Humane society to fete one year of pets

By Erin Middlewood, Columbian special projects reporter

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The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is celebrating its first year in its east Vancouver location with a party for two- and four-legged friends.

The animal shelter will offer reduced prices for animal adoptions during the celebration, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event offers family activities, free popcorn and drinks. Food vendors and peddlers of pet-related products will be on hand as well.

“We want people to come down and see what we’re all about,” said Kate Goudschaal, the organization’s director of community programs. Human visitors are welcome to bring their pets, she said.

The Humane Society moved into the $7 million, 30,000-square-foot shelter in July 2009.

“It’s a little after the anniversary, but we wanted to shoot for an end-of-the-summer celebration,” Goudschaal said. “The celebration is highlighting everything we’ve done in the new shelter in the past year.”

The Humane Society has bolstered its educational programs since the move. It offers classes for children and adults. For example, classes aimed at 3- to 5-year-old children provide them the chance to interact with an animal, hear a story and engage in sensory activities, Goudschaal said. A recent lecture for adults tackled “The Truth About Bully Breeds,” and laid out information about American pit bull terriers.

If you go

What: Humane Society for Southwest Washington anniversary celebration.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave.

Cost: Free.

Information: 360-693-4746 or http://www.southwesthumane.org

In September, the shelter will bring back its pet-loss support group for people who have lost companion animals. A volunteer who is also a licensed grief counselor will run the group.

On Saturday, those who want to add a pet to their families will have a chance to do so at a reduced price. Adoption fees include spaying or neutering, microchip identification and vaccinations. The regular prices range from $25 to $80 for cats, but on Saturday only, the adoption fee for kittens will be $25 for the first and $10 for the second; the fee for older cats will be $10 for the first and free for the second. The usual adoption fees for dogs are $50 for senior dogs, $100 for adult dogs and $150 for puppies, but on Saturday fees will be half off.