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Review for Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary, Spokane, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 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!

Role:  Board Member