Center Valley Animal Rescue

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Center Valley Animal Rescue is committed to providing safe harbor and rehabilitation for unwanted, injured or abandoned domesticated and wild animals, thereby decreasing the number of unnecessary euthanasias performed. We believe all creatures have inherent value, a right to life, and are entitled to have their basic needs met in a kind and caring manner.

Center Valley Animal Rescue is dedicated to finding loving homes for all adoptable animals in our care and release of wildlife


The Olympic Mountains provide the backdrop to Center Valley Animal Rescue (CVAR), a ranch with 32-acres of pastures, ponds, barns and shelters for large animals. The central building is home to small animals, an office, a medical room and storage. This animal rescue is the vision of Sara Penhallegon who, in 2002, formed a 501(3) C Charitable Organization on the Washington State Olympic Peninsula. Sara and a handful of friends created a network of carefully screened foster care families to temporarily care for animals that were being signed over due to abuse or neglect or by people who simply could no longer care for them.

With the help of her family, the land was purchased in 2004. The property, which had been logged, was in need of restoration. Many hands helped to clean and clear the land and create the wetlands and buffers for wildlife. Thanks to the work of many volunteers and paid craftspeople the once rugged acreage has been transformed to a place of welcome for all breeds of domestic animals in need. Daily, volunteers are there to care for the animals and facilities and to greet visitors.

The love and care of abused and abandoned animals is the soul of this organization.

Sara's vision has become a legacy of love, compassion, and the right for helpless creatures to have a 'second-chance' at life filled with love and reward.

Among Center Valley Animal Rescue's many programs are:
- spay/neuter clinics (low cost)
- vaccination and microchipping
- adoptions
- wildlife rehab
- pet food bank
- prison program
- education program
- internship program
- cruelty/hoarding case programs

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Center Valley Animal Rescue

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11900 Center Rd
Quilcene, WA 98376

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