Get your costume ready

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Vancouver’s Furry Friends cat rescue has a plan for this year’s fundraiser that could fill your Instagram feed. Organizers at the all-volunteer rescue encourage guests to attend in costumes that celebrate the historical spirit of the legendary Three Musketeers — but with a feline flair.

The fundraiser, happening Saturday, Sept 15 at Vancouver’s Firstenburg Community Center, supports operating costs for and improvements to the rescue’s recently purchased Halfway House, which expanded shelter capacity. 

Whiskers, swords, and costumes are optional, but registration is required. Get tickets and details at FurryFriendsWA.org.

Ready, Set, Go!

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Pet season has begun! 

No matter the weather, it’s time to get out and about with your furry friends and support the animals in the community. 

Several great organizations helping animals have their biggest fundraisers in the months ahead.

Check out this roster of paw-some walk/run events to get started:

Walk/Run for the Animals

Sat., May 5, 7:30am-11:30am at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA * Party in the park with over 2,000 people and more than 1,000 dogs (and other pets) to support the Humane Society for SW Washington. Choose a timed 5K run or 3-mile walk along the beautiful Columbia River. Dozens of pet-friendly vendors, dog agility demos, awards and fun for you and your dog.  Details/register SouthwestHumane.org.

Doggie Dash 2018

Sat., May 12, 7:30am-1pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, OR * Portland’s biggest party for pets and their peeps celebrates you, the animals you love and everything that makes Puptown a haven for pet lovers. Two fun run/walk courses to choose from – the Doggie Dash Classic 1.5 miles or the Bridge to Bridge 2.5 miles. Vendors, contests, live music and more round out this incredible morning of fun. Details/register OregonHumane.org.

Bark in the Park

Sun., May 21, 7am-Noon at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, OR * On your marks, get set, GO!  Leash up for a 10 or 5K run or a 2K walk at the 25th annual event for the animals at Greenhill Humane Society. Enter as an individual or a team and get a sweet doggie bandana and special anniversary t-shirt with registration. The line-up of fun also includes canine activities, contests, vendor booths, demos and more. Details/register Green-Hill.org.

2018 WillaMutt Strut 5K and Fun Run/Walk

Sun., June 10, 8m-1pm at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR * Grab some friends and leash up the pups for the pets at Willamette Humane Society. Choose from the ambitious 5K (run or walk) or the more casual 1K strut. Afterwards, join other passionate pet people in the park for food, brews, music, games, demos and more fun. Family-friendly, group-friendly and of course, dog-friendly event!  Registration includes t-shirt and race swag! Details/register WHS4Pets.org.

Dog Gone Run

Sat., June 16, 7am-1pm at Friends of Sam Jackson Park in Redmond, OR * Dog-friendly 5K or 10K run/walk supports the Brightside Animal Center and encourages participants to get out with their buddies although it’s not a requirement. For something more casual, there is also a 1-mile fun walk for families and their pets. Awards given for fastest finishers overall in each age division.  Details/register BrightsideAnimals.org.

Lace up your walking shoes and let’s go!

Fetch all the pet-related fun by visiting the Good Neighbor Vet Furry FunPlanner and tune in to KPSU radio every Thursday at 6:05pm.

Celebrate Halloween with Willamette Humane

Bowser’s Boo Bash, a perennial favorite Halloween benefit and auction is Oct. 28 in Salem. Among Willamette Humane Society's largest events of the year, attendees will take a trip down the yellow brick road to visit the wonderful Wizard of Oz and enjoy an evening of food, drink, entertainment, costumes, and more — all to support homeless pets. As the folks at WHS say: "For these animals, there's no place like home.”
Get tickets and more details at whs4pets.org.

HSSW gala goes down the rabbit hole

Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?"

Alice: "I'm afraid so.  You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

The Humane Society for SW Washington presents the “Chasin’ for Choppers Mad Hatter’s Party,” its annual dinner and auction to support the animals at 5pm Oct 7 at Red Lion Jantzen Beach. For tickets or details visit HSSW.org/auction, or contact Denise Barr at 360-213-2615 or dbarr@swhumane.org.

Don’t miss WillaMutt Strut

Willamette Humane’s annual FUN Run — a family-, group-, and dog-friendly event — is June 4 at Riverfront Park in Salem, with a 5k run/walk, and a shorter 1k walk around the park. Festivities include food and brews, music, dog training demos, and more — all to support WHS pets in need.

Individual registration is $35, and includes a t-shirt, events, and admission to the race, which starts at 10:30. Kids 12 and younger with registered adults admitted free (t-shirt not included, but are available for $10. Details whs4pets.org.

Ready, Set, Go!

Pet season has begun! 

No matter the weather, it’s time to get out and about with your furry friends and support the animals in the community. 

Several great organizations helping animals have their biggest fundraisers in the months ahead.

Check out this roster of paw-some walk/run events to get started:

Walk/Run for the Animals

Sat., May 6, 7:30am-Noon at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA * Party in the park with over 2,000 people and more than 1,000 dogs to support the Humane Society for SW Washington. Choose a timed 5K run or 3-mile walk along the beautiful Columbia River. Dozens of pet-friendly vendors, dog agility demos, awards and fun for you and your dog. Plus, Mosho, the cat rapper performs live!  Details/register SouthwestHumane.org.

Doggie Dash 2017

Sat., May 13, 7:30am-1pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, OR * Portland’s biggest party for pets and their peeps celebrates 30 years!  That’s totally tubular!  Fun run or walk from two different routes and support the animals at Oregon Humane Society.  There is also a virtual walk and dashers are encouraged to wear their finest 1987 attire!  Vendors, contests, live music and more round out this incredible morning of fun. Details/register OregonHumane.org.

Bark in the Park

Sun., May 21, 7am-Noon at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, OR * On your marks, get set, GO!  Leash up for a 5K run or 2K walk at the 24th annual event for the animals at Greenhill Humane Society. Enter as an individual or a team and get a sweet doggie bandana with registration. The line-up of fun also includes canine activities, contests, vendor booths, demos and more. Details/register Green-Hill.org.

WillaMutt Strut 2017

Sun., June 4, 9am-Noon at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR * Grab some friends and leash up the pups for the pets at Willamette Humane Society. Choose from the ambitious 5K (run or walk) or the more casual 1K strut. Afterwards, join other passionate pet people in the park for food, brews, music, games, demos and more fun. Family-friendly, group-friendly and of course, dog-friendly event!  Details/register WHS4Pets.org.

Dog Gone Run

Sat., June 17, 7am-1pm at Friends of Sam Jackson Park in Redmond, OR * Dog-friendly 5K or 10K run/walk supports the Brightside Animal Center and encourages participants to get out with their buddies although it’s not a requirement. This year, a 1-mile fun walk will be introduced for families and their pets. Awards given for fastest finishers overall in each age division.  Details/register BrightsideAnimals.org.

Lace up your walking shoes and let’s go!

Fetch all the pet-related fun by visiting the Good Neighbor Vet Furry FunPlanner and tune in to KPSU radio every Thursday at 6:05pm.

30th annual Doggie Dash is May 13th

The largest and oldest humane society in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Humane Society boasts a fantastic 97% save rate.  Established in 1868, the organization is admired and respected in the community, evidenced by another strong showing in the Top Dog Awards this year.

Rescuing, healing and adopting more than 11,600 pets annually is made possible by the hard work and compassion of 180 animal-loving full-time staff and over 2,000 volunteers. The organization also offers ongoing workshops on training, TTouch, pet massage, managing multi-pet households, managing behaviorally-challenged pets and more. Other OHS services include animal rescue, emergency response, treating abused animals, spay/neuter, and medical care.

Supported 100% by private donations and fundraisers, OHS’s Doggie Dash is perhaps the largest, most popular annual pet event in Portland.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our 30th year on May 13th,” says Barbara Baugnon, OHS Vice President of Marketing and Communications. This is our largest fundraiser and biggest event — more than 8,000 people come out with over 3,000 dogs of all breeds and sizes. It really is a citywide celebration, and the largest dog walk on the west coast! Our goal this year is to raise $675,000.” In addition to the walk, Doggie Dash includes a large Vendor Village, contests, treats, and even human chair massages. “Because it’s our 30th anniversary this year, we are doing a throw-back to 1987 [the first year], with a neon color theme,” says Baugnon.

Among its many accolades, OHS — and specifically, Doggie Dash — have been Top Dog winners most years. “We are absolutely honored to win in so many Top Dog categories, as it means we are relevant and right on track. Oregonians have always loved, cared for, and respected their pets. I love that we have been here in the same spot for 148 years, and that there are pets buried here in our cemetery dating back to 1920. We have grown to a 46,000 square-foot animal shelter, and another 22,000 square-foot animal medical center, with three surgery suites, radiology, recovery rooms, and even a pharmacy.”

Details and to register at OregonHumane.org.


Melinda Thompson is a freelance writer with a degree in Speech Communications and a coveted "Ducktorate" from the Walt Disney World Company. She has been featured in many local magazines and newspapers.  She lives in Vancouver USA with her husband, son and daughter.

Retired Racers: The Greyhound Calendar 2017

Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest and local award winning art and commercial photographer Holly Andres collaborated on a unique set of photos that have been combined into a Calendar as a fundraiser for Greyhound Pet Adoption NW. This calendar project is a unique effort – with a local animal welfare group and a local artist and featuring interesting Portland locations. 

All of the greyhounds featured in the calendar are Retired Racers – dogs who no longer qualify for greyhound racing due to age, injury or poor performance. The greyhounds are transported from racetracks across the country to Portland by the all-volunteer organization and medically prepared for adoption and socialized in foster homes. 

Holly Andres is a Portland-based photographer whose work has been featured in major publications like Time, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the NY Times Sunday Magazine and more. Holly says, “ I’m excited about the series I made in collaboration with the Greyhound Pet Adoption NW and FIR Advertising, a student-run ad agency at Portland State University, in which we produced a dozen photographs of magnificent Greyhound rescue dogs in various scenarios. The fruits of our labor are sequenced in a beautifully printed, limited edition calendar that you can purchase to support Greyhound Pet Adoption NW”. More about Holly Andres at hollyandres.com 

For More information about GPA-NW please visit: www.gpa-nw.org, or our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/GPA.Northwest
To purchase a calendar, please visit. http://gpa-nw.org/greyt-stuff-store/product/retired-racers-greyhound-calendar-2017/

Local Cat Rescue to Host “My Fair Kitty” Dinner and Auction

(Vancouver, WA) Furry Friends is hosting its eighth annual dinner and auction fundraiser on Saturday, September 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98668.

While this year’s theme, “My Fair Kitty,” encourages attendees to wear costumes that reflect the high style and high spirits of the Academy Award winning film “My Fair Lady”, dressing to the nines is purely optional. 

Festivities begin at 5 PM with guests having their photos taken and placing bids on the dazzling assortment of silent auction items. Dinner, catered by Summerland Catering, will then be served, offering a vegetarian entrée and including a dessert bar. The live auction, gaveled by auctioneer Doug Quinn will follow, and the evening will conclude with the awarding of the prize for the most popular “My Fair Kitty” costume.

Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery and Iron Gate Storage are sponsoring the event, while, among the donations from local businesses and individuals, are a 5 days/4 nights package to Cancun, Mexico, winery tours and tastings, gift certificates to local eateries, gift baskets, pet items, personal items and handmade gifts.

Advance tickets are $50 per person and $55 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased through PayPal at www.furryfriendswa.org. For those interested in donating a NEW item worth $30 or more to the auction, please contact auction@furryfriendswa.org. Donations will be accepted until August 31st, 2016. 

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund both the rescue’s operating costs and the building improvements on the halfway house they recently purchased to accommodate their ever-expanding roster of cats.

Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a nonprofit, no-kill 501(c)(3) animal rescue serving Clark County. Run entirely by volunteers, their mission is to save ailing and abused, abandoned and relinquished cats by providing them with medical care and socialization, spay/neutering and shelter until they are placed in appropriate adoptive homes.

For further information on the rescue, please visit www.furryfriendswa.org, email information@furryfriendswa.org or call 360-993-1097.

Wallet cards alert responders if pets are home alone

Have you ever considered what would happen if you became injured away from home? How would rescue workers or hospital staff know you have pets alone at home? How would they notify a friend or family member to care for them? Even if they did notify family, have you designated a specific person to care for your pets if you were to become incapacitated?

These questions are posed by iheartdogs, which offers wallet cards signaling pets are home alone in the event a pet parent is injured or ill away from home. Purchasing the cards (two for $7.99) is good for owned pets, and also supports animal shelters by providing nutritious food for dogs awaiting forever homes. Learn more at iheartdogs.com.