About Skagit Animals in Need

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing kindness, care, and second chances for horses and other large animals. 

Mission, Vision, & Work

Our mission is to prevent and respond to animal cruelty primarily in support of law enforcement. 

Our vision is that every animal is properly cared for in a manner that meets or exceeds Washington State law. 

SAIN is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and rehoming large animals and livestock seized in neglect and cruelty cases. We also receive animals released to animal control or law enforcement. When animal control seizes a horse or other large animal, SAIN becomes its caretaker. We place the animal in a safe, qualified volunteer foster home and arrange for a medical and behavioral assessment of the animal.

SAIN funds the costs of the hay, grain, supplements, medical and farrier care, rehabilitation (medical and behavioral), and training. Once the animal is at a healthy weight and up to date on all medical and farrier care, the animal is made available for adoption, for a small fee. SAIN partners with Skagit County law enforcement providing shelter and care for these animals.

SAIN's Founding

SAIN started nearly a decade ago out of the steadfast commitment of animal control officer Emily Diaz and a group of like-minded volunteers. They were determined to provide funds and services needed to rehabilitate these beautiful animals and give them a second chance at a better life. Today, though the organization is officially organized as a non-profit, SAIN is still run completely on a volunteer basis. In addition to the intake fee that Animal Control provides, funds to support SAIN’s work are raised through regular donations, fundraising events, and grants. 

We still work closely with Officer Diaz and have tremendous respect not only for the heavy lifting she did to start SAIN, but for her unwavering dedication to the welfare of Skagit County animals of all kinds. We are eternally grateful to her and to the other founding Board Members: Shane Westman, Annie Eidman, and Beth Wyatt.

Check out SAIN's Annual Stakeholder Reports

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. GFAS has recognized SAIN with Verified status. 

SAIN has consistently earned the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency for nonprofit organizations. 
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