“All dogs go to heaven, but still might need Yelms animal angel on Earth
85-year-old Yelm woman runs a shelter for rescued pets with nowhere else to go”
By Tony Overman in The Olympian published today:
“When a pet or its owner is at the end of their rope, Wanda Bittner wants to be their angel.
Whether its a dog owner desperately searching for a lost pet or dogs left to starve inside an abandoned house, Bittner is pretty sure she can help.
‘I believe in angels. They live with me. And they take care of the animals, because they are Gods creatures,’ said Bittner, who founded Animal Rescue and Adoption in Yelm 27 years ago. Knowing she cant live forever, Bittner is looking for ways to ensure the no-kill shelter will continue to operate for years to come.
The private shelter in the Nisqually Pines development helps hundreds of families every month with free dog food, financial assistance with emergency medical bills, the rescue of unwanted animals, and reuniting owners with their lost pets. The 85-year-old Bittner, a former Boeing executive secretary and past owner of several businesses, oversees the finances and daily operation of the shelter with the assistance of two part-time paid workers.”