Letter to the Editor: Kitsap Humane Society Is an Exemplary Shelter That Needs Your Support

Posted by on December 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

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Before moving from California to Bainbridge Island, I visited the Kitsap Humane Society. Having been active with an animal shelter in California, I was looking for a similar organization in which to volunteer. I have been hooked ever since.

KHS is the “safety net” for lost and homeless pets throughout the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island. Nearly 5,000 animals (mostly dogs and cats) are sheltered every year. The astonishing fact is 94% are either re-united with their families or find new loving homes. Compare that to a 50% “lives saved rate” just a decade ago to understand how far we have come.

Staff and volunteers at KHS work competently and tirelessly to meet the needs of every animal, providing medical care, exercise, behavior training, socialization, nutrition, and warm beds. They are also responsible for our spay/neuter program, which reached an all-time record high of 4,000 surgeries in 2013.

KHS functions on a very lean budget. While 2013 ended with a balanced budget, we have no endowment or reserves. As a nonprofit, charitable organization we rely heavily on financial contributions from our supporters to maintain our life-saving programs.

Without doubt, KHS is a model animal shelter and a reflection of the compassionate community in which we live. I am hopeful our community will support KHS in meaningful ways, to ensure pets in need get the chances they deserve.

Rosemary Shaw
KHS Board Member, 2006-2013
Bainbridge Island

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