Fundraiser will help Oasis get Whidbey Island’s feral cats spayed

Oasis for Animals in Goss Lake gives abandoned kittens, such as this one, and feral cats a chance at a good life through it
Oasis for Animals in Goss Lake gives abandoned kittens, such as this one, and feral cats a chance at a good life through it's no-kill rescue, spay and neuter programs.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Oasis for Anmals

The Whidbey Animal Guild will hold a fundraiser for Oasis for Animals, the no-kill rescue nonprofit on Whidbey Island.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Bayview Cash Store Hub. A 100-percent vegan bake sale, including all organic and gluten-free items, will be sold, with all proceeds going to benefit Oasis for Animals.

Oasis for Animals, located in the Goss Lake area of South Whidbey, is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation through spay/neuter surgeries, networking with other rescue groups and shelters to save animals from euthanasia, providing education to pet owners and assisting in any way that it is able to help animals in need.

Jean Favini is the president of the all-volunteer operation. She spends many of her weekends trapping feral cats and bringing them to the Petsmart in Woodinville, where the cats may be adopted.

“They call me the Crazy Cat Lady because I’m down there every weekend,” Favini said.

Oasis for Animals, in operation since 2001, works to help spay or neuter as many feral cats on the island as it can trap, as well as having rescued countless abandoned cats, cats whose owners are struggling financially to care for them and cats set to be euthanized, such as some of the stray cats given to the Whidbey Animal’s Improvement Foundation.

“We do all the medical needs for these animals and then find them a home,” Favini said.

“Sometimes it’s just a lot of education. When people call here,

I try and give them advice and point them in the right direction. I’ve even buy extra food that I provide to some struggling pet owners, or I bring pet food to the food bank,” she added.

Recently, Oasis for Animals received a $5,000 grant, which will go to spay or neuter 288 feral cats. The program has successfully spayed and neutered hundreds of feral cats this year through its continued collaboration with the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in Lynnwood which helps with its annual Spay Day program and through the singular efforts of Oasis volunteers and their trap/neuter/return program.

Oasis has also partnered with Compass Health to help people with special needs who want to spay and neuter their pets, plus helping them with other medical pet needs for free.

But the economy has made the work of the volunteers even harder. Favini said the organization still needs volunteer help with ferrying the cats to the clinic in Lynnwood.

“We’re overwhelmed,” Favini said. “The problem is that when the economy is this bad, pets are left all over — on the beach, at the school — and we have to trap the ferals, tame them and then deal with their medical issues.”

Oasis for Animals doesn’t euthanize except for humane reasons. It also networks with other no-kill groups.

“It’s just ongoing,” Favini added. “There’s a lot of work to be done and not enough help; typical nonprofit stuff.”

All donations to the organization are tax-deductible, Favini said.

For the Oasis for Animals website is click here.

Volunteers with the nonprofit said foster homes and volunteers are always needed. Go to the website for a volunteer application or call 321-4142 for more information about how to help.

Other resources for spay and neuter services are the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic, at

425-673-2287, or online — click here. The Northwest Organization for Animal Help adoption center in Stanwood also provides low-cost spay/neuter services for both cats and dogs. Call the organization at 360-629-7055, or visit the website — click here.

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