A visit to Center Valley Animal Rescue (CVAR) is like going to a zoo and it’s free. Approximately 150 animals are cared for by volunteers dedicated to continuing Sara …
A visit to Center Valley Animal Rescue (CVAR) is like going to a zoo and it’s free. Approximately 150 animals are cared for by volunteers dedicated to continuing Sara Penhallegon’s dream of providing a safe place for abandoned and injured animals.
In 2004, with the help of her family, Sara became the owner of 32 acres, forming a 501(c)(3) non-kill charitable organization. Her compassion and dedication to help give a second chance to domestic and wild animals is apparent to all who know her. And those who volunteer. As she puts it, “The love and care of abused animals is the soul of this organization.”
In its 23 years of existence, the organization has transformed the land, restoring pastures and creating a pond, indoor and outdoor shelters and an office. It has a top-notch medical facility providing spay/neuter clinics for low-income families along with surgeries and an isolation and quarantine room.
In 2012, Sara became a licensed wildlife rehabiilitator and CVAR obtained permission to become a Wildlife Rehabilitation facility. “Get them healthy, keep them wild then release them back to the wild,” says Sara.
Anyone with an interest can sign up for a one-month internship that’s offered quarterly. Interns can be involved in animal rescue, shelter operations, veterinary medicine and wildlife rehabilitation and there is on-site housing. Interns may also assist in the daily tasks of feeding, cleaning and shoveling.
There are many ways to support this caring non-profit organization: become a volunteer, adopt or donate money or materials. Gift certificates can be purchased at Henery’s Hardware, Cenex, Chimacum Veterinary Hospital and Coastal Pet Products in Sequim. If you shop on Amazon, a portion of your purchases will be donated to CVAR on Amazon smile.They also have a wishlist of what’s needed most at the time.
CVAR’s annual Holiday Open House will be held Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For many it’s a great way to begin the holidays and discover why the center has been voted Best Non-Profit three years in a row.
Those interested can sign up for CVAR’s monthly newsletter at centervalleyanimalrescue.org.