Schae Richards, community editor
The Cache Humane Society was founded in 1976 by local animal lovers who fostered animals in their own homes. It started as a foster-based rescue, but has grown over the years and now offers so much more to animals and local pet owners.
The Cache Humane Society takes in dogs, cats, and other small animals, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. They receive these animals in three main ways:
- Owner surrenders: People can surrender their pet(s) because they can no longer take care of them due to changed circumstances.
- Stray or lost animals: People who have lost their pet(s) have five days to retrieve them before they are placed in the shelter. Most animals are reclaimed by their owners.
- Rescue transfers: When other animal shelters reach their maximum capacity, the Cache Humane Society takes in the animals they can no longer care for.
The Cache Humane Society also takes in animals that have suffered severe injuries, and there are local donors who help these animals get additional surgeries.
Stacey Frisk, director of the Cache Humane Society, said they offer three main services to animals and to local pet owners:
- Adoptions: People are able to adopt a pet from the Cache Humane Society. An animal usually finds a home within two weeks of its arrival.
- Fostering: People can also foster an animal. Foster parents provide additional care to the animal beyond what the Cache Humane Society offers. Right now, they are in need of more fosters who are able to bottle feed kittens and puppies.
- Clinic services: People can take advantage of the shelter’s affordable clinic services. They offer microchipping, vaccinations, and spaying/neutering.
“We save thousands of animals every year, reunite them with their families, and provide a new home for them,” Stacey said.
The Cache Humane Society has also participated in several rescue missions around the country.
For example, they were involved in the Hurricane Harvey rescue effort last year and took in two groups of dogs during the course of the hurricane.
The first group of dogs was already in shelters within the Houston area when the hurricane hit. These places transferred their animals to other shelters so they could use their own sites for reunion centers.
Several months later, the Cache Humane Society received another round of dogs that was still unclaimed three months after the hurricane. They have found homes for all of these dogs, except for two: Romeo and Hulk.
In addition to their animal and clinic services, the Cache Humane Society focuses on educating the youth.
“We are raising the next generation of pet owners,” Stacey said.
They offer an after-school program during the year, where kids can come into the shelter every week and learn about proper pet care and socialize with the animals.
The Cache Humane Society also hosts youth camps throughout the summer. This year, they are offering several multi-day summer camps, including two overnight camps.
Stacey said the purpose of these camps is to teach children how to be responsible pet owners, introduce them to animal care professions, and help the shelter train and socialize the animals.
The Cache Humane Society also educates the youth through local schools and community programs, reaching almost 200 youth every month.
Stacey reminds the community to get involved with their cause to help save the lives of animals.
“Our greatest need as an organization is for the community is to understand that we are a local non-profit in Cache Valley,” she said. “Their support stays here in Cache Valley, and their support is crucial.”
Stacey said one of the best ways to support their cause is to volunteer.
“Our volunteers are absolutely crucial to saving animal lives,” she said.
The Cache Humane Society has 100 active volunteers that come in every month to help care and socialize with the animals. Volunteers can also take an animal home for the night to collect additional personality information that will help them find a good home.
Stacey also encourages people to check out the daily supplies list (which can be found on their website at cachehumane.org) that they use every day to keep the animals comfortable and the facility up and going. These items include, but are not limited to, the following: dog food and treats, cat food and treats, office supplies, and cleaning materials. Supplies can be dropped off at their office on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
People can also make a monetary donation through their website or mail them to Cache Humane Society, 2370 W 200 N, Logan, Utah 84321. They also have an Amazon wish list.
Additionally, people can attend their annual events, including their Big Fix Brunch, which will be held June 10 this year; Bark in the Park, which is held in September; and their holiday fundraiser held in December. Each of these events help support the operations and needs of the clinic.
Stacey said they couldn’t accomplish what they do without the support of the community.
“We appreciate the community and feel honored to be a part of Cache Valley’s continuance of being a welcoming place for animals,” Stacey said.