3Q Giving Focus: Washington Area Humane Society


Mission Statement

Provide shelter, safety and food for the orphaned and abused animals of Washington County with the goal of placing them in loving homes.

  • Provide public education about the humane care and treatment of animals.
  • Provide affordable veterinary outpatient services including spaying or neutering.
  • Investigate and resolve abuse cases in the best interests of the animal and community.

The Washington Area Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, meaning we do not euthanize animals to make room for other animals.

  • We pride ourselves on giving every animal a chance at a loving permanent home regardless of age or medical condition.
  • WAHS is funded solely by private contributions and donations.
  • We take in more than 1,000 animals and investigates over 1000 abuse cases annually.

The No-Kill Shelter Conundrum

When people find out that this is a no-kill shelter they sigh with relief. The reality is that what makes this a feel-good public policy is also what makes it even more difficult to maintain. In 2016 we had a 98% live rate. Annual Statistics 2016  STATS ON SPAY/NEUTER 579 Shelter Animals 300 Outside Animals (200 dogs and 100 cats roughly) 11 Feral   The shelter has capacity for approximately 60 dogs and puppies and 84 cats and kittens. We can only accept another dog or cat when  space becomes available. We are always seeking your help through adoptions, monetary donations and supply contributions.


We will be accepting monetary donations, please see either branch for more details.

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.washingtonpashelter.org/