About Us

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization. 

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide a safe haven to shelter and care for the abandoned, abused, or unwanted animals within Skagit County; to treat the animals with dignity and respect; to place these animals into loving and caring homes; to create public education programs that increase the awareness of humane treatment and the necessity of spay and neuter of all animals; and to coordinate resources for housing and placement of small animals evacuated during disaster. We are not a county or city municipal shelter, although we do contract with Skagit County and a number of cities to provide services to them. We are a private non-profit shelter that relies heavily on fundraising events throughout the year as well as donations and gifts left to us in wills. We truly appreciate the generosity of our community members as well as the amazing efforts of our volunteers at the shelter and at our fundraising events.

We are an open-admission facility. We do not pick and choose our pets, but accept any companion animals who need our care. We see over 2500 animals pass through our shelter each year. We provide care, comfort, and medical care to the animals that come through our doors. Even animals that have extensive medical needs get the attention they require.

Our mission

To provide a safe haven to shelter and care for the abandoned, abused, or unwanted animals within Skagit County; to treat the animals with dignity and respect; to place these animals into loving and caring homes; to create public education programs that increase the awareness of humane treatment and the necessity of spay and neuter of all animals; and to coordinate resources for housing and placement of small animals evacuated during disaster.

Our principles

Whereas, we are responsible for the welfare of those animals that we have domesticated and those upon whose natural environment we have encroached; and

Whereas, all utilization of animals gives us neither the right nor the license to exploit or abuse them; and

Whereas, all life possesses an inherent value and is thus deserving of considerate treatment.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Humane Society of Skagit County and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals encourages the public to adopt the following guidelines and further expects our membership to agree with these principles:

 

  • We will not kill animals needlessly nor for entertainment, nor to cause pain or torment.
  • We will provide adequate food, water, shelter, and care for animals for which we have accepted responsibility.
  • We will not use animals for medical, educational, or commercial experimentation or research unless absolute necessity can be demonstrated and unless such is done without causing pain and torment. 
  • We will not maintain animals that are used for food in a manner that causes them discomfort or denies them an opportunity to develop and live in conditions that are reasonably natural for them.
  • We will not kill animals for food in any manner that does not result in instantaneous unconsciousness.
  • We will not confine animals for display, impoundment, or as pets in conditions that are not comfortable and appropriate.
  • We will not permit domestic pets to propagate. 

Meet The Team!

Janine Ceja

 Executive Director

 

Julie Bistranin

 Animal Care Specialist-Dog Evaluator

 

Tiffany LeBow-Rezba

 Operations Assistant 

Eileen Lambert

 Animal Care Specialist 

Erika Hudson

 Floor Supervisor 

Adrian Hoare

Animal Care Specialist 

Remembering an Everyday Hero

Sandy Nelson June 11, 1956 -- July 28, 2012
A hero is an individual who consistently and continually sacrifices their own needs in the interest of others. In 32 years as a Humane Society employee and, eventually, Executive Director, Sandy touched many in this community. Many community members remember Sandy for bringing the happiness and companionship of a pet into their lives. She gave hope and a voice to countless homeless, abandoned, and sick animals. She was a true life saver. When Sandy passed away in 2012, she left unfinished work at HSSV. Before she died, she was in the midst of planning for the cat wing addition that she’d dreamed of for our new building. After shepherding the Shelter through its early days in a converted horse barn and seeing it through the move to our improved facility, Sandy left the cat wing as perhaps one of her only unfinished goals in life. It is up to us to carry out her vision, and we continue to work to make her dream a reality. Fundraising for this memorial expansion continues today, and donations are gratefully accepted. Sandy was an animal lover from day one. As a young child, she was constantly bringing home injured or homeless animals and offering them care. Helping animals was Sandy’s passion, and in her early 20s she took a job cleaning kennels at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. Her eagerness, altruism, perseverance, and determination help Sandy prove herself as an employee. Her love of animals molded her career, and she rose to the position of Humane Society Executive Director.

Words cannot convey how much Sandy meant to everyone. She was truly an inspiration to all. Sandy always gave selflessly to all people who had the honor and pleasure of knowing her and to all the animals. She was a magnificent and incredible person through and through. She is, and will always be, missed by so many.

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