The mission of our all-volunteer organization is to provide the Skagit Valley and the surrounding areas an alternative method of caring for and adopting out companion animals. We strive to provide an alternative adoption option without the risk of euthanizing healthy and adoptable pets.
Board of Directors
SPOT's Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and seven active members of the organization. The Board is responsible for the development of Policy and Procedure as well as implementing the Goals and Mission Statement of SPOT. To contact any Board member, please click on their email address below. We look forward to hearing your comments and how you think we can improve.
President: Teresa Letellier TeresaL@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Vice President: Teresa Steiner TeresaS@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Treasurer: Fagan Sanchez FaganS@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Secretary: Corinne Cartwright Corinne@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Bookkeeper: Heidi Espe
Board Member: Nina Spitler Nina@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Board Member: Joan Crane JoanC@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Board Member: Beth Rathbun Beth@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Board Member: Brooke Johnson Brooke@savingpetsoneatatime.org
Board Member: Dusty Graham
Board Member: Nancy Graham
Board Member: Robin Blair
SPOT members currently meet on the 1st Thursday of each month. Meetings start at 5:45 PM and everyone is welcome to attend. Our meeting location is at the Creekside Retirement Center in Burlington. Join by mail. Download and print our membership form (Adobe Acobat format, 65k), fill it out and mail it to us with a check for $15 for individual or $25 for family.
*Please note the meeting schedule has recently changed.*
Outreach Opportunities are provided every other Saturday from 11 AM - 3 PM at Petco in Mount Vernon (2nd and 4th); Petsmart in Burlington cats are available every day; 11 AM -3 PM at Petco in Bellingham the 4th weekend of every month; Dog Adoptions the first Saturday of the month at the SPOT Office/Doggy Come Play location 11 AM - 3 PM.
We have several fundraisers throughout the year. Check out our fundraising page for information on how you can get involved.
More About SPOT
In the hopes of increasing the animal "adoption options" in Skagit County and beyond, a group of animal lovers got together in the Fall of 1999 and started a non profit alternative animal rescue and placement organization called Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT). By increasing the options that people have, SPOT hopes that more companion animals will find loving and permanent homes. In addition, SPOT hopes to help reduce the number of homeless pets within Skagit County and beyond by insisting that all animals placed in their care are spayed or neutered.
Each pet receives daily one-on-one care and attention while in foster care. We work on training and socialization skills to help each pet be the best they can be. Pets do not leave foster care until we feel they are emotionally and physically ready to be placed into a permanent home. Please visit our Happy Tails page to hear about some of our successful adoptions.
SPOT does not have a central facility but rather relies on a group of foster homes. These homes provide a safe haven for the animals until they can be placed in a permanent home. The foster homes are carefully screened to ensure that proper care and a loving environment will be provided during the animal's stay. SPOT has a limited number of volunteer foster homes currently available, so if you are interested in becoming a foster home for SPOT, please contact the organization.
SPOT's ongoing outreach program enables the organization to showcase the companion animals currently in their care. The success of SPOT's outreach program is possible due to dedicated volunteers and the support of local businesses. Adoption outreach booths are located at PETCO in Mt. Vernon on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM; PETCO in Bellingham the 4th Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM; at PetSmart in Burlington, the cats are available every day. Volunteer Adoption Counselors accompany the available animals to these sites to provide the opportunity for people to view the pets and to help ensure that animals are placed in a home that matches their temperament, activity level and maturity level.
SPOT is very firm in its policy that all animals are spayed or neutered prior to placement within a home. This policy is essential in helping to reduce the number of homeless pets within our community. In addition, all cats are tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Aids (FIV) prior to being placed in foster homes. Local veterinary clinics have been instrumental in helping SPOT set up this policy to ensure that these diseases do not become even more widespread. Adoption fees include the spay/neuter operation, the feline testing (where applicable), vaccinations, parasite control (fleas, earmites, worms, etc), an ID tag, microchip and a free vet check-up at participating veterinary clinics.
Volunteers are the backbone of SPOT's success. Thank you for your interest and for your hard work and dedication to a very worthy cause.
Check out our programs.
We are in the process of developing an online newsletter (to be viewed from our website). Or sign up for our e-newsletter. In the meantime, if you would like to receive a paper copy of our newsletter, please email us your home address. Thank you!
S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One at a Time)
PO Box 211
Burlington, WA 98233