Open House for OPHS

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2016

Open House for New Humane Society
To be Held Saturday, June 25

 Port Angeles, WA (June 15, 2016) — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society (OPHS) will be hosting an Open House at their new location, 1743 Old Olympic Highway, on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Along with tours, guests can enjoy cake or purchase a corn dog or funnel cake from the Port Angeles Lions Club! The walking trails will also be open to the public, however, visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home.

“House warming” gifts will be gladly accepted. Things like dog food, dry cat food, non-clumping cat litter, poultry flavored canned cat food, bleach (name brand preferred), liquid HE laundry detergent, dog and cat treats, Dawn dish soap (blue), dog and cat toys.

“We are really excited to show off our new home,” said Mary Beth Wegener, Executive Director of OPHS. “This is such a great environment for animals, staff, volunteers and our community at large.”

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society moved to its new location at 1743 Old Olympic Highway in April. Purchase of the 9-acre piece of land, construction of a dog kennel building and renovation of modular buildings on site was all accomplished from donations. The shelter incurred no debt in the process.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually 2500-3000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

 

2016 Meowgaritas and Mutts Raises $120,000

For Immediate Release
June 6, 2016

Meowgaritas and Mutts Dinner and Auction
Raises $120,000 for OPHS 

Port Angeles, WA (June 6, 2016) —  The fourth annual Meowgaritas and Mutts dinner and auction netted $123,000 for the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

Along with the $123,000 from the dinner and auction, OPHS also received a check for $12,470 from Subaru’s Share the Love program. Koenig Subaru has selected OPHS as a beneficiary of Share the Love for the past two years.

Nearly 400 people attended the event and enjoyed a Mexican dinner provided by 7 Cedars along with a silent and live auction.

The 2017 event is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at the Vern Burton.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society recently moved to its new location at 1743 Old Olympic Highway. Purchase of the 9-acre piece of land, construction of a dog kennel building and renovation of modular buildings on site was all accomplished from donations. The shelter incurred no debt in the process.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit  corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually 2500-3000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

 

Let the Move Begin!

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2016

Let the Move Begin! 

Port Angeles, WA ( April 12, 2016) —  The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is moving to its new location at 1743 Old Olympic Highway.

Beginning today through April 26, the shelter will be closed for adoptions. However, Clallam County residents who need to surrender an animal, have lost or found an animal or require the shelter’s assistance in some way, should call the Humane Society at (360) 457-8206 or e-mail info@ophumanesociety.org.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947.The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually 2500-3000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

Meowgaritas and Mutts Raises Significant Funds for Humane Society

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Press Release

Contact: Mary Beth Wegener

Executive Director

(360) 457-8206

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2015

Meowgaritas and Mutts Dinner and Auction Raises Significant Funds for Humane Society

 

Port Angeles, WA ( May 6, 2015) —  The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is significantly closer to its goal of $1.4 million for the construction of its new dog kennel facility on Old Olympic Highway.

The third annual Meowgaritas and Mutts event brought in $121,000 – $100,000 from the dinner and auction, $11,000 from Subaru’s Share the Love promotion through Koenig Subaru and $10,000 from a matching grant from Nordstrom.

Nearly 400 people attended the event and enjoyed a Mexican dinner provided by 7 Cedars along with a silent and live auction.

The 2016 event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at the Vern Burton.

Construction of a new dog kennel is underway and should  completed by early Fall.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit  corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually 2500-3000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

 

2014 Recaps

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society took in 1,612 animals in 2014 compared to 1,724 in 2013.

  • Total dogs = 506, 31.4% of intake
  • Total puppies = 15, .9% of intake
  • Total cats = 560, 34.7% of intake
  • Total kittens = 485, 30.1% of intake
  • Total other = 46, 2.9% of intake

(other = birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, fish)

The euthanasia rate for the year was 6.3%, a decrease of .7% from 2013. The decision to euthanize is reserved as a last resort for only the untreatably ill and extremely aggressive animals. No animals are euthanized for space or length of time at the shelter.

OPHS saw the biggest decreases in intake in the number of kittens and puppies brought into the shelter in 2014. A total of 53 fewer kittens and 34 fewer puppies arrived at the shelter. This could be due to more people having their pets spayed and neutered and the efforts of OPHS and other animal welfare organizations to offer free or low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.

As far as stray animals are concerned, 61.9% of dogs were reclaimed by their owners while 10.4% of stray cats were reclaimed. This is up from just 4.4% in 2013.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit  corporation, OPHS is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. OPHS is the only open door shelter on the Olympic Peninsula and does not turn away any animals. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

Couple Makes $80,000 Gift to OPHS

Couple Makes Gift to OPHS in Honor of “Titus” 

Port Angeles, WA ( January 19, 2015) —  The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has received a gift of annuities totaling approximately $80,000 from an anonymous donor for the shelter’s Dig Deep capital campaign.

The gift was made in honor of the couple’s grand dog, “Titus.” Titus is a Great Pyrenees mix and is a rescue dog adopted by the couple’s daughter. Titus will be appropriately recognized in the new dog kennel building once it is complete.

This gift brings the total funds raised for Dig Deep to $1.13 million. OPHS is still working to raise an additional $300,000 for the project.

The funds will be used to help complete construction of the dog kennel building at the Humane Society’s new site on Old Olympic Highway. Hoch Construction is the general contractor of the project, Lindberg and Smith Architects is the architect and project manager. The goal is for OPHS to move to the new site by the fall of 2015.

If you have questions about the Humane Society’s planned giving program, please call the shelter at (360) 457-8206.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit  corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually approximately 2,000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

 

OPHS Names General Contractor for Building Project

Port Angeles, WA (November 24, 2014) The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has named Hoch Construction of Port Angeles as the General Contractor for the shelter’s new dog kennel building to be constructed at 1743 Old Olympic Highway.

Work has already begun at the property thanks to a donation by Green Crow which completed all of the preliminary site work needed to begin construction. Continue reading

Meowgaritas and Mutts Raises $75,000

Port Angeles, WA ( May 5, 2014) —  The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society’s second annual Meowgaritas and Mutts dinner and auction raised $75,000 to benefit the Humane Society’s capital campaign, “Dig Deep.”

The fiesta- themed event was held at the Vern Burton on Saturday, April 26. Nearly 400 people attended the dinner and auction, doubling the number of guests from last year.  Jose’s Famous Salsa provided the Mexican dinner.

“I am so pleased with the support we received from our community,” said Mary Beth Wegener, Executive Director of OPHS. “Meowgaritas and Mutts is a fun event and a wonderful way to raise funds for the animals in our care. We’re already planning for next year!”

The 2015 event will take place on Saturday, April 25th at the Vern Burton.

OPHS owns 9 acres on Old Olympic Highway between Port Angeles and Sequim. The three modular buildings currently on the property will be used to house cats, administration and veterinary services. However, a dog kennel facility must be built before the  organization can move to the new location. A capital campaign began last November and to date has raised $675,000 towards a goal of $1.12 million.

The Humane Society will break ground on the dog kennel facility late this summer or early fall with an anticipated completion date of late spring of 2015.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit  corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually 2500-3000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society Invites Community to “Dig Deep”

Port Angeles, WA ( March 16, 2014) — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is inviting the community to catch the vision for a new shelter by joining its “Dig Deep” capital campaign.

Since November , the Humane Society has raised nearly $600,000 of the $1.12 million needed for the project.

“We are so excited to have reached the halfway mark in our fundraising efforts, ” said Linda Crow, capital campaign chair. “We’ve been in the quiet phase of Dig Deep since November and we’ve had a wonderful response from donors who understand how important it is for the Humane Society to move to a new location that will be better for the animals and people of Clallam County.”

The land is located at 1743 Old Olympic Highway and includes 9.5 acres plus several buildings that will be used for sheltering animals, veterinary services and administrative space.  A dog kennel building must be built before the Humane Society can move its operations to the new location.  The new shelter complex will allow OPHS to expand its services and implement new programs to help pet owners.

OPHS paid off the land in 2013 and has been taking preliminary steps towards moving to the property since that time. Lindberg & Smith Architects designed the dog kennel building and will act as project managers. The goal is to use as many local contractors and suppliers as possible to help support the local economy.

The project will be entirely funded through private donations. No public money will be used.

“We are looking at breaking ground this summer, hopefully in June or July, depending on the permitting process and other variables like weather,” said Mary Beth Wegener, executive director of OPHS. “This  eight month project should put us in our new home in early 2015, something the staff and volunteers are very excited about.”

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually approximately 2,000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

98 Felines Find Homes After Port Angeles Shelter Waives Adoption Fee

From the January 7, 2014 Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society found new homes for 98 cats and kittens for Christmas after the society waived the feline adoption fee for December.

The temporary fee waiver nearly doubled the Port Angeles-based shelter’s average monthly cat adoption rate of 50, shelter Director Mary Beth Wegener said.

“We [had] to figure out a way to move a lot of them out so our staff wasn’t drowning in cats and kittens.”

There are still 80 felines awaiting permanent homes, although the full fee will be required. In the final month of 2013, Wegener estimated that the shelter at 2105 W. U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles had about 80 cats and slightly more than 100 kittens in its care.

“We needed to move them out of the shelter, and we wanted to try something new,” Wegener said. The shelter waived the normal $85-per-cat adoption fee, charging only $25 per animal for vaccinations and microchipping until Christmas. The $85 usually includes spaying or neutering and a free health check by a veterinarian, Wegener said, all of which was done for no extra cost for cats during December. “It was a pretty awesome deal,” she said.

In just the first two weeks of December, Wegener said the shelter found homes for 64 kittens and 18 adult cats.“This was the first time that we tried this, and it seemed to have struck a chord with the community because we did very well,” she said. The response to the promotion, which Wegener called the society’s most successful in her almost three years as executive director, seemed to come mostly from the society publicizing it on its Facebook page.

The shelter sent 15 adult cats to the Northwest Organization for Animal Help in Stanwood a few days ago. “It’s much more manageable now than it was in early December,” Wegener said. Wegener said winter is an unusual time for the shelter to run such a promotion since “kitten season” — when the society gets in the most kittens — typically runs from April to November. “Our kitten season started a little later this year and lasted a little longer,” she said.

Shelter staff and volunteers cannot be sure why more kittens than usual were brought in toward the end of 2013, Wegener said, though warmer temperatures last winter may have been a factor.“So they kind of never stopped breeding,” Wegener said. Litters of kittens brought to the shelter often come from Clallam County residents who have found them on their property and do not have the resources to take care of them, Wegener explained.

Similar population booms are not really seen in dogs, since they tend to reproduce more slowly and are let loose and left to their own devices less often than cats. “Dogs are kind of always your pet,” Wegener said, adding that the shelter currently has 20 dogs in its care.“Cats can be feral and can be free-roaming.” If needed, Wegener said, the earliest the shelter would hold another cat adoption promotion likely would be in the spring.

Shelter hours are from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit www.ophumanesociety.org ; or email info@ophumanesociety.org.

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society Pays off Land

Port Angeles, WA ( September 10, 2013) — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has paid off the land it purchased for $325,000 last year on Old Olympic Highway.

The land is located at 1743 Old Olympic Highway and includes 9.5 acres plus several buildings that can be used for administrative space and to shelter animals. A dog kennel building must be built before the humane society can move its operations to the new location.

“We are so grateful to our donors and supporters who made it possible for us to pay off the land in less than one year,” said Mary Beth Wegener, Executive Director of the shelter. “Our staff and volunteers are very excited about moving to the new location and providing a better environment for the animals in our care.”

The board of directors is in the planning stages for the new facility with a goal of moving to the property in late 2014 or early 2015.

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit  corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually approximately 2,000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

 

Meowgaritas and Mutts Dinner and Auction Raises $44,000 for Humane Society

Port Angeles, WA ( May 9, 2013) —  The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society’s first-ever, Meowgaritas and Mutts dinner and auction raised $44,000 to benefit the Humane Society’s building fund.

The Cinco de Mayo themed event was held at the Red Lion on Saturday, May 4. Almost 200 people attended the event and enjoyed a Mexican dinner, a silent auction and an exciting live auction.

OPHS purchased 9.5 acres last October on Old Olympic Highway between Port Angeles and Sequim. The three modular buildings currently on the property will be used to house cats, administration and veterinary services. However, a dog kennel facility must be built before the  organization can move to the new location.

“I am so pleased with the support we received from our community,” said Mary Beth Wegener, Executive Director of OPHS. “It was very rewarding to be a part of this first year event. We are already planning for next year!”

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit  corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually 2500-3000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.