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Spotlight On: Wags & Whiskers


The life of a shelter dog or cat vastly improves the moment they are taken in by Wags & Whiskers. This rescue organization is unlike others in that they do not have a brick & mortar shelter. Instead, they foster dogs and cats into loving homes until their forever family adopts them.

Each year 2.7 million dogs and cats in the US are euthanized to make more room in shelters. Wags & Whiskers is changing that statistic, one animal at a time.

They take in 1,200 animals a year from a variety of organizations including local shelters, owner surrender, and even some shelters from states away. Animals who are taken in by Wags & Whiskers are seen by a veterinarian for standard medical care which includes vaccines, spay or neuter, and micro-chipping. Then, Wags & Whiskers finds them a loving foster home.



Each year, Wags & Whiskers adopt out approximately 1,000 dogs and cats. Animals who are difficult for a family to adopt, such as an animal with tricky medical needs, may stay in a foster home for a long time, but they are but never euthanized to make space.

Wags & Whiskers has several fundraisers a year to raise funds for the basic veterinary bills and supplies to care for the animals. However, some animals need additional medical care, such as heart worm medication, ACL repair, or eye surgery. These unexpected medical bills can cost $5,000- $10,000 each month.

If Wags & Whiskers were chosen to receive the funds from Blue Plate Gives, they would put the money toward those unexpected medical bills.

Besides the funds for medical care, Wags & Whiskers is always in need of more foster homes, especially for cats. If you foster an animal, all supplies and vet bills are covered by Wags & Whiskers. It’s a great way to decide if you’re ready for full-time pet ownership, and you make a big impact on the life of a dog or cat. Applications are available on the Wags & Whiskers website.



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