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How FirstMate is Helping to Support Animal Wellness Organizations

December 12, 2017

Our growing family of pet owners proudly work with a variety of animal wellness organizations to help provide quality nutrition for animals in need.  We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight SANS Animal Sanctuary, the Seattle Meowtropolitan, and Whistler Animals Galore; who are just a few of the organizations working hard to make a better life for animals in need.

SANS Animal Sanctuary

SANS Animal Sanctuary is nestled amongst 400 acres outside of Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada and is home to an increasing number of “unadoptable” dogs, cats, horses and even a few pigs.  SANS has made a forever home for animals that would have been euthanized within traditional shelters due to aggression, age or other factors. Many were left on tethers, starved, beaten and generally so seriously abused that they never recovered full use of limbs or from blindness. Together with Kathe Jeffries, a heroic woman who has sacrificed much of her life to care for them, these animals now lead the lives of pets who had grown up in loving homes, even though their lives did not begin that way. FirstMate is proud to have been working with SANS for over a decade helping provide much of the needed food. And because of their remote location, volunteers from FirstMate Pet Foods have assisted in managing their online presence, by communicating with SANS via satellite phone. To learn more about SANS click here.

Meet a few members of the crew:


Roo packed out a snow bed

Gus is hibernating

Abby, Benny, Cassie, Gus, and Roo taking a sun bath

Wally and his pal sniffing the snow

The Seattle Meowtropolitan

The Seattle Meowtropolitan has successfully created a unique experience between humans and cats.  Working together with their shelter partner, Regional Animals Services of King County (RASKC) to house cats in a comfortable, café style lounge where they receive as much attention as they desire from approved visitors and staff.  Visitors are educated on the needs of a cat and have the ability to donate or apply to adopt one of the shelter cats. All proceeds from the sales of café goodies help to provide care for the animals within the RASKC shelter. To learn more about The Seattle Meowtropolitan click here.


Whistler Animals Galore

FirstMate has sponsored the food needs of Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) for over 15 years, helping them in their mission of re-homing cats, dogs, puppies and kittens.  In more recent years FirstMate has joined The Westin Hotel in the annual K9 Wine & Dine event. The K9 Wine & Dine is a charity gala where your dog is one of the guests!  We enjoy dining with our dogs every year to help raise funds for this amazing charity. To learn more about WAG click here. To learn more about the K9 Wine & Dine click here.

Snowy is looking for a home that will give him all the affection and love that he deserves. He is very outgoing and loves everyone he meets. Take a look at his full profile and come fall in love with this sweet guy.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about some of these amazing animal wellness organizations. Taking care of these animals takes a lot of dedication, time, and money, so if you’re interested in giving back, consider volunteering, donating, or adopting a shelter pet into your family.


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