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WAG group takes on 10

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Sequim Gazette staff

Welfare for Animals Guild, better known as WAG, has its hands even more full than usual.

 

The members, all volunteers, recently took delivery of a big batch of dogs — 10, all told.

 

Judy Stirton, president of WAG, said they retrieved the dogs Sunday, Sept. 2. They were formerly owned by “a hoarder” who had to give them up.

 

One has been adopted, three are too young for spaying or neutering, while one is pregnant, which also makes the procedure impossible.

 

But the five remaining dogs are fixed and ready to go now to new homes.

 

That would be a great help, Stirton said, noting the dogs currently are distributed among the homes of the organization’s volunteers.

 

The latest influx raises the number of dogs in WAG’s care to “about 30,” Stirton said. “Our homes are full of dogs.”

 

Mary Ann Langan, treasurer of the all-volunteer outfit, said just because someone wants a dog doesn’t mean they can just come scoop one up. The organization’s operational philosophy calls for matching dogs with people. “We want to make sure they’re not just stuck somewhere,” she said.

 

That may mean, for example, that a bounding puppy Labrador isn’t the right fit for an older couple who lack the backyard required.

 

On the other hand, that couple may be perfect for a middle-aged poodle, a lap dog who just needs a lot of love.

 

The recent delivery has increased the urgency for the organization’s plan to purchase a house with acreage in the Sequim area. The new facility would enable WAG to increase significantly its capacity for taking care of lost, neglected, injured, abandoned or surrendered dogs.

 

WAG is looking to purchase a facility with five or more acres to provide a home-like environment for rescued dogs until they find their “forever” homes. The campaign goal is $400,000-$500,000.

 

During the day, rescued dogs would have large fenced play areas in which to run freely and socialize with the other dogs and volunteers. Inside, they would have a community area where they could lounge, play and listen to soothing background music. At night each dog would have its own bed.

 

To adopt or donate, or for more information on WAG, visit welfare4animalsguild.org or call Langan at 460-5862.

 

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