Making a difference in the lives of pets and people is important work. And that work happens all over Southwest Washington. At HSSW, we rely on partnerships with other agencies in our community to provide support services for families and pets in need.
Larch Pet Training Camp
We believe in second chances for dogs and cats…and people, too! Our partnership with the Washington Department of Corrections Larch Correctional Institution is just one way we connect pets and people, in a very special way.
In collaboration with HSSW training and behavior staff, inmate-handlers at Larch Corrections Center work with dogs and cats to ready them for new adoptive homes. Inmates at Larch can earn the privilege to live, train and work with the animals 24 hours a day. Training and behavior programs are tailored to each individual animal and pets typically stay at Larch six to eight weeks before returning to HSSW for adoption.
The Larch Pet Training Camp benefits both adopters and animals. Dogs learn basic manners, commands, and house and crate training. Cats learn to trust people and overcome shyness in order to live with their new family. And the inmates benefit by learning valuable work and life skills to aid them in transitioning back into our communities. People + Dogs + Cats… it’s what we do!
Read more about Larch Pet Training Camp.
YWCA Safe Choice
Data on domestic violence and child abuse cases reveal that individuals who abuse their children or spouses are also more inclined to abuse their pets. In one survey, 71 percent of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted pets. In another study of families under investigation for suspected child abuse, researchers found that pet abuse had occurred in 88 percent of the families under supervision for physical abuse of their children.
To protect the pets of families fleeing abuse and domestic violence, HSSW has partnered with YWCA Clark County to provide food, supplies, crates, and other materials to help the individual keep their pet with them. While protecting the pet, this service also allows the individual to keep their pet with them.
Pet Food Support Programs
Our CHOW program provides meaningful pet food assistance to families struggling to make ends meet. However, CHOW is limited in its ability to serve families without access to reliable transportation or home-bound pet owners in need of support. HSSW is proud to partner with service groups in our community to help feed family pets in need.
Our partnership with the Clark County Food Bank, allows HSSW to provide occasional distribution of pet food to food pantries in our community. Distribution at these pantries offers greater access to pet food for struggling families.
Animeals is a service provided by Second Chance Companions to seniors, disabled, and needy individuals in Clark County. Food is distributed to Meals on Wheels recipients and individuals in assisted living and senior facilities at no cost. This enables individuals to keep their companion animals, providing a special quality to their lives and saving their pets from an uncertain fate.
Community Clinics for Pets of Homeless Families
It's important that all pets have access to basic health and wellness services. For some pet owners, that's not always easy. To better support these pets and people in need, HSSW partners with local non-profit agencies to provide free clinics for pets of homeless families.