Sunday, July 14, 2024

Humane Society ED focused on bringing pets and people together


As Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s Executive Director James Pumphrey approaches three months in his new role, he emphasizes it’s the success of WVHS’s core programs that ensures the agency continues to bring value to pets and people throughout the community.

“Our animal welfare programs are pro-pet and pro-people, and they’re designed based on best practices and science based sheltering ,” says Pumphrey. “We’re equally guided by a commitment to being humane in our work to guarantee the highest standards of care. Our purpose is to bring pets and people together and keep pets and people together.”

Some of the key programs of focus for WVHS include:

Clinic Services: WVHS delivers high quality clinic care with the goal of making veterinary services affordable and accessible to the entire community. Examples of services include exams, x-rays, spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, treating broken bones, skin conditions, and ear and eye infections,

Adoption: WVHS has an open, conversation-based adoption process, matching the lifestyles and expectations of adopters with the needs of homeless pets. Adoption fees include spay or neuter surgery, initial vaccinations for dogs, microchips, general well-health exams and options for pet health insurance.

Foster Program: This is designed to increase the number of animals that WVHS can help by allowing foster families to host animals and help ready them for later adoption. The program expands the capacity of care that can be provided for injured and homeless animals.

Animal Care & Control: WVHS provides services to the cities of Cashmere, Chelan, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Leavenworth, Rock Island, Wenatchee, Waterville and Chelan and Douglas counties. Its mission is to help protect the safety and well-being of the citizens and animals of these areas through compassion, education and law enforcement.

Key 2022 Measures:

• 2,474 animals adopted

• 3,500 spay and neuter surgeries

• 564 lost pets returned to owners

• $402,173 spent on medical care

“Our success wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers who work in countless ways on the behalf of pets in our community,” says Pumphrey. “They are dog walkers and trainers, socialize cats and small critters, help support our clinic and facilities and volunteer at events. And they do so with the greatest compassion and care.” To explore volunteer opportunities at WVHS, people can complete an online application or email

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society builds a community of responsible animal owners by providing education and outreach, animal care and control for protection, and rescue and adoption services.


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