Welcome to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley

We are a non-profit animal shelter; that provides a safe haven to shelter and care for abandoned, abused, or unwanted animals

Closing Early

In observation of Memorial Day, the shelter will be closing at 4pm today.


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The more people actively walking with the free Walk for a Dog app, the greater the donation to your selected animal organization! Use the app each time you grab for the leash. It’s healthy for you, your dog, and your favorite shelter or rescue.

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Any walk with the Walk for a Dog app could score an extra instant donation for your selected organization, and a fun treat for yourself as well. Learn more on the Walk & Win page.Recent winners:

  • Christine’s 0.88 mile walk with her dog, Hubble, won $25 for As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois.
  • Kat’s 3.15 mile walk with her dog, Linus, won $25 for English Springer Rescue America, Georgia.

Every Walk for a Dog counts, whether it's a walk around the block or a three-mile hike. Magnify your impact by sharing the app with your friends and family.   

About HSSV

Our Organization

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide a safe haven to shelter and care for the abandoned, abused, or unwanted animals within Skagit County; to treat the animals with dignity and respect; to place these animals into loving and caring homes; to create public education programs that increase the awareness of humane treatment and the necessity of spay and neuter of all animals; and to coordinate resources for housing and placement of small animals evacuated during disaster.  We are not a county or city municipal shelter, although we do contract with Skagit County and a number of cities to provide services to them. We are a private non-profit shelter that relies heavily on fundraising events throughout the year as well as donations and gifts left to us in wills. We truly appreciate the generosity of our community members as well as the amazing efforts of our volunteers at the shelter and at our fundraising events.   

We are an open-admission facility. We do not pick and choose our pets, but accept any companion animals who need our care. We see over 2500 animals pass through our shelter each year. We provide care, comfort, and medical care to the animals that come through our doors. Even animals that have extensive medical needs get the attention they require.  

Humane Society Videos

Check out this great video for an overview of the Humane Society!

Remembering an everyday hero


Sandy Nelson June 11, 1956 -- July 28, 2012

A hero is an individual who consistently and continually sacrifices their own needs in the interest of others.  In 32 years as a Humane Society employee and, eventually, Executive Director, Sandy touched many in this community. Many community members remember Sandy for bringing the happiness and companionship of a pet into their lives. She gave hope and a voice to countless homeless, abandoned, and sick animals. She was a true life saver.  When Sandy passed away in 2012, she left unfinished work at HSSV. Before she died, she was in the midst of planning for the cat wing addition that she’d dreamed of for our new building. After shepherding the Shelter through its early days in a converted horse barn and seeing it through the move to our improved facility, Sandy left the cat wing as perhaps one of her only unfinished goals in life. It is up to us to carry out her vision, and we continue to work to make her dream a reality. Fundraising for this memorial expansion continues today, and donations are gratefully accepted.   Sandy was an animal lover from day one. As a young child, she was constantly bringing home injured or homeless animals and offering them care. Helping animals was Sandy’s passion, and in her early 20s she took a job cleaning kennels at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. Her eagerness, altruism, perseverance, and determination help Sandy prove herself as an employee. Her love of animals molded her career, and she rose to the position of Humane Society Executive Director.

Words cannot convey how much Sandy meant to everyone. She was truly an inspiration to all. Sandy always gave selflessly to all people who had the honor and pleasure of knowing her and to all the animals. She was a magnificent and incredible person through and through. She is, and will always be, missed by so many.


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Humane Society of Skagit Valley

18841 Kelleher Rd, Burlington, Washington 98233, United States

(360) -757-0445


Monday - Friday: 11am - 5pm

Sat/Sun: 11am - 4pm

Adoptions end 30 mins. before closing

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