Historically, the unemployment rate on Fidalgo Island consistently measures 2-3 percentage points higher than the national average. Unemployment in the Swinomish Indian Reservation is currently greater than 20%, and unemployment on the rest of the island is currently measured at approximately 12%. This high unemployment rate, along with the recent significant drop in real estate values on the island, has left many Fidalgo residents in a financial crisis.
Many pet owners are having to make tough, heart-breaking decisions they never thought they would have to make. Many residents have severely cut back on pet food, pet supplies and the veterinarian care for their household pets.
Many pets have fallen behind on medical check-ups, vaccinations and other medical necessities. In addition, lack of spay and neutering of pets has caused an increase in the births of unwanted litters, contributing to an overpopulation of unwanted animals in the rescue system.
It is the goal of the Foundation to provide no charge pet medical clinics and services to Fidalgo Island residents suffering from financial hardships. These services will primarily be focused on pet medical check-ups, vaccinations and spay/neuter services. These services will be provided by setting up a temporary clinic, using our Pet Emergency Vehicle as a base and other equipment as needed (tenting, fencing, temporary kennels, etc.). For example, the Foundation may plan to setup a one day spay/neuter clinic on the Swinomish Indian Reservation, providing free spay/neuter services to tribal members. Another example would be the Foundation may setup a temporary clinic to provide free pet medical checkups as a part of a local community event.
In addition, a household pet food bank is being established. This pet food bank will be maintained and made available to local residents who are facing financial hardship, ensuring that the pets continue to receive much needed food and supplies during financial hardship.
Winter Storm Assistance for Elderly, Disabled or Shut-In Pet Owners
With snow, wind and ice storms coming, the Charlie Randall Pet Foundation’s “Storm Angels” program is offering free assistance to elderly, shut-in and disabled pet owners on Fidalgo Island. (Read More)