Who We Are
The Humane Society of Cowlitz County is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit animal shelter governed by a Board of Directors, who are volunteers.
The Humane Society is an open admission shelter – taking in both stray and owner-released animals of all kinds, including dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits and other common domestic pets.
Founded in 1973, the Humane Society of Cowlitz County has a long tradition of caring for the animals of Cowlitz County. By working in collaboration with nearby shelters, local veterinarians, animal rescue groups and compassionate members of the community, the Humane Society is dedicated to seeking loving homes for thousands of homeless, neglected and abused animals every year.
Through the work of around 35 full and part-time staff, along with the assistance of compassionate volunteers, the Humane Society offers an array of services to our community, including animal sheltering, pet adoptions, cat spay neuter assistance, community education, and outreach.
Through the generous support from our community members and local partners, the Humane Society works to provide quality services for our community while working to decrease euthanasia rates, increase awareness, and promote responsible pet ownership.
Provide shelter and care for the lost, neglected, and abandoned animals in our community while enhancing the human-animal bond.
Key Staff Members
Darren came to the Humane Society in 2023 after serving 20 years with our local Sheriff’s Office where he retired as the Undersheriff. Darren has owned multiple businesses and brings a welath of leadership and business experience. New to the shelter industry, he continues to learn more and more each day and is excited to be in his new role. Darren and his wife Denise also own two Adult Care Homes and have six dogs and five cats at their home.
Stephanie has been with the Humane Society for over 20 years and has experience in every aspect of our operations. Her value lies in her vast experience and wealth of knowledge.
Customer Care Manager
Ruth has spent the past 20 years with the shelter and is usually the first person you talk to or meet when you come to visit.
Wanda has been with the Humane Society for over ten years and works in our clinic while also over seeing the health and welfare of all of the animals in the kennel.
Animal Control Supervisor
Nate is our lead Animal Control Officer and works right along side our other three Animal Control Officers.