Archive for the ‘PetWork Washington’ Category

Everyday, dogs and cats are born or become disabled, and pet owners face difficult decisions regarding their care. Disabilities can include blindness, deafness, birth defects, injuries, inability to walk properly, paralysis and amputation among others. Treatment and rehabilitation are often expensive, and many owners simply cannot afford to treat their beloved pets. Even when funds are available, many cannot commit to the time and emotional investment. Meanwhile, shelters—overcrowded with healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—often euthanize these disadvantaged animals due to lack of funds, knowledge, time and space.


Disabled animals are the least likely to be adopted and among the most likely to be euthanized in traditional shelters.

Animals With Disabilities (Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043) gives animals a chance to survive and lead near-ordinary lives. We provide support and information for pet owners, as our top priority is to help families keep their pets and properly care for them. When that’s not possible, AWD’s small network of foster homes accepts, treats, and rehabilitates the disabled animals we receive from shelters, veterinary clinics and the general public—so we can return them to permanent, caring homes. We are setting up an extensive online library with information and resources to educate both caregivers and shelters on how to care for special-needs animals. We provide financial assistance to owners who are able to care for their pets but cannot afford the sometimes costly treatments and rehabilitation.


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Regional Animal Services of King County (Kent, WA 98032) provides King County with sustainable, cost effective services that protect people and animals, while providing humane animal care.




Our organization is built on the cornerstone values of compassion and service. We demonstrate this commitment in the countless hours spent by staff and our RASKC volunteers to save animals’ lives at the shelter and in the field. By collaborating with community partners, we are able to expand our programs and resources to provide even greater value to our residents.

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The mission of Panda Paws Special Needs Canine Rescue (Vancouver, Washington 98686) is to end the homelessness, abuse and neglect of all animals. To be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. To stand up and make a change. When we can, to care for those sick, injured, or dying at the hands of others. To nurture and find loving forever homes for them. To make a change, to make a life better, to be an advocate. To care.


Everyone can help; if you’re not sure how you can help, just ask!

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The mission of Happy Paws Farm Humane Society (Arlington, Washington) is to save dogs and cats that have been neglected, abused, or are in some other way in need of care. Happy Paws is a no-kill rescue, and the animals live in a farm-like setting, not in cages.

Happy Paws also runs a pet food bank for low-income individuals or families with animals. By running its own animal food bank, Happy Paws is able to pick up neglect cases, to spay/neuter those animals where the people just can’t be bothered, and to provide vet care and flea control. The need in these areas is tremendous. Happy Paws also helps low-income families by providing dog houses, fencing, flea control, worming, and education.

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Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (Cle Elum, Washington 98922) is currently home to seven chimpanzees released from biomedical research. This group, the Cle Elum Seven, arrived at the sanctuary on June 13, 2008.

In May of 2002, Keith LaChappelle read an article in Discover magazine about the lives of chimpanzees in biomedical research and the need for sanctuaries to care for them once they were released. Keith had always cared deeply about all life on this planet, and learning about the plight of these chimpanzees was a life-changing experience for him. He wondered if he could apply his professional skills of managing major construction projects to build a sanctuary home for chimpanzees. Keith carefully researched the feasibility of starting such a project. He spoke to many people and traveled to several sanctuaries – learning everything from policies and procedures to the gauge of steel used for caging. On one of these trips, he met Billy Jo, a chimpanzee who had finally found sanctuary after a lifetime of abuse in entertainment and research. Looking into Billy’s eyes transformed Keith’s desire to “do something” into the realization that he had found his calling. Keith has worked diligently not only to build the physical structures for the sanctuary, but also to build a sustainable non-profit that will carry the organization into the future. He now serves on the Board of Directors.

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Seattle Veterinary Specialists (Kirkland, Washington 98034) is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty and 24-hour emergency/critical care facility.

SVS was founded on the concept of providing a superior level of patient care and client service, in close cooperation with the referring veterinary community. SVS focuses on collaborative medicine where teams of experts work together under one roof to combine their medical expertise, skills and experience to provide the best treatment for their patients.

The hospital is equipped with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, including digital radiography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), endoscopy, CO2 LASER, a dedicated intensive care unit (ICU), and more. Seattle is renowned for being technologically advanced and SVS uses the resources in the area to provide a superior level of monitoring and care for its patients. The hospital design, amidst modern technology and equipment, applies Feng shui – the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve a harmonious and healing work environment.

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The VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle (Lynnwood, Washington 98036) provides a variety of state-of-the-art care that may include services such as orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, advanced oncology, and even truly cutting-edge treatments as stem cell therapy.

Dr. Wiser

At the heart of the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle’s advanced care services are its board-certified veterinarian specialists. These specialists have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows the doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 2,000 VCA veterinarians.

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The mission of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project (Lynnwood, Washington 98036) is to save the lives of homeless cats by providing access to high volume spay/neuter surgery in a safe and humane environment, collaborating with others, and mentoring like-minded organizations to increase spay/neuter in their regions.

The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project has altered over 50,000 cats since its inception in 1997. The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project is the first free-standing clinic that is dedicated to providing free spay/neuter surgery for free-roaming cats in a safe, high-quality, humane environment. Cats from over 14 counties throughout Washington State have been brought to the clinic to be altered.

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Touch is as essential as food and water to an animal. In fact, mothers lick their puppies or kittens right after birth to stimulate breathing, clean them, encourage them to suckle, and provide comfort. Massage therapy takes touch to another level. Through the use of a variety of techniques and focused intention, physical and psychological changes occur that enhance the animals’ well-being.

Hands to Paws (Seattle, Washington) provides a range of services in the Seattle, Washington area for small animals including, cats, dogs, and other pets.

Jennifer Streit is an animal lover who has become an animal healer. Jennifer has always loved her dogs and cats so when Buddy, her dachshund, had his legs paralyzed due to a ruptured disc in his back, Jennifer made the transition from her focus as a people therapist to a dog healer. Buddy is now fully recovered and loves his weekly massage. Jennifer’s skills as a healer encompass massage, end of life therapy, many forms of energy treatment, including Reiki; color and gemstone healing. She is a Reiki Master and a Licensed Massage Practitioner with an endorsement as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner.

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The mission of the Washington German Shepherd Rescue (Puget Sound area, Washington) is to find loving homes for surrendered, abandoned, or neglected dogs and puppies. Washington GSD Rescue hopes to ease the problem of the population overflow occuring in many shelters today. It educates individuals on the importance of sterilizing their pets and providing superior care.

Vigo von der Gauss

The all-volunteer rescue is composed of a network of foster families and is in need of finding more foster care providers with the time and commitment to provide care for these animals in transition. The rescue also needs people to provide transportation for these animals.

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