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Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Saving Lives through Rescue, Education and Advocacy.

Programs: Saving Lives through Rescue, Education and Advocacy. Providing Sanctuary Based Education through Art and Animals Workshops, Garden to Table Workshops and Compassionate Living Workshops. We offer tours, field trips and onsite events.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

JLP1988

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.

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.