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WAG is an island-based regional think tank for animals that encourages the free exchange of information and ideas on the discussion board, which is viewable only to WAG participants. WAG is not a monolithic organization; it is a social network of creative people* who focus on public service projects and networking among individuals and groups that care about animals (and people who love them). WAG's committees work on various issues and needs, plan events, and keep WAGGERS informed at Meetups. If you'd like to create, join, or chair a committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org
*(If you have the creative mindset... you will be happy here!)
Some of WAG's achievements to date:
Hosted Nathan Winograd, which attracted visitors from three states and Canada; helped get horse slaughter banned in Snohomish County; lobbied for animal friendly legislation in Olympia; ended BSL in Oak Harbor (reducing number of pit bulls entering shelters); encouraged Oak Harbor to start its stray pet Facebook page; introduced progressive licensing and return home policy in OH; encouraged Oak Harbor to draft a progressive animal sheltering contract; worked since our founding to get Island County to institute accountability, Asilomar Accords, and other reforms (so far without success); raised funds for the following: http://www.meetup.com/Whidbey-Animal-Guild/pages/WHIDBEY_ISLAND_RESCUE_FUND_%28WIRF%29_for_animals
Whether you join us officially or not (it's free; just takes an email address and password), PLEASE:
Get involved somehow!
Stay current on issues that affect animals; monitor the State Legislature.
Senator Maria Cantwell
Phone: (202) 224-3441
Senator Patty Murray
Phone: (202) 224-2621
IN ISLAND COUNTY:
County Representative is Rick Larsen (he favors horse slaughter and shows little interest in humane legislation of any kind) Phone: (202) 225-2605
Monitor agendas and meetings of Oak Harbor's City Council (Oak Harbor has its own animal control and care system, which is overseen by the police department) and the Island County Commission, even though Island County has no animal control and care department at all! Amazing, but true...
To learn about WAG's current concerns in relation to Island County, please read our Letter to the Editor
Island County has no animal control and care department, no centralized data reporting system (needed for grants and tax dollar appropriations), no advisory board for animal control and care, and no one charged with overseeing daily operations or implementing improvements.
Lost/found animals -- WAG participants monitor lost dog/cat ads and boards in an effort to get pets back to their people. This may involve making fliers, doing Facebook postings, visiting neighborhoods where animals were reported found by animal control. Whether you are in WAG or not, please do what you can to help pets get back to their people quickly by monitoring these resources:
WAGGERs are working to get Island County (and other jurisdictions) to put up lost pet stray pages for any animal taken to county shelters (as the city of Oak Harbor has done). The faster pets are reclaimed, the less it costs taxpayers to shelter them. It saves stress on both pets and owners. After six days in Oak Harbor, and five days in Island County, animals taken to shelters are given to private contractors who then determine their fates, so time is critical. Help owners find their pets before they lose their ownership rights.
What else are we doing?
Progressive licensing -- working to get licensing systems locally and regionally that will let licensed pets go home rather than be taken to the shelters. This saves tax dollars, as well as stress on people and pets. It encourages the purchase of licenses, proceeds of which can be used for needed services such as subsidized low/cost spay neuter, and even a new state-of-the art "green" public shelter. Oak Harbor recently adopted this policy, as have other jurisdictions like King County, but Island County has not. Learn about progressive licensing from the man who developed this popular, state-of-the art program: Bill Bruce
No-kill education -- building awareness here about the national no-kill movement and supporting no-kill alternatives for Whidbey Island and nearby region. WAG is America's largest private "no-kill" Meetup group (and ranks second overall: public or private). No-kill communities build cost-effective, collaborative, compassionate coalitions of care like this one.
Hammer Hounds -- (currently inactive: committee volunteers needed) Fencing assistance committee -- tries to provide assistance for shelter dogs with special fencing requirements, as well as owned dogs on chains or ropes, or owners needing help with fence repairs (to prevent their dogs from getting out and becoming strays)
Vegan education (this committee has been disbanded because its participants have started their very own group -- WAG loves when that happens!) Vegans and Vegetarians of Whidbey Island
Veterinary care -- supporting after hours emergency care for island pets; promoting "best practices" related to health at animal shelters, and subsidized low-cost spay/neuter programs
Disaster planning -- developing and coordinating a thorough emergency disaster plan exists for people's animals in the event of a disaster. The goal is to have a comprehensive plan for Whidbey Island in place by the end of 2013.
Workshops, programs, classes, and seminars -- All WAGGERs may participate in suggesting and organizing events of interest
Our participants include rescuers, trainers, veterinarians, animal care service providers, media representatives, animal-based business owners, clubs, and service organizations, and responsible owners of dogs, cats, horses, and other domestic animals
Our goal is to unite those who value the responsible, humane stewardship of animals, both domestic and wild through effective collaborations. After all, we love songbirds, eagles, and whales, too!
Find our brochure, PowerPoint, and documents you may be able to use in your community under the More tab above (click on Files)
You do not have to live on Whidbey Island to join these local and regional efforts.
We are NOT 1.) a place to buy or sell animals or 2.) a place to launch personal attacks.
Here are some quotes we like. Feel free to email us yours!
Membership is open to everyone
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