March 2018
Feel the Love: Foster a Pet!
Spring is almost upon us, and the coming warm weather means … a kitten tsunami! Hundreds of kittens flood into KHS during the spring and summer months, and many of them are not yet old enough for adoption. Until then, they need to be in a home environment.

Foster families are needed for nursing mothers and their babies, orphaned kittens in need of bottle feeding, and kittens who are eating on their own but need to gain a little more weight before spay/neuter surgery.

Fostering for KHS is easy! We provide all the medical care the kitties need until they are ready for adoption. Depending on the kitten’s age, the foster commitment is typically between two and eight weeks, and we can find you a match based on your availability! We provide the supplies a foster parent needs, like food and kitten formula. Kittens not your thing? Don’t worry, you can still help! Foster homes are needed year round for dogs and puppies, and for adult cats with medical needs.

Learn more at our upcoming Foster Care Orientation at the KHS Training Center on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m.! 
Senior Pets Need Your Support
Has a senior pet ever touched your heart? A record number of senior dogs and cats have been streaming into the shelter this month, many of them needing extra care before they can be adopted. These cherished companions may need surgery, diagnostics/lab work, and medication to keep them comfortable or to manage age-related chronic conditions.
Pets like Hector , an affectionate one-eyed Chihuahua mix (left), who likes yummy treats, snuggling under blankets and taking strolls around the neighborhood in snappy sweaters. His foster parents say he is such a good boy!

Pets like Hector deserve to grow old in a forever home with a family to love them. As is often the case with senior pets, it takes us longer to find them good homes, which increases their cost of care.
Please help improve the lives of at-risk senior pets like Hector by making a generous donation today . Help us provide them all the care and love they need until their forever homes are found.
Technology Upgrades Help Reunite Lost Pets! 
Kitsap Humane Society has an exciting new feature on our Lost/Found Pets web page, using technology to help people reunite with their lost pets!

The Lost/Found Pets page on the KHS website now features photos and basic details of lost pets currently on “stray hold” at the shelter. Each listing includes the town and zip code where the animal was found, as well as approximate age, sex, and any distinguishing features.

Our updated Lost/Found Pets page allows people who have lost their pet to see recent arrivals to the shelter from the comfort of their home and confirm if their missing pet is at the shelter. Our hope is that that more lost pets are reclaimed by their families, more quickly. Many thanks to Maddie's Fund for the grant to support this new technology!
Rep. Appleton is Humane Legislator of the Year
Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23, Poulsbo) was awarded the 2018 Humane Legislator of the Year Award in Olympia, honoring her for her work on behalf of animals. She adopted her 130-pound Rottweiler, Bear, from Kitsap Humane Society!

Appleton was joined by Eric Stevens, executive director of KHS, who said, “I can’t think of any legislator who is a stronger advocate for shelter animals and animal welfare, year after year, than Sherry Appleton. Besides being an animal-lover herself, she recognizes that people love animals. Sherry’s not just advocating for animals; she’s advocating for people who love animals.”
Purrs and Tail Wags to Kitsap Bank Employees
Kitsap Humane Society received a $2,192 donation of "MAD (Making a Difference in our Community) Money" from Kitsap Bank employees, and we can't thank them enough!
For every hour that an employee volunteers, the bank donates funds to the non-profit of the employee's choice.Thank you for your generosity, Kitsap Bank employees!
Adorable Adoptable
Journey Can't Wait to Meet You!
Journey is a sweet, snuggly American Bulldog mix looking for her forever home! Journey is silly and playful and loves to chase her rubber ball all around the yard.

Journey has been spending time in foster care where her foster mom reports she is very smart and loves food puzzles! This adorable girl can’t wait to meet you!
Volunteer Spotlight
Cait Celeste
Meet this month’s volunteer – Cait! Cait has volunteered at Kitsap Humane Society since October 2017 and has contributed almost 150 hours in that time! When she started, she jumped right in and helped staff clean dog kennels, then became an Advanced Handler dog walker working with more stressed dogs. She also spends time in the relaxation room and pasture, providing extra social time for dogs who are stressed and long-term shelter residents who need a break.

“I moved here from California in September, and started volunteering in late October; mostly because I love dogs and I wanted to meet new people and get out of the house," Cait said. "But now if I don’t go in at least a few days a week, I start to miss the dogs. I really enjoy my time with them.” Thank you, Cait, for all you do! 
What's the Difference between KHS and the Humane Society of the US?
Lots of animal welfare charities use the generic term "humane society" in their names. What most people don't know, is that most humane societies – like Kitsap Humane Society – are independent shelters and not affiliated with other local, state or national humane societies. For example, we are not affiliated with the national Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a lobbying group based in Washington, D.C.

Kitsap Humane Society is an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit that serves and is supported by the local Kitsap and greater Puget Sound community.

Your generous support of our organization goes directly toward saving lives and caring for animals in need, and your continued support is greatly appreciated.
What's Happening in March
Kitsap Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; Tax ID: 91-0728353