Letters to the Editor

Human Society ‘vital’ to community

As a long time volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, I would like to thank all of our volunteers, staff, Board members and most especially our community, for supporting our Capital Campaign for construction of a new shelter.

A new location on Old Olympic Highway was purchased approximately two years ago through private donations. Although a good portion of the 9.5 acres has buildings which serve our needs, we lack a place suitable to house dogs.

To date approximately $675,000 as been raised through our Capital Campaign. Total costs to complete the new site, including County requirements, are estimated at about $1.2M. The majority of these funds are necessary for infrastructure.

Our existing shelter is over 60 years old and being held together with duct tape and glue. It is well beyond being functionally adequate. There are still only 28 dog kennels and original space for approximately 40 cats. Yet more than 60 years later we see nearly 2,000 animals surrendered to our shelter annually. Despite this, we can boast a euthanasia rate of well below 7 percent!

Through an amazing program of cooperation with other sanctuaries, we are able to successfully attain this statistic. No healthy, adoptable animals are ever euthanized, and certainly never due to space limitations!

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is a vital part of this community, and has been for over 60 years. As such, we ask you to partner up with us in our “Dig Deep” Capital Campaign! Every donation, no matter how small, helps us get closer to breaking ground to allow the animals of Clallam County to have a place they deserve to stay until they find their “forever home.” We have accepted the challenge and we ask the same from our community.

Donations may be sent to OPHS, PO Box 3124, Port Angeles, WA 98362, or to our existing location at 2105 W. Highway 101, Port Angeles. Phone number for more info is 457-8206. Please note your donation toward “Dig Deep.”

Thank you so much for your support.

Kandace Pierce

President, OPHS

 

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