Cattery dedicated to Kitsap Humane Society founders | Kitsap Week

SILVERDALE — The Kitsap Humane Society’s light and spacious cattery will be dedicated to founding director Almeda (Harris) Wilson and founding board member William Mahan on Jan. 29, noon, 9167 Dickey Road, Silverdale.

Wilson, 99, was the founding director of KHS from the early 1960s to about 1990. She and Mahan’s daughter, Kathy, are planning to attend the dedication. Mahan died in 2006.

“A more welcoming adoption area makes visiting the shelter and choosing a pet a more positive experience for the community,” said Eric Stevens, interim executive director.

KHS was founded in 1908 as the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, although the organization dissolved several years before World War II. During the war, the population of the area increased dramatically because of the war industries located in Kitsap County, specifically Bremerton, and the pet population increased proportionately.

After several efforts to reactivate the organization, Wilson succeeded in doing so in 1961.

Today, KHS is an open-admission shelter rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for all types of domestic animals, as well as livestock and exotic pets.

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