Skagit Valley Herald staff
Skagit Valley Herald
Volunteers are the backbone of the local Saving Pets One at a Time, a pet adoption service that provides an alternative method of caring for adoptable companion animals.
A group of volunteers, residents and family members from Country Meadow Village in Sedro-Woolley, spent a Saturday morning earlier this summer helping long-time S.P.O.T. volunteer Robyn Miller compile adoption packets for the group.
Miller brought Frank, a S.P.O.T. dog rescued from the puppy mill discovered in Big Lake a couple years ago.
Miller said volunteers are essential for the organization to continue its work and the group from Country Meadow Village helped a great deal.
“The type of administrative work they did is so time consuming and cuts into actual time with the animals,” she said, after the task was completed. “We really appreciate the hard work.”
S.P.O.T. does not have a central care facility for its animals and relies on private foster homes to provide safe haven for pets until a proper home is found, according to information at its website, SavingPetsOneataTime.org. Each pet receives daily one-on-one care and attention to training and socialization skills while in foster care.
Regular S.P.O.T. adoption and outreach are offered on weekends at pet stores in Mount Vernon and Burlington. And volunteer activities like the work party at Country Meadow Village provide S.P.O.T. supporters a chance to show off their adopted pets. Village program director David Bricka brought his S.P.O.T. dog, Buddy, a rat terrier who loves to burrow or sleep all day, to inspire volunteers.
Village resident and volunteer David Sexton was convinced.
“I like Buddy, and I hope (Bricka) brings him back again soon for a visit,” he said. “S.P.O.T. does a great job for the Skagit Valley.”
For more information about S.P.O.T., call (360) 336-5388.
Pictured: S.P.O.T. volunteer Robyn Miller (from left) and Country Meadow Village residents Sadie Linn, Melvin Federlein, Dave Sexton, Bob Benham and Roger Lafleur spent a Saturday morning earlier this summer compiling adoption packets for Saving Pets One at a Time, an all-volunteer pet adoption service. Miller’s recently adopted dog, Frank, snuggles in her pouch.