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Who We Are

The NOAH Center

Our Mission

Northwest Organization for Animal Help (The NOAH Center) is dedicated to stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable homeless dogs and cats. We are committed to high quality spay and neuter programs available for low income residents, family friendly pet adoptions, humane education and volunteer programs through our state-of-the-art facilities and Spay/Neuter Center.

While there are still many animals in need of our help, The NOAH Center has significantly made an impact since opening our doors in 2003:

  • Transfer Program: Through our 65 partner shelters across Washington state and beyond, more than 40,000 dogs and cats were given the second chance they deserve by being transferred to our facility for adoption.

  • Adoption Program: Our family-friendly adoption program and one-on-one matchmaking process allowed us to find more than 40,000 cats and dogs their forever homes.

  • Spay/Neuter Program: We are tackling pet overpopulation at the source through our high-volume, high-quality spay-neuter program where we have performed more than 115,000 surgeries for low-income members of the community.

  • Foster Program: Our devoted and hardworking foster families have provided a loving and safe environment for more than 10,500 underage puppies, kittens and special needs animals since instituting our foster program in 2010.

Our History

In 1988, Northwest Organization for Animal Help first opened its doors at our original shelter location on Camano Island. For more than ten years our staff and volunteers worked diligently to help animals in the community. As the need for help grew in our own community and across Washington state, we knew we had to expand our resources to better serve our mission to save more animals. After years of serving animals in our local community, we expanded our horizon by adopting a new approach to our facility, programs and services. In 2003 we debuted our current location in Stanwood, WA where we introduced our expanded adoption and brand new transfer and low-cost spay/neuter programs. Since then we have created partnerships with more than 50 different shelters to transfer animals at risk of euthanasia to our facility for the second chance they deserve; we have developed the second highest volume spay/neuter clinic in Washington state; and we have continued to expand our efforts to ensure healthy, adoptable and treatable animals across Washington state and beyond are given a second chance.

Our Impact Since Opening

  • Pets Adopted


  • Spay/Neuters


  • Pets Fostered


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