History of Our Shelter Partnerships
Mud Bay’s animal welfare partnership began in 1995 with one shelter: Joint Animal Services in Olympia, Washington. By 2002, Mud Bay had expanded our partnership to five shelters in Washington. By 2014, we added our first Oregon shelter partner to make a total of 18 partners. This number has continued to grow over the years, and currently, we have 29 shelter partners throughout Oregon and Washington.
Mud Bay provides each shelter partner with an adoption packet that they can give to every family who adopts a dog or cat. Every person who adopts an animal from one of our shelter partners gets a Healthy Pet Guide full of information about dog or cat nutrition, and a coupon for free food and biscuits for dogs and free litter and food for cats at any of our stores. When the adoptive family redeems the coupon, Mud Bay makes a donation back to the shelter the pet came from.
These adoption packets are our way of giving owners a chance to see the benefits of good nutrition for their dog or cat. As animal nutrition has evolved, we’ve learned that not all kibble, canned or raw food is made equally. Foods made with high-quality ingredients and enough protein and fat will produce a noticeable change in your pet’s health and may help them live longer. Adoption marks a milestone in an animal’s life, and we want to be part of giving every dog or cat a fresh start.
Other Major Animal Welfare Initiatives
Our shelter partnerships are the cornerstone of our animal welfare outreach program, but it’s not the only thing we do to contribute to the health and happiness of rescued cats and dogs. Throughout the year, we work on several initiatives to further help our shelter partners and other animal welfare organizations in Washington and Oregon through avenues such as adoption events, sponsorships, donations, and fundraising campaigns.
Volunteer Award of Excellence
Animal welfare organizations do amazing, life-saving work. To recognize the sacrifices that animal welfare volunteers make to improve the lives of animals, we established the Volunteer Award of Excellence in 2015.
Each year, Mud Bay asks Washington and Oregon animal welfare organizations to nominate a single volunteer who donates their time at their organization. We then collect all the nominations and invite the public to vote to determine the winners of the Volunteer Award of Excellence.
Three volunteers in Washington and three volunteers in Oregon win each year. Every recipient of the Volunteer Award of Excellence receives $1,000, and Mud Bay also donates $1,000 to their nominating animal welfare organization.
Tons of Love Holiday Giving
Every holiday season, we partner with several of our manufacturing partners to collect items for animals in need throughout Washington and Oregon. Between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, our generous manufacturers pledge to give food or money for every pound of food sold. After the holidays, we collect the donations and disburse them among animal welfare organizations according to their needs. Mud Bay also donates $20,000 to the Tons of Love program each year to help celebrate this season of giving.
In 2011, the manager of our Mill Creek Mud Bay put up a tree to help raise donations for a local animal rescue. On every ornament, she wrote a single gift suggestion that the local animal rescue needed for the holiday season. Throughout the holiday season, customers came in and bought those gifts to help the animals in their area. And thus, the Giving Tree was born.
Now you can find a Giving Tree in every one of our stores during the holiday season. Each store manager talks to their team and decides to highlight one to three animal welfare organizations that could use some extra help during the holiday. And each year, hundreds of our customers graciously buy items on the organizations’ wish lists to benefit dogs, cats and small animals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Mudlet at Seattle Humane
When Seattle Humane began planning their new building in 2015, they offered Mud Bay 450 square feet in the building to make our own mini store. We happily agreed. And in 2017, we launched Seattle Humane’s Mudlet. This Mud Bay is unique because 100% of the profits are donated right back to Seattle Humane, so they can continue to do their life-saving work.
We may not have enough room to stock everything that a full-size Mud Bay offers, but we carry everything that a new dog or cat would need in their new home. The Mudlet team members help people plan for the next steps in their lives with their new furry family member.
Where We Are Today
Each year, Mud Bay looks to grow the ways we help animals in need and be part of our local communities. Our community outreach team leads these efforts by sponsoring events, and also organizing smaller events in all of our stores to support different animal welfare organizations.