Furever Homes Rescue Ignores State and Federal Regulations
Earlier this week I wrote that Furever Homes rescue in Olympia violated US Department of Agriculture rules by bringing puppies into the country less than 6-months-old.
In addition, I believe they violated the USDA rule requiring dogs imported in the US to have valid health certificates.
And yesterday, I confirmed that according to the Thurston County Code of Ordinances, Furever Homes founder Sharon Gold is running an unlicensed kennel at her residence and has been well over the limit of the number of dogs residents can have in their homes.
Thurston County residents can have up to 3 dogs. To have more they must get a license for a commercial kennel or a hobby kennel at their home. Here’s how the code describes them:
“Commercial kennel” means a place where adult dogs are bred by a person providing facilities for breeding and the offspring are sold, where such dogs are received for care, training and boarding for compensation, not including a small animal hospital, clinic or pet shop. An adult dog is one that has reached the age of six months.
“Hobby kennel” means a noncommercial kennel at or adjoining a private residence where four or more adult dogs are bred and/or kept for hunting, training and exhibit for organized shows, field working and/or obedience trials or for enjoyment of the species.
Too Many Dogs
Last summer an article in the Olympian reported that Ms. Gold had about 85 dogs. Now I’m not a math major but I’d say that’s a lot more than the limit of 3.
Sources said Joint Animal Services for Thurston County convinced Ms. Gold to reduce that number by about 30 dogs.
But since then people that have been in the house said she still has dozens of dogs there.
To have that many dogs, Ms. Gold must have a permit for operating a hobby kennel. The office that issues them said it didn’t issue any permits for residence.
She’s not even eligible to get a hobby kennel permit anyway. Furever Homes doesn’t meet the definition of a Hobby Kennel, and it’s not a 501c3 charitable organization.
Ms. Gold rents her house, but I don’t know if her landlord knows she’s running an unlicensed kennel with dozens of dogs in it.
The Thurston County Land use and Environmental compliance unit has contacted the property owner and is conducting an investigation. I will let you know when it makes a decision on how to handle the situation.