A brief history of Whisker City
Whisker City was founded by April
Brown in 1995 as an effort
to help abused and neglected animals. The shelter is part of
Blue Sky Charities, a non-profit 501-c-3 organization that focuses
on helping both homeless people and homeless pets.
Whisker City is located in Shoreline and housed in a pair of
rental properties owned by April and her husband Mike. They’ve
placed over 1400 cats in homes in the area.
The majority of placements are made from the “Whiskers
on Wheels” adoption bus. Thanks to a grant from Maddies’s
Fund, a shuttle bus was purchased in 2008 to replace the old
school bus that acted as our adoption vehicle for four years.
The WOW bus now goes out five days per week, and parks in front
of pet stores where the public can climb aboard and view the
cats available for adoption.
Whisker City has experienced substantial growth the past year.
In addition to a new WOW bus, we now have
three employees, one full time and two part-time. Our shelter
space has doubled with the purchase and re-model of a second
house last fall. We also acquired four smaller structures that
will house special needs cats and we had a new structure built
to house our feral cats, or "lifers".
One thing that has not changed is the crisis in people’s
lives that bring cats to our shelter. We have a standing joke
that goes: “we’ve never had a cat call us looking
for a home, it’s always a person.” It’s true!
PEOPLE are the ones in crisis, not the cats. The current economic
downturn has made many animals disposable, adding one more reason
why cats end up at Whisker City.
Whisker City’s work involves two primary areas: direct
care and placement. We feed and house the cats and administer
needed medical work to get them adjusted. Then they go on the
Whiskers on Wheels bus where we make a match with a person looking
to adopt them in to a permanent home. We do not spend money on
political activity/lobbying, education or marketing and we receive
no governmental support. We rely heavily on volunteers, fundraisers,
grants and donations.
Thank you for taking time to read about Blue Sky Charities dba
Whisker City. Our tax ID # is 91-1649531. The contact person
for charitable gifts is April Brown at 206-235-4697.
Donate by phone:
Donate by mail:
1620 North 183rd St.,
Shoreline, Wa. 98133