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The Big Fix Was A Big Success!

For nearly two years, TOAR has been tirelessly working towards a monumental goal: bringing the largest spay/neuter clinic in Washington's history to Okanogan County. Earlier this month that dream became a reality and we successfully spayed/neutered 1,027 animals. This ambitious event was only made possible from your incredible generosity.

 

From May 6th to May 9th, TOAR joined forces with Good Fix, a program of Greater Good Charities, to make a positive impact on both individuals and pets in North Central Washington. We offered completely FREE services including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and pet ID tags provided by Pawsitive Alliance. Thanks to our collaboration with Chewy and HSUS, we were also able to distribute thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies.


Over four incredible days, over 300 pet owners gained access to something once beyond their reach: affordable or free spay/neuter and veterinary care. Okanogan County, much like many others across the state, grapples with a dire shortage of such services, further compounded by the absence of a municipally funded animal shelter, leaving numerous cats and dogs at risk.

 

TOAR extends heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated Good Fix team, who provided a team of 29 veterinarians, vet techs and countless support personnel, and to the local medical professionals who lent their expertise.  However, the true highlight for TOAR was witnessing the incredible dedication of nearly 70 volunteers, who collectively contributed approximately 2,000 volunteer hours to bring this clinic to life.


Amidst countless inspiring stories, one particularly heartwarming tale stood out: that of Bobbi Hacket and her dog, Chesaw. Bobbi arrived on the third day of the clinic and was turned away as capacity had been reached. Rather than leave, Bobbi stayed the day, volunteered at the event, slept in her vehicle overnight, and was at the front of the line the next day.  Her story, and so many others like it, illustrates the lengths people were willing to go to ensure their pets received care. Here is what Bobbi had to say about her experience:

 

Capacity at the Good Fix clinic was filled early, and the need was clear as many people arrived after the line was closed. TOAR is currently in talks with the Greater Good Charities to possibly host another round of Good Fix clinics in Omak by the end of the year as the need in this area is overwhelming.

 

If you're interested in making a difference in the lives of another 1,000 animals, please visit our website and donate today! These clinics cost TOAR approximately $40,000, and every dollar contributed aids us in enhancing the lives of both pets and people in Washington State.

 

Please keep these events in mind and reach out if you can volunteer. 


July 2 - Bark at the Park at T Mobile

TOAR volunteers will be working the 50/50 raffle that night and will receive half of the pot! 


Aug 28 - Pints for Paws at Queen Anne Beer Hall

Mark your calendars!

 

With gratitude,

Jill Servais, President

Team Okanogan Animal Rescue



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