Introducing Canine U: A Fun
University for KHS Dogs!
Animal shelters can be stressful environments for dogs. With that in mind, Kitsap Humane Society’s behavior staff developed a “Canine U” program that provides positive, science-based behavior and training support for dogs during their stay with us, and beyond into their forever homes!

This program provides individual curriculum for each dog in the care of the Behavior Department. The coursework includes fun activities like games, food puzzles and learning tricks. A dog's challenges -- including stress and/or fear-based behaviors -- can be relieved through this unique support system. As dogs learn new skills and become happier and better behaved, their ability to get adopted quickly is increased. Best of all, families who adopt dogs in Canine U will be provided with “coursework” of games and activities that will help the dogs transition to their new home successfully.
PetsWALK Registration Now Open!
Kitsap Humane Society’s PetsWALK presented by Poulsbo Animal Clinic is June 22 — just two months away — and registration for this festive outdoor fundraising event is open now!

More than 400 participants are expected to leash up their pets to participate in this year’s annual 5K charity walk/run in Downtown Poulsbo.

While this fundraiser is loads of fun, the purpose of PetsWALK is to raise money to help KHS provide lifesaving care and shelter for more than 6,800 homeless, abandoned, and injured pets who come through our doors each year.

Early bird registration is only available through May 5 th  and then prices increase – so register here today!
PetsWALK 2019 Grand Marshal, Travis.
New Time-Lapse Video of Our Shelter Project
So much progress has been made since September 2018, when construction began on our new Pet Adoption Center, which opens this summer! Here's the latest video of our construction progress.

We're also making progress on our capital campaign fundraising, raising $5.8 million toward our $8.5 million goal. If you're interested in making an investment in our new animal shelter, please contact Donor Relations Director Tom Weed, Director of Development Kim Cizek Allen, or Executive Director Eric Stevens. They'd love to give you a personal tour.
Hard to Place Pet: Meet Ruby-Roo
Watch the video and please share it widely. We know there's a forever family out there for Ruby-Roo -- please help us find them! If you're interested in Ruby-Roo, please contact Ashley at
Kitsap Great Give a Big Success!
Thank you, Kitsap, for your generous support for the animals in our care during Kitsap Great Give!

With your support, $73,622 was raised to help KHS care for the homeless puppies, kittens and injured pets who come through our doors at this time of year. 

Our Kitsap community is compassionate and generous when it comes to helping pets in need. In fact, 481 donations were made to Kitsap Humane Society during the Great Give, the highest number of gifts made to a single nonprofit!

Thank you to all who donated, including members of our board of directors, who gave a $10,000 challenge gift once we surpassed our $60,000 goal.

Funds raised during the Great Give help us provide care to pets like Ruby, above, a newborn kitten found on a property in Port Orchard, covered in red paint and brought to us by a neighbor. We named her Ruby, and our veterinary team examined her and tended to her fragile health.
Join Us on May 16: Estate Planning Seminar
for Animal Lovers
Are you an animal lover who wants to learn more about estate planning and Social Security? Then this Estate Planning Seminar is for you! Hosted by Kitsap Humane Society, this seminar features two local estate planning experts who love pets, and will share insights on wills, trusts, Social Security, charitable giving and personal estate planning. This seminar is limited to 40 guests and fills quickly, so reserve your spot by contacting Kimberly Cizek Allen, KHS Director of Development, at (360) 692-6977 x 1215 or email her at
Adorable Adoptable
Meet Yeti!
Meet Yeti! Yeti is a friendly and gorgeous white German Shepherd mix who is approximately 7 years old. He’s a super smart dog who will bond well with his adopters while learning fun new tricks!

Yeti first arrived at our shelter as a stray and was so scared of his new surroundings. Getting leashed up for walks was both frightening and challenging, but with help from our amazing behavior staff and volunteers, Yeti now loves meeting new people, getting butt scratches and ear rubs, and having outdoor adventures with staff and volunteers.

This cutie has won over the hearts of many and enjoys outings to the beach and hikes with our devoted volunteers. You can tell he’s really having fun when he tilts his head and lets his big ole’ tongue hang out the side of his mouth!
Yeti needs an adopter who can love and support him. If you think you’d be a match, come visit Yeti at the shelter!
Volunteer Spotlight
Hannah Segall-Slayton
Hannah has been volunteering with KHS since 2014 and has accumulated a total of 830 volunteer hours!

She is a dedicated dog walker, who visits the shelter twice a week and goes above and beyond during her shifts. On top of all her dog walking duties, Hannah eagerly helps with laundry and dishes, which is greatly appreciated amongst everyone working and volunteering in the shelter! Hannah also enjoys taking dogs out to the Relax Room and Play Yard for extra out-of- kennel enrichment.

Thank you for everything you do, Hannah!
Employee Spotlight
Tamara "Tammy" Edwards-Ayars
This month’s Employee Spotlight is shining bright on Surgery Coordinator Tammy Edwards-Ayars! Tammy started working for Kitsap Humane Society fresh out of college. As she tells it, she drove by the shelter, saw that KHS was hiring and now, 12 years later, she’s a longtime and beloved member of the KHS team! 

Tammy is something of a staff historian, with first-hand knowledge of how things have grown and changed over the years.

In her daily role, Tammy works closely with our Animal Control, shelter and volunteer teams prioritizing, scheduling and assisting with surgeries.

Tammy has a love and dedication to shelter pets both at work and at home. She has 
adopted and welcomed six shelter pets into her family and continues to foster animals in need. Thank you, Tammy, for all your hard work and dedication to shelter pets over the years!
Community Spotlight
Poulsbo Animal Clinic
Special thanks to this year’s   PetsWALK Presenter of the Pack, Poulsbo Animal Clinic!  We’re proud to have them as the Presenting Sponsor of our June 22 annual charity walk/run.

A locally owned, full-service veterinary clinic in the heart of Poulsbo, Poulsbo Animal Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. It’s a distinction earned by fewer than 15 percent of all veterinary practices!

From routine vaccinations to advanced orthopedic surgeries, Poulsbo Animal Clinic is there for you and your animal companions. Thank you for your support,  Poulsbo Animal Clinic!  We appreciate you!

Share the News: Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services at KHS
Kitten and puppy season is right around the corner, and Kitsap Humane Society offers a range of low-cost services for pets in low-income families, including:
  • Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats by appointment
  • A low-cost monthly Cat Fix Day on the last Tuesday of the month, with surgeries at $58/females and $38/males
  • Free spay/neuter surgeries for community cats
  • Free spay/neuter surgeries for unplanned litters and their parents under the Last Litter Program
May Events
Many Thanks to Our Grand Shelter Sponsor:
Kitsap Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; Tax ID: 91-0728353