Andrea Sullivan, Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education – Marketing Coordinator

We’ve been posting a lot lately about the Kitsap Great Give, encouraging our friends and followers to donate, not just to Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE), but to any local non-profit they support, and I wanted to share a little bit about why I am giving to the Kitsap Great Give, and specifically to KARE.

Chewie aka MielOur organization serves all of Kitsap County, and although we are based out of and primarily serve Kitsap County, our educational and training services can extend well into Western Washington. We have, over the past 10 years, rescued and re-homed over 350+ pets (typically 1 animal per household, as of November 2015).

Personally, I find it interesting that we rescue animals, find them homes, and provide education services and resources to help animals stay in the homes that they have, and yet our organization is without a physical location, a home to call our own. As an all-volunteer-run, non-profit organization, our success is determined by the dedication and support of our volunteers and foster families, and the support of our community.

KARE Training Sign TonkerOur future plans are to procure and develop a facility to host educational workshops/seminars. Currently, we rent facilities or partner with other local organizations to host our classes. Additionally, we would love to have our own, private “doggy playground”, where dogs can learn to socialize appropriately, outside of the typical classroom setting, and their humans can receive some informal behavioral/training consultations while their dogs play.

We fundraise to support our rescue/foster program, to pay rent/fees associated with teaching classes, and then whatever is left over goes towards this future facility.

We continue to grow, which is very exciting and wonderful, but often times there is high-demand without the resources to support it. I, like most of our volunteers and fosters, have a full-time job outside of KARE.

My day typically consists of: working at my full-time job as an in-house graphic designer for a large organization, coming home to spend some time with my family, and then I may spend another 2-4 hours each day to coordinate marketing efforts and provide graphic design services for KARE. My thoughts being, I don’t have much to give in terms of money, but I can give [this].

We do what we do because pets are our passion.

I do what I do because I believe KARE is an organization that deserves my time and support, and I hope you agree.

I hope you choose to give.

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