ASAP is an all-volunteer grass-roots organization
Established in May of 2013, we welcome any and everyone who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of West Richland's lost, abandoned, and abused animals. Our volunteers range in age from young to old, and help us continue OUR MISSION of "Improving the Lives of Homeless Pets". We are a non-profit organization.
Our Long Term Goal:
Our long term goal is to provide a rescue service to the local community that allows cats and dogs to be in a foster environment to be socialized and loved until they can find their furever home. We rely on the loving hearts of our fosters to be able to intake stray and owner surrender animals, without them we would not be able to do as much as we do for the animals.
Our Leadership Team:
George Hagen: President for ASAP. I am a relative new comer to the rescue world. Actually, until a friend of mine asked me to help with ASAP I had never thought about volunteering with dogs and cats. I have volunteered with horses in the past. I just know that since I started most days my heart sings when we are able to help a dog or cat
find a home or get them out of a bad situation. It seems to fill a whole in my heart this work that I am a part of.
Ruth Luchi: Vice President for ASAP. I have been involved in animal rescue since 2002, getting started by finding 6 week old kittens in my yard. Rescue was full so I became a foster, my son and I fostered several hundred kittens/cats. It is very rewarding to help an animal. After moving back to the Tri-cities after retiring I discovered Adopt Shelter Animal Pets while shopping in Petco while my new rescue dog was being groomed. A year later,
retirement has a new look as rescue work does not take a day off. I work with the dogs and calls come in daily of a dog in need, off I go to find a foster and get the dog out of whatever situation it has found itself in. Dogs truly do love their rescuers, they remember you when you see them later on after being adopted, tails wag and lots of kisses are shared, wonderful to see that tail wag and the dog is happy with their new families. We invite you to join us in all the love our cats and dogs share freely with each of us daily.
Amanda Muenks: Bookkeeper/Treasurer for ASAP. My involvement with ASAP started innocently enough 5 years ago, answering a call for fosters as it was two days before Thanksgiving Weekend. Temperatures were in the teens and West Richland Police Department's kennels for unclaimed pets are outside and unheated. There were several dogs that needed fosters just for the weekend. My husband always points out I am the one in the relationship that always brings animals home, staying true to my nature I did just that,bringing two dogs home, 5 years later we still have one of the two original foster dogs, who is a big part of our family. These days our family specializes more in cat fostering, and I volunteered to take the reigns as Treasurer, to do what I can to continue the original founders of ASAP's mission, to help Adopt Shelter Animal Pets.
Michelle Inserra: Outreach Coordinator for ASAP. Michelle has owned animals all of her life. She was on a Humane Society for 6 years as a Board member prior to coming to ASAP.