About Us

Mission and Principles

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Our mission

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.

Our principles

Whereas, we are responsible for the welfare of those animals that we have domesticated and those upon whose natural environment we have encroached; and

Whereas, all utilization of animals gives us neither the right nor the license to exploit or abuse them; and

Whereas, all life possesses an inherent value and is thus deserving of considerate treatment.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Humane Society of Skagit County and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals encourages the public to adopt the following guidelines and further expects our membership to agree with these principles:

  • We will not kill animals needlessly nor for entertainment, nor to cause pain or torment.
  • We will provide adequate food, water, shelter, and care for animals for which we have accepted responsibility.
  • We will not use animals for medical, educational, or commercial experimentation or research unless absolute necessity can be demonstrated and unless such is done without causing pain and torment. 
  • We will not maintain animals that are used for food in a manner that causes them discomfort or denies them an opportunity to develop and live in conditions that are reasonably natural for them.
  • We will not kill animals for food in any manner that does not result in instantaneous unconsciousness.
  • We will not confine animals for display, impoundment, or as pets in conditions that are not comfortable and appropriate.
  • We will not permit domestic pets to propagate. 

Visit our Thrift Shop


 Click for Driving Directions to the Thrift Shop

The Skagit Humane Thrift Shop is located in the Value Village strip mall on East College Way in Mount Vernon. 

Come see us and check out our newest merchandise!

The Humane Society Thrift Shop in Mount Vernon, Washington, is our primary means of fundraising for the animal shelter. We appreciate donations of clean, resalable items in good repair, including dishes, knick-knacks, books, craft and sewing items, hardware, furniture and clothing. Donations of Christmas décor is also appreciated throughout the year. We store the items until mid-November, when we open our Christmas Collection for all to enjoy.
Shopping at our Thrift Shop is a win/win opportunity! You get cool second hand duds and we get the money that we need to continue our life-saving programs!

Monday through Saturday: 9:30 am to 6:00 pmSunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm 


Annual Events at the Humane Society Thrift Shop:

The Halloween Collection is Spooktacular!
The Humane Society Thrift Shop's HALLOWEEN COLLECTION opens in early October each year. We offer an assortment of fun costumes and decorations to outfit your family, home and even pets, all at bargain prices! 


The Christmas Collection is Festive and Fun!

The Humane Society Thrift Shop's CHRISTMAS COLLECTION begins in mid-November and runs until right before Christmas. We offer a huge selection of ornaments, lights, artificial trees, lighted Christmas village pieces, home and yard decorations, holiday clothing, fine jewelry, and many items suitable for gifts. We have many great holiday items like “Crazy Christmas Sweaters” crafted by our very own elves at the Humane Society Thrift Shop. Each one is an original, sure to win a prize at that Christmas sweater party! New items are added daily, so check back often to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts! 

Staff and Board of Directors

Janine Ceja


 Executive Director 

Julie Bistranin


 Animal Care Specialist/

Dog Evaluator

Tiffany LeBow-Rezba


 Operations Assistant 

Eileen Lambert


 Animal Care Specialist 

Erika Hudson


 Floor Supervisor 

Adrian Hoare


Animal Care Specialist 

Our Services


Some of the services provided by HSSV include:


We answer hundreds of calls each month about pet care. If we can help you keep your animals healthy and happy, we consider that a success! No question is too small.


Preventing pet pregnancies is one of the best ways to make a difference for homeless animals. Click on the Puppy Mills and Pet Population tab (under Community Education) to learn more about our rates and schedule.


Volunteers provide hours of enjoyment to local nursing home residents by bringing pets from the shelter to visit. Call us if you'd like to get involved in this program!


Our staff rescues injured domestic pets and small wildlife in our area, coming to the aid of needy animals 24 hours a day. We raise orphaned pupples and kittens, seek veterinary care for injured animals, and treat animals with medical issues. 


Call us with information about your rescued stray or lost pet and we will log it in our books. However, there is no substitute for the owner coming into the shelter to see if their pet has been brought in.


We try to place every dog, cat, rabbit, bird, and other domestic animal in a good home. Our low adoption fee includes the cost of spay and neutering, first vaccines, collar and identification tags. 


Our thrift shop sells quality merchandise at bargain prices. All purchases benefit the Humane Society, and we appreciate both your shopping dollars and your donated items. 


Our staff and volunteers teach responsible pet ownership and respect for all animals. If you or your organization is interested in hosting a visiting educator and a polite shelter pet, please give us a call.


We assist you in selecting the right pet. We have animal-savvy staff members with extensive knowledge of dog and cat breeds, behavior, and temperaments. We would love to help. 


We care for over 3,500 pets annually. We work to place every adoptable pet in a loving, lifelong home. Some of our animals have been with us for a long time, and we encourage you to meet some of our long-term residents. The longer they stay, the more ready they are to finally find a home of their own. 

Information on surrendering a pet or stray:

Our open-admission policy is sometimes limited by available space. Please call first to ensure that we have an open kennel. We DO NOT EUTHANIZE HEALTHY, ADOPTABLE ANIMALS DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS. Sometimes, this means that folks will need to get on a waiting list for an open spot. The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is committed to a no kill pet policy of adoptable pets.

Surrender fees vary according to your address, as different areas and municipalities have different policies regarding stray animal care and funding. Bring proof of address and photo ID when surrendering a pet.