Words by Smiley Team
August 28 was a big day for the Whatcom Humane Society. First, it was the Dog Days of Summer Festival which serves as a fundraising opportunity but thanks to an anonymous donor the day was a lot more profitable than they expected.
The festival has served as a fundraising opportunity for the nearly 20 years that it's been around, but this year, an anonymous donor pledged to match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
The festival ended with $20,000 in donations.
“We did meet that match,” Laura Clark told Cascadia Daily. “The proceeds will directly benefit all of our operations.”
The festival was in the field behind the humane society’s building and was full of booths offering food, games, and pet clinic booths. Dogs were entered in contests, and artists drew caricatures of the animals.
The Humane Society also had a small popup shop serving as an extension of their thrift store where they sold new and used pet products.
The Whatcom Humane Society is the oldest non-profit animal welfare organization in Whatcom County, WHS, and serves as an open admission shelter for any animals “regardless of the animals age, breed, temperament, physical or medical condition.”
“Our dedicated staff and volunteers care for approximately 4,500 domestic, wild and farm animals annually,” they write on their site. “We currently operate 3 shelter facilities – a domestic animal shelter, a wildlife rehabilitation center and a farm facility.”
“The Whatcom Humane Society believes that all animals, as sentient beings, have value beyond economic measurements and are entitled to legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection.”
DONATE: The Whatcom Humane Society accepts donations. Consider donating.
SUPPORT: If you’re of mind and means consider providing a home to an animal in need.