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No-kill rescue requests home in Ferndale

By |2018-01-15T16:10:59-05:00May 20th, 2010|News|

by Lucy Hough

Angie Potter has always helped hurt animals. At age 14, she did odd jobs to buy a tent so that she could have a place out of her house to help the wounded squirrels and birds she found. The first paycheck she ever received went to the medical bills for a dog whose foot was injured that she had come across in the bank parking lot on her way to cash the check. Now, she is furthering that work as executive director of Waggs and Wishes, a no-kill animal rescue in Ferndale.
“It’s been a dream of mine, so in the last couple of years with the dogs that are falling into my lap, I know I need to do this,” Potter said.
“This is my calling. I’m literally sent here to help these animals and give them their voice and give them fur-ever homes and stop the abuse.”
Waggs and Wishes is awaiting 501(c)3 status. Potter currently operates the organization through foster homes and word-of-mouth to find the pets permanent, ‘fur-ever’ homes. With rumors that Ferndale is letting go of its animal control officer, Potter has approached the city of Ferndale asking for permission to use the building. Potter is waiting to hear from the city manager about her request.
Potter has been sheltering dogs for many years and believes the no-kill rescue will be a great success in Ferndale, where she feels people are exceedingly caring for animals. She personally has never given a dog away to a shelter and not known the future of that animal, and she intends to have the same record with Waggs.
“A no-kill shelter is very important, just for the simple fact that these dogs need a chance,” Potter said.
The organization is doing its best to raise money and awareness of its mission by hosting a fundraiser. The event, which happens from 6-8 p.m. May 27, will take place at Rosie O’Grady’s in Ferndale. Pizza and salad will be served for a $20 donation. There will also be space for people to donate pet supplies for potential foster homes, in case those interested in providing temporary homes cannot afford to care for the pet.
“All they need to do is to open their heart and their door until we find the dogs a fur-ever home,” Potter said.
Potter hopes that the fundraiser will not only help raise money but will also create a greater network of people who are interested in fostering or adopting pets.
“One person can only do so much but when you have a huge number of people the word gets out sooner,” she added.
For more information on this and other upcoming events, or to make a donation, visit

Waggs and Wishes Fundraiser
6-8 p.m. May 27
Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

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