The community is in need of affordable spay and neuter surgeries, a safe 24-hour holding facility, new transfer partners, improved pet retention and adoption rates, and improved laws and regulations that protect all animals.
We are dedicated to working together with other rescues, law enforcement, civic and tribal leaders, and national organizations to bring much needed improvements to this beautiful county.
About Team Okanogan
Team Okanogan Animal Rescue is a registered 501(C)3 non-profit organization. We rely on sponsorships and donations to save lives.
We were founded in 2022 to improve the lives of animals in Okanogan County. This county is the size of Connecticut, and has a population of around 40,000 people. It is a rural area with a substantial percentage of tribal land, large scale agriculture operations, and small towns. There are no publicly funded animal shelters, only a loose network of private rescues. In 2022, over 1,200 dogs and over 2,000 cats were served by the rescues working in this community.
In only a few months of existence, Team Okanogan Animal Rescue (TOAR) has hosted a spay/neuter clinic during which over 250 animals were sterilized, vaccinated, and microchipped, distributed over 17,000 pounds of pet food to rescues and foster homes, established transfer partners to move adoptable animals to shelters with high adoption rates, and worked with law enforcement to improve best practices for animal handling.
Team Okanogan is working with city officials, county commissioners, and the Colville Confederated Tribal Reservation to explore options for building a shelter to serve the animals of the community. Expected uses include county animal control services, spay/neuter services, vaccination and microchip clinics, pet food distribution, pet rehoming and retention programs, and other animal related services.