Michael Nichols, an employee of Boundary Bay Brewery for the last three years was honored along with Boundary Bay Brewery at the Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) Woof and Whiskers Awards held Sunday, May 2nd. The awards were designed to honor the unique individuals who have made outstanding efforts towards the care, safety, and happiness of animals and others in our community.
Nichols, who handles Boundary Bay beer sales for Western Washington outside of Whatcom and Skagit counties, was already a volunteer for WHS and NOAH in his spare time. He noticed that animals frequently needed to be transported between shelters and that it often took a full day’s worth of time for shelter employees (volunteers?). He came up with the idea to use the Boundary Bay Brewery delivery vans to transport animals for these organizations since the vans were going that way anyway.
Nichols pitched the idea to the Owner, General Manager and Operations Manager of Boundary Bay Brewery and had answers prepared for questions he imagined they might ask. “I thought they would worry about the impact on my work, and want to know about gas costs and liability, and all the stuff one might expect from a business” says Nichols. “They didn’t ask any questions, though, or express any concern about how it might have a negative impact on my work. They all three just said ‘Yes, do it, help the animals.’”
All in all, Nichols estimates that he’s transported around 55 animals including cats, dogs, rabbits and turtles. He’s taken animals to (and occasionally from) Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH), Seattle Animal Shelter, King County Animal Shelter, Lynwood PAWS, Everett Animal Shelter, Seattle Persian Cat Rescue, Washington Turtle and Tortoise Rescue, Washington Shar-Pei Rescue and the Thurston County Animal Shelter.
Boundary Bay Brewery and Michael Nichols are happy to help these animals and shelters in need. There are many, many ways you can contribute too…contact any of the above shelters for more info. Cheers!