Thank You, Kitsap, for Your Extraordinary Generosity
We're so very grateful for our caring, compassionate and generous community. Your support for Kitsap Humane Society and the care we provide to homeless, injured and abandoned animals has been nothing short of extraordinary.

When KHS was forced to lay off staff and revamp operations due to COVID-19, we didn't know what would happen next.

To care for animals in this time of crisis, we asked for your help. You responded by exceeding the $300,000 goal for our Emergency Fund & Matching Gift Campaign, but that's not all. Your generosity in every aspect of our lifesaving work has blown us away!

Mark, above, wanted to adopt a senior pet, knowing they're often overlooked for younger animals. He saw 14-year-old Bruiser on our website and made an appointment to meet him. Our staff described this pairing as love at first sight. Bruiser came to the shelter as a medical rescue after his owner passed away, and Mark promises that this sweet Cairn Terrier mix, will be cherished, loved and cared for in his golden years. Thank you, Mark!
Cooped Up in the House and Feeling Irritated?
Maybe Your Dog Is, Too.
Just like you, our animal friends can become cranky and behave badly when they are cooped up in the house too long, no matter how sweet and social they might be ordinarily. Some communities are seeing an increase in dog bites as a result. Here are some tips on how to avoid irritating your pets during the lockdown, and inadvertently getting bit:

1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of walks (on a leash) and playtime.
2. Don't approach stray or loose pets.
3. Pay attention to pet cues. If they remove themselves from a situation, they likely want to be left alone.
4. Always supervise children and pets; both can be unpredictable at times.
5. Don't attempt to take toys, treats, or food from your pet.
6. Don't startle your pet when they are resting or sleeping. Let them know when you're going to pet them or sit next to them. And enjoy this special time at home with your beloved pets!
Join now to help shelter pets while having fun and winning prizes!
Join us for our first-ever virtual PetsWALK Presented by Poulsbo Animal Clinic! 
In response to COVID-19, we're holding our 27th annual PetsWALK virtually this year. This means you can choose to walk/run for the animals in your own neighborhood, at a nearby park, or even on a treadmill at home during the month of June.

You can fundraise to earn prizes, order your participant shirt, and tour the digital Pet Expo with our wonderful sponsors. You'll also have access to a private Facebook group after registering, where you will be able to participate in activities and contests each week of June while sharing how you complete your 5K. It’s a virtual party! Early-bird registration is NOW OPEN!
How the CARES Act Benefits Donors to KHS
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security — the CARES Act — was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It provides $2 trillion in emergency economic aid with tax relief and cash payments for individuals, and
has provisions for donors who want to help organizations like Kitsap Humane Society.

We checked in with KHS supporter and wealth advisor Clint Boxman of the Latitude 48 Group in Kingston , for a recap of how the legislation might affect you. Here is what he shared:

Charitable Contributions
The CARES Act provides opportunities for individuals to increase deductions for charitable contributions on their 2020 tax return.
  • Individuals who take the standard deduction can deduct up to $300 of cash donations to most charities.
  • For individuals who itemize, the CARES Act lifts the limitations on cash charitable contribution deductions from 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100% of AGI for most charities.
Relief for Retirees
Individuals who have Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for their retirement accounts (i.e – IRA’s or 401(k)’s) may be concerned about having to take those distributions with the market down. The CARES Act provides options:
Adorable Adoptable
Meet Betty, Gus, and Otis!
Looking for an adorable trio of cats?! Adopt Betty, Gus, and Otis! These sweet senior kitties came to KHS together and are looking for their forever home together.

Otis and Gus are definitely best buds -- you will often find them snuggling together in their cozy cat tree or in a hidey cubby. Betty is the more adventurous of the bunch and you’ll usually see her watching the world go by from her window perch.

These sweet cats are more of the wall-flower type rather than the life of the party, but would love a quiet home where they can blossom into loving lap cats. Interested in adopting? Email an application to !
Volunteer Spotlight
Meet Kathy Oliphant!
Meet Kathy Oliphant! Kathy is a dedicated and highly active volunteer, who has been with us for nearly 6 years. In this time span, she has completed over 2,673 hours of service. You may have spotted her in the laundry room keeping the stacks of towels and blankets in shipshape. Additionally, she is a member of the feline socialization team, photo team, and provides support in the vet services department. 

Kathy also offers extra help with special events, and is currently finding creative ways to volunteer at home during COVID 19. Right now if she’s not at the shelter keeping the laundry spinning, she’s at home sewing masks for her fellow volunteers and friends in the community as well as making cat enrichment toys to keep the kitties busy while cat socializing is suspended. 

Kathy is a fun team member and adds humor to any situation. Here she is showing off her improvised face mask! Kathy we are so grateful for your continued hard work and years of dedication to KHS!
Staff Spotlight
Meet Elizabeth Hubbard!
This month’s staff spotlight is shining on Elizabeth Hubbard, our talented Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator!

Elizabeth is the creative force behind all of the beautiful designs for KHS sweatshirts and T-shirts, adoption promotions, events, signage, the annual report and more!

She joined the KHS family as an intern in 2017 and was hired in 2018 after graduating with a graphic design degree from the Northwest College of Art and Design.

Elizabeth works with every department at KHS and is known for her creativity, collaboration, organization and for being proactive about upcoming projects.
She also jumps in to help others when needed and we all find her a complete JOY to work with!

Elizabeth hails from a military family and
she and her parents have lived all over
the U.S. -- from Virginia in the east to Texas in the south and the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii in the west.
Elizabeth has grown up with dogs her whole life and loves them dearly. (She likes cats, too, but her allergies don't!) Today she shares her life with two gorgeous Huskies, Tahoe and Denali.

We're so very grateful to have Elizabeth on the Marketing Team at KHS.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for all the ways your work at Kitsap Humane Society helps save lives, every doggone day!
Community Spotlight
Poulsbo Animal Clinic
Kitsap Humane Society extends a special thank you to this year’s PetsWALK Presenting Sponsor, Poulsbo Animal Clinic! We’re proud to have them presenting our 27th annual PetsWALK charity walk/run for the animals.
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 continued generosity and support, Poulsbo Animal Clinic! It's because of partners like YOU that we can continue our lifesaving efforts for shelter pets.

Kitsap Humane Society and PSE are Helping Neighbors in Need
Kitsap Humane Society has a Pet Food Pantry to support people who need help feeding their animals during this time of crisis.Teresa, left, contacted us for help feeding her cats after a recent hospitalization and we were able to help, thanks to donations from our community.

"This is amazing. I've been struggling to feed my pets and I so appreciate this," Teresa said.

Our Powerful Partner, Puget Sound Energy, is also reaching out to help people in need during the pandemic, offering payment options for those worried about paying their energy bills and making sure no one is disconnected during this challenging time. Details can be found at
Many Thanks to Our Grand Shelter Sponsor:
Kitsap Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; Tax ID: 91-0728353