New tradition starts at Yakima Humane Society on New Year’s Eve

Yakima Humane Society Volunteers

YAKIMA, Wash. –The Yakima Humane Society hosted its first “HUMANE New Year’s” event where volunteers from the community came in to comfort the animals during the festivities.

“Due to being in a shelter the animals are already in an unfamiliar area and they’re already scared, put on top of that fireworks and gunshots, it makes them even more scared and uncomfortable,” said Mary Wilsey, the Volunteer Programs Coordinator for the shelter.

Volunteers signed up for two hour shifts from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to talk, read, and/or play with up to 150 cats and dogs at the shelter. Overall, the event was a success with volunteers enjoying their time with the animals.

Due to the popularity of the event, Wilsey said they could be having a similar one on the Fourth of July.