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New Home for West Sound Wildlife Shelter

To meet future needs, better serve the region’s growth and create long-term stability, West Sound Wildlife Shelter plans to embark on a major initiative to build a new wildlife rehabilitation care facility and education center on a new campus in Port Gamble, Kitsap County.  It also seeks to enhance the financial foundation of the Shelter by creating a sustainability fund.

The Shelter plans to develop a new campus in Port Gamble, on 12 acres located in Port Gamble, WA.  The property is a centerpiece in the redevelopment of Port Gamble as a residential, commercial and tourist destination by Olympic Property Group, a subsidiary of Pope Resources. It is a short drive from our current Bainbridge Island home and easily accessible from other parts of the county and region. This $3 million initiative will provide significantly more space and allow for the development of a new and expanded rehabilitation center.  It will also allow for a major expansion of the Shelter’s education program with the creation of an onsite education center. The Shelter will be able to offer tours of the education center for the first time in its history.

Conceptual drawing of the nature walk and educational center mews

The property has both wooded and open spaces, small streams and little surrounding development.  It offers a quiet pastoral setting that will accommodate the unique wildlife rehabilitation and educational needs of the Shelter.  Our vision is to create a new campus with new, purpose-built facilities and amenities that will positon West Sound Wildlife Shelter for ongoing success.

The Shelter will maintain its roots on Bainbridge Island by creating a new ‘intake center’ that will be easily accessible for all Island residents to take wildlife that requires care. The intake center will be staffed part-time by Shelter volunteers and a licensed rehabilitation specialist.  When a wildlife patient comes to the intake center, it will be transported to the Shelter’s rehabilitation center in Port Gamble for evaluation and care.  The Shelter is also exploring the possibility of satellite intake centers in other locations throughout the region. Nonprofit organizations such as West Sound Wildlife wrestle continually with the question of how to ensure sustainability while improving and expanding services to the community.  That is one of the primary considerations of West Sound Wildlife as it looks to create a new home and build a future that will allow our work and mission to endure. 

To that end, the Shelter’s leadership is working efficiently and effectively to preserve funds to support the future growth that is anticipated and demonstrated in the increasing patient loads and educational program demands we are experiencing every year. 

While the Shelter anticipates increased revenue streams with a new educational facility, it seeks to ensure its financial stability by creating a sustainability fund.  The plan is to create a fund with an initial $1,000,000 that will be used when operational funding cannot keep pace with our patient, facility and educational needs.

We anticipate moving at the end of 2021, when the lease with Bloedel Reserve expires.

If you have any questions about the new property, please contact us at info@westsoundwildlife.org.


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