Who We Are


Our Vision

Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals"

As a nation, we still have a long way to go when it comes to treating our animals well. Each year millions are neglected, abandoned and terribly abused. 

CVAS works locally to reduce the suffering of companion animals and to move our nation that much closer to a day when all of our animals are treated with the love, respect and the caring compassion that every living creature deserves.


Our Mission


The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, spaying/neutering and adoption of homeless and neglected companion animals. Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, CVAS is the largest shelter in the tri-county area (Stevens, Pend Orielle, and Ferry Counties) in northeast Washington state. We provide both crisis and long-term sheltering, medical care, rehabilitation and adoption, either on site or by transferring to partner shelters with greater adoption opportunities.



What We Do


We provide temporary shelter for up to 100 cats and dogs at any given time. We are staffed mainly by volunteers, who provide love, stability and a place to call home for our animals.


  • Long and short-term sheltering
  • Rescue/retrieval of animals
  • Adoption coordination and counseling
  • Routine and emergency medical care
  • Foster and domiciliary care
  • Long-distance transportation
  • Transportation for veterinary care
  • Spaying and neutering
  • vaccinations
  • Rehabilitation to overcome trauma
  • Foster care for special needs animals
  • Pet food assistance program
  • Feral cat program (trap, spay/neuter, release)
  • Barn Cat Program
  • Animal advocacy

Impact Statement 2014


CVAS is a sanctuary for cats and dogs on 27 acres in a rural setting in NE Washington.

In 2014 we accepted 734 companion animals and provided them with shelter, nourishment and medical care. Each of them were spayed/neutered, vaccinated and when possible placed in a loving home. We found homes for 120 dogs and 263 cats. Our collaboration with Seattle Humane provided transfer for adoption opportunities for 229 cats. Partnering with Shepherds for Lost Sheep and Spokane Humane provided transfer for adoption opportunities for 20 dogs.

Through our TNR program we worked to reduce the number of feral cat colonies in Stevens County. We trapped 48 cats, transported them to clinics for spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations and returned them to their colonies. Our barn cat program provided 32 cats with safe barn homes.

To assist struggling families and reduce pet overpopulation we paid for spay/neuter surgeries for 52 “owned” companion animals. This included free transportation to and from the clinics and hundreds of pounds of dog and cat food to help another 18 families keep their animals. We also donated any surplus dog and cat food to local food banks.

This year with funds from the Microsoft Cat Calendar Foundation, a major bequest and generous donations, we started much needed renovations on our existing dog shelter building. In order to come into compliance with County requirements we had to upgrade our electrical system, install a water treatment system and add a new pump to pressure distribution septic system.

We enclosed and made our shelter ADA accessible, poured a concrete slab with in-floor heating and added ventilation. It will provide comfortable accommodations for up to 20 dogs. Phase two is an expansion to begin in 2015 and will include bathroom facilities, dog washing station, six more kennels and a separate puppy enclosure. A perimeter fence and new dog runs will be installed. Plans for our new cat facility will be drawn up along with a marketing plan to provide funding.

This past year we held 5 low cost vaccination clinics for dogs and cats that included micro chipping. We will continue this on a monthly basis to supplement the low cost services provided by Stevens County Cat Care.

Our fund raisers included the annual 5k Walk N Wag, Xmas Wreath, car wash, and an online auction as well as numerous supply drives throughout Stevens and Spokane Counties.

Previous Impact Statements



Annual Report


All CVAS funding goes directly to support the services we provide. We are committed to our mission and strive to run CVAS with 100% transparency. Please click on a year below to view our annual financial and tax information.

990 Form - 2015

990 Form - 2014

990 Form - 2013

990 Form - 2012

990 Form - 2011

990 Form - 2010

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