How and Why of RQA
Res Q Angels was officially formed in February 2011. RQA has all business licenses required for Washington State, is registered as a charitable organization, and is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization. We were scheduled to open our "doors" on June 1st, but due to the wonderful fundraising efforts of our volunteers, and extensive donations from private donors, we were able to open in April!
We focus our efforts on rescuing dogs that have been abandoned, abused, and/or neglected by their human owners. Our goal is to find each dog a loving family that is devoted to his or her life long care. Not all strays can be saved; some are too damaged, some are too feral, but we save those we can.
RQA is an all volunteer organization. The board is a "hands on" board, meaning they will be the first to pick up a stray dog, clean up poop, or anything else that needs to be done.
RQA charges a modest adoption donation. Dogs over 4 months of age are typically $195. Puppies under 4 months are $145 PLUS a pre-paid spay or neuter receipt from your vet. The dogs are adopted to approved applicants anywhere in the US and Canada, as long as you are willing to travel to Yakima to pick up your new family member.
Figure the cost of a stray: Spay or neuter~$100-$135, Rabies Vaccine~$18; 5 way vaccination~$5, Bordetella Vaccine~$5, deworming medicine~$1. All of which is provided to our dogs through donations. But.....as the dogs we rescue have been living on the streets, many are not healthy. Our typical vet visit for a sick/injured animal is $300-$500. Obviously, the adoption donation does not even begin to cover that. Rather than charge an exorbitant adoption fee, RQA relies on fundraising and private donors.
Countless hours and effort are put in to answering the calls for help when a good samaritan comes across a stray dog. We know we can’t completely eradicate the stray problem. But to the dogs we have taken off the streets, rescued from abuse, and found loving Fur-ever homes, it means the world to them. To those dogs, our ability to rescue them is life or death. We prefer life.
The dedicated volunteers of Res Q Angels strive to rescue, rehabilitate, and ultimately re-home the staggering number of stray dogs in Yakima County. RQA operates in a transparent, socially accountable way in order to save the greatest number of animals with the highest regard for quality of life for the animal.