & Nooksack Tribe – DOES NOT include
        including pet food bank and children’s                Whatcom County Animal Control
        programs                                              Contract – Includes: Contracts,
                                                              Impound Fees, Board Fees, Licensing
      • Media exposure of county animals including
        weekly tv & radio show                                ANIMAL ADOPTIONS                          $     101,750.00
                                                              Includes: Veterinary Clinic Income,
      • Volunteer Services & Foster care program              Microchips, Owner Surrender Fees
      • Farm property upkeep & maintenance                    INVESTMENT & OTHER INCOME                 $      13,525.00
      • Assistance for injured wildlife
                                                              TOTAL INCOME                              $1,141,484.00
      • Pick-up and disposal of DOA deer and other
        animals                                               2011 EXPENSES
     Some members of the Whatcom County                       ANIMAL CARE & PROGRAM EXPENSES            $ 534,491.62
     Executive Office and County Council continue to          Includes: Veterinary Clinic/Care,
     express concerns about the cost of the animal            Customer Service, Farm Animal
     control program.                                         Expenses

     Our contract budgets and staffing levels are             ANIMAL CONTROL & RESCuE                   $     243,118.11
     based on criteria and standards set by the               Includes: Licensing Program
     Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and
                                                              COMMuNITY OuTREACH                        $      84,498.31
     the National Animal Control Association (NACA).
                                                              Includes: Humane education,
     These standards are based on the number of
                                                              Volunteer Services
     animals received, number of animal control
     complaints received, geographic area served, and         DONOR DEVELOPMENT / FuNDRAISING           $ 119,894.45
     human population of area served.                         Includes: Gala event, Dog Days of
                                                              Summer, Humane Hoedown,
     It is the strong opinion of WHS that the
                                                              Woof & Whisker Awards
     residents (two and four-legged) of Whatcom
     County deserve quality and professional                  FACILITIES/ADMINISTRATION                 $     226,737.96
     animal control services. We are confident                Includes: Paws Awhile, Maintenance
     that the services we are currently providing
     per the animal control contract are cost                 TOTAL EXPENSES:                           $ 1,208,740.45
     effective and in the best interest of our
     community.                                               NET INCOME:                                   (-$67,256.45)
The Story of Z ane
                                                    The folks who attended      cruelty.     The other
                                                    our Masquerade Gala         animals seized from
                                                    last fall heard the story   the home were legally
                                                    of zane. Tears flowed       surrendered to the
                                                    freely from guests,         custody of WHS. As
                                                    volunteers and staff as     the case against Hiser
                                                    WHS executive director      wound through the
                                                    Laura Clark recalled        court system, zane
                                                    the heartbreaking and       continued to improve,
                                                    at times, horrific story    gaining weight and
                                                    of the hound mix puppy      strength daily. His
                                                    rescued by WHS last         body that was once
                                                    spring.                     literally nothing more
                                                                                than skin and bones
 Zane, barely able to stand after several days of zane’s story began            started to develop Zane being cared for by WHS ACO Carrie Anderson
         lifesaving care and treatment            last May when WHS             muscle tone and                        and Vet Tech Joni Black
                                                  animal control officers       soon zane was able
received a call one evening from a woman requesting a welfare check             to walk, run, (he did fall down a lot, but he tried!) play with toys, other
at a property in rural western Whatcom County. The caller stated that           animals and loved to snuggle with his growing “fan club” of shelter staff
she and her boyfriend had broken up several weeks earlier and she had           and volunteers.
moved out, leaving behind a five month old puppy named zane. The
caller told our animal control officers that her boyfriend had phoned her       After several weeks, his condition had improved so much that he was
to say that he had purposefully starved her dog to death . . . to punish her    ready to be adopted into a permanent, responsible and loving home. He
for leaving him.                                                                found that home with WHS executive director Laura Clark.

WHS animal control officers immediately responded to the garbage                Now, over a year old, zane weighs a healthy 60+ pounds. At home, he
strewn residence. Upon entering the dilapidated home, they encountered          wrestles for space on the bed and couch with his dog and cat brothers
2 dogs and 2 cats – all of whom had obviously been regularly fed and            and sisters. He attends doggie daycare twice a week, loves to hike in the
cared for. They also came across a locked kennel/cage. Animal Control           woods, roll in “stinky stuff” and chew on bones and random sticks. He
Officer’s Rebecca Crowley, Carrie Anderson and Chris Kazimer shined             still loves to snuggle with WHS staff and volunteers when he comes to
flashlights inside the dark kennel and observed what appeared to be             work with his mom.
the lifeless body of a severely emaciated/starved young male dog.
Lifting off the top of the kennel, the officers examined the dog’s body.        His tail hasn’t stopped wagging!
There was no movement and the animal did not appear to be breathing.
Suddenly, one of the officers saw a slight movement in the dogs head.           Follow up: Jeffery James Hiser pled guilty to animal cruelty. Judge Ira
He was still alive! Two officers immediately picked the dog up and ran          Uhrig sentenced Hiser to 60 days in jail and a ordered a lifetime ban
with him to a WHS vehicle (as the remaining animals in the home were            on owning dogs (a strong sentence considering the weak animal cruelty
seized by the remaining ACO and transported back to WHS), then raced            laws in WA State).
towards the Animal Emergency Clinic (AEC) in Bellingham. The officers
recall they thought the dog was going to die in-route to the hospital but
knew that they needed to do what they could to save him. Upon arrival
at AEC, Dr. Robin Reese received the dog and listened to the request
from WHS staff - “please try to help him”. Over the next 8 hours the dog
received intravenous fluids and extensive medical treatment and care.
The six month old puppy weighed just 17 pounds and had a variety of
wounds, welts and rashes covering his body. All reports indicated that
due to the level of starvation and severity of his medical condition, he
would probably not survive the night.

But he did!

The next morning, when WHS staff picked the skinny, sad dog up for
transport back to the WHS veterinary clinic, he slightly wagged his
tail. He could not stand or even lift his head, but he would wag his tail
when staff held him. WHS staff veterinarian Karen Rounds continued
to provide life-saving care inside the shelter’s tiny vet clinic. Veterinary
Technician Joni Black provided “after hours care” taking zane home at
night and on weekends, caring for him round the clock for weeks to help
with his slow and painful recovery. zane needed assistance standing,
going to the bathroom and eating, but each day he gained a little more
strength . . . and his tail kept wagging.

As zane’s condition improved, WHS worked with the Whatcom County
Sheriff’s Office to bring his former owner to justice. Jeffrey James Hiser
was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail, charged with animal
                                                                                                    Zane, now living a
                                                                                                                       great   new life.

    2010 Animal                                                                                    WHS Animal Control &
                                                                                                   Rescue Call Dispatch History

    Statistics                                                                                         Type of Call
                                                                                                       Abandoned Animal
                                                                                                       Agency Assist

    WHS 2010 SHELTER STATISTICS                                                                        Barking Dog
    (2009/2010 comparison)                                                                             Cruelty                               30        70
                                                                                                       Dangerous Dog                         4         3
    Animal Intake    Foster Progra m                                                                   DOA pick up request                   477   467
                                                                                                       Dog at Large                          885   856
    INTAKE TyPE       2009        2010                SPECIES             2009       2010              Exotic Animal                         2         0
    Stray             2942        2855                Birds                3           0               Injured Animal                        151   176
    Owner                                             Cats                402         362
                      1596        1790                                                                 Livestock                             206   215
    Surrender                                         Dogs                28          40
                                                                                                       Neglect                               5         5
    Protective                                        Ferret               0           1
                      40           21
    Custody                                                                                            No License                            13        10
                                                      Guinea Pigs         12           0
    Seized             6           66                                                                  Nuisance                              22        20
                                                      Horses               4           1
    Transfer in        6           33                                                                  Owner/Community Education             7         10
                                                      Rabbits              5           7
    Wildlife          246          267                                                                 Patrol Request                        6         10
                                                      Turtle               1           0
    TOTAL             4836        5032                                                                 Service Call                          134   104
                                                      TOTAL               455         411
                                                                                                       Sick Animal                           51        39
                                                                                                       Stray                                 826   888
    Animal Outcome                                                                                     Vicious                               412   437
    OUTCOME           2009        2010                                                                 Welfare                               670   641
                                                                                                       Wildlife                              46        75
    Adoption          1429        1434
                                                                                                       TOTAL # of Calls                   4601     4643
    Redemption        1004        1036
    Transfer Out      340          482
    TOTAL             2773        2952

    WHS Euthanasia Statistics 2008                                    2009            2010 Comparison
                                 Behavior                     Bite                   Feral             Kennel Stress               Medical                  Other

    Bird                                                                                                                     2       4        6
    Cat                    60      82       128   3            7     7         334   253     209   9           19      16    198    187      215   5         3
    Chicken                 0       1        0                                                                               1       1        5    0         0
    Dog                    38      43       62    11           9     7                             27          7       9     72     33        26   2         6
    Duck                                                                                                                     1       3        1
    Ferret                                                                                                                   1       0        1
    Guinea Pig               0      0        2                                                     0           2       0     0       2        1
    Goat                                                                                                                     0       0        2
    Goose                                                                                                                    0       1        0
    Hamster                                                                                                                  0       0        4
    Horse                                                                                                                    0       0        1
    Llama                                                                                                                    0       0        1
    Domestic Mouse                                                                                                           0       1        0
    Domestic Rabbit          0      0        2                                 1      0       0    3           3       0     9       1        4
    Domestic Rat             4     14        4                                                                               5       2        2
    Sheep                                                                                                                    0       0        1
    Snake                                                                                                                    0       1        0
    Turtle/Tortoise                                                                                                           0      4        2    0         0
    TOTAL                  102     140      198   14           16    14        334   253     209   39          31      25    298    240      272   7         9
           WHS Animal Species Specific 2009                                       2010 Comparison
                                   Owner                                          Protective
                                                 Seized            Stray                         Transfer In       Wildlife        TOTAL
                                  Surrender                                        Custody
            Arthropod              0      1                                                                                    0           1
            Bird (fancy)           27     9      0     1       8       13                                                      35      23
            Cat                   854    892     0     5      1546 1380            22        7    0       9                   2422 2288
            Chicken                6     29      0     19     12       19                                                      18      67
            Cow                                  0     1       0           1                                                   0       2
            Dog                   588    604     2     17     1301 1300            15    13       5      24                   1911 1958
            Donkey                               0     1                                                                       0       1
            Duck                   2      0                    1           2                                                   3       2
            Ferret                 5      7                   11       10          3         0                                 19      17
            Fish                   7      4      0     3                                                                       7       7
            Goat                   6      5      0     1       9       20                                                      15      26
            Goose                                              1           6                                                   1       6
            Guinea Hen                                         1           0                                                   1       0
            Guinea Pig             20    19                    6           0                                                   26      19
            Hamster                3     33                                                                                    3       33
            Horse                  5     22      4     4       6           1                                                   15      27
            Lizard                 7      1                    1           2                                                   8       3
            Llama                  0      2                                                                                    0       2
            Mouse                  5      2      0     13      1           0                                                   6      15
            Rodent (other)         12     1                                                                                    12      1
            Peacock                0      1                    2           2                                                   2       3
            Pig                    0      3                    0           2                                                   0       5
            Rabbit                 23     0                    27      20                                                      50      20
            Rat                    22    12      0     1       1       34          0         1                                 23      48
            Sheep                  7      2                    1           0                                                   8       2
            Snake                  1      1                    0           1                                                   1       2
            Turtle/Tortoise        3      5                    3           7                      1       0                    7       12
            Wildlife                                                                                              246   267   246     267
            TOTAL                                                                                                             4846 4857

      Owner Request        Physical Condition         Space                    Temperament             Unweaned               TOTAL

     0     1          0       0    0      2     0      0       2       0           0         2                           2     5       12
6    72    89        96    150    130    107    224    99     93      130         116    101     460     253      169   1645 1238 1147
1    1     1          1       0    0      3     0      3      11       1           3         8                           3     9       29
2    90    94      108     31     29     23     39     4       6      131         146    72      23       1       0     464   372     315
                                                                                                                         1     3       1
     1     0         3        0    1      0                                                                              2     1       4
                              1    0      0                            2           0         1                           3     4       4
     1     0         0                                                                                                   0     1       2
                                                                                                                         0     1       0
     0     0         3        0    2      1                                                      0        0       24     0     2       32
                              0    5      1                                                                              0     5       2
                                                2      0       1                                                         0     0       1
                                                                                                                         0     0       1
     3     0         0        0    0     11                                                                              3     1       11
                              1    0      0                                                                              1     0       0
     2     4         3        1    2      3     8      5       4       1           3         3   5        0        1     30   18       20
     7     4         4        6    0      1     0      4       31      0           3         2   0        4        0     22   24       44
                                                                                                                         0     0       1
                                                                                                                         0     1       0
1                                               0      2       1                                                         0     6       4
                                                                       14 (sugar gliders)                                14    0       0
10   176   194       218   188    169    152    271   117     149     279         271   189      488     258   194      2190 1698 1630
                                     Q & A with 2010 Volunteer
                                     of the Y ear Sarah Fedecky
                                     Q: How long have you been volunteering at WHS?
                                     A: I believe it has been about two years.

    Q: What motivated you to join the WHS volunteer team?
    A: My family adopted our dog Gracie from the shelter. It was my first introduction to an
    animal shelter. I found out that WHS needed dog walkers from a friend, so I signed up.

    Q: What types of volunteer duties do you participate in?
    A: I started my volunteer duties as a dog walker at the Baker Creek shelter and then
    like many other volunteers my interests took off from there. I help with the cats and
    enjoy working with the Sehome High School students who take part in a weekly humane
    education/enrichment program. I was fortunate to help at the WHS barn facility recently
    and was surprised to find out that I can build a fence . . . my husband was even more
    surprised! I also enjoy volunteering in the shelter with my son Alexander and our friend
    Owen, who are both WHS junior volunteers.

    Q: What is the most rewarding thing and the most frustrating thing about being a
    WHS volunteer?
    A: The most rewarding aspect is definitely witnessing the animals leave the shelter to go
    to their permanent homes. I’m not sure whose smiles are broadest – the animals, their
    new family or the staff and volunteers. As far as frustrating, a large fenced-in grassy area
                                                                                                   You Auto Donate!
    for the dogs to run and play in would be wonderful . . . unlimited financial resources – a       You “auto” donate your old car,
    dream come true!                                                                                 truck, boat or trailer for the
    Q: What do you tell your friends and family who say to you “I could never volunteer              animals at the Whatcom Humane
    at WHS – it’s too sad”?                                                                          Society. All vehicles must be
    A: It’s not a sad place! For many of our animals, it’s the safest, warmest and most loving       in good running condition - no
    place they have ever been. Everyone involved goes above and beyond to help them with             “junkers” please! Your donation
    their situation. They have beds, blankets, toys and for the dogs, lots of walks. Yes, it can     is tax deductible and will help
    be very difficult to witness the physical appearance and how scared some of the incoming         support the programs and
    animals are, but in my experience, seeing how quickly many of them respond to the love
                                                                                                     services that WHS provides all
    and care of the staff and volunteers far outweighs any sadness.
                                                                                                     year long. For more information
    Q: What advice would you give to both current WHS volunteers as well as to folks                 please contact Laura Clark at
    who may be interested in joining the WHS volunteer team?                                         (360) 733 - 2080, ext. #3026 or
    A: My advice to current volunteers is to please keep doing what you are doing so                 email director@whatcomhumane.
    magnificently. For those thinking of joining us, PLEASE DO! There are so many different
    needs and volunteer positions, both great and small. Not only will you have the opportunity
    to meet the most amazing life changing animals, we humans are not a bad group either.

    Q: Anything else?
    A: Thank you to the staff at WHS. It is such an important and wonderful organization and
    I am so proud to be a part of it.                                                              “Frie n d” u s
    For information on the WHS volunteer program, download a volunteer info packet from            on Fa ce boo k!
    www.whatcomhumane.org or contact WHS Volunteer Services & Foster Care Coordinator
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    Emily Wyss at (360)733-2080, ext # 4102 or email volunteer@whatcomhumane.org.
                                                                                                   page and receive updates on what is
                                                                                                   going on at our shelters and the latest
                                                                                                   up-to-date information on animal
    Letters From The Community                                                                     related issues in our community.
    Dear WHS,                                                                                       Grab a mouse and check out the new
                                                                                                        and improved WHS website
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for enhancing the lives of so             www.whatcomhumane.org
    many animals and, in turn, the lives of the people who care for them. In February, 2008
    I adopted a shepherd mix (Sarah) from the Williamson Way shelter. She has truly been
    a gift to me and continues to brighten my every day. I am continually amazed with her
    intelligence and love of life. She has just THRIVED living in the country and sharing her
    home with an older mixed breed brother. I can hardly imagine my life without her in it and
    know that her life here is as happy as it could possibly be. Please accept this donation
    with my sincere appreciation for ALL that you and your staff continue to do for the animal
    community. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for all that you have given me.

    V. Green, Lopez Island


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