I moved to Wenatchee in 2005 with my husband Philip Heideman. Wanting to get involved in this amazing community, I joined the board of directors in 2007, served a term as president and then in 2011 decided to leave my career in business development to became executive director of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS). The transition was easy for me. My professional experience, along with my personal passion for pets and the people who love them, led me to this position and this organization. I consider myself fortunate and am humbled by the opportunity that I have to make a difference for animals, people and the valley.
1. We provide compassionate care for over 5,000 lost, stray, abandoned, surrendered and abused animals each year. We are the only animal shelter serving Chelan and Douglas Counties.
2. Thanks to the donations and generosity of thousands of people who support our mission, we opened the doors to a new shelter building in 2015. The new building provides improved capacity and care for the animals, and is a friendly and inviting place to visit.
3. WVHS has been serving its mission to protect, educate and adopt for almost 49 years. To that end, we have been breaking adoption records each year. Over 2,500 animals have found their forever homes in 2015.
4. As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce unwanted pet populations, every animal adopted from WVHS receives a spay/neuter surgery. In addition, we hold low-income spay/neuter clinics and provide thousands of dollars of low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to pet owners who may otherwise not be able to afford this surgery for their pets.
5. Our goal is to serve as a community resource by holding regular seminars in our new education room. We also appear regularly at community events, offer educational programs for children, provide assistance for senior citizens, and provide pet food assistance to pet owners who are experiencing financial difficulty.
How you can help: Donations are the best way to help us. It costs $133 a day, on average, to feed the animals in our care. Medical care, including vaccinations, exams and emergency surgeries, runs over $170,000 a year. We receive no tax dollars and are not affiliated with other organizations; we survive on donations.