ST. HELENA — There are 76 four-legged critters in We Treatment Animal Save, and one of them could be your new best friend.
The nonprofit, no-kill facility on Charter Oak Avenue in St. Helena is heading into the holiday seasons with dozens of adoptable animals, a spot in the charity showcase Napa Valley Give! Guide premiering Tuesday, and an increased focus on helping pet owners keep their creatures at home.
“There’s no need for us to take in an animal that somebody loves, if the owner just needs a little support, ” said executive director Ashley Armstrong. “We have a pet food pantry where anyone can get wet food, dry food, litter, crate, leash, collar — anything you might need to keep your animal in your home. ”
We Care will also contribute up to $500 toward emergency veterinary care if pet owners are facing a daunting bill.
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“We want to help people keep their animals, ” Armstrong said. “A lot of people don’t know we offer those resources, but we’d love to have more people use them. ”
For those within the market for a pet, We Treatment has plenty of options.
As of mid-November, cats outnumbered dogs 72-4, the ratio that will suits the particular felines perfectly fine. About 75% of the cats are usually considered adoptable, while the particular rest have health problems serious enough that We Care will probably be their own forever home.
Visitors in order to We Treatment will meet Freddie and Mercury, a bonded pair of black cats who, like any close friends, go through their particular hissy patches but always have each other’s backs in the end. The outgoing Mercury has an un-catlike tendency to roll on the ground and get dirty without grooming himself afterward.
You’ll meet Kitty, a sweet-natured diabetic cat who embodies We Care’s commitment to what Armstrong calls “last-chance cats” who would otherwise be euthanized.
You will meet the TikTok-famous Mija: no ears but lots of charm, as evidenced by her popularity on We Care’s social media. She is one of We Care’s longest-tenured residents and not up for adoption.
You’ll fulfill Rainbow, rescued from euthanasia at a municipal shelter plus now happy, safe and up for ownership.
You’ll satisfy a litter of four pit bull puppies that live from We Care during the particular day — separated from the cats, for obvious reasons — and spend the night in the foster house. They’ll become participating in We Care’s Saturday morning puppy training classes, which are open to the community.
Dogs have their place with We Treatment, but the shelter’s primary mission will be playing matchmaker between pet cats and humans. Adoptions this year have already exceeded the particular 2021 mark. So possess intakes, with a few more cats scheduled to arrive this week.
All of us Care’s population is far below its maximum of 250 cats plus five canines. That reflects the shelter’s mission to “get them in, give them what they need, and adopt all of them out, ” Armstrong stated.
“When we have fewer pets here we don’t see upper respiratory infections or cat fights that may result in somebody going to the vet, ” Armstrong said. “Their quality of life is better, so they’re happy, plus happy cats are easier to adopt. So although our numbers are low at the moment, we’re actually saving more lives. ”
We all Care has about a dozen volunteers and more are always welcome, Armstrong said. So are visitors who simply want some feline time.
“We have got great veterinary care, great staff and great volunteers, ” Armstrong said. “We just need more individuals to come in. Basically from 9 in order to 5 you can visit us plus hang out with the felines. ”
For more information about We Care, call 707-963-7044. You can furthermore sign up to volunteer or browse adoptable cats and kittens online on wecareanimalrescue. org .
Photos: Duke the therapy dog, a canine with a big heart
You can reach Jesse Duarte from (707) 967-6803 or [email protected] com .