Sheriff Budrow’s Message
It is an honor to be elected as Okanogan County Sheriff by the citizens. I took my oath of office and assumed the full duties as Sheriff of Okanogan County.
I have been in Law Enforcement for over thirty-eight years. Since the day I was hired as a Peace Officer, I have been proud to be part of this profession. I couldn’t be prouder to now be working with this outstanding agency.
My goal, along with every member of the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office, is to serve in a way which makes the community proud by modeling our agency values of Integrity, Vigilance, and Teamwork. We pledge to be progressive and work with our community partners to address public safety and do it in a fair and just manner.
We are living in historic and challenging times. Our agency has felt the tremendous influences of the COVID pandemic and have had to adapt to the effects like everyone else, personally and professionally. It has greatly impacted our services and operations over the last three years. The effects of the pandemic are lessening, but we will feel the effects for many years. We have a responsibility to keep our staff safe in our operations, keep the public safe when they interact with us and assure the safety of those incarcerated within our Okanogan County Corrections Center. We are constantly monitoring the situation and making changes to adapt as we deal with the ups and downs of this pandemic.
Additionally, our law enforcement profession is going through profound changes. The death of George Floyd and the resulting national spotlight on Law Enforcement and Police reform has caused us to pause and rethink our methods for doing police work. Washington State has enacted many new laws affecting the police profession and promoting police reform, which has greatly changed the expectation on Law Enforcement and how we provide services.
We are committed to adapting and growing to meet changing expectations and best practice standards. We have set ourselves up to address much of the call for police reform having incorporated many of the tenants of reform and training in our strategic planning process. We will continue to work with our communities to provide the best public safety service.
I look forward to serving you as Sheriff and on the behalf of all in the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office. Thank You for your continued support of our agency and all those who serve our community.
- Sheriff Paul D Budrow
For immediate release
Date: February 5, 2024
OKANOGAN COUNTY RESCUE RECEIVES SPAY/NEUTER GRANT
Fur Ever Yours Dog Rescue of Tonasket, WA was awarded $3,000 to help pay for dog spay and
neuter surgeries. The grant is open to family-owned dogs of Okanogan County. Limited income
dog owners and owners of Pitbulls and Pitbull mixes are encouraged to apply.
The Sheriff’s Office is meeting with local nonprofit animal rescues to find ways to collaborate
more effectively. “We cannot rescue or adopt our way out of the pet overpopulation crisis. This
grant comes at an opportune time since February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month.” Sheriff
Fur Ever Yours Dog Rescue is pleased to be able to partner with The Washington Federation of
Animal Care and Control Agencies to provide these vital spay/neuter surgeries. The funds for
this grant award are made possible by the sale of Washington State SPAY NEUTER ADOPT
license plates in an effort to be proactive regarding the pet overpopulation problem. Revenue
from the sale of these license plates has been earmarked through an agreement with the State of
Washington for spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Washington State.
To help as many families as possible, Fur Ever Yours Dog Rescue is asking for a family
contribution of $50-$75 per dog. Spay surgery costs for medium-sized dogs start at around $250.
Enrico Mercado, Jr., board member of Fur Ever Yours states “Part of our mission is to educate
the public and protect animals in rescue through Human-Animal Interactions and literacy
programs while promoting responsible pet ownership.”
Since 2007, The Federation has awarded over $615,000 in license plate grants funds to
qualifying animal welfare organizations throughout Washington State. These funds have enabled
the completion of nearly 20,500 spay/neuter surgeries for pets of low-income households and
feral or free-roaming cats.
The Federation has distributed more than $600,000 in funding to animal welfare organizations in
Washington State since 2007.
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