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.

 

Lexi

Name: Lexi
Age: 2 Years
Breed: Domestic Shorthair – Torbie with White
Reason for being at shelter: Surrendered – Unable to Keep
Description: Lexi is a stunning petite young lady with beautiful torbie (tortieshell/tabby) Continue reading

Ursula

Name: Ursula
Age: 1 Year
Breed: Domestic Short Hair – Brown/Tan Tabby
Reason for being at shelter: Trapped
Description: Funny, spunky Ursula! Big green eyes in a delicate face, she’s an engaging soul that is ravenous for your attention and love. An avid head-butter, she’ll likely greet you with an Continue reading

Buzz

Name: Buzz
Age: 11 Years
Breed: Domestic Short Hair – Mostly Black, Some White on Chest
Reason for being at shelter: Unable to Keep
Description: On Buzz’s surrender questionnaire, his previous owners sweetly wrote that they loved how he ‘will take his paw and hold your finger’ when he would like love or a treat. With a crinkly Continue reading

Lightsaber

Name: Lightsaber
Age: 2 Months
Breed: Domestic Short Hair – Red Tabby w/White
Reason for being at shelter: Surrender
Description: Lightsaber is the brother of Logan, also available for adoption! Both of these two boys are all ears and purrs! Ready to go to their forever homes, these boys have been learning all about the joys of human companionship. Are you ready to learn about the joys of lifelong feline companionship?

Logan

Name: Logan
Age: 2 Months
Breed: Domestic Short Hair – Black/White Tuxedo
Reason for being at shelter: Surrender
Description: Logan is the brother of Lightsaber, also available for adoption! Both of these two boys are all ears and purrs! Ready to go to their forever homes, these boys have been learning all about the joys of human companionship. Are you ready to learn about the joys of lifelong feline companionship?

Finnie

Name: Finnie
Breed(s): Newfie mix
Age: About 1.5 yrs
Weight: At least 100 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Stray/surrender
General info: Finnie is a total sweetie! Though, she is a LARGE dog, and she will push her weight around to try Continue reading

Columbo

Name: Columbo
Age: 4 years old
Breed: Domestic long hair – black
Reason for being at shelter: Stray
Description: It’s a rough life out there on the streets and Columbo is a testament to that. He came in as an injured stray cat with a damaged and infected eye. Sadly, but for his Continue reading

Kaydee

Name: Kaydee
Age: Around 2 Years
Breed: Domestic Shorthair – Blue Tabby with White Paws
Reason for being at shelter: Stray
Description: Kaydee, with her beautiful sage green eyes, is a sweet little girl that is learning how great it is to be off Continue reading

Lucas

LucasName: Lucas
Age: 5 Years
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Reason for being at shelter: Stray – Trapped
Description: For the love of kibble and catnip, do not make the mistake of judging Lucas by his bruiser alley cat (good) looks. Obviously, he’s had a few run-ins on the streets, but when you meet him, you’ll see he’s a gentleman through and through. If Continue reading

Fabian

Name: Fabian
Age: 1 Year
Breed: Domestic Short Hair, Black/White Tuxedo
Reason for being at shelter: Owner surrender
Description: Fabian is a handsome young fellow with energy to play and entertain his new, forever family! He came to the shelter back in March as a very shy boy with limited human experience. With the Continue reading

Ducky

Name: Ducky
Age: About 3 to 5 years old
Breed: Brown tabby
Reason for being at shelter: Stray
Description: Ducky is a cat who LOVES catnip and has a vibrancy for play when it’s introduced. She hardly gets tired of the fun and nor will you. Make sure you have toys Continue reading

Baby Girl

Baby GirlName: Baby Girl
Age: 15 years old
Breed: Gray tabby
Reason for being at shelter: Owner surrender
Description: Incredible marbled grey eyes, a sweet disposition and a soft fur coat comes with this gray tabby named Baby Girl. She knows her name and responds when spoken to. She’ll rub against your hand and even Continue reading

Graysie

Name: Graysie
Age: 2 years old
Breed: Dilute Calico
Reason for being at shelter: Owner surrender (owner passed away)
Description: Graysie is ‘all paws in’ when it comes to playing in the water. Who knew she was such a diva about it? You can catch her with both front paws in the water bowl and water splattered everywhere while she displays a look as if this were normal and that she’s done nothing wrong. What a silly girl. And don’t let Graysie’s coy personality fool you into thinking she doesn’t like people because Continue reading

Asha

Name: Asha
Breed(s): Boxer mix
Age: About 8 yrs old
Weight: About 60 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Surrender — tries to escape
General info: Asha is a super sweet girl who is friendly with everyone! She also gets along pretty well with Continue reading

Sable

Name: Sable
Breed(s): German Shepherd
Age: About 12 years
Weight: About 80 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Owner was ill
General info: Sable is a big friendly girl who does NOT look, nor ACT like she is 12 yrs old! She is a spunky and lively girl with a zest for life! Sable is friendly with people, and tested OK with cats. We are not sure if she would enjoy sharing her space with another dog, but she would be a good companion for a family or single person! We will update more info soon.
Adoption fee (includes spay/neuter, microchip, rabies vaccine, and a health check from a vet): $120

Scooby

Name: Scooby
Breed(s): Hound mix
Age: About 9-10 yrs
Weight: About 90 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Owner Surrender
General info: Scooby is a big senior hound with the energy of a puppy! Scooby was surrendered because he gets really Continue reading

Romeos

Name: Romeos
Breed(s): Chihuahua mix
Age: About 3 yrs
Weight: About 2 or 3 yrs old
Reason for being at shelter: Found as a stray
General info: Romeos is a fun little chihuahua who was brought to us as a stray. We don’t know anything about his background, and he can be really shy with new people. He also tends to be really scared and bark at people in his kennel, so any interested people will want to meet him outside of the kennels!
Adoption fee (includes spay/neuter, microchip, rabies vaccine, and a health check from a vet):

Homer

Name: Homer
Breed(s): Blue Tick Hound
Age: Just about 1 year old
Weight: About 80 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Surrender — can’t contain
General info: Homer is such a neat boy! He is friendly, social, fun and happy! Homer has a neurological condition that causes him to be a bit wobbly and uncoordinated. He also appears to be mostly deaf, and his sight is not perfect… So, he may not be any good for a hunting dog, but he will be a great companion!
Continue reading

Sam

Name: Sam
Breed(s): Red Heeler — cattle dog mix
Age: About 2-3 yrs
Weight: About 55 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Surrender — not good at living with other dogs
General info: Sam has had a rough start to his life… He was found as an injured stray on the road, and was nursed back to health by a good samaritan. Sam started living in a home with kids Continue reading

Hunter

Name: Hunter
Breed(s): Aussie x Golden Retriever mix
Age: About 11 months
Weight: About 45 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Can’t Keep — Too Much
General info: Hunter is a timid, but sweet, boy! He is cautious of strangers, but once he knows you he will jump up for love Continue reading

Nova (and Cosmo)

Name: Nova (female), Cosmo (male)
Breed(s): Labradoodle
Age: About 2 yrs
Weight: About 45 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Owner surrender — escapes
General info: Nova is a friendly and sweet girl! She can be a little shy, but she has a good temperament with people. Nova is Continue reading

Cosmo (and Nova)

Name: Cosmo (male), Nova (female)
Breed(s): Labradoodle
Age: About 2 yrs
Weight: About 55 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Owner Surrender — escapes
General info: Cosmo is a happy and friendly guy! He is a little more social than his littermate sister, Nova. Cosmo and Nova are very bonded, but we think it would be better for them if they went to separate homes. When they are Continue reading

Orien

Name: Orien
Breed(s): Border Collie mix
Age: About 2-3 yrs old
Weight: About 60 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Arrived as Stray
General info: Orien is a wonderful dog! He is calm, friendly, clean, quiet, and well mannered… We are not sure why someone would neglect/abandon such a good boy! Orien Continue reading

Anna

Name: Anna
Breed(s): Hound mix
Age: About 6 yrs
Weight: About 70 lbs
Reason for being at shelter: Owner Surrender
General info: Anna is the definition of SWEETHEART! She can be shy at first, but once she knows she can trust you Continue reading

Kathy

Name: Kathy
Age: About 3 years
Breed: Mitted brown tabby, Domestic short hair
Reason for being at shelter: Stray
Description: Kathy has a peace and tranquility within her that displays calmness on the outside. She doesn’t seem bothered by the activity of the shelter and sits statuesque in her cage Continue reading

Kairo

Name: Kairo
Age: 4 months
Breed: Siamese and Snowshoe mix
Reason for being at shelter: Stray
Description: Kairo is not only as cute as a bug in a rug but cuter; he just doesn’t know it. Kairo is a dear little kitty that’s Continue reading

Billy

BillyBilly is a gentleman who is very friendly to humans and other cats. He’s one of the mellowest cats you’ll ever meet. He exudes tranquility with his social personality and calm disposition. He has perfect manners, loves a lap sit and is a great lounger. Billy is just as happy to follow you around wherever you might go because he just wants to be with people. He’s a real sweetheart of a tabby. Come Continue reading

Bingo

BingoName: Bingo
Age: About 5 years
Breed: Calico, Polydactyl, Domestic short hair
Reason for being at shelter: Owner surrender
Description: Bingo is a beautiful, Polydactyl Calico that appreciates a good brushing (even tolerant to a heavy brushing) about as much as she appreciates human Continue reading

Jack the Orange [Cat] Needs Your Help

Meet Jack the Orange!

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This incredibly handsome and sweet boy came to us with a badly broken back leg… How he broke his leg is a mystery; fortunately, how we can fix it is not! Jack needs to have an amputation done to remove that now useless and painful limb and continue his life as a 3-legged wonder cat!

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However, we need donations to help pay for his surgery!!!! The surgery will cost about $1500.

If you would like to help Jack the Orange, you can make a tax deductible donation at Kitsap bank, at the shelter, by calling the shelter, or by clicking here http://ophumanesociety.org/donate/making-a-donation/ make sure you include “Jerry’s Fund” in the comments).

PLEASE SHARE FOR JACK!!!

Meowgaritas and Mutts Raises Significant Funds for Humane Society

Status

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.

 

 

“DIG” Deep Capital Campaign

  “DIG DEEP” CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

OPHS NEW SHELTER COMPLEX

1743 OLD OLYMPIC HIGHWAY

 

  • New shelter location at 1743 Old Olympic Highway has just over 9 acres
  • The total project consists of the following:
    • Construction of our new dog kennel building
    • Interior modifications to the existing 3 buildings and pole barn to meet our needs
    • Modifications to all buildings to bring them up to commercial-building and ADA codes
    • Installation of a large commercial septic system
    • Site work includes new driveway and parking area
    • Landscaping to satisfy the Conditional Use Permit requirements per Clallam County and to allow us to be “good neighbors” from sight and sound standpoints
    • Possible additional site work consists of stalls for large animals, dog      playground, walking trails through woods, memorial garden
  • Estimated total project cost is $1.46M.  As of 3/30/15 $1.16M has been donated with fundraising to continue throughout 2015.  An additional  $300,000 needs to be raised to complete the project.
  • Hoch Construction of Port Angeles has been chosen as the general contractor.  Construction of the dog kennel building started in mid-December.  A 9-month construction period is anticipated.  As of 2/1/15 concrete footings have been poured, and exterior concrete walls are going up.  The concrete pad, which will include radiant heating for the dog kennel floors, should be poured late March or April.
  • The existing modular buildings will be used for cats, veterinary/surgery, and administration/intake.  Work to modify these structures for our functions should begin in April.  The existing pole barn will be upgraded to be used for animals behavior and training classes open to the public, indoor dog play area, and storage.

If construction is on schedule, we anticipate moving in October.

  • Green Crow donated all of the preliminary site work which greatly reduced the total cost of the project.

The new shelter complex will consists of the following:

    • Dog kennel building – 5500sf
    • Cattery – 1428sf
    • Veterinary/surgery – 816sf
    • Administration and cat intake – 1152sf
    • Pole barn – 3000sf to be used for storage, indoor dog play area, public training and education classes
  • Dog Kennel Building Specifics
    • 5500sf with 40 indoor/outdoor kennels and 9 group runs.  Each kennel is large enough to accommodate more than one dog at a time.  This compares to 28 kennels at the existing shelter.
    • Building will have rooms for evaluation, office, adoption, grooming w/ shower, kitchen, laundry, and storage on main floor and in the mezzanine
    • Heated floors in the kennel areas for comfort, especially the older dogs
    • State-of-art air exchange and ventilation systems to reduce respiratory disease spreading and odors
    • Drains in each kennel for more thorough cleaning
    • Heat exchange system to reduce utility operating costs
    • Baffling throughout to reduce noise
    • Interior hall skylights to naturally brighten areas and reduce lighting costs
  • Our current shelter west of Port Angeles was built in 1958 and has approximately 2500sf.  When we move to the new shelter, the property will be sold.  The proceeds will be used for additional phases construction on the new property.
  • Additional construction is planned for the site in the future.  Phase II will be construction of a permanent cattery and possibly a new veterinary/surgery structure.  Phase III will be a new administration building.  These additional phases will require separate capital campaigns and are part of our multi-year plan.
  • New shelter advantages
    • More central location to better meet the needs of Port Angeles and Sequim residents
    • Shelter our homeless animals in cleaner, healthier, happier environments
    • Provide more pleasant conditions for visitors, volunteers, and staff
    • Allow OPHS to enhance services to our communities with more low-cost spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccination clinics.
    • Provide an area for public education and training classes
    • Add facilities to shelter larger animals, such as horses and other livestock
  • Our existing shelter has served OPHS well for 56 years since 1958.  Our new complex will handle the needs of our homeless animals of Clallam County for that many years or more.  It is a good investment for the future.

Cutest Pet Contest

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society Teams Up

with Toga’s Soup House for Contest

Port Angeles, WA ( March 30, 2015) — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society and Toga’s Soup House are teaming up to present Toga’s Soup House Cutest Pet Contest. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Toga’s.

Beginning April 1 and continuing through April 30, customers are encouraged to bring their cute pet with them when they visit Toga’s drive thru. To participate in the contest, humans pay $1 and a photo will be taken of your pet at the drive thru. All proceeds will be donated to the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society. Pets can be nominated multiple times.Cutest Pet Contest

Toga’s drive thru opens at 7 a.m. Monday-Friday and features fresh, hot coffee drinks handcrafted by Barista, Robin Tweter. The drive thru also features Baker Katrina’s muffins, scones, croissants and cinnamon rolls.

Voting for the cutest pet will take place the week of May 4-8. During that week, all of the nominated pet’s photos will be on display inside the restaurant. Participants must go inside the restaurant to vote. Votes are $1 each with proceeds benefitting the Humane Society.

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.

OPHS Proposes Bylaw Change

The following proposal will be voted on at a special members’ meeting on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The meeting will take place at noon in the Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library.

PROPOSAL: Change OPHS from “Member-Based” to “Donor-Based”                                        Organization

  Rationale:

  In order to streamline the operation of the OPHS Board (in keeping with most animal welfare organizations and other non-profits), OPHS would  no longer have members (voting or otherwise).

  At the suggestion of the Executive Director, making OPHS a donor-based organization will relieve the staff and Board of a great deal of extra work required to maintain “membership” records, levels of contributions, notification of meetings etc. This extra work costs time and money which can be better spent on animal welfare.

  Very few members actually attend the regular or annual meetings and it is felt most people who become “members” think of their dues as a donation rather than as prerequisite to involvement in the workings of the organization.

  Further, eliminating membership in OPHS will also afford the Board the opportunity to bring on qualified new Board members throughout the year instead of just once a year at the Annual meeting. This capability  will help maintain the continuity of a strong and viable Board by staggering terms of service.

  As a public entity, regular meetings of the Board are always and will continue to be open to the public.All meeting notices will be posted on the OPHS website and on the OPHS Facebook page. 

**In the sections below, words appearing in RED indicate wording to be removed or changed. Words appearing in GREEN indicate possible revised wording to be voted upon. 

PROPOSED CHANGE – OMIT ARTICLE 4

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society Bylaws

(Ratified by Membership September 27, 2010) 

(Current) 

ARTICLE 4

Members

Section 4.1. Admission to membership:Terms of admission to paid membership and s categories of membership shall be as follows:

a.Officers and Directors: Officers and Directors shall be deemed members by virtue of such offices. Each Officer and Director shall have one vote.

I. Society Membership Categories:

  1. Junior (under 18, non-voting)

Children upon reaching the age of 18 years are no longer eligible for inclusion on a “family membership”.  Upon reaching the age of 18 years, they will be eligible for membership under the same terms and conditions as any other applicant.

  1. Senior (62+, 1 vote)
  2. Individual (1 vote)
  3. Couples/Family (maximum 2 votes)
  4. Business/Organization (1 vote)
  5. Life Membership -2 categories

       a)      Individuals (1 vote)

       b)      Couples     (2 votes) 

c. Honorary Members: Honorary members may be elected by the Board under such policies as the Board may establish. Each honorary member shall have one vote. Honorary membership shall be granted for eminent service and requires a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. Payment of dues shall be waived.

d.Humane Society Employees: All full time employees shall be granted membership during employment and until termination of employment.  Employee members shall not be required to pay dues. Each full time employee shall have one vote.

e.Annual Dues: A resolution of the Board shall specify the annual dues, where appropriate, for each category of membership. Members shall pay dues in an amount set for each membership category by the Board of Directors.  A membership application form shall be made available. Membership dues may be prorated. Membership dues are not refundable.

f. Term of Memberships: Memberships shall be for the current calendar year and shall be renewable annually thereafter. Memberships shall be from January 1 through December 31.

g. Payment of Memorials or Unspecified monies: For purposes of membership, memorials shall not constitute the payment of dues.  Unspecified monies shall be accepted as donations only.

h. Delinquent Dues: Renewal dues are considered delinquent after 60 days following the start of the calendar year. After 60 days, membership will be forfeited until payment is received.  Membership will be re-instated on the date payment is received.

i. Membership Rights: Membership rights include, but are not limited, to the following: All members shall have the right to attend Board meetings, provide input on issues affecting the Society, serve on committees established by the Board, and otherwise, in a manner determined by the Board, provide support for Society programs and activities.  Members shall not be involved in the day-to-day management or affairs of the Society except in an advisory capacity as set forth herein. 

Section4.2. Appeals regarding denial and/or forfeiture of membership: Any person refused membership or suspended from membership in the Society may appeal such rejection or suspension to the Board of Directors.  Such notice of appeal must reach the Society Secretary at least twenty days before the regularly scheduled Board meeting.  The Board shall decide the issue as provided under the current version of Robert’s Rules of Order.  The decision of the Board of Directors shall be final. 

Section 4.3. Members access to Society records: Members are entitled to have reasonable access to information concerning the deliberations of the Board of Directors in order to determine whether the Society is being properly administered. Minutes of Executive and Small Board meetings are confidential and shall not be released without a 2/3 (twothirds) majority vote of the Board.  Cost of inspecting or copying shall be borne by such member except the costs for copies of the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.  Any such member must have a purpose for inspection reasonably related to membership interests.  Use and/or copying of the membership list, volunteer list or donor list for any purpose other than Society business is prohibited. The sale to or sharing of the membership list, volunteer list or donor list with other organizations is prohibited. Any member found by the Board of Directors to have used or contributed to the use of the membership lists, volunteer list or donor list for any purposes other than Society related business shall be suspended from membership for one year. 

 (Proposed) Entire Article removed as there will no longer be any “Members” 

If passed, all references to members throughout the remaining document will be removed and the document updated to make it grammatically correct.

Welcome

At the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, we are committed to caring for and finding permanent homes for the homeless animals of Clallam County. As an open admission shelter, we take in any animal that is brought to us. We do not turn animals away. Each year approximately 2,000 animals are brought into the shelter. We rely on the generosity of our community to help care for our residents. Thank you to everyone who makes a donation or adopts an animal into your family!