Spay and Neuter – “Spay it Forward” Program

Spay or Neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when one considers its benefits. It’s a small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of more unwanted animals.

     • Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.

     • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.

     • Animal shelters are overburdened with animals.

It is Foolproof Birth Control that lasts throughout your pet’s life!

Spay it Forward is a program for people who reside in Yakima County and are considered low-income, disabled or military.  Senior Citizens over the age of 62 also qualify.  The maximum Spay and Neuter certificates issued for pets is 3 per household, . Feral cats or dogs do not qualify for this program and will not be accepted.

All applicants must fill out an application to be considered for this program

For more information and application, link below:

          Spay and Neuter Information

          Spay and Neuter Request Application

Wags to Riches YVC Scholarship Fund

Yakima Valley College Veterinary Technology Program

Wags to Riches Animal Rescue and Sanctuary Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization, is pleased to announce that, for the school year starting Fall 2024 one scholarship sponsored by Wags to Riches Animal Rescue in the amount of $2,000.00. Students who are, at least, in their second year of the Veterinary Technology Program at YVC are eligible to apply.

Below is a link to a copy of the application which includes the criteria and all needed information to complete the application.

All required documents along with the application should be submitted as one complete package and MUST be postmarked/received by the deadline date – August 10, 2024.

Questions?  Please call (509) 453-4155 and leave a message for our Scholarship Coordinator.

Download a copy of the Wags to Riches 2024 Scholarship Application which includes the criteria and all needed information to complete the application.

Congratulations to the students who have been previously selected to receive a Wags to Riches Animal Rescue Scholarship.  Each is very deserving of these scholarships. One day we expect that each of these students will, in some way, help a rescue organization somewhere as we helped them.

Donna Prime Senior Pet Companion Program

The Donna Prime Senior Pet Companion Program was created in response to a big need among many of our low-income seniors in Yakima County.  Our senior citizens and elders have given so much to the Yakima Valley. Often it is they who are the most forgotten. This program honors our seniors and gives them assistance that no one else is offering, to keep their best friend by their side and alleviate having to make the choice between caring for their pets and caring for themselves. Happier, healthier seniors will have a ripple effect in families and our communities, making Yakima a better place to live for them and their pets, who are their best friends.

Many researchers are finding that the most serious disease for older persons is not cancer or heart disease — it’s loneliness. Studies demonstrate that seniors, living on their own, who have pets tend to have better physical health and mental well-being than those who don’t. They are more active, cope better with stress and have better overall health.

Call 509-453-4155 for more information.

Need help with your pet?  Fill out our application here:  Senior Pet Companion Program Application

We Will, We Promise Program

Have You Made a Plan?

If the time comes when you can’t take care of your pet anymore we will take your pet(s) and we will keep them safe. We will find your pet(s) a new loving home to live in. In the beginning they will go to a Foster family to help them thru the grieving process.  We will try to gather up the pieces of their heart to put it back together again.

We will make sure your best friend, your pet, is not abandoned or euthanized or sent somewhere that they are not wanted. We will find someone to love them and someone that they will love in return.

Wags to Riches Can Help!

By including Wags in your Will, you can be assured that we will care for your pet. You can also state a distribution amount for the care of your pet after you are deceased.

We Will, We Promise Program flyer

We Will, We Promise

Kids Education Program

The primary mission of this program, called The 3 “Rs” of Wags, is to encourage, in children, the lifelong appreciation of the value of animals and of people’s relationships with them and is designed to work with teachers in meeting this program’s educational goals. The 3 “R”s are Respect, Responsibility and Rescue.

Because of the increasing incidents of animal abuse and the direct correlation between children who abuse animals and grow up to become abusive adults, to both animals and people, and because of the ever expanding pet population Wags to Riches Animal Rescue has worked to develop and refine an education program designed to teach kids to be respectful of animals, to be responsible pet owners and to understand rescue and how they can save animals too.

We hope to engender responsibility among young people by developing concern for the well-being of animals. Plus, what these kids learn will impact many of their parents. These presentations are tailored to the changing developmental levels of the children. Included is Casey’s Kid’s Wall of Kindness. Kids are asked to sign pawprints promising to always be kinds to animals and then they pick a spot on the wall to put the pawprint on.

The second program component will help prevent dog bites. Every year dog bites take place on school grounds and in the neighborhoods. According to information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) over 386,000 victims are seen in hospital emergency rooms each year and the average cost of treatment per patient is over $18,200.00. With your help Wags Volunteers will teach the Doggone Safe Program to children and teens (and ultimately their parents) how to read a dog’s body language. With the tools to correctly read the situation, children or adults can decelerate a potentially bad situation. We have those tools to share!

Call 509-453-4155 for more information.