Stop whatever you are doing right now and open your phone and search @bluemountainhumane on instagram.
Take a few moments and scroll through the pictures.
These are the faces of the lives that Blue Mountain Humane Society is saving.
In 2017 they saved the lives of over 2,250 animals and found 1,607 of them new homes.
They’ve been in the business of second chances for over 50 years.
The Blue Mountain Humane Society was founded in 1967 with the mission “to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to companion animals in our community.”
Their goal of helping the stray animals of Walla Walla, Umatilla, and Columbia Counties.
They describe themself as a “humane, state of the art, no kill shelter.”
A Legacy of Saving Lives
The organization says of themselves, “[we] work to educate, inform, and equip our community with the tools required to accomplish our ultimate goal: to end pet overpopulation and homelessness in Walla Walla Valley.”
Blue Mountain Humane Society takes in more than 2,250 animals annually and does not just serve the the surrounding counties. They report that families travel from all over Washington, Idaho, and Oregon to rescue pets from their shelter. One employee said of their work, “What it all comes down to is finding owners who are willing to do what it takes… that isn’t much really. They just need someone love and attention.
How They Do It
Working in animal welfare is not glamorous work, but Blue Mountain Humane Society is up to the task as the leading animal rights advocacy group in the area. Even still, this donation supported shelter has a lot on its plate. They take in strays and seized animals not just from the community of Walla Walla, but College Place, Dayton, Waitsburg, and Milton Freewater as well.
They have a policy of accepting own surrenders too in order to keep people who can no longer care for their pets from having to make the desperate choice of leaving them somewhere and hoping for the best. They even find the time to visit schools to support animal education and conduct cruelty and neglect investigations.
Why It’s Important
While no one wants to think about it, it’s important to understand that without organizations like the Blue Mountain Humane Society, a lot of animals would have no hope. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ research shows some disheartening facts. There are about 6.5 million animals admitted to shelters annually. Of those 6.5 million, approximately half are cats and half are dogs. Every year 3.2 million of those pets will find a new loving home, but 1.6 of them will have to be euthanized due to health problems or overcrowding in shelters.
It’s not all bad news, though. The statistics tell us that the rate of euthanasia is going down. More families are choosing to adopt their pets rather than buy them from a breeder and while only 20% of animals annual get reunited with their owners, that’s still 710,000 beloved pets getting to go home. An employee of Blue Mountain said, “We are a part of something bigger than just ourselves. Part of that is to help the animals, whether you are giving your time, the little bit of money along with it. Whatever you do, every little bit helps.”
“It’s a Wonderful Feeling to Know You Are a Part of Something that Makes a Difference”
Blue Mountain Humane Society is leading the way for animal shelters. In 2017, Charity Navigator, an organization that analyzes the transparency and trustworthiness of nonprofit organizations, awarded the shelter with a four star rating for having received 95 out of a possible 100 points. They’ve been making strides over the last 10 years by innovating the way things are done in animal welfare.
- In 2009, Blue Mountain Humane Society founded the Cat Management Coalition to trap, spray or neuter, and return feral cats to their habitat in efforts to reduce the stray cat population.
- In 2013, they converted 75 acres into an off-leash play area for dogs.
- In 2017, they achieved an all time high Leave Live Rate, or rate of animals leaving the shelter due to adoption or transfer, of 96.7%.
- They have began using social media accounts and real time live streams to get the word out about their amazing animals to more people.
- Over the past three years, over 4,300 animals have found a loving home.
51 Years of Service
In 2018, the Blue Mountain Humane Society will celebrate it’s 51st birthday, but they’re not interested in presents. This year, they ask that you help them make a difference in the lives of animals. They’re hoping to expand to make space for as many animals in need as they can, but they cannot do it without our support.
Donations to the shelter keep them running day to day. The funds are used to buy medical supplies like prescriptions and vaccines, pay the utilities, and purchase necessary daily items like cleaning supplies, bedding, toys, and food. When you have over 2,000 mouths to feed come through over the course of a year, there can never be enough money for kibble.
Donations are what also helps them move forward with facilities improvements.
In short, the employees of Blue Mountain Humane Society might seem like superheros, but they can’t do it alone.
You can find out how to help them by visiting their XPO2 page.
If you’ve ever been impacted by an animal or just want to make a difference in this world for someone who needs your help, find out more about Blue Mountain Humane Society and help them give animals in need a second chance.