Do they appear to still have the FIRE?
Is the website up to date with activity? Do they send newsletters? Are they current? These are the questions the Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters program used in just one area of their criteria list to select one shelter in each state for recognition and to receive a grant for $3,000. For MuttNation Foundation, it seems the answer they found when it came to WAIF is YES! We do still have the “Fire.”
For the second year in a row, WAIF has been selected for this MuttNation Award for the state of Washington. A brief listing of other criteria the board members of MuttNation Foundation researched are:
- – High Live Release Rate (90%). WAIF’s 2014 Live Release Rate is 94.9%!
– High volunteerism (people rarely jump on/stay on a sinking ship).
– Are they fiscally responsible (low admin/staff costs).
– High activity/fundraising (are they working hard to earn income)?
– Do they work outside of the shelter to adopt out or minister to schools, elderly, etc.?
– Are they advocating/helping in spay and neuter campaigns, clinics, and activities?
– Are the hours of operation conducive with adoption times (open weekends, evenings, etc.)?
The fire indeed remains in WAIF after 25 years of service to Whidbey Island. I see it burn brightly in our staff and volunteers as they work in the thrift stores, walk the dogs, or play with the cats in the shelters. I felt the warmth as I took the first “hardhat” tour through the now enclosed new shelter construction and acknowledge all the years of dedicated love by many people that construction represents. I read the fire in the notes and letters that are attached to kind gifts of our donors.
Being selected for a second year for this small but meaningful award is an honor. Being involved in a community that cares for and values our companion animals, that is a blessing that I know will continue to burn brightly for the next 25 years, and beyond!