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Skagit Animals in Need Builds Second Chances

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Say you’ve noticed a horse on your daily drive that’s looking neglected. If you report your observation to Skagit County Animal Control and, after a proper investigation, the horse is ultimately taken away from the owner, did you know that horse would very likely come to Skagit Animals in Need (SAIN)?

If you were a horse in need in Skagit County, you’d be really grateful for SAIN, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and rehoming large animals and livestock seized in neglect and cruelty cases, or, released to animal control or law enforcement. Once a large animal (typically a horse) is taken by animal control or law enforcement, SAIN contacts its network of vetted, qualified foster homes (all-volunteer) to find a safe place for the animal and arrange for a medical and behavioral assessment of the animal.

SAIN funds cover the costs of the food, medical and farrier care, rehabilitation (medical and behavioral), and training needed. Once the animal is at a healthy weight and up to date on all medical and farrier care, the animal is made available for adoption, for a small fee. SAIN is the sole partner of county law enforcement providing shelter and care for these animals. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, has recognized SAIN with Verified status

To prevent situations from getting to the point of seizure, SAIN also provides emergency resources to persons needing assistance in caring for their animals at the request of animal control.

SAIN started nearly a decade ago out of the steadfast commitment of animal control officer Emily Diaz and a group of like-minded volunteers to provide funds and services needed to rehabilitate these beautiful animals and give them a second chance at a better life. Today, though the organization is officially organized as a non-profit, SAIN is still run completely on a volunteer basis. In addition to the intake fee that Animal Control provides, funds to support SAIN’s work are raised through regular donations, fundraising events, and grants.

Interested helping SAIN horses?

Learn more at www.skagitanimalsinneed.org

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