Secretary of State, Kim Wyman has issued a Certificate of Merger, effective January 29th, 2021 for Auburn Valley Humane Society and Northwest Spay and Neuter Center. The two organizations have a natural synergy, and the forecast for this collaborative merger is a big win for the Washington State animal welfare community.
The merged organization can expect growth in terms of animal lives affected and increases in
the ability to stabilize funding streams through total animal impact. Total organizational services will be diversified, increasing breadth of granting and funding eligibility. This opportunity increases the organization’s long-term financial viability, solvency and stability, and will help more animals live longer, healthier lives in homes with families that love them.
Auburn Valley Humane Society’s vision statement is to be a model of excellence in the advancement of animal welfare, and this is demonstrated daily by offering high quality, affordable surgical services, and compassionate service for the community seeking to add a pet to their family. Northwest Spay and Neuter Center works tirelessly to prevent overpopulation by providing high-quality accessible and affordable care to the community at large. Natural partners, the specialties of each previously independent organization will remain, allowing the communities served to benefit from a unified animal welfare organization by
promoting regional animal welfare through animal sheltering, programs and expanded
The organization’s stakeholders say this merger creates an expanded organization, where they will be operating out of two campuses. A driving force in this merger is the vision that animal welfare organizations must work more collaboratively, and rather than compete, they should share a sense of responsibility for the overall population of vulnerable animals.
With so much fragmentation between animal welfare groups, the climate can often create confusion for the public, especially when it comes to programs and fundraising. This merger has the opportunity, vision and leadership to put a stake in the ground that collaboration is the best way to achieve the overall mission and commitment to help animals in need. Under the terms of the merger, operations such as human resources and finance will be combined, though direct service operations such as spay and neuter services and adoptions will not be visibly affected. It is not expected that the community will see a huge change at first as NWSNC and AVHS will be combining staff and developing consistent operating procedures that benefit the community at large and the animals in it. Together, the blended oganizations will continue to change lives…four paws at a time!