Learn more about our mission and the people involved


We are passionate about finding the right home for the right animal

Mission Statement

To provide a safe, caring refuge for animals; To insure quality adoptive homes; To advocate for their welfare through compassion, education, creative solutions and a passion for the human-animal bond.

Vision Statement

We serve as a model for animal sanctuaries worldwide. Today the relationship between humankind and animals is guided by compassion. Pet overpopulation and animal cruelty have been greatly reduced through animal welfare legislation, education of responsible pet ownership, rescue, adoption, non-euthanasia and mandatory spay/neuter policies.

Wags to Riches Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, serving Central Washington, was established in 2008 and is run solely by volunteers through the generous help of our supporters and their donations.

We are here for the welfare of homeless animals. Our priority is to facilitate the rescue and adoption of stray, abandoned, neglected, abused, and surrendered animals and to place them into permanent, loving homes. In the interim, we will provide appropriate foster and veterinary care, proper nourishment, and give them plenty of love and attention.

We will support and conduct education and informational activities to increase public awareness of pet overpopulation, increase concern and promote responsibility as well as promote spay and neuter thru education and other activities.

Wags to Riches Animal Rescue and Sanctuary has non-profit, 501(c) 3 status. All Wags people are volunteers –all money goes to the care, concern and feeding of the animals and not staff salaries. We will assist in all surrounding states and Canada. We will re-home animals to the surrounding areas as well.

Check out the available pets for your family

Meet our Board

Juanda Krebs – Board Co-Chair

Nancy Buck – Board Co-Chair

Kristi Tabert – Secretary

Rob Korpela – Treasurer

Kim Wertenberger – Founder, Board Member

Lynda Otey, Board Member

Shirley Fairbanks, Board Member

Maureen ‘Mo’ Galbreath
Board Member

Geoff Baker – Emeritus Board Member

Wags to Riches Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm. No meetings are held in July or December.

Inside Wags to Riches

We are committed to the No-Kill philosophy and we are working towards a community with No-More Homeless Pets.
Your donations continue to do something extraordinary for our Yakima Valley.

But Who are we?
We are an all-volunteer, IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Volunteering means life-saving to a rescued animal.
But your monetary donations or time associated with fundraiser events are key.

Take a look at our summarized 2023 financials to get the inside picture of Wags To Riches Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

Wags to Riches Animal Rescue & Sanctuary:
2023 Financial Highlights

Pet Adoptions (Dogs & Cats) $17,105
Donations 52,698
Fundraising 65,658
Grants & Misc Income 3,500
Total Income $138,961
Fundraising $16,145
Animal Rescue Center (ARC) 18,354
     (incl. Food, medical supplies, utilities, rent, etc.)
Medical Procedures & Supplies 57,877
Foster Pet Supplies 981
Operating Expenses 29,232
YVC Vet Tech Scholarship 2,000
Total Expenses $124,589
Funds carried over to 2024 $14,372

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