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Mission: River's Wish Animal Sanctuary saves lives through rescue, education and advocacy. By treating animals as individuals and expressing both their wonder and plight through art, we foster empathy and understanding that leads to compassionate life choices.

Programs: We offer Sanctuary Based Education through Art and Animal workshops, Garden to Table workshops, Compassion For Animals and Compassionate Living workshops. We are House Rabbit Society educators with the House Rabbit Society. River's Wish is home to equines, bovines, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks. Located on 65 acres adjacent to Riverside State Park. River's Wish has been involved in rescue since 1994 and became incorporated as a 501c3 organization in 2004.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any visit to River’s Wish is amazing. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with a couple art classes over the summer. Both Kit and Pete love the animals so much and work so hard. It’s a great organization that brings care to animals in need. Each and every animal is special and definitely have a connection to the entire River’s Wish working team.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting River's Wish for nearly 20 years. They are a wonderful organization that takes excellent care of their animals. I have adopted chickens from them in the past, and been to visit the sanctuary numerous times. One of my favorite events is the Thanksgiving for Compassion event. I love feeding the animals and hearing the blessing of the Buddhist monk. When he rings the bell the turkeys gobble back. It's a beautiful setting. Kit and Pete work so hard to care for the animals in our community that need the most help.

Emma C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the amazing opportunity to volunteer for Rivers Wish a few years back. Kit and Pete are amazing and do everything they can for every resident at the sanctuary. I created special bonds with the animals and am giving this place the highest review.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today marks 6 months since I started volunteering at River’s Wish. It’s hard to put into words how special this place is to me. The animals are so well loved and cared for, and Kit and Pete are two of the most authentic, kind people I’ve ever met. I’ve loved everyone I’ve ever had the opportunity to volunteer with, and I love knowing that the world is a better place because of the work that’s being done at the sanctuary. I think coming to River’s Wish is a dream come true for the animals that are lucky enough to find refuge there, and it’s also a dream come true for me.

Dori E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Before I visited Rivers Wish I had heard so many raving reviews from several fellow rescuers. Rivers Wish sets the standard of what all rescues should strive to achieve. Their facilities are designed with the animals comfort and safety in mind. They are always working to enlarge and improve housing. Care and comfort, are always top priority.

All of their programs are well designed and thought out. From how they intake an animal in need to how they schedule volunteers every step of the process runs like a well oiled machine. A machine with an enormous heart!

Rivers Wish works hard to educate adopters, visitors and the community with events through out the year. They are so inspiring to me and many others. Their impact on the people who contact them cannot be understated or undervalued. They are leading by example and changing the lives of animals and humans.

Their work is an example of how to properly work is a shining example of how animals should be cared for and loved. They set a very high standard that we should all strive to achieve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for River's Wish for many years, but most actively over the past year. I am out at the sanctuary at least twice a week providing general clean up, maintenance, and animal care. This is a beautiful place where the care of the animals is the top priority. River's Wish has a great team of volunteers, and the co-founders, Kit and Pete Jagoda are caring and compassionate people who are always striving to create the best environment for the animals in their care. They play an important role in our community in both the sanctuary they provide and the humane and compassionate education they provide.

Christy A.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE visiting Rivers Wish and seeing animals that were previously abandoned, abused or destined for slaughter. I wish i lived closer so i could volunteer and spend more time with all their animals. Instead i donate whenever i can and follow them on social media to hear stories of rescue. I am hoping soon they can resume the wonderful on site events that allow children and adults to attend and pet and feed animals while learning their stories of rescue. Its so important for children to learn compassion for all sentient beings and these events are so important, fun, and educational. This sanctuary is amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary for 2 years. It is such an honor to join the many other hard working, dedicated volunteers that help keep this animal sanctuary operating. Kit and Pete Jagoda, the owners/founders have an incredible love story with the animal residence. They know each of the almost 150 Individual animals. They educated us all and the public on their plight and lead by compassionate example. What a privilege to be a part of allowing these beautiful creatures to live their full lives.

Every dollar donated to River’s Wish is used for the well being of the animals. This includes, safe shelters, feed, medicine, veterinary care, farriers, sheep shearers, pig feet trimmers and so much more.

My life is so much richer because of the time I spend with the animals at River’s Wish. This is an organization worthy of your financial support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered during early months of Covid and have been a donor; my background is in veterinary medicine. The founders & volunteers are tireless workers in providing a humane environment for neglected farm animals (and I saw several cats!). They also have an outstanding reputation in the community.

JLP1988

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This August I will be with Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary for 2 years. I also foster rabbits through RWAS. I truly cannot express how serene and caring this place is. The owners, Kit and Pete are phenomenal human beings with huge compassion for all the animals well being and superb care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering since August 2019. The concern and empathy that Pete and Kit show these animals is beyond anything I have ever experienced or seen. The animals are so loved and cared for that they lift my spirits every time I am there. From the smallest chicken to the biggest bovine and horse, everyone is treated with the same kindness and concern.
I recently was asked to foster a rabbit family of 9. The parents and 7 babies. They were 3 weeks old when they came to my home. They are now 3.5 months old. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. My involvement in caring for these creatures has forever changed me. I hope to be able to continue to foster more rabbits in the future.

1 Christine M.13

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the tireless work of River's Wish Animal Sanctuary. I have always been inspired by Kit & Pete and their endless commitment to saving saves and to promoting compassion. I highly encourage others to support this wonderful non-profit organization. They are the best!

Donor

Rating: 5

Rivers wish holds a special place in my family’s life and heart! Kit was my dear teaching partner for 12 years. Her passion for inspiring children and opening their hearts to the wonders of self expression were beyond inspiring . Each child was given hope and encouragement regardless of their artistic abilities. In a competitive world built around results and worldly standards this was so refreshing. It was the act of creating that mattered to Kit. I remember visiting Rivers Wish. The animals were all so loved and cared for. Many had obvious health issues from previous abuse and neglect. But the thing is just like her tender support and care she gave each child in her art room, she does the same at her sanctuary. Whether it was behavioral issues or health she and Pete meet each creature where they are at and respond with love and compassion and focus. When I brought my granddaughter Ruby there I could see how she marveled at each creature. She fell in love with Violet the turkey. Giving Violet massages under her wings! But what I hope that Ruby sees is a place where everyone belongs regardless of the state of your body or mind. You are loved.. respected and cared for!A life lesson that I hope she carries with her all her life .

AuronFlare

Client Served

Rating: 5

A long time ago, I adopted a precious rabbit from River's Wish, and she was just wonderful. I named her Squishy, and she lived for 15 years. ♡
Kit and Pete work tirelessly to care for the beautiful animals at their sanctuary. Their property is amazing, and they are very thorough with the adoption process. I love going there and have been donating art to their yearly auction for years. It's a lovely place to support!

Atania G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the owner of Allie's Vegan Pizzeria and Café. I know that to run a successful business, client relations and planning are important aspects.

Allie’s has had the pleasure of working with River's Wish through catering their events for the past five years. We have found them to be professional and very easy to work with.

We support the compassionate mission of River's Wish and we see the positive impact of their organization on our community.

I have offered Garden to Table workshops at the sanctuary and I look forward to collaborating with River's Wish in the years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have adopted 5 rabbits through River's Wish and are now also fostering 2 bunny sisters for them. There isn't much Kit & Pete won't do for the animals in their care and those of us who adopt. In return there isn't much I won't do for them!

I've toured the Sanctuary several times, and each time they have improved or are in the process of improving areas for the animals. The volunteers are kind and knowledgable. I am proud to support their work with small donations throughout the year.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary is unlike any other animal welfare organization in our community. I’ve worked with several non profits over the years and currently work as both a part-time farmer and at a business development non-profit organization. Not only does Rivers Wish take great care of their rescue animals, but they take great care of their people - the many volunteers, caretakers and supporters that share their love and their time at this rescue organization. It takes commitment, know-how and business sense to pull together and put a great team in place that will not only drive home the mission of the organization, but also provide a better life for these animals and a better world for all of us.

dulcieruf

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization could not be more worthy of a 5 star review. For the past 2 years I have been a weekly volunteer with Rivers Wish and I am also a board member. As a verified member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, this sacred place provides life long care for the tiniest baby rabbit all the way up to a massive rescued former Premarin draft mare.

The owners and founders, Pete and Kit Jagoda are very hands on, working daily with the animals as well as working constantly to make improvements and do the never ending repairs that come along with operating a large sanctuary. With the judicious use of donor funds, Rivers Wish is able to operate in the clear to constantly be coming up with new ways to enrich the lives of the animals. In just the past year, a new multi-acre pasture has been safely fenced, a new feed room has been built, a new goat shelter is going up, new water lines are being laid...it really is fabulous and I'm so grateful to be a part of this. Not to mention the hundred of tons of food and bedding that is purchased, all thanks to the amazing supporters of this place.

Rivers Wish has been operating since the 90's and measures are in place to ensure that it will be providing a safe haven for many years to come.


And the medical, hoof, and dental care... when you have rabbits, pigs, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, donkeys, sheep, goats, horses,cattle, dogs, and cats there is always something. Rivers Wish has a great team of regular vets and farriers.

I have many years of experience of working with farm animals, as well as domestic pets, and I am so happy to have a place to use my knowledge to help these beings. It is wonderful to get to see these animals allowed to grow old. Sadly, to live a full life is a very unusual experience for a pig or a cow, not to mention the winged friends. It is glorious to know they do that at Rivers Wish. On a personal level, my life is much richer as a result of being involved here.

Volunteers from this sanctuary are the most kind, dedicated, and diligent people I know and I am grateful to know people like them exist in this world. We promote a living a kind and compassionate life. So many of the animals at this sanctuary are animals that many people consider "food". We don't. The Jagoda's don't. They are all someone, not something. At Rivers Wish you can look into the eyes of an animal and see a thinking, feeling, loving creature that is every bit as worthy of a life as we are. They are all safe and loved, for life.

I cannot recommend this nonprofit enough. Please check it out!













Arica V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Rivers wish for almost 3 years. I am so honored and privileged to be able to feed and care for the numerous animals at the Sanctuary. Kit and Pete, the founders of River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary are beautiful and kind humans with huge hearts. They do everything with the animals best interests in mind. This is a vegan sanctuary and I really appreciate that they have made the connection between the animals that live in safety there at the sanctuary and those animals who are brutalized every day in what we call our food system. The animals at River’s Wish are given their best chance at life, with green pastures, fresh greens and vegetables grown in a garden just for them, food, medical care, Space to run, warm comfortable places to sleep, friends, family, companion animals, and of course lots and lots and lots of love and patience. Whatever the animals needs are, they are met with compassion, intelligence, tenderness and genuine concern for their well-being and happiness and health. Thank you Kit and Pete Jagoda for creating such a peaceful wonderful space that truly is a sanctuary in every sense of the word!!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate small amounts to many charities that i honestly know very little about, but i have visited Rivers Wish a hundred times, and of all the charities I donate to, Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary is my very favorite. It is so beautiful and the animals are so loved and so well taken care of. Volunteering at Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary has given me the chance to meet "farm" animals and look them in the eyes and feel the love. Nothing is more rewarding than helping plant lettuce, kale, and parsley in the Rivers Wish Rabbit Garden and then coming back and harvesting and feeding the produce to the happy bunnies in the Bunny Barn. Kit and Pete are the greatest, most generous people and they have built heaven on earth for the animals in their little spot of paradise, Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary. kerry masters, volunteer and donor

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having been to many sanctuaries and spent considerable time at them, I can say with joy that River’s Wish is run by humans with the kindest of hearts who have created a safe space for nonhuman animals as well as the human animals who love them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with River's Wish for over a year now as I find abandoned or otherwise desperate domestic ducks and geese that need placement. River's Wish has a lovely aviary and rescues all types of animals: pigs, bunnies, horses, cattle, dogs, rats, goats, chickens, donkeys, sheep and more. It's founders are vegan and promote vegan activities and are involved in promoting local Spokane artists.