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Neglected dogs: Community rescues collies

WAIF would like to thank our generous community for all the help with the rescued collies. Due to the quick and caring action of so many, we are helping to care for 33 of the 75 animals found. By burning the midnight oil, Animal Control Officers Carol Barnes and Peg Deifert worked with Shari Bibich to organize care, grooming and homes for many of the well-tempered animals. Vet support came from Dr. Robert Bishop, Dr. Eric Anderson (along with his wife Mary and son Michael) and Gail. WAIF volunteers Linda and Gordy Griesbach set up kennels. Some dogs were housed at the kennels of John and Trish Woods. And, in the truest sense of community, FETCH!’s Ron Kerrigan and Pat Buchanan had the drums beating to find foster homes and request donations for the effort.

Oasis for Animals, under the loving guidance of Jean and Jerry Favini, along with Erin Cheseldon, and John and Alyssa Sparks fostered seven collies. WAIF foster families Christine Smith and Nancy Moffitt took seven collies. Dog grooming has been by Laurie Cecil, Corrine Boon and Special Touch Grooming. Food for the collies has been donated by Cenex, Cosco and Iams. Penn Cove Pizza kept the humans fed through the marathon Tuesday night effort. Very much needed donations to support this mammoth effort have been coming in from all over the Puget Sound area. And our community has been kept informed by the radio waves of KWDB and the News-Times.

Within three days, with the community’s help, we placed 18 of 33 dogs in foster care. We are continuing to nurse back to health the rest — we still have 13 collies that could benefit from a loving foster home. This is why we live here — because together we can do so much more than apart. Thank you one and all for helping WAIF and the collies.

Dominique Emerson

WAIF President

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