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Egg hunt for dogs (and children)

Egg hunt for dogs (and children)

Have you heard? The Easter Bunny is set to arrive in Spokane on Saturday, April 19, and make a stop at SpokAnimal’s Dog Park at High Bridge. He will hide plastic eggs filled with dog treats and pose for photos with the kiddies.

If you want to participate in the hunt, there is a suggested $10 per dog registration, and begins at 9am in the parking area. Dog park regulars should be aware that the upper dog park will close at 9am to get ready for the Bunny’s arrival , then reopen for the hunt at 10am along with free kids’ activities. Three golden eggs will be hidden somewhere in the upper park with egg-stra special prizes inside.

The SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge is located at 163 South A Street in Spokane’s Peaceful Valley. All proceeds raised from the event benefit the park’s on-going cleanup and maintenance. For updates and activities become a fan of SpokAnimal’s Dog Park at High Bridge on Facebook

SCRAPS testing dogs for adoptability

SCRAPS testing dogs for adoptability

Very little background information is known on most of the animals SCRAPS takes in however, through a series of tests they are able to identify a dog's strengths and weaknesses to determine if the dog is adoptable.

"We're going to look at three things to help us determine if a dog is safe to adopt out into a new home," said Nancy Hill of SCRAPS.

The shelter considers information received by intake from the person turning the dog in.

"Was the dog doing something bad and that's why people or an officer brought it in here? Was it a really nice dog that's just lost," said Hill.

After the dog is at the shelter for a minimum of 24 hours, they take a safe assessment test. The safe assessment is a national test used by shelters throughout the United States.

"We're going to put the dog into different situations and evaluate the dog's reaction," Hill said.

The test ranges from anything like a simple touch to a squeeze to a fake hand being placed in and near the dog's food bowl while they are eating. The dog is ranked in each area on a scale system from one to five.

Animal experts working to dispel 'dangerous pit bull' stereotype

Animal experts working to dispel 'dangerous pit bull' stereotype

Animal experts are working to change the stereotype that all pit bulls are dangerous, but a rash of dog attacks involving pit bulls this last week isn't helping change that image.

Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the number one biting dog in Spokane County, but that doesn't explain what's actually happening. SCRAPS reports despite their bad reputation these dogs get adopted all the time.

"This last week has been unusual and I am not sure why," Nancy Hill of SCRAPS said of the recent attacks involving pit bulls. "We were all wondering if it was a full moon."

Every animal SCRAPS re-homes goes through a behavior assessment; Hill said the recent pit bull attacks involved dogs that weren't adopted through SCRAPS.

Before re-homing an animal, SCRAPS uses a method approved by the ASPCA for determining its level of aggression, fear, and other traits that could mean bad news. Dogs are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the perfect dog with no issues while a dog that scores 5 isn't safe to re-home

Spokane Humane Society holds "Change Our Luck" event

Spokane Humane Society holds "Change Our Luck" event

The Spokane Humane Society is holding the "Change Our Luck" event this weekend with hopes of finding their animals loving homes.

March 15th through 17th the Humane Society will have a special pot of gold filled with adoption discounts at both the shelter on Havana and the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center. Each day during the promotion adopters can draw a surprise discount on the adoption fee. The pot of gold has discounts that range from 10 to 100 percent off the adoption.



The Spokane Humane Society has a large variety of pets available ranging in size, breed and age that are all waiting for their luck to change! They are all current on their shots, are spayed or neutered and microchipped as part of the adoption fee.

For more information on adoptable pets visit www.spokanehumanesociety.org.

Humane Society offers lucky adoption special

Humane Society offers lucky adoption special

The Spokane Humane Society is hoping you’ll change the luck of special animals this St. Patrick’s Day. The shelter is offering a special promotion to help out and it’s worth its weight in gold.


March 15th through 17th the Humane Society will have a special pot of gold filled with adoption discounts at both the shelter on Havana and the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center. Each day during the promotion adopters can draw a surprise discount on the adoption fee. The pot of gold has discounts that range from 10 to 100 percent off the adoption.

City reminds residents of dog walking rules

City reminds residents of dog walking rules

Taking your dog for a walk might be part of  your daily routine, or a weekend event, but with spring just around the corner the City of Spokane has some reminders about the rules when you take your pooch out for a stroll.


From the City of Spokane:

Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

From WSU News:


The Chinese Year of the Snake ended in 2013, but judging by all the tail swishing it shaped up to be the Year of the Cat.

 

Consider what took place: