The History of the Hope Fund
The Hope Fund was named in honor of Hope, a beautiful black retriever cross who was rescued from the county shelter in Spokane. Hope had been overlooked by potential adopters because she had a severe limp. Her time was running out and she was scheduled to be humanely killed the day after Christmas in 2001. Rescue volunteers issued pleas to find someone to rescue her because of her sweet temperament. WCHS answered the call for help, and Hope was transferred to Pullman, where radiographs revealed a dislocated hip with a fracture of the femur head. With surgery, she would regain an excellent quality of life.
WCHS immediately contacted rescue groups, animal welfare agencies, and private individuals to raise funds for Hope's surgery. Within hours, enough money had been pledged from individuals locally and across the state to pay for her care. Hope successfully recovered and was adopted by a wonderful family in Moscow, Idaho. The original donations exceeded the cost of Hope's care, so The Hope Fund was established in her name to save other animals in need.