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Barretts earn Humane Society's 'Humanitarian Award'.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society honored Ford and Marlys Barrett with the 2014 Humanitarian Award at its annual Auction for the Animals on Feb. 21.

The Barretts, staunch supporters of WVHS, have served on the advisory council for the "Raise the Roof" Capital Campaign to build a new shelter. Together they helped "open the doors" to new fundraising opportunities and networking to promote the organization and services.

The 2015 Auction for the Animals was attended by more than 352 people and raised $85,000. Of that, $28,830 is designated for the "Raise the Roof" Capital Campaign to open the doors to the new shelter that is under construction at 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee.

The $2.5 million total construction project broke ground on the first phase last June, which included new dog kennels with skylights, noise abatement materials and individual doggie doors to outdoor play yards. It was finished in October and is currently in use. Phase 2, scheduled for completion this spring, started with the demolition of the old shelter. The new structure will double the capacity for homeless cats and includes new cat condos, a treatment room, private get-acquainted rooms, an education room, and two lobbies --one for the shelter side and the other for the animal control side.

The balance of the funds raised at the annual auction will directly offset operating costs such as food, shelter and veterinary care.

At the Feb. 21 event, WVHS also honored Colleen, Bose of Wenatchee as the Foster Family of the Year for her work in caring for young and injured animals in their home, bringing them through critical periods before adoption can take place.

The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Ann Schaechtel of Leavenworth for her exceptional work to save, protect and re-home cats. Schaechtel was a valuable asset to the Fred Meyer Project last spring. Through her passion for cats, Schaechtel also "Opened the Doors" to sources of funding to create our new cat program,

Ella Jones, of Wenatchee, was award the Youth Volunteer of the Year award. She spends countless hours at the shelter helping with the care of the animals and promoting the WVHS mission.

In addition, Humane Hero of the Year was award to Kathie Teeley of Wenatchee. Teeley creates awareness of adoptable animals at the shelter through one on one meetings at the shelter and through Facebook posts of homes needed and adoption stories. Her efforts helped hundreds of animals find new homes.

Last year, the WVHS provided care for nearly 5,000 lost, abandoned, stray, injured and unwanted animals in Douglas and Chelan counties. As a private non-profit organization, it does not receive state, government, or national organizational funding to provide these crucial services, but relies fully on community support.

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is the only animal shelter serving Chelan and Douglas counties, providing care for displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, spay/neuter services with each adoption, investigating cruelties and finding new homes for abandoned and stray animals.

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Title Annotation:Keeping up with People
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Date:Apr 1, 2015
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