By Lorraine Marie/Writing for CVAS
A sizeable percentage of animals at the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary have come from locations south of the non-profit facility. Fortunately, Chewelah and the surrounding area have a small core of volunteers that work hard to make a dent in the region’s pet overpopulation.
There are several active foster homes in the Chewelah area. Depending on an animal’s needs, pet foster parents can be engaged with a Sanctuary cat or dog for days, weeks and sometimes months.
One volunteer said that pets in a foster home may need some socializing or medical care. But kittens who’ve lost their mother will need bottle feeding. Once they are adoption age, the Sanctuary works to place kittens in appropriate homes.
The Trap-Neuter- Return project is also active in Stevens County’s south end. There are a surprising number of feral cat colonies. Responding to a call about problem feral cats, a volunteer can find anywhere from two to 50 or more cats.
After they are trapped, they are neutered or spayed and adults are returned, at the owner’s wish, to their familiar home grounds. The cats are healthier and no longer reproducing. As well, they are happy to resume rodent control duties.
Kittens from feral colonies are “fixed,” vaccinated, and tamed. Then the Sanctuary works to find homes for each. The feral cat work is done in concert with Stevens County Cat Care.
The Sanctuary’s south-end volunteers are significant players in transporting pets for adoption at partner shelters in Spokane and Seattle.
As one Chewelah-area volunteer emphasized, Stevens County clearly lacks enough homes for all the pets that are produced in the area.
The Sanctuary’s website is www.colvillevalleyanimalsanctuary.com . At the site viewers can see the variety of home-ready dogs and cats, explore volunteer opportunities, or make a donation.