For over 100 years, the Kitsap Humane Society (KHS), a not for profit charitable organization, has been a presence on the Peninsula, caring for animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes. In 1908, following the examples already started in other parts of the country; we were founded to protect draft horses used in the logging industry from abuse.
Concerned community members fought for laws to punish negligent owners. By the early 40's we were caring for homeless dogs in a small one room building located in Bremerton, in 1962 we built our first actual shelter. In 1989 we built the current facility in Silverdale, where we now care for approximately 7,000 dogs, cats, horses, chickens and other types of domestic animals annually, and their numbers continue to grow.
At KHS, the quality of each animal's life is paramount. Long before it was popular to think of animals as individuals - to consider their physical and emotional needs when taking responsibility for their care - we were doing just that. That means every day, every dog gets exercise time in our outdoor runs, and the chance to walk outdoors with staff and volunteers. Cats in our care are petted, loved and cared for. Abused livestock is fed, groomed and provided with urgent medical care.
This very personal care is fully as important to a pet's well being as the inoculations, spay/neuter and other veterinary care provided during its stay in the adoption center. The remark "This doesn't feel like a typical shelter" is made by many visitors to the Kitsap Humane Society.
On any given day the Kitsap Humane Society is responsible for hundreds of animals with diverse needs. For many needy animals, KHS is the only place they will find help:
The Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program covers the majority of spay/neuter costs for qualified, low income pet owners. The service is available by appointment. Here at the shelter rescued dogs and cats of all ages await placement in carefully screened, permanent homes. Adoption dogs are evaluated and trained under the supervision of our talented and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. All adoption pets are given a physical examination upon arrival. All adoption animals are spayed or neutered.
"Can my gift make a difference?" Supporters should know that efficient management (by a superior staff of professionals working with an Executive Director, and dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers) allowed in 2006 an impressive 90.4% of all monies raised to go directly into program activities. Every gift is important. Through our community programs we offer exciting opportunities for support and sponsorship.
Forms of support include:
Non-cash contributions (e.g., vehicles, property, art objects)
The Kitsap Humane Society has long been noted for its innovative, highly individualized approach to animal care; its pioneer attitude is now reflected in a variety of community programs, and each year finds us reaching for a higher level of care.
As the human population on the peninsula grows, the numbers of unwanted, abused and abandoned animals also grows, so as we look to the future, we realize that a remodel and expansion of our facility is vital to the lives of helpless animals in our care. Please give generously; your donations can help us save lives. – less – More from ZoomInfo »