HORSEPLAY: Animal rescue center: Residence concerning homes

AN ARRAY OF creatures significant and compact, domesticated and wild, reside at Centre Valley Animal Rescue in Quilcene. Regrettably, all are there mainly because of proprietor neglect, abuse and/or cruelty. Most get there emaciated, their bodies diminished to skin and bones. Their hair has fallen out, and they are riddled with mites, worms and condition. You title it, and they are in all probability struggling from it.

Sara Penhallegon, 42, the center’s director, vet tech and licensed wildlife rehabilitator, deals with it all while nursing the animals back to overall health and rehabilitating them to make them adoptable.

She started off doing the job in the veterinary discipline in 1995 at a veterinary business office. She then turned a licensed vet technician. In 2000, she started functioning with wildlife alongside many others who were being skilled and held rehabilitation permits. She explained someplace around 2012 she got her personal rehabilitation permit.

Now, Penhallegon and her helpers are working on a time-consuming animal-hoarder circumstance from which Clallam County Animal Control seized 200-plus animals.

“Many situations, we have to say no when questioned to rescue an animal,” she claimed. “Unless we’re staying requested by regulation enforcement. People get precedence about other rescues.”

Rescuing much more than 200 animals from just one web site has been “an unconventional start to the new yr, and it’s been the most significant situation, in phrases of the most animals we have ever taken in from one particular internet site.”

In advance of, the greatest situations averaged about 100 animals.

“2020 was almost certainly our worst yr for cruelty conditions as a whole,” she claimed. “We experienced the most cruelty cases we have at any time had. I simply cannot recall what our variety was, but we experienced actual physical-abuse scenarios we experienced the typical starvation, neglect situations, hoarding conditions. Those people are usual kinds that we do truly regularly, just normally on a smaller sized scale.”

When I arrived at the center, she and an assistant were being in the isolation barn documenting a group of turkeys they’d picked up from the web-site. They weighed, measured, checked the feathers for mites and the pores and skin for lesions. Then each individual fowl received a dose of antibiotics and vaccines in advance of becoming put in a big horse stall and paddock retrofitted to include the birds for a 10-day isolation period of time.

The moment sure the birds will not infect the rest of the center’s animals, they will go to a more substantial place to be organized for adoption. In the meantime, the turkeys will munch on healthful feed and consume from an enough supply of clean, new h2o.

Penhallegon then handled me to a tour of the amenities. To start with, she introduced me to the Dexter mini cows that had arrived 1½ years ago as element of a cruelty situation.

“We experienced 13 to commence. A bunch acquired adopted, and now we just have 4 remaining,” Penhallegon said. “All of our farm animals listed here are from cruelty scenarios seized by county animal regulate officers.”

Next, she entered the pen of a newly arrived emu in its isolation pen. I was taken aback by the dimensions of the bird’s prehistoric a few-toed, clawed toes. When her quarantine is around, she’ll be part of a different emu, a giant pig and a llama in a pasture.

She pointed across a few of pastures to the new, not-yet done pet dog barn. Luckily, it was completed ample to property 16 not too long ago rescued Anatolian shepherds that were being “living in horrid circumstances,” she explained.

“We’ve rehabilitated them, and some are starting to turn out to be available for adoption,” she reported.

The “we” she referred to are a myriad of supportive volunteers.

“We most likely have about 100 volunteers on our roster,” Penhallegon said. “Of them, we have 40 to 50 regulars who help out when they can.”

There was a great-seeking black pony and her adorable mini-donkey infant, which had in no way been touched or managed.

“She really is wild,” she reported.

Nearby had been a few horses renamed Angel, Diva and Tilly. All a few experienced been starved, and two had bruises all in excess of their bodies.

In an additional area were being the pens of chickens and roosters, and a different held about 30 spayed or neutered rabbits.

“Any animal that it is feasible to spay or neuter, we do,” she said.

Inside of the most important developing, she escorted me into the “hot home,” dwelling to “cold-blooded animals” and reptiles like snakes, including a python. A different home housed slider turtles, which are illegal to elevate. An additional room held cats, and in another have been birds.

The major constructing also housed the workplaces and a total-scale clinic that incorporates X-ray, ultrasound and dental tools. Penhallegon is grateful to have the help of five veterinarians who volunteer their time to aid.

Penhallegon’s property sits on a hillside overlooking the assets. Nearby, and absent from the public, is a wildlife centre wherever Bob the bobcat and other wildlife are living.

A pet food stuff bank also is onsite for these with an urgent, short-expression need, and pet meals is also despatched to community meals banking institutions.


Penhallegon’s intention is to get all the domestic animals adopted. Even then, she is quite picky about who gets to adopt. The middle considers several items when wanting at applications to ensure an animal is likely to a good home. Generally, a person must have knowledge with the breed or species to be regarded. Once in a while, a “really easy-going horse” might get adopted by a person considerably less knowledgeable with horses, but “we really do not adopt out a one horse” to a solitary property for the reason that “horses are herd animals.”

“We display folks very properly,” she said. “We discuss with their veterinarian very first, and then we do household visits.

“We flip a lot more persons down than we say sure to.”


A facility as large and successful as Center Valley can only exist through the ongoing assist of benefactors and donations, both equally huge and compact. Some donate from time to time and some regular monthly. All if it delivers crucial support to the facility and the animals.

“We have brilliant donors and volunteers,” Penhallegon observed. “There’s no way I could do it by myself, so we wouldn’t be right here without the need of all of them.”

For far more data or to donate, contact Centre Valley Animal Rescue, visit or call 360-765-0598.


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