SILVERDALE – Rep. Sherry Appleton petted several affectionate cats and dogs in their pens while on a tour at Kitsap Humane Society on Aug. 3. She was at the shelter that day to celebrate a $90,000 state grant to renovate its puppy room and fund other capital projects. Appleton presented KHS directors with an oversized check to mark the occasion.
Appleton, who has a great passion for animals and animal welfare, fought hard for KHS through the record-setting 176 days it took the Washington Legislature to reach a budget deal, according to KHS director of donor relations Tom Weed, who wrote the grant.
“Moments like this remind me of how fortunate I am to be in public service,” Appleton said. “This was a small victory in the context of a multibillion dollar budget, but it will make a big difference in the lives of so many people and the wonderful pets they love. This is a great day.”
The funds will allow the shelter to purchase and install state-of-the-art puppy kennels as well as remodel the space for better lighting, drainage and ventilation. Additionally, KHS will be able to perform an electrical upgrade to its laundry room and purchase a new and larger washing machine to meet the huge daily need for clean pet bedding.
Kitsap Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization that has been caring for animals in need since 1908. KHS admits more than 5,000 animals per year and has one of the highest lives saved rates in the US. KHS’ vision is that every adoptable companion animal has a home. For more information, visit kitsap-humane.org.