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WAIF hits high live-release rate

Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF) had a 92.6 percent live-release rate for 2013, the third year in a row the animal shelter broke 90 percent.

Live-release rates are based on the number of healthy and adoptable animals that leave shelters through adoptions, being returned to their owners, or by being transferred to a partner placement group. The goal of shelters with a life-saving philosophy is to achieve a rate of 90 percent or higher.

“Achieving these numbers is due to the unwavering dedication of our staff and volunteers, along with the continued support of our community,” said WAIF Executive Director Charles Vreeland. “Live-release numbers provide a great deal of information to show that we are dedicating resources in a responsible manner that reinforce the community’s commitment of providing a safe haven for animals. Without the support of the community, it would be difficult to achieve such numbers on a consistent basis.”

In addition to finding homes for Whidbey’s homeless pet population, WAIF also has programs that support the owners of pets through spay/neuter coupons and crisis care assistance for those who qualify, along with pet food banks to help keep pets and families together.

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